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Toulouse Killer’s Father Suing Police

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

The father of Toulouse killer Mohammed Merah reportedly is suing police for allegedly murdering his son.

Mohamed Benalel Merah filed a lawsuit against the RAID elite police who shot his son.

“This is a suit against unnamed persons for murder with aggravating circumstances concerning those who gave the orders at the top of the police,” Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, a member of the legal team representing Mohamed Benalel Merah, told AFP.

Mohammed Merah, who murdered four at a Jewish school in Toulouse, was killed last March by police after a 32-hour siege at his house in the southern France city. Merah was fatally shot while jumping from his window during a daylong siege on his apartment in Toulouse.

“You’ve got 300 to 400 heavily armed people and a guy shut up all alone in his apartment. That alone is enough to raise questions,” Coutant-Peyre said.

Merah had confessed to the school killings, which included a rabbi and two of his young sons, and the daughter of the school’s headmaster. He filmed himself carrying out the attacks.

AFP reported that the head of the legal team, Algerian attorney Zahia Mokhtari, said he has evidence that Merah was “liquidated,” including videos that Merah filmed himself during the siege.

Toulouse Killer Mohammed Merah Visited Israel in 2010

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, has confirmed that the man responsible for last week’s shooting rampage at Toulouse Jewish school Ozar HaTorah visited Israel in 2010.

According to a Shin Bet investigation, Mohammed Merah entered Israel via the Allenby Bridge from Jordan in September 2010, before traveling on to Afghanistan,where he attended an al-Qaeda training camp. The investigation also revealed that the Shin Bet questioned Merah at the time, but having found nothing to arouse suspicion, permitted him to enter Israel.

Merah, who entered on a French passport, is reported to have stayed in Israel for three days. The Shin Bet has yet to turn up any evidence of terror-related links or activities during his stay, and thus could not confirm the claim made by a French intelligence chief last Friday that Merah was arrested with a knife while in Jerusalem.

This revelation comes amid confirmed reports that the killer was on the U.S. ‘no-fly’ list. U.S. officials have said that Merah was placed on the list some time ago, but have thus far refused to provide more details. Pressure is mounting on French intelligence agencies to admit to serious intelligence lapses and submit to a government inquiry.

Yesterday, a French judge brought Merah’s brother closer to criminal trial by placing Abdelkader Merah under formal investigation for complicity in Mohammed Merah’s shooting spree. Abdelkader has denied involvement in his brother’s attacks, but said that he was “proud” of what he had done.
Mohammed Merah died after resisting police who stormed his apartment last Thursday after a 32 hour stand-off. In the course of the siege, he told the police that he was responsible for the killings and that he planned to kill again. He expressed no regret and said it was too bad he did not “take out” more victims. He also expressed pride that he had “brought France to its knees.”

Toulouse Killer Visited Israel in 2010

Monday, March 26th, 2012

The Shin Bet, Israel’s domestic intelligence agency, has confirmed that Mohammed Merah, the man responsible for the murders of 7 people last week, visited Israel in 2010.

According to a Shin Bet investigation, Merah entered Israel via the Allenby Bridge from Jordan, prior his travels to Afghanistan, in September 2010. The investigation also revealed that the Shin Bet questioned Merah, but having found nothing to arouse suspicion, permitted him to enter Israel.

Toulouse Widow and Bereaved Mother Issues Plea to Jewish People

Sunday, March 25th, 2012

Eva Sandler, wife of Rabbi Jonathan and mother of young boys Aryeh (5) and Gavriel (3) – 3 of the 4 Jews murdered in a shooting attack by Mohammed Merah in Toulouse on March 19 – has issued a public letter responding to the thousands of people seeking ways to support her in her time of suffering.

Following the burial of her husband and her two sons in Har Menuchot cemetery in Jerusalem, Eva penned a letter to the Jewish people, telling them how to help her and her daughter Leora.  The letter was distributed virally through e-mail and also published on the Chabad.org website:

My heart is broken. I am unable to speak. There are no ways for me to be able to express the great and all-consuming pain resulting from the murder of my dear husband Rabbi Jonathan and our sons, Aryeh and Gavriel, and of Miriam Monsonego, daughter of the dedicated principal of Ozar Hatorah and his wife, Rabbi Yaakov and Mrs. Monsonego.

May no one ever have to endure such pain and suffering.

Because so many of you, my cherished brothers and sisters in France and around the world, are asking what you can do on my behalf, on behalf of my daughter Liora and on behalf of the souls of my dear husband and children, I feel that, difficult though it may be, it is incumbent upon me to answer your entreaties.

 My husband’s life was dedicated to teaching Torah. We moved back to the country of his birth to help young people learn about the beauty of Torah. He was truly a good man, loving, giving, and selfless. He was sensitive to all of G-d’s creatures, always searching for ways to reveal the goodness in others.

