How can this French Magazine cover be considered “incitement to racial hatred” when Islam is not a race?

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Thanks to Susan for translating the cover headlines:

NATURALIZED CITIZENS

The INVASION – we are hiding 

Two Frenchmen out of three are against Vall’s massive naturalization program

Islam: Immigration: How the Left wants to transform society

Michèle Tribalat: ‘’The ever-increasing  burden of Muslims’’

The problem (according to leftist students) is the cover page of the edition which appeared on Thursday 26 September, which shows a Marianne whose face is covered with a burka accompanied by the title “Naturalised. The hidden invasion”. Marianne is a traditional symbol of France (See sculpture below)

Marianne-Republique-francaise

Islam vs Europe  “Shocked by the ‘hateful’ front page of the weekly magazine Valeurs actuelles“, the Union des étudiants juifs de France (UEJF) has registered a complaint against the magazine’s director for incitement to racial hatred, stating that the issue “contains an explicit exhortation to commit acts of discrimination or violence … against Muslims”.

For Jonathan Hayoun, president of the UEJF: “It is unacceptable that, tomorrow, in any kiosk, buying a magazine with a racist (What ‘race is Islam?)  front cover becomes something banal,” he says indignantly, for that reason “it is necessary to put a stop to this banalisation of racism with regard to Muslims.” (What ‘race’ is Islam?)

“Who would have imagined even a few years ago that in 2013 a magazine with a large circulation (more than 90,000 copies) would allow itself such hateful coverage?” (90,000 copies is considered large?)

Marianne, sans burqa
Marianne, sans burqa