Maryam Rajavi calls for united front against Islamic extremism in wake of Paris attacks

The Iranian regime is the driving force behind the Paris terror attacks and the rise of ISIS and Islamic fundamentalism, Maryam Rajavi has told a gathering in France.

The Iranian Resistance leader called on the world to unite against fundamentalists that are totally at odds with a religion that teaches tolerance and co-existence.

Speaking five days after the terror attacks in Paris, she also expressed her solidarity with the people of France, her deep regret for the criminal terrorist attacks, and her sympathy for the victims’ families.

She highlighted the solidarity of the Iranian people with more than a million people who rallied in France on Sunday, and condemned the silence of Iranian regime’s leaders over the murderous attacks and their attempt to use the massacre as a bargaining tool.

Mrs Rajavi told the conference in Paris entitled ‘In 2015, all for tolerance and democracy against religious extremism‘: “Those who propagate despotism and ruthlessness under the veneer of Islam are the worst enemies of Islam. Those who massacre journalists under the pretext of defending the Prophet of Islam have no understanding of Islam whatsoever.

“Neither the abduction of school girls in Nigeria, nor the murder of children in Pakistan, nor the everyday hanging of prisoners, nor splashing acid in the eyes and faces of women in Iran, nor beheading western nationals, nor the cleansing of Sunnis in Iraq and nor the massacre in Paris have anything to do with Islam.”

She added: “Indeed, the existence of the rule of terror, barbarism and fundamentalism in Tehran is the driving force behind all extremist currents who invoke the name of Islam. From Iraq and Syria to Yemen and from Afghanistan to France, the political and ideological backbone of extremism under the banner of Islam is the Iranian regime.

“Similarly, the attack on journalists and writers is a barbarity that Khomeini laid the basis for by the fatwa against British writer Salman Rushdie.”

Mrs Rajavi called the international crisis caused by the rise of ISIS and the fanaticism under the banner of Islam a product of the Iranian regime and the policy of appeasement with this regime.

She added: “The Mullahs of Iran and their lobbies are trying to take advantage of the coalition formed against ISIS to get their regime out of its crisis, although the Iranian regime is itself the biggest source of instability in the region and its eviction is indispensable to stability, especially in Iraq and Syria.”

She stressed that the regime of velayat-e faqih is the ‘epicenter, inspirer, political refuge and the financial bankroller and arms provider’ to extremism, whether under the banner of Shia or Sunni.

She called for a united front against Islamic fundamentalism, and specifically against the Iranian regime, and insisted that the intellectual, cultural and root solution to fundamentalism is the democratic and tolerant Islam that is represented by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK).

Mrs Rajavi also said that the two decades of appeasement of the religious fascism ruling Iran and the suppression and terror listing of PMOI was a significant factor in the expansion of Islamic fundamentalism and extremism, and the terrorism stemming from it.

Other taking part in the gathering and making speeches included: Sid Ahmed Ghozali, former Prime Minister of Algeria; Jean-Pierre Béquet, member of Val d’Oise provincial council; Rama Yade, former Advisor to French Foreign Minister on Human Rights; Anissa Boumediene, Islamic scholar, jurist and former First Lady of Algeria; as well as legislators from various European countries, including Dominique Lefebvre from France, Senator Antonio Razzi from Italy, Edidijus Vareikis from Lithuania, Senator Kees De Lange from Netherlands, Stanislav Polcak from the European parliament, Peter Mathews from Ireland, Ardelean Ben Oni from Romania; along with a number of French mayors, including Jean-Pierre Muller and Sylvie Fassier; and personalities such as progressive Bishop Jacques Gaillot from France, Dr. Taissir Al-Tamimi, former Chief Justice of Palestine; Paulo Casaca, former member of European parliament; Gilles Paruelle, former head of bar association in Val d’Oise; and Khalil Meroun, Head of d’Evry Mosque.