A seemingly small action can sometimes create a bigger impact than one expects:
A young Belgian Muslim student has snapped a selfie in front of right-wing extremists who were taking part in an anti-Muslim demo in Anvers, Belgium, in an act of defiance, which has gone viral.
Islamophobia has become as bad as it has because for too long it was the Islamophobes who were willing to speak up while the non-Islamophobes believed that it was enough to merely ignore them. It is not. Change begins with the refusal to ignore. Belkhiri was only one person with a phone camera against 40 far-rightists (including Filip Dewinter himself) decked out with their signs and banners, but she won the propaganda skirmish this time by cleverly turning the far-rightists into her background scenery. This is how personality beats numbers.
“Nothing can take the place of the individual … For the source of their power is in the realm of artistic creativeness. It can never be mechanically acquired, because it is an innate product of divine grace.” – Adolf Hitler
And now she is no longer alone.
“I did not expect that my selfies would become viral. At first it was a bit difficult to deal with it but now I’m used to it and I’m really happy to hear all this positive feedback,” she said.
In recent days, Zakia is enjoying her newly-found popularity and hopes to inspire other young people to combat Islamophobia in the country.
She says: “I’d love to be an inspiring person, though I know I’m a bit idealistic”.
“We must never forget that admiration for everything that is great is not only a tribute to one creative personality but that all those who feel such admiration become thereby united under one covenant.” – Adolf Hitler
And this is all it takes to make a difference.
The story gets better! Belkhiri is an active anti-Zionist!
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