France: Facebook user calls to cut Muslim throats

French police are trying to identify the user who called to cut Muslims` throats instead of sheep during Eid al-Adha feast.

Paris: French police are trying to identify a Facebook user who called "to cut Muslims` throats instead of sheep" during the Eid al-Adha feast, sparking the ire of Muslim and anti-racist groups.

"Police are carrying out an investigation to identify the author of these unworthy declarations," police said in a statement, adding that the Facebook "wall" page in question had already been taken down.

After the posting, the French Muslim Council (CFCM) contacted police and the French anti-Islamophobia Collective (CCIF) contacted the social networking site to have the page removed.

The offending statement called on the world to mark the Feast of Sacrifice, known as Eid al-Adha, on November 06 by "cutting Muslim throats instead of sheep".

"We will finally have a good reason to celebrate," it said.

Muslims mark the end of the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca by sacrificing an animal, often a sheep, in remembrance of Ibrahim`s willingness to sacrifice his son for God.

"This is a lamentable call to murder that could bring about a new Oslo," Abdallah Zekri of the CFCM said, referring to July`s massacre in Norway carried out by Islamophobe Anders Behring Breivik.

Zekri noted what he said was a rise in Islamophobia in France since President Nicolas Sarkozy`s right-wing UMP party started a controversial public debate on French identity, Islam and immigration.

"Today it is easy to attack Muslims with impunity," Zekri said.

Bureau Report

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