France police arrest woman for saying Islamic greeting ‘assalam alaykum’

A French woman was arrested by police in the capital Paris this week after her neighbours reported her for using the traditional Islamic greeting with workers in their accommodation building, as tensions continue to rise over the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian resistance group Hamas. According to reports circulating on social media, the unnamed woman was taken into police custody after her neighbour filed a complaint when overhearing her say ‘assalam alaykum’ – ‘peace be upon you’ in Arabic – to some workers in their shared building. She was reportedly temporarily detained before later being released, with the judicial police officer defending their actions by stating that “with the current climate, we cannot take any risks”. That current climate […] Source

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