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In wake of January attacks, French Muslims have been demonized in manufactured ‘clash of civilizations’

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In our full-length documentary, “Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie,” filmmaker James Kleinfeld and I take a look at France since the January attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher supermarket by Islamic extremists.

During my visit to France this March for a speaking tour, we focused our lens on the explosion of Islamophobic incidents, which are up 28% since the attacks, the rise of the far-right and the official repression of Palestine solidarity activism, which French Prime Minister Manuel Valls recently denounced as a form of anti-Semitism. We also document the exploitation of French anti-Semitism by the French and Israeli governments to manufacture a “clash of civilizations” that is playing out in the streets of Paris.

Je ne suis pas Charlie from The Real News Network on Vimeo.

A film by James Kleinfeld and Max Blumenthal

In a follow-up interview with Paul Jay, I discuss the making of “Je Ne Suis Pas Charlie” and analyze some of the more arresting interviews Kleinfeld and I filmed:

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So you didn’t watch the videos or listen to the arguments. Your complete lack of knowledge about European politics is symptomatic of people who want to impose false narratives and exploit tragedies for their own benefit. You’re a fine one to start harping on about what people can and cannot say, even if your claims are risible.

Actually, DoubleStandard, Islam was in Europe before many now Christian places were Christian, especially in the East of the continent. So, Islam is indigenous to Europe. Not at all a foreign religion, by the way, the exact thing motherf*kers did to us Jews, even though we resided in, for example, Germany for a thousand years So, shame on you! Moreover, if a Muslim is born in Europe s/he is an indigenous European Muslim. I do… Read more »

|| DoubleStandard: … We are at the point where people in Europe cannot criticize a non-indigenous religion for fear of being violently shut-up. … || Whether it’s Judaism, Islam or some other religion – “indigenous” to Europe or not – people in Europe should be able to criticize it without fear of their property, their lives or their careers being damaged or destroyed. || … We can only hope that the masses are rebelling against… Read more »

“manufactured” is the word, alright.

DS, “Europe needs a populist uprising like it never has before. ” We Europeans will decide if and when we need an uprising.Not all Europeans are imbued with hatred towards others.We are flexible unlike zionistas. You should be concerned about a populist uprising by the indigenous folks whose land you are squatting on. And be concerned that we Europeans will support them as much as is possible.Think BDS and Isolation but of course we will… Read more »