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A bystander’s guide to help targets of Islamophobic harassment

A Paris-based artist has created a bystander’s guide on what to do when you witness Islamophobic harassment.

Following the increasing pressure being experienced by Muslims in France after a series of Takfiri terrorist attacks across the country, a French illustrator has created a guide on what to do when you come in contact with Islamophobic harassment.

The artist, who goes by the name of Maeril, decided to draw the guide to encourage people to help Muslims who are being unfairly targeted because of their religion.

“I’m focusing on protecting Muslims here,” she wrote. “As they have been very specific targets lately, and as a French Middle Eastern woman, I wanted to try and do something to raise awareness on how to help when such things happen before our eyes – that way one cannot say they 'didn’t know what to do'!”

France’s five-million-strong Muslim community, which is Europe's largest, accounts for about eight percent of the country’s total population.

France has been hit by a spate of terrorist attacks, and has been in state of emergency since last November when 130 people were killed in a series of coordinate attacks across the capital Pairs. Since the attacks, anti-Islam sentiment has spiked in the country and across Europe.


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