Nobel Laureate: Don’t ‘Muddle Up’ Terrorism with Islam

Nobel Peace Prize winner Wided Bouchamaoui has urged people everywhere not to “muddle up” terrorism with Islam. The Tunisian businesswoman, who co-founded the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet which won the 2015 peace prize, said Muslims who practice their faith calmly and respectfully are “victims of a semantic problem” when “terrorists” are described as “Islamic terrorists.” “I think we should call a spade a spade,” Bouchamaoui told the UN General Assembly’s high-level forum on The Culture of Peace. “A terrorist is a killer, a murderer, a criminal and I would even say an imposter who is manipulating Islam.” The Nobel laureate said she and others intend to join forces to fight extremism, which knows no borders. “It must be considered as a priority of the UN agenda on the culture of peace and non-violence,” Bouchamaoui said. Stressing the importance of international action, she said, “I would like to urge each and every one of you not to muddle up terrorism (with) Islam.”

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