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Unite Against Fascism Unites Against French Anti-Racists’ Support for Charlie Hebdo.

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Racist Islamophobic Propaganda Says UAF.

This is how the leading French anti-racist, anti-fascist organisation, the MRAP (Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitié entre les peuples  -Movement Against Racism and for Friendship between Peoples)  reacted to the slaughter at Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher at the Porte de Vincennes.

Restons Charlie : refusons le racisme et la haine 13th January.

We were on 11 January, millions who were “Charlie”: Stay “Charlie!”

Staying “Charlie” is to refuse racism and rejection of the Other. It is to reject scapegoating and to refuse to accept a ‘Patriot Act’ contrary to the values of the republic. The heinous crimes committed against the  kosher supermarket and  Charlie must be answered by the application of the law, but with even more urgency, more than “living together”, it needs solidarity. This requires us to ensure that the motto “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” are not mere words. This must become,  through our shared wills, the everyday  reality of life in our cities and in our neighbourhoods. Those who sow the seeds of racism,  considering one group as of lesser value, of exclusion,  sow the seeds of violence. We should adopt the words Zahia Ziouani, director of the Orchestra, “Divertimento”: “Obscurantism,  ignorance and intellectual poverty are the causes of the  tragedies we have just experienced. We have to overcome them through education and culture . “

Since 11 September 2001, the “war against terrorism” has only amplified chaos and led the world to a dangerous dead end. MRAP reiterates what it said 13 years ago: the war against terrorism cannot be won by individual action, it is the causes that must be addressed. We stand against the “war of civilizations” that has led the world to a catastrophic disaster. It is urgent to fight for a world of justice, peace and democracy!

And this is equally, if not more, important:


The Signatories of this appeal – Immigration associations – wish to denounce in the strongest possible terms these terrorist acts and salute the memory of the victims. We share the sorrow and grief of their families and relatives. We are in solidarity with the  whole team of “Charlie Hebdo”.

We take issue with wretched  attempts to trivialise or justify these crimes, and stand against conspiracy theories – already popping up on social networks-  and whose obvious motivation, a supposed defence of the sacred and efforts to deny the responsibility of the fanatics, is clearly based on a denial of the deadly reality.

We call for their total rejection and greater vigilance. Our condemnation  is clear and unambiguous We have complete solidarity with the families and relatives of the victims, and with the staff of “Charlie Hebdo”. We will not accept being lectured at, or being ordered around. We oppose any form of discrimination, lumping people and groups together, racism and Islamophobia.

Declaration of solidarity with Charlie Hebdo by:

Fédération des Tunisiens Citoyens des deux Rives – FTCR, Comité pour le Respect des Libertés et des Droits de l’Homme en Tunisie – CRLDHT,  Association des Tunisiens en France – ATF, Association des Travailleurs Maghrébins en France – ATMF, Association des Marocains en France – AMF,  Massira – Algérie,  Agir pour le Changement Démocratique en Algérie – ACDA, Association Citoyenne des Originaires de Turquie – ACORT, Association des Iraniens Républicains de Paris – AIRP, Comité Indépendant contre la Répression des Citoyens Iraniens – CIRCI, mmigration Développement Démocratie – IDD, Le Manifeste des Libertés, Forum de Solidarité Euro-Méditerranéen – FORSEM, Réseau Euro-Maghrébin Citoyenneté et Culture – REMCC, Union des Travailleurs Immigrés Tunisiens – UTIT, Mouvement Citoyen des Tunisiens en France – MCTF, Collectif 3 C, L’Association interculturelle de production, de diffusion, de documentation audiovisuelles – AIDDA, Association de défense  des Droits de l’Homme au Maroc – ASDHOM, Association Vérité et Justice pour Farhat Hached – AVJFH, Association Filigrane, Dynamique Citoyenne des Tunisiens à l’Etranger – DCTE,  Collectif des Femmes Tunisiennes – CTF, Arts et Cultures des Deux Rives – ACDR,  Union des Tunisiens pour une Action Citoyenne – UTAC, Association des Tunisiens du Nord de la France – ATNF , Association Na’oura ASBL – Belgique, SOS Migrants – Belgique, Comité de Vigilance pour la Démocratie en Tunisie – Bruxelles, Association des Tunisiens de Maine et Loire – Anger, Association des Tunisiens de la Sarthe – UTS, Association Tunisienne Culture et Solidarité, Association Démocratique des Tunisiens en France – ADTF, Centre Euromed Migration et Développement EMCEMO – Amsterdam, Association des Tunisiens en France  – ATF – Var, Plateforme Euro-Marocaine Migration et Développement Démocratie Citoyenneté, Association Zembra, Association des Tunisiens en France  –  ATF – Nord, Association Younga Solidaire, Association Appel Egalité, Droits Ici et Là-bas –DIEL, Association des Tunisiens en France – ATF – Bouches du Rhône, Coalition International des Sans Papiers et Migrants – CISPM, IMAGECOM, Afrique Survie Immigration – ASM, INTEGRATION 21 – Paris 19ème, Association des Tunisiens en France – ATF – 13, Union des Tunisiens de Suisse – UTS, Comitato Degli Immigrati Tunisini In Italia Italie, Plateforme Euro-Marocaine Migration développement démocratie et Citoyenneté, Réseau Maroc Euromed des ONGS Maroc, Association Culturelle Tunisienne pour l’Insertion et la Formation – ACTIF, Association Alif’s Bordeaux, Association Perspectives Nice, Association Tunisienne de Côte d’Or – ATCD, Association Ailes – femmes du Maroc, Association Tounssia Hourra, Institut de la Culture Arabe Moderne – ICAM

