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French City Facing Legal Action over Marwan Barghouti Street

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

A watchdog on anti-Semitism vowed legal action against a French municipality that named a street after Palestinian Authority terrorist Marwan Barghouti, serving five sentences of life in prison for involvement in attacks that killed dozens of Israelis.

The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, on Wednesday prepared to ask an administrative court to void the move by Valenton, near Paris, BNVCA founder Sammy Ghozlan told JTA. BNVCA also will complain to police of incitement to commit a crime, he added.

“This celebration of a murderer is unacceptable,” Ghozlan said of the dedication in Venton last month of a street honoring Barghouti, who was sentenced by an Israeli court in 2004 to multiple life sentences for planning dozens of deadly terrorist attacks.

During the Sept. 15 inauguration of Marwan Barghouti Alley, Valenton Mayor Françoise Baud called Barghouti “the face of the unwavering resistance of the Palestinian people against the occupation, the crimes, the destruction, the apartheid and the colonization perpetrated by the Israeli government.”

During the same ceremony, Baud, a member of the French Communist Party, also inaugurated a square honoring Nelson Mandela, a former president of South Africa and an anti-apartheid activist.

“Referring to both men in the same breath is no distinction for Barghouti but a diminution of Mandela’s personality,” Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for international relations, told JTA.

Ghozlan added that in light of the increase in anti-Semitic violence in France over Israel’s actions, “this is a signal that encourages more attacks on Jews.”

Barghouti was made an honorary citizen of Valenton five years ago. The municipality intends to sign a twinning agreement with the Balata refugee camp in the West Bank, Baud said in her speech.

 

 

‘ISIS Jew’ Report May Be False

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The words “ISIS’ and “Jew” make a great combo for a thrilling headline, but the report this week that a French Jewish girl joined the terrorist organization so far has not been confirmed or dismissed.

The London Daily Mail, in a report on young girls falling to temptations to join the fanatic Muslim terrorist empire, “ Despite ISIS repeatedly expressing of deep hatred of Jews, there was even a Jewish girl, according to a security official who spoke anonymously because rules forbid him to discuss open investigations.”

The report made all the rounds of Israeli news sites and is the talk of the town in France, but so far, it is only a rumor.

Some people claim the mysterious girl is from Marseilles. Other assert she is from Paris.

The French Interior Ministry says it has no update on the report.

“No one should throw rumors around. There is no proof that this really happened, French legislator Meir Haviv said, according to Globes. The Interior Ministry is trying to trace everybody [who joined ISIS] and their families. Even if she is Jewish, I cannot understand why a Jew would join ISIS. If true, she probably is half-Muslim.”

He added, “if there really is a Jewish girl who went with ISIS, this is the end of the world – complicated and complex.”

A French Jewish journalist said his research indicates the girl is from Paris. “She met with people at a center that is against radical religions before she traveled, and officials are trying to track her down,” he reported. She wants to travel to Syria, according to sources I spoke with.”

One rabbi in France said, “It is not possible that something like this happened. There are lots of rumors. Some say she is Jewish, and other says she converted. It is worrisome.”

A Marseilles resident suggested that the rumor may be a lie to blacken the name of Jews.

French intelligence official estimate that at least 100 young girls have crossed the border in recent weeks to join ISIS in Syria, part of a campaign to exploits girls suffering from personal problems.

 

 

Frenchman Probed for Telling TV He Might Kill Jews

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

French police have opened a criminal investigation against a young man who made anti-Semitic statements and suggested in a televised interview that Jews should be killed.

Yves Jannier, the prosecutor of the Pontoise region north of Paris, ordered the probe Monday following the airing last week by the France 2 channel of an interview with a young man about the Jews of the nearby Parisian suburb of Sarcelles, Le Parisien reported Monday.

The young man, who was not named, is seen in the interview while standing with friends on the street and answering the questions posed by a female journalist for France 2. “What they are doing over there in Palestine, we are doing here to the Jews. And if we get real angry, we might just kill them,” the man said.

