[Marxism] FRENCH BANLIEUE INTIFADA?
lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Nov 29 13:31:40 MST 2007
Sukant Chandan wrote:
Sukant, when you submit something like this to the Marxism list without
a prefatory note, nobody can figure out what your point is. As I have
told you, I am getting weary of these disembodied communiques. Are you
agreeing with article, which can best be described as a hysterical
conspiracy-mongering affair that tries to link French immigrant youth
with al-Qaeda? Don't you realize that this is idiotic?
The article states:
>>Since last year, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the No.2 to Osama bin Laden in Al
Qaeda, has been appealing to the Muslims of the world to emulate the
Intifada in Gaza in giving expression to their anger against their
Governments. Zawahiri projects Intifada as a kind of struggle in which
the role of motivated individual Muslims will become more important than
that of organisations so that the weakening or collapse of an
organisation does not result in a collapse of the Intifada. He wants the
Intifada to acquire a momentum of its own as a result of the sacrifices
of individual Muslims. He said in his message of January 22, 2007:
"Every Muslim today is directly responsible for defending Islam, Islam’s
homeland and the Islamic Ummah. "The importance of a central command
and control in keeping the Intifada going is down-played. The motivation
of individual Muslims is more important than any centralised command and
However, most analysts have noted that the youthful rioters have very
little connection to the Mosques.
Financial Times (London, England)
November 9, 2005 Wednesday
A revolt of youth without religious motivation Social problems are
behind the reaction of immigrants to Europe's failed promises, write
Roula Khalaf and Martin Arnold
By MARTIN ARNOLD and ROULA KHALAF
Despite attempts by some French government officials to play up the
Muslim background of many of the youth rioting during the past two
weeks, community leaders and analysts say the troubles should not be
confused with a crisis of religious identity.
"These events and these actions did not come out of mosques," says Lhaj
Thami Breze, chairman of the Union of French Islamic Organisations, a
group that has links with the Muslim Brotherhood, the international
Even in the North African press the unrest is being treated as a purely
French problem, the result of social and economic exclusion.
"This is an ethnic and social problem, not a religious one," says
Abderrahmane Bouhout, director of the Clichy-sous-Bois mosque, which
became a cause celebre for the rioters after a police tear gas grenade
exploded near its entrance during prayers.
Many of the worshippers at Mr Bouhout's mosque volunteered to act as
mediators. Thanks to their efforts, the rioting that continues elsewhere
in France, ended in Clichy-sous-Bois a week ago.
"The people who saw their mothers crying because of the tear gas and
running home without their headscarves or shoes were the same ones who
went out into the rioting to call for calm," says Mr Bouhout. "We must
not confuse the riots with Islam."
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