‘Indignant’ French Imams Issue Harsh Condemnation of Muslim Antisemitism, Terrorism
Here is some good news for a change:
Thirty prominent French imams issued a strongly-worded condemnation of antisemitism and Islamist terrorism on Tuesday, stressing that the alternative of remaining silent “would make us complicit and therefore culpable.”
In a declaration published by the French daily Le Monde, the imams described themselves as “indignant” — both as French citizens and as faithful Muslims — “at the confiscation of our religion by criminals.”
“We, the signatories of this appeal, would first like to express our compassion for all our fellow citizens who have been directly or indirectly affected by terrorism and by the antisemitic crimes that have blindly struck our country,” the declaration began — referring to the rash of Islamist terrorist attacks in France over the last decade that have struck targets from a Jewish school to the country’s leading satirical magazine, as well as the violent hate crimes that have compelled thousands of Jews to move out of their homes in several major urban districts.
The group of thirty imams represent mosques and Islamic centers in Paris, Strasbourg, Lyon, Nice and other French cities. Significantly, five of the signatories serve as chaplains to thousands of Muslim inmates in the French prison system — historically, a fertile recruiting ground for radical Islamist groups.
In often emotional language, the declaration denounced what it called the “subversive expressions of Islam” that have “raged” in the French Muslim community, generating a “religious anarchy.”
French Jews can use some good news.
We at MJAC hope that the AJC and local Jewish clergy insist that any imam with whom they partner, agree with, accept, and promote the French imams' statement.