The French author Michel Houellebecq has been accused of being anti-Semitic, the Great Mosque of Paris stated on Thursday.
According to the statement, the choice was made following the publication of a “long conversation” between Houellebecq and another author, Michel Onfray, in the November issue of Front Populaire.
According to Houellebecq’s assertion in the piece, when “entire territory fall under Islamic authority,” people in France are “arming themselves” and may target Muslim businesses.
“People are arming themselves. They are procuring rifles and taking shooting courses … I think acts of resistance will occur when entire territories fall under Islamic control. Attacks and shootings will be perpetrated in mosques, coffeeshops mostly visited by the Muslims, well, Bataclan in reverse,” he said.
For officials of the Great Mosque of Paris, these “lapidary remarks” were “unacceptable and unbelievably brutal.”
“They do not seek to elucidate any public debate but arouse discriminatory rhetoric and acts,” it added.
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The statement noted that while criticizing religion was permitted in democratic society, the comments in the article were “calling to reject and exclude the Muslim component in its entirety.”
“In these circumstances, the Great Mosque of Paris had decided to file a complaint … against those remarks that it considers as an act provoking hatred towards Muslims,” it added.
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