The recent shooting at the headquarters of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris have devastated France and caused a stir that exceeded national boundaries. This is because this crime was perpetrated in the name of a universal religion. A religion where the sanctity of all life forms is a basic concept. A religion which equates the murder of one human being as the murder of the whole of humanity.
The European Forum Of Muslim Women strongly condemns these terrorist attacks. Our thoughts are with all the victims and their families. We call on French and European citizens to unite against violence and stand together for peace. We must not let the behaviour of some shake the aspiration of all to live in peaceful, supportive and inclusive societies. Now is the time for unity, reflection and contemplation. Together we must find meaningful answers to these questions: How to effectively fight extremism and terrorism? How and why can societies built on the values of peace, tolerance and freedom also produce hateful and deviant individuals? How can we together emerge out of this crisisstronger and more united?
The European Forum of Muslim Women also condemns the rise in Islamophobic attacks and abuse following the tragic event on Wednesday. Mosques and veiled women were violently targeted.
In this hate-fighting climate, we must adopt a responsible attitude refusing the stigmatisation of any community. Together, we must stand united against terrorism. This because terrorism strikes indiscriminately without distinguishing between ethnicity, gender or religion.