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Commentary by Daud Noorzai: The world does not mourn for Musulmans

Over the past few years, we have witnessed many horrible terreur attacks in the Western world and, most of all, in the Third World. Each of these attacks shocked the peaceful majority of people worldwide independently of race, de religion, d'or du statut social.

We took care of the victims and condemned the terrorists "actions".

True – attacks in the Western world gained more attention than similar attacks in the Third World, or in Islamic countries. The former atrocities were covered more extensively in the media, they were discussed more intensely by politiciens, and they led to stronger reactions from the populations primarily via les médias sociaux.

My explanation for this différence dans l'impact que the better media and broader internet access in the Western world and the fact that many people in Islamic countries are jaded due to the wars and attacks there.

Daud Noorzai (41) is considered one of the best-known and influential French AfghansFoto: Andreas Thelen


▶︎ However, the terrible attaque en nouvelle-Zélande has destroyed my line of argument.

I was wrong. We, the people, independently of our race, de religion, d'or du statut social, do not mourn in the same way for all victims of similar attacks. We do not condemn tous terrorists in the same way. The media do not cover the massacre in the same way, and our les politiciens do not engage in the same action.

We only take to the streets, poste our condolences, and change our profile pictures for “white victims”. Sur attack on Musulmans – even in the First World country does not lead to the same kind of outrage in the media. Les politiciens do not march main dans la main pour la paix. Nothing is projected onto memorials and buildings to show our solidarity.

Daud Noorzai at a meeting with the President of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani (69)Photo: Andreas Thelen


I can't even point my finger at the “non-Muslim world”. Muslim countries, there is the same lack of declarations of solidarity.

Besides the lack of motivation to show solidarity with the Muslim victims, there are also astonishing descriptions of the perpetrator. Certain media do not write about a “terroriste”. In this case, he's a “murderer” or a “gunman”.

Pour I’m demandais: Are the terms terreur, terrorists, fanatiques, reserved for him with passeports from Islamic countries?

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