He and I raised Aryeh and Gavriel to live the ways of Torah. Who would have known how short would be their time on this Earth, how short would be the time I would be with them as their mother?

I don’t know how I and my husband’s parents and sister will find the consolation and strength to carry on, but I know that the ways of G-d are good, and He will reveal the path and give us the strength to continue. I know that their holy souls will remain with us forever, and I know that very soon the time will come when we will be together again with the coming of Moshiach.

I wholeheartedly believe in the words of the verse: “The L-ord has given, and the L-ord has taken away; blessed be the Name of the L-ord.” I thank the Almighty for the privilege, short though it was, of raising my children together with my husband. Now the Almighty wants them back with Him.

To all those who wish to bring consolation to our family and contentment to the souls of the departed: Let’s continue their lives on this Earth.

Parents, please kiss your children. Tell them how much you love them, and how dear it is to your heart that they be living examples of our Torah, imbued with the fear of Heaven and with love of their fellow man.

Please increase your study of Torah, whether on your own or with your family and friends. Help others who may find study difficult to achieve alone.

Please bring more light into the world by kindling the Sabbath candles this and every Friday night. (Please do so a bit earlier than the published times as a way to add holiness to our world.)

The holiday of Passover is approaching. Please invite another person into your homes so that all have a place at a Seder to celebrate the holiday of our freedom.

Along with our tearful remembrance of our trials in Egypt so many years ago, we still tell over how “in each and every generation, they have stood against us to destroy us.” We all will announce in a loud and clear voice: “G-d saves us from their hands.”

The spirit of the Jewish people can never be extinguished; its connection with Torah and its commandments can never be destroyed.

May it be G-d’s will that from this moment on, we will all only know happiness.

I send my heartfelt condolences to the Monsonego family for the loss of their daughter Miriam, and I pray for the speedy recovery of Aharon ben Leah, who was injured in the attack.

Thank you for your support and love.

 

 

Toulouse and NPR, Ideology and Fayyad

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The murderous rampage of Mohammed Merah has been weighing on my mind. It has been widely reported that Merah, the young Islamist terrorist who killed three French soldiers two weeks ago, and four Jews (including three children) at the Otzar HaTorah school in Toulouse this week, murdered Jews “to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children.”

But NPR went one even better, reporting — in the words of “All Things Considered” host Robert Siegel — that “the gunman told officials that he killed his victims in part to avenge slain Palestinian children.”

As far as I can tell, there is no direct quotation available from the terrorist (not ‘gunman’), or even a second-hand report that included an equivalent statement. NPR’s correspondent on the scene, Eleanor Beardsley, said (in the same segment) that:

He’s been speaking to police and he told police that he’s angry about children in Palestine, he’s angry at France being in Afghanistan, he’s obviously angry at Jews, he’s angry at fellow Muslims who would wear the French uniform…

French Interior Minister Claude Gueant, who should know what Merah told the police, said that he “wanted to avenge Palestinian children and take revenge on the French army because of its foreign interventions.”

Some time after the attack and 24 hours before the police raid in which he was killed, Merah called the newsroom of French TV station France 24, where he spoke to News Editor Ebba Kalondo (video in English here). He gave his reasons for his actions, a litany of Muslim complaints against France, particularly the ban on Islamic veils. With regard to the Otzar HaTorah murders, she said:

“As for the attack on the Jewish School, he was adamant that it was revenge, for the killings of what he termed ‘my little brothers and sisters, in Palestine.’”

In the absence of a direct quotation from Merah, NPR host Siegel could have quoted Kalondo or Gueant — or used a more neutral paraphrase. The phrase “slain Palestinian children” is more than journalistic exuberance – it implies that there is an equivalent, deliberate and vicious, action on the Israeli side to avenge. It suggests the narrative that “both sides are engaged in tit-for-tat violence” that NPR is always at pains to promote.

Although it is a staple of anti-Israel propaganda that Israel deliberately kills Arab children, the proposition is a blood libel and a case of reality inversion, given the long list of Israeli children targeted by Palestinian Arab terrorists. NPR shouldn’t help it along.

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Of course, there is also the incredible craziness of the idea of ‘avenging’ the actions of France or Israel by grabbing an 8-year old girl by the hair and shooting her through the temple. The various news reports seem to accept this as expected in the world of Islamist terrorism.

The Obama administration seems to think that only al-Qaeda shares the ideology that works this way. But what is the ideology behind the random launching of rockets into Israel, a staple of Hamas, Hizballah, and other Arab terror groups? What was the ideology of the terrorists that slaughtered the Fogel family, including 4-month old Hadas?