Texte à l’initiative du Forum des Associations des Luttes Démocratiques de l’Immigration – FALDI

By contrast we see this in Britain:

Unite Against Fascism (UAF):


Saturday 21 February Congress Centre, TUC, Great Russell Street, London.

Notably this:

2.00 – 3.30 Session: Je ne suis pas Charlie: incitement of hatred is not freedom of speech.

Chair: Alan Gibson NUJ; N’Della Paye (France); Azad Ali MEND; Jude Woodward UAF.

Alan Gibson, NUJ “the branch chair Alan Gibson, states: “Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons lampooning Islam, and particularly the depictions of the Prophet Mohammed, have been racist”. (More here) Gibson is a member of the Socialist Workers Party.

Jude Woodward, a member of the groupuscle Socialist Action, on Charlie Hebdo (Here) “Rather it is a populist right-wing libertarian rag, which delighted in producing the most offensive possible images to accompany its outpourings of spleen. Its targets were the marginalised, primarily Muslims but often it was sexist and homophobic too.” ” extensive version of the right to freedom of speech is limited by the other great liberal principle that individual freedom, including that of speech, can and must be curtailed by the prevention of harm to others.” “Rather than get pulled into defending Charlie Hebdo or others to publishing provocative, racist, sexist, homophobic and Islamophobic material, the correct response to the murderous assault in Paris is to come to the defence of the beleaguered Muslim community.“Je ne suis pas Charlie Hebdo, je suis Musulmane.”

Assad Ali,

We must not call Charlie Hebdo killers ‘terrorists’, says boss” (Here)

“AZAD ALI, Islamic Forum of Europe (undercover footage): Democracy, if it means that, you know, at the expense of not implementing the sharia, of course no one agrees with that.” “Mr Ali has also threatened journalists – not Parisian cartoonists, but an undercover colleague who secretly taped his “no one agrees with democracy” quote – though there is, of course, no suggestion that he has carried out the threat or any other act of violence.” (from Here).

N’della Diouf represents the very small group the Mamans Toutes égales (compare with list of immigrant associations above) who protest against educational establishments  that will not let veiled women accompany their children on school trips. We let others to judge her wisdom in being seen in this company.

I note however that she signed with members of les Indigènes de la République –   the  militant wing of post-colonial studies, who specialise in homophobic barracking of the gay writer Caroline Fourest – this appeal in 2011 after Charlie Hebdo was firebombed: Pour la défense de la liberté d’expression, contre le soutien à Charlie Hebdo !

More in this band of haters of French secularism in Medipart.

Straight to the point: Unite Against Fascism (UAF) has not a single representative of a mainstream and respected French anti-racist, anti-fascist organisation at its conference.

Instead it indulges those with a gripe against Charlie Hebdo, notably a member of the SWP, a notorious Islamist, and a representative of the groupuscule Socialist Action.

More anti-racist cartoons from Charlie  Avec Charlie, l’immigration autrement.


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  1. This is a poster the deeply deeply loved comrade Charb designed for the MRAP.

    Andrew Coates

    February 18, 2015 at 4:51 pm

  2. […] Source: Unite Against Fascism Unites Against French Anti-Racists’ Support for Charlie Hebdo. […]

  3. The advantage that UAF and various others such as Richard Seymour, Glenn Greenwald and co have had in falsely painting CH as a racist far right magazine is that they are probably not fluent in French and are almost certainly not clued up about French society and domestic politics – and nor are their eager fanboys and girls. Thus their kneejerk suspicions easily became received Guardianista ‘fact’ within hours.


    February 19, 2015 at 4:38 am

  4. The opportunism of the SWP leadership and its UAF front over CH is not the product of ignorance but of cynicism and dishonesty. They get away with it because of the ignorance of their membership and periphery, which of course includes the Guardianista liberal-“left.”

