ENAR: Charlie Hebdo killings in France: Time for mourning, not for scapegoating

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As a member of the European Network Against Racism (ENAR), we repost the following statement below in light of the terrible news that we heard from Paris. If you want to read good insight on the tragedy, check out Juan Cole’s Why al-Qaeda attacked satirists in Paris (thank you Gaven Titley for the heads-up).

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Brussels, 7 January 2015 – Following the tragic killings at the office of the newspaper ‘Charlie Hebdo’ in Paris, France, the European Network Against Racism (ENAR) strongly condemns this attack against freedom of expression, a cornerstone of our democracy. Nothing can justify such an attack.

ENAR also warns against backlash and stigmatisation against Muslim communities in France following declarations about the alleged identity of the perpetrators, especially given the current anti-Muslim climate across Europe. Recent examples include arson attacks against mosques in Sweden and France and anti-Islam demonstrations by the Pegida movement in Germany. At this point, no information is available on the perpetrators’ identity and motivations.

ENAR calls for calm, unity and solidarity to defeat hateful and terrorist violence.

For further information, contact:
Georgina Siklossy, Communication and Press Officer
Tel: +32 (0)2 229 35 70 – Mobile: +32 (0)473 49 05 31 – E-mail: georgina@enar-eu.org – Website: www.enar-eu.org

Notes to the editor:
1. The European Network Against Racism (ENAR aisbl) stands up against racism and discrimination and advocates for equality and solidarity for all in Europe. We connect local and national anti-racist NGOs throughout Europe and voice the concerns of ethnic and religious minorities in European and national policy debates.

  1. Yossie

    “Time for mourning, not for scapegoating”

    Oh, now you tell this. I remember after Breivik scapegoating was in full force in this blog.

    • Enrique Tessieri

      So what would you want to do? Scapegoat?

      What you consider “normal” is what I consider extremist.

      And who was victimizing ALL white Norwegians and Europeans after Breivik’s attack? Or do you agree with James Hirvisaari that Breivik was caused by “100% rapes by foreigners (sic!)?”

    • Enrique Tessieri

      –I wonder if you are celebrating what happened in Paris today thinking the dead and the magazine deserved what happened and that freedom of speech cannot be taken advantage of? But I’m sure you won’t write one sentence about the events of today in Paris.

      What’s your opinion about this? Do you agree?

    • Yossie

      “So what would you want to do? Scapegoat? ”

      I think you have double standards with these things.

      “And who was victimizing ALL white Norwegians and Europeans after Breivik’s attack?”

      You were victimizing everyone who didn’t share your opinion about immigration!

      “Or do you agree with James Hirvisaari that Breivik was caused by “100% rapes by foreigners (sic!)?””

      He is a joke

      “What’s your opinion about this? Do you agree?”

      I don’t think you are celebrating, but I would not had been surprised if you not said a word about this case. You have tendency to ignore all attacks made by islamists and make big news about suspected attacks against minorities. You said nothing about the ISIS supporter attacking the cafeteria in Australia, yet you made big news about the supposed arson attack in Eskilstuna. Newspapers have already straightened their stories that it is not certain that it was an arson. Yet you still keep calling it such. I think you keep telling news that reinforce your view that “far right” is our biggest threat while you want to ignore the threat of Islamism.

    • Enrique Tessieri

      Yossie, go and read what we’ve wrote. Never, ever, have we victimized ALL Norwegian whites for what Breivik did. However, you seem to victimize all Muslims. Am I wrong?

    • Yossie

      Go read what I wrote maybe? I said: “You were victimizing everyone who didn’t share your opinion about immigration!”

      “However, you seem to victimize all Muslims. Am I wrong?”

      I have said no such thing. Let’s wait for them to actually catch the assailants before making too much conclusions about this case. About Australia’s case, I blame fanatic islamists and believe they are the biggest threat in everywhere in the world.

  2. intternetnetsi

    ” Or do you agree with James Hirvisaari that Breivik was caused by “100% rapes by foreigners (sic!)?””

    If you read what they have said then you would understand. 100% of “assault rapes by unknown” in year x in oslo was done by foreigners. Dunno how its today but that is a fact.
    Dont lie about what they said.

    And thats one kind of rape you cant really control if you dont opt to stay in home. Like in austaria where there were lot of group assault rapes by muslim minority and imam said http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-412697/Outrage-Muslim-cleric-likens-women-uncovered-meat.html

    For more i recommend that you read Nicolai Sennels

  3. intternetnetsi

    Offtopic but isnt this exactly what you wanted?
    You want that no one should “insult” islam and now you see seeds of that self righteous thinking.
    By you and your friends they thought they are above of mockery and when they see they arent….

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