Tuesday, February 24, 2015

After the controversy, Cukierman and Boubaker play appeasement – The Obs

After the controversy, Cukierman and Boubaker play appeasement – The Obs

Paris (AFP) – The controversy arose about the Roger Cukierman gave way Tuesday afternoon to words of “appeasement” of Presidents of CRIF and CFCM, but it highlights the complexity of the dialogue between Jews and Muslims in France, on edge since the attacks in January.

The president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF) was found Monday in the storm for his doublespeak on Marine Le Pen, described as “flawless personally,” and young Muslims, he said authors of “all violence”.

The controversy was speaking the day of the annual dinner of CRIF, ecumenical and political events responsible for after the attacks a special symbolic of Paris, who made the January 7 to 9, 17 dead, including four Jews killed in a kosher store.

Outraged at the stigmatization of young Muslims, the president of the French Council of Muslim Faith (CFCM) Dalil Boubaker boycotted the dinner, the director of the National Observatory against Islamophobia Abdallah Zekri demanding his side “public apology”.

It is finally on the steps of the Elysee Palace, where they were invited by François Hollande to deliver a “gathering of message,” Messrs. Cukierman and Boubaker buried the hatchet.

“We are on the same boat, we have the same battle to fight against racism and anti-Semitism,” he told Mr. Cukierman. “We want between the Muslim community and the Jewish community we have a common understanding of living together.”

Meanwhile, Dalil Boubaker said he had “presented” to the president and Roger Cukierman ” worth of Muslims in France who had suffered a number of words in the past and made yesterday (…). We wanted to bring the calming necessary and useful, so that the faithful of our two communities can once again share the principle of conviviality, of living together, mutual trust, mutual respect, “he added.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls welcomed in a tweet” . the sense of responsibility of the presidents of CRIF and CFCM Around the President, they have shown the strength to live together “

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The Muslim leaders are worried about a conflation of Islam and terrorism, and exasperate since January of the order to reaffirm their commitment to the values ​​of the Republic and of renewed Islamophobic acts.

For their part, in addition to the attacks on the Jews are facing an outbreak of anti-Semitic acts, which doubled last year compared to 2014.

“We are in a time of Truth in France. We can not say pretend radical Islam did not exist, “said Tuesday the president of the Israelite Consistory of France, Joel Mergui.

” It’s a matter of transparency to say that when acts are committed by saying Allah Akbar + + they are committed in the name of Islam, “he added.” When the murders were made in France or in different countries, by exploiting Islam we have the duty to say. “

The” spirit of January 11, “is it falling apart? For Malek Chebel, an anthropologist of religion,” during the two or three weeks followed (attacks, note), there was no overflow, it felt like the right opponent had been identified, “but” now it relaxes a bit and we enter the normal mode suspicion. “

Since January 7,” we became more visible with each other, “he notes, and it allowed” a more acute awareness “of the suffering of the Jewish community on the one hand, the harm done to the Muslims by the other amalgams.

Without wishing to comment on the controversy Cukierman itself, he noted the need for change the dialogue between Jews and Muslims. “We rule painful passive where people are not mutually listening, a kind of autism on both sides of the fence, and yet it is to create another way of living together.”


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