    Jim Denham

    February 19, 2015 at 9:32 am

  5. But they can’t get away with lying so easily now that people can see the Net and information about these subjects for themselves…. (as can be seen by Facebook mentions and tweets…)

    Andrew Coates

    February 19, 2015 at 12:21 pm

  6. I know several English comrades sent by the SWP in France since the late 1970s and early. They speak fluent French…. and are now in the NPA or Front de Gauche, and have recruited (and lost) dozens of French comrades… They write articles in French for 40 years…. So the SWP has all the material means to know what Charlie Hebdo was and is… No language problems can be an alibi…. And I think abnyway the SWP does not any alibi to attack Charlie because many people on the French Far Left and anarchist movement think and write the same slanders or partial views about Charlie Hebdo. So the SWP is not taking any risk….


    February 19, 2015 at 1:12 pm

  7. Indeed Yves – I met one of them in Paris in the 1980s (lived in the 18e arrondissement) who a long-standing Cliffite, and another from Marseille.

    The chap in the 18e arrondissement never integrated into our ‘collectif’ of the left but he was active close to the LCR.

    There are in fact quite a fair number of British leftists – in France or here – who speak fluent French and even more who read it.

    I noticed that some of the SWP-aligned people in the Front de gauche (Ensemble) went on the big march for Charlie – talked about on Facebook.

    I noticed that one of them, Colin Falconer, has added this line from Julien Salingue (sur Facebook): above a translation of the infamous, ignobale, SWP declaration on Charlie: the key words are,

    “Non, Charlie Hebdo ne l’avait pas “bien cherché

    No, they didn’t ‘have it coming to them’.

    The SWP declaration of course basically says, “They had it coming to them...”


    I have taken note of those claiming to be on the left who have slandered Charlie and ‘ laïcards’ more widely – their cack in freely available on the Net (see post on Pierre Rousset) – but note that they are very much on the fringes.

    Andrew Coates

    February 19, 2015 at 1:41 pm

  8. I notice that one of the speakers at the so-called Unite Against Racism session on hating Charlie Hebdo, N’Della Paye, has disappeared.

    (see: http://uaf.org.uk/2015/02/new-speakers-for-uaf-conference-this-sat-syrizas-nasos-iliopoulos-owen-jones-victoria-brittain-louise-christian-osces-marwan-muhammed/)

    She is replaced by Nadia Henni-Moulai who on the basis of this (and other articles) seems a reasonable person, though not connected with any activist anti-racist group http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/analysis-paris-aims-reform-islam-france-583005208

    Regarding this article like most secularists I would find the example cited of Alsace (in reality, Alsace-Moselle) a very bad model to follow.

    “Alsace-Moselle is still governed by a pre-1905 law established by the Concordat of 1801 which provides for the public subsidy to the Roman Catholic Dioceses of Metz and of Strasbourg, the Lutheran Protestant Church of Augsburg Confession of Alsace and Lorraine, the Calvinist Protestant Reformed Church of Alsace and Lorraine and the Jewish religion of the three local Israelite consistorial ambits of Colmar, Metz, and Strasbourg, as well as providing for public education in these faiths; although parents are allowed to refuse religious education for their children. The clergy for these religions are paid for by the state. Catholic bishops are named by the President of the French Republic following a proposal by the Pope. The heads of the Lutheran and Calvinist churches are appointed by the prime minister, after being elected by the competent religious bodies.”


    This gives a privileged status to religion.

    It should be abolished.

    As secularists oppose this concession to (some) Churches and (some) Jewish groups they would do the same for Islam.

    In fact leading laïque groups regard this, and more widely, the privileged status of religious (largely Catholic) schools (the so-called ‘École libre’) as anomalies to be abolished.

    Valls has other things on his plate at the moment in any case.

    The objectionable Islamist extremist Azad Ali is still on the list…

    Andrew Coates

    February 20, 2015 at 5:47 pm

  9. Thank you for continually speaking sense on topic of CH. You’ll be amused and disgusted to know that Tariq Ali has once again put his foot in his mouth on the topic, at the end of a recent interview with the Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/feb/20/tariq-ali-interview-renationalise-the-railways). Apparently he’s comfortable building his case on ignorance.


    February 20, 2015 at 7:59 pm

  10. Is Tariq Ali destined to die verbally incontinent, in shame and in his own vomit?

    Evidence, on Charlie Hebdo, “people have told me that one reason for attacking the Muslims and reprinting the Danish cartoons was to boost circulation.” He argues that Je suis Charlie stickers express something other than support for freedom of expression and condemnation of those who murdered in the name of Islam – a loathing for Muslims.”


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    Andrew Coates

    February 21, 2015 at 1:21 pm

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