Jordanian Islamic scholar Dr. Ahmad Al-Shahrouri said in an October 25, 2020 interview on Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas/Gaza) that French President Emmanuel Macron, who he said is a descendant of the Crusaders, has effectively declared war against Islam. Dr. Al-Shahrouri praised Turkish President Erdoğan's criticism of Macron, and he said that the two "poles" of terrorism are the Jewish Zionists and the "Neo-Crusaders." Predicting that an economic war is on the horizon, Dr. Al-Shahrouri expressed support for a widespread and long-term Muslim and Arab boycott of French products. For more about Shahrouri, see MEMRI TV 8194, 7935, 7920, 7868, 7382, and 6297.
Dr. Ahmad Al-Shahrouri: "The brutal war today is waged by the president of a Western country indicates that the enemy cannot become a friend as long as his goals remain unchanged. My mother used to say: 'Your grandfather's enemy will never like you. Keep this in mind, of Arabs and Muslims: Your grandfather's enemy will never like you. The people who used to wage Crusades in the attempt to annihilate the Muslim to the last one – these [French] are the descendants. Macron is a descendant of the Crusaders.'
"If only we were as vocal as the Turkish president... All the [French] could do was to summon his ambassadors and ask him why Erdogan said that the French president needs a psychiatrist... [Erdogan] was only describing reality, and he is a strong president, who can say whatever he wants.
"Terrorism has two poles: The Jewish Zionist pole and the Neo-Crusader pole. These two have been ravaging the Islamic nation for as long as it has existed and they will keep on doing that.
"This boycott of French products is a courageous step, but it is the least we can do. The future war, the signs of which have begun to appear, will be an economic one. If a country's economy receives a real blow, not just a temporary one... It is about boycotting Laughing Cow cheese today, tomorrow, for a week, or for a month, and then forgetting about the issue and buying it again... No! This is a long-term war. An economy is not affected by [a boycott of] a day or two, or a year or two. Only an escalating [boycott] can affect an economy. But as I said , [a boycott] is the least we can do. The boycott should be maintained by the [Muslims] states, as well as individuals. The [Muslim] states should boycott [France]. We thank our countries that condemn [France] and say that it is forbidden to attack the Prophet Muhammad, but that is not enough. There must be tangible economic action. We can live without [French] cheeses, because we can produce cheese in every Arab and Muslim home. But if the cowardice – the enemy of bravery – develops in the hearts of our children, then who will remove the cowardice? We want the pure cheese that our mothers prepare at home to remove the cowardice from the hearts of her sons, and to remove the subservience and love of subservience to the enemies of the Prophet Muhammad in society."