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It’s not just Christchurch – violence against Muslims is getting worse

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Analysis. In Europe, Muslims are the targets of discrimination, verbal assault, physical attacks, property damage and murder. Signs of intolerance toward Muslims have been recorded across the European Union, according to large surveys.

written by Carlo Lania

March 19, 2019

A little over a year ago, a number of Islamic communities living in Europe denounced the fact that, for some time, they’ve felt a negative atmosphere around them, an atmosphere that reeks of Islamophobia.

It is abundantly clear that they were not exaggerating. To reach that conclusion, we don’t even need to take the monstrous terrorist attack perpetrated in Christchurch by the white supremacist Brenton Tarrant as evidence. There have been plenty of attacks on mosques and physical attacks and insults against Muslims living in the Old Continent recently.

Those committing such attacks invoke many different pretexts: revenge for the bloody terrorist attacks that have been seen in the European capitals, or the fear—unfounded, but stoked up to a frenzy nonetheless—of the far-fetched prospect of the ethnic replacement of the local populations by migrant “invaders.” But they are also much more banal affairs, resulting from a reaction of hostility toward ordinary citizens (especially women) who are........

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