Dutch Muslim politician Arnoud van Doorn said in a November 8, 2020 interview on TRT Arabic (Turkey) that the recent beheading of French school teacher Samuel Paty was a tragedy, but that he does not believe it is a "coincidence" that shortly after Paty’s death, the French government took action to close Islamic schools and mosques. He said that it is often the case that "whenever there is an attack allegedly perpetrated by Muslims, you immediately see governments legislating new laws against Muslims and against Islam." Van Doorn had been a member of Geert Wilders' Dutch Freedom Party before converting to Islam. He Is a member of The Hague City Council for Party of the Unity and the President of the European Dawah Foundation.
Interviewer: "How would you describe the killing of the French teacher Samuel Paty?"
Van Doorn: "This is a tragedy, of course. I would like to express my condolences to his family. It is inconceivable for them, but on the other hand, it is no coincidence. Islam rejects aggression and terrorism. Islam is a peaceful and tolerant religion. So one wonders whether it is [really] Muslims who carry out these acts. I do not know, only Allah knows. But it is a problem.
"On the other hand, it does not seem like a coincidence, because right after this terrible incident, we saw France legislating new laws and setting new rules in order to undermine the status of the Muslims in France by closing down Islamic schools and mosques. This could be a coincidence, but I believe that there is some scheme here. Whenever there is an attack allegedly perpetrated by Muslims, you immediately see governments legislating new laws against Muslims and against Islam. This is why I think that there is a connection. I am not a fan of conspiracy theories, but I can see the connection between these cases. This cannot be a mere coincidence."