SHAFAQNA – France’s Muslim leaders have refused to attend a prestigious annual dinner of the country’s main Jewish organization, after a Jewish leader made a racial slur, linking Muslim youth to violence and extremism.
Roger Cukierman, head of the CRIF Jewish council, denounced a growing number of acts against Jews in France. He specified that he was talking about a “very small minority” of Muslims.
The French Muslim Council (CFCM), in a statement denounced Cukierman’s comments as unfounded, including his use of the expression “Islamo-fascism.”
French President Francois Hollande who will be among dignitaries at the dinner has failed to comment so far. Leaders of the CFCM have attended the event for several years.
This year’s event comes amid increasing fears of anti-Semitism and religious tension in France after attacks by extremists against a kosher market and satirical newspaper.