Vernon mosque in France receives threatening notice

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A mosque in Vernon, northern France, received a threatening letter on Tuesday, according to a Twitter message from the Islam & Info website.The notice, left in the mosque’s mailbox, contained death threats and insulting messages against Turks, Arabs and the community that regularly visit the mosque.

“The war has started. We will drive you out of our country. You will report on Samuel’s death, ”he said.

He was referring to Samuel Paty, a teacher at the Collège Bois-d’Aulne in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine beheaded on October 16 by Abdullakh Anzorov, an 18-year-old of Chechen origin, for showing controversial caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad to his students during one of his courses on freedom of expression.

The notice also contained ugly remarks directed against Muslim women wearing headscarves.

The Great Mosque of Pantin outside Paris was recently closed for six months after sharing a video on his Facebook page criticizing Paty, before his murder.

Earlier this month, President Emmanuel Macron accused French Muslims of “separatism” and described Islam as “a religion in crisis around the world”.

Tensions escalated further after Paty’s murder. Macron paid tribute to him and declared that France “will not give up our cartoons”.

Insulting cartoons from Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly, have also been projected onto government buildings in a few cities.

Several Arab countries, as well as Turkey, Iran and Pakistan, have censured Macron’s attitude towards Muslims and Islam. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the French leader needed “mental treatment”.

As calls to boycott French products circulate online in many countries, Erdoğan urged Turks “never to buy French brands”.

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