“American Muslims, especially American Muslims who are noticeably Muslim, should avoid visiting France until its government stops fanning the flames of Islamophobia, prosecuting Muslim women for wearing religious clothing, and collectively punishing the entire Muslim community for the crimes of individual extremist,” Edward Ahmed Mitchell, the deputy director of CAIR, told CNN.
“The French government must unite society to reject all forms of bigotry and extremism, respect religious and cultural differences, and protect all people from violence and oppression. Until the government does so, American Muslims should exercise caution and avoid travel to France.”
A history of ‘anti-Muslim bigotry’
Leaders in countries including Egypt, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey urged Muslims to boycott French products after condemning Macron’s comments on Islam.
“In the days since the horrific murder of educator Samuel Patty (sic) the French government has expanded its embrace of anti-Muslim bigotry by arresting numerous French Muslims with no apparent connection to the crime and moving to shut down various French Muslim organizations, including the country’s largest anti-Islamophobia group,” Mitchell, with CAIR, said.
“It’s also worth noting that the French government has a long history of transforming anti-Muslim bigotry into government policy: kicking students who wear hijabs out of public school, barring public servants from wearing such signs of their faith, criminalizing religious face veils while requiring medical face masks, and arresting Muslim women for wearing full-body swimsuits, among other irrational policies that should end,” Mitchell said.
CNN’s Luke McGee contributed to this report.
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