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– Twenty-First Century Crusades?
Prediction 1 -
tension and backlash against Muslims in Europe
France must act to prevent anti-Moslem
backlash, says Euro MP
Brussels - After two weeks of violent urban unrest in France, Muslim
communities in the country will face long-term retaliation, a Euro MP
said Thursday, urging the French government to take action and condemn
revenge attacks against Moslems.
French politicians had failed to give immediate assurance that they
would support the country\'s unity, leaving citizens in a state of
disarray and shock, British socialist MEP Claude Moraes said.
|With no ethnic monitoring,
France could not know the level of discrimination in the
country, Moraes said, comparing the situation in France with
French police also had no guidelines for dealing with ethnic groups, the
MEP pointed out.
Prompt and united condemnation of the July bombings in London prevented
an anti-Muslim backlash, the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and
Xenophobia (EUMC), a Vienna-based agency of the European Union, said
when presenting a new report in the European Parliament.
\'By publicly making clear that racism is unacceptable, political
leadership can decisively reduce xenophobia,\' EUMC director Beate
The strong stand taken by the British government, police, communities
and Moslem leaders as well as by all E.U. member states managed to
counter immediate revenge attacks, the report said.
It also found that swift responses by politicians in Britain were
supported by the police and the media, trying to distinguish between the
action of the bombers and Islam as a whole.
Condemnation of the July bombings prevented isolated anti-Moslem
incidents across the E.U. from growing into large-scale retaliation, the
\'The united stand taken across Europe...has been an excellent example
of cohesion and unity in action,\' Winkler told reporters.
The EUMC report notes that in several E.U. countries, the London attacks
triggered new political initiatives and a broad public debate about how
to strengthen community cohesion and speed up the integration of
These initiatives now have to develop into an E.U. anti- discrimination
policy, Winkler said. Responsibility would rest as much on the Moslem
community as on majority communities.
\'Dialogue between communities is crucial, and the Muslims should be
more open to it,\' British conservative MEP Syed Kamall added.
\'We must move away from tolerance to respect for other cultures and
religions,\' Winkler said, urging E.U. governments to step up efforts to
integrate minorities into society.
The EUMC report calls for active involvement of Moslem communities in
institutionalized procedures of policy-making.
Police services should provide support to victims of racist crimes and
governments should monitor progress of social inclusion, it concluded.