The interview was part of a 46-minute special program on the Jewish community of Sarcelles, a poor suburb where 60,000 Jews live amidst a heavily-Muslim population.

“If I get angry, I will light up all of them, all the Jews,” said the young man.

He is suspected of justifying a crime and “incitement to hate and violence” against an ethnic group, Le Parisien reported.

On July 20, riot police prevented approximately 150 participants of an unauthorized protest rally against Israel’s actions in Gaza from reaching the main synagogue of Sarcelles. Some rioters then burned one store and smashed the windows of another seven shops. A nearby synagogue was hit by firebombs.

Last week, the Correctional Tribunal of Strasbourg in eastern France sentenced a woman to three months in jail for insulting a Jew she saw on a bus. The woman called the man “dirty Jew,” removed his kippa and assaulted the bus driver after he tried to remove her from the vehicle, according to the news website 20min.ch. The woman is Muslim and was drunk when she engaged the victim, according to the report.

French National Abducted by ISIS Algerian Terror Group

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

A French citizen has become the fifth person to be abducted and threatened with execution by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS.)

The Algerian “Soldiers of the Caliphate” announced Tuesday they would execute Hervé Gourdel in 24 hours if France does withdraw from the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS. The group is called Jund al-Khilafah in Arabic and split from Al Qaeda’s North African branch, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) according to the Qatar-based Al Jazeera news network. Its members swore loyalty to ISIS earlier this month.

The group announced its plans in a video uploaded to the internet in which Gourdel, age 55, is seen seated between two masked, armed men. “We, the Caliphate Soldiers in Algeria, in compliance with the order of our leader Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi … give Hollande, president of the criminal French state, 24 hours to cease its hostility against the Islamic State, otherwise the fate of his citizen will be slaughter. To save his life, you must officially announce the end of your hostility against the Islamic State,” a speaker on the video said.

Addressing French President Francois Hollande directly, Gourdel said in the video, “This armed group has asked me to demand that you do not intervene in Iraq. They are holding me hostage. I beg you, Monsieur Président, to do all in your power to get me out of this bad situation. I thank you.”

The video has been confirmed to be authentic by the French government, which said it was doing everything possible to track down Gourdel, a resident of Nice working as a mountain guide. He was in Algeria as a tourist, though, when he was kidnapped, traveling in a car in the region of Tziz Ouzou with two local Algerian guides when the vehicle was stopped by a group of masked gunmen. His two guides were set free.

ISIS has beheaded two American journalists and a British aid worker in Raqqa, Syria. A second British aid worker, Alan Henning, is so far still alive; both his wife and Muslims around the world have appealed to ISIS to free him, insisting that he has been “peaceful” and a “friend to the Ummah.” 

France Targets Daash

Friday, September 19th, 2014

French fighter planes hit ISIS targets in Iraq on Friday, according to French President Francois Hollande. The planes bombed an ISIS warehouse facility.

Rifle-Wielding Man Threatens Murder outside French Jewish School

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

Police in Marseille arrested a man who brandished a weapon in front of a Jewish school and threatened to commit murder.

The man, who was not named, approached the Gan Ami school while carrying the weapon, shouting: “I will kill all of you,” an unnamed police source told the Le Figaro daily. The man, 48, was drunk and was arrested soon after making the threats, according to the report.

The police source said the man lived next door to the school, and that he was annoyed at a truck that was parked outside the school, which blocked traffic and prompted other drivers to sound their horns.

The incident in the afternoon last week, when parents were arriving to pick up pupils and take them home, occurred amid a major effort by police to provide protection to Jewish institutions and especially schools.

Beefed up following a dramatic increase in anti-Semitic attacks in 2014 compared to last year, the tight security is part of a heightened state of alert which began in 2012, when an Islamist murdered three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse.

