Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 7
By Jamila Jafarova - Trend:
It is early to draw any conclusions about the new wave of Islamophobia in the West after the incident in France, the head of the London-based center 'Arab East', Salim Zuhairi told Trend Jan. 7.
He said it is still unknown who is behind the attack on the office of the magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, as the French government has not yet made an official statement, and aside from that, there are no suspects in the attack.
"The West is trying to present itself as a 'victim' of the Islamic world, but it is becoming clear that the victims of the growing radicalism in the Islamic world are mostly Muslims," Zuhairi said.
Today, unknown masked gunmen shot 12 people in the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in the 11th arrondissement of Paris.
Several Western media reported that the attackers allegedly were Muslims, and the attack will lead to a new wave of Islamophobia in Europe.
In December 2014, an anti-Islam rally was held in the German city of Dresden. Over 17,000 people took part in the rally.
This anti-Islam rally was the tenth of its kind, organized against Islam and Muslims by the movement known as PEGIDA, and was held under the slogan: "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West".
The rally participants protested against the increase of the number of Muslims in Europe and called for tightening of immigration policy in Germany.
After that, over 1,000 Muslims took to the streets in a protest against the rise of Islamophobia in Germany.
Edited by CN