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French Anti-Islam Attacks Rising
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French Anti-Islam Attacks Rising

Anti-Islam acts in France have increased by 23.5% in the first six months of 2015 compared with the same period last year, a French organization said in a new report.

The figure was released Thursday in a report titled “Islamophobia in France six months after the January 2015 terrorist attacks” by the Paris-based Collective against Islamophobia in France organization, World Bulletin reported.

“Attacks against mosques, death threats against veiled women, school kids humiliated by their teachers, female students prohibited from wearing long skirts, religious profiling of Muslim children, propagation of hate speeches and even declarations of war on Muslims who are portrayed as a fifth column ... the consequences have been and still are dire for Muslims,” the report said.

This is while physical assaults increased by nearly 500% and verbal attacks by 100% during the initial months of 2015, the report said, adding that women were among the first victims of Islamophobia.

“Discrimination and violence against adults are now joined by the humiliations inflicted on numerous Muslim children that have been blamed for the terrorist attacks.”

However, few people were making complaints about the Islamophobic acts because of apparently two main reasons: “Agents refuse to take my complaint,” and “Perpetrators are rarely convicted and if they are, justice is very lenient.”

 

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