From Jan. 1 to July 31, the SPCJ security unit of France’s Jewish communities documented 527 anti-Semitic incidents compared to 276 in the same period of 2013, SPCJ reported in a statement issued Sept. 11. In all of last year, SPCJ documented 423 anti-Semitic incidents.

SPCJ said the increase owed to a proliferation of attacks on Jews over Israel’s summer conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

Last week, French police arrested a 26-year-old man on suspicion that he threw stones at police during an anti-Israel rally in Paris on July 19. Earlier this month, a 34-year-old Tunisian man received two months in jail for a similar offense.

Aliyah from France has picked up sharply as a result of anti-Semitism, and Israeli officials are boasting that the 5,000 French Jews who are expected to have arrived in Israel by the end of the year is a record.

More surprising is that nearly 500 000 Jews remain in France

The PBS video includes interviews of French Jews making aliyah. (JTA contributed to this report.)

ISIS Terrorist Identified as Murderer in Brussels Jewish Museum Attack

Saturday, September 6th, 2014

The murderer of four people, including two Jews from Tel Aviv, in the attack last May on the Jewish Museum in Brussels was an ISIS terrorist who was one of the captors and torturers of James Foley, Steve Sotloff and a French journalist, who was released and now had identified the killer.

The terrorist is Medhi Nemmouche, a French citizen who is to go on trial in Belgium on Friday for the murders at the museum. He was arrested several days after the terrorist attack, and he fought for the Islamic State (ISIS) in 2013 only three weeks after he was released from prison, where he served five years for armed robbery.

The immediate reaction of Brussels officials after the attack was typical of the head in the sand illusion that makes believe that many terrorists are “lone wolves,” that many attacks on Jews or Jewish institutions are just a coincidence and that the radical Islamic movement in Europe does not threaten to overthrow the entire continent.

The fact that at that time of his arrest he had a white sheet emblazoned with the name of the ISIS clearly indicates Nemmouche, even if he acted alone, was not just some jihadist who woke up one morning and decided to become a terrorist.

Anti-Semitism in France is rampant. Considering that the motive was “open” was a denial of reality.

Nemmouche was identified by French journalist Nicolas Henin as the terrorist who attacked the museum. The fact that he is a French citizen belies the false belief among many European leaders that the jihadists are imports.

“The accused gunman is also French, increasing fears in Europe over European citizens’ ties to extremist groups,” National Public Radio reported. French authorities estimate that nearly 1,000 other people from France have joined the jihadists in Syria, and every one of them, unless they are killed first, could be the next Nemmouche.

Henin, who was kidnapped in Syria in 2013 and held for almost a year, said that Nemmouche was only one of several French citizens who were in charge of the prison where he was held.

The journalist has known for some time that one of his captors was Nemmouche but did not say anything in order to protect other Westerners held by ISIS. He broke his silence after Le Monde reported that investigators have linked the killer with ISIS, which really should not be a surprise considering that the sheet with the name ISIS n it at the time of his arrest was widely reported.

“When Nemmouche wasn’t singing, he tortured,” Henin wrote in Le Point. “The torture lasted the night, up until the dawn prayer,” when radical Muslims appeal to Allah to give them the strength for more barbarism.

Europe’s “everything is just dandy” mirage is its own death sentence. Nemmouche used his French citizenship to return to enter Belgium from Germany and is “a perfect example of the difficulty in tracking European jihadists, reported NPR’s Eleanor Beardsley.

Henin’s lawyer Marie-Laure Ingouf told AFP that “Nemmouche was one of his jailers. All the hostages confirm this. They lived alongside him for several months.”

Henin spent part of his time as hostage along with journalists Foley and Sotloff, who were beheaded by ISIS in the past two weeks. He added that it was clear to him and others in captivity that Nemmouche did not leave Syria in order to become a good citizen.

“It seemed to us that he did not leave for Syria because of some grand ideals but, above all, to make his mark, to carry out a murderous path that he had traced,” Henin said.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/isis-terrorist-identified-as-murderer-in-brussels-jewish-museum-attack/2014/09/06/

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