7 quotes on why you shouldn't blame all Muslims for Charlie Hebdo

Matthew Champion@matthewchampion
Sunday 11 January 2015 12:20

Not to belabour a point, but we live in a world where the chairman and CEO of the planet's second biggest media company can blame 1.4billion people for terrorist attacks carried out by three people.

"Maybe most Moslems peaceful," Rupert Murdoch wrote on Twitter yesterday, "but until they recognise and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible."

In the days since Paris was gripped by terror, Muslims have been targeted in what have been seen as reprisal attacks: a mosque had blank grenades thrown at it in Le Mans; a Muslim prayer hall near Narbonne was fired upon, and there was an explosion near to a mosque in Villefranche-sur-Saône.

With this in mind, here are seven quotes we would like Mr Murdoch, whose News Corp's second biggest shareholder is a member of the Saudi royal family, to read.

Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, of the Drancy mosque in the north of Paris, speaking at the scene of the Charlie Hebdo murders, said:

I am extremely angry. These are criminals, barbarians. They have sold their soul to hell. This is not freedom. This is not Islam and I hope the French will come out united at the end of this.

Writing in the Guardian, Paris-born journalist Nabila Ramdani, who is of Algerian descent, said:

As the history of Paris shows, extreme violence often inspires further violence. The bloody cycle continues, just as it has always done. But attributing its causes to millions of law-abiding French Muslims is as cynical as trying to blame it on a small group of artists and writers.

LBC presenter James O'Brien, responding to a caller called Richard who said Muslims should apologise for the terror attacks, said:

Tell me why you haven't apologised for the shoe bomber whose name was Richard because [Muslim caller] Abbas has to apologise for a terrorist who said he was a Muslim. Take all the time you want, mate.

Lassana Bathily, a Muslim, is an employee at the kosher supermarket where gunman Amedy Coulibaly killed four people. He has been hailed as a hero after giving this account of keeping some customers safe by hiding them in a cold storage area:

I went down to the freezer, I opened the door, there were several people who went in with me. I turned off the light and the freezer. I brought them inside and I told them to stay calm here, I’m going to go out. When they got out, they thanked me.

Malek Merabet, the brother of police officer Ahmed whose brutal murder by the Kouachi brothers was filmed by onlookers near the Charlie Hebdo offices, told journalists at an emotional press conference:

My brother was Muslim and he was killed by people who pretend to be Muslims. They are terrorists, that's it.

Vox journalist Max Fisher, in an article he originally wrote after the Sydney siege but updated in the event of the Charlie Hebdo killings, wrote:

We should treat people like the Charlie Hebdo attackers as what they are: monsters who kill both for the simple sake of killing and to provoke exactly the sort of religious conflict that mosque-attackers are indulging. And we should treat Muslims as what they are: normal people who of course reject terrorism, rather than as a lesser form of humanity that is expected to denounce violence every time it happens.

Mr Murdoch's initial tweet prompted some white Australian men to apologise for Rupert Murdoch. Author Matt Haig wrote on Twitter:

Rupert Murdoch thinks all Muslims should apologise for terrorism. So on behalf of white people I'd like to apologise for Rupert Murdoch.

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