If we are not already numb, there’s this:

Merah, born in Toulouse of Algerian parents, told police negotiators he had murdered three small Jewish children, and a teacher, outside a school on Monday to “revenge Palestinian children.” However, he also, chillingly, told police that he had attacked the school in a random act of frustration after he failed to locate a soldier to continue his series of street killings of off-duty paratroopers.

So we have an ideology in which it makes sense to murder little children to ‘avenge’ actions by other people with whom they share an ethnicity, and the selection of Jews as the default murder victims when the preferred ones are not at hand.

Think about being the default murder victims when you wonder if the government of Israel is paranoid about Iran, for example.

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Finally, there is the technocratic Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad, so moderate that Hamas would not have him in a unity government, who made this statement on the murders:

It is time for these criminals to stop marketing their terrorist acts in the name of Palestine and to stop pretending to stand up for the rights of Palestinian children who only ask for a decent life.

Either he is a hypocrite or entirely non-representative of his movement, because the official media of his own Palestinian authority this very month found it appropriate to honor terrorist Dalal Mughrabi, who murdered 37 Israelis, including 13 children.

After Dust Settles, French Security Failure in Toulouse Unequivocal

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Friday’s French newspapers want an answer to one simple question: How was a known Islamic extremist allowed to murder seven people, including three children, in three separate attacks?

The Communist “L’Humanite” demands full disclosure of how closely France’s intelligence services had been following Merah before his attacks. The gunman had been arrested numerous times and had been to Afghanistan – someone should have been keeping a tab on him.

“Liberation” wanted to know how presidential politics – and the upcoming vote – influenced the bizarre way Police managed the capture, taking 32 hours and then, essentially, botching the job, as the suspect was killed.

“Le Figaro” was more cautious, warning against a rush to judgment. After all, the police on the spot were aware of much more detail than those intellectuals and politicians on the left and on the right “who never lose a chance to cry scandal.”

The Catholic “La Croix” also suggested Monday morning quarterbacks should wait for the full police account. But it demanded a full account, nevertheless..

Veteran police officer Christian Prouteau, who founded the GIGN — one of France’s elite police units — said in an interview with “Ouest France” that he wanted to know why police had not used tear gas to flush out Merah, and said he was astonished that they had failed to take him alive. “How come the police’s best unit did not manage to arrest a lone gunman?” he asked.

President Nicolas Sarkozy said in a televised address that he would crack down on extremism, and wanted legal action against people who regularly visit Jihadist websites or travel to suspect destinations.

But French politicians are asking how French intelligence officers had failed to interrupt Merah’s killing spree, when they were keeping a dossier on him as a Muslim extremist.

Police failure will certainly bolster the chances of Sarkozy’s main challenger, Socialist Francois Hollande, who, at a Thursday rally announced that “questions will have to be asked.”

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told Europe 1 radio that intelligence officers had recently questioned Merah. Juppe agreed their failure to stop him in time would have to be investigated.

The al-Qaida linked Jund al-Khilafah, claiming responsibility for Merah’s murders on Jihadist websites, stated “the Frenchman carried out an operation that shook the foundations of the Zionist Crusaders. Israel’s crimes will not go unpunished.”

Police: Merah Is Dead

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Mohammed Merah, suspected of killing seven in Toulouse, died after resisting Police who were advancing on his apartment Thursday.

French Interior Minister Claude Guéant told reporters that Merah was hiding in the bathroom when Police entered his place.

The moment the policemen came in, Merah stormed them, shooting wildly and injuring three, and then jumped out a window. He was found dead on ground.

One policemen is in serious condition.

The assault was underway according to a source close to the investigation, after three loud explosions were heard around 10:30 am Thursday by AFP journalists on the outskirts of  Toulouse, where the building where Mohamed Merah holed up for over 31 hours has been cut off from public access.

Police told AFP they were moving slowly, in case the apartment was booby-trapped.

Police suspected Mohammed Merah, 23, of murdering four people at Ozar HaTorah school last Monday and three soldiers the week before.

Police surrounded Merah’s block after two officers were shot when they tried to get into his flat in early dawn Wednesday. They say Merah is heavily armed with a Kalashnikov rifle, a mini-Uzi 9mm machine pistol, several handguns and possibly grenades.

French prosecutor provided a clearer picture of Mohammed Merah, giving background and the circumstances of his identification as the killer:

He was on Welfare.

He was arrested on 15 occasions in France.

Four weapons were found in a car in his possession: two sub machine guns and two shotguns.

Explosives found in brother’s car, and Police say the brother was heavily involved in the crimes,

During the siege, Merah shouted at Police that he belonged to al-Qaeda. He then demurred: “I don’t have the soul of a martyr, I want to stay alive.”

Merah admitted to the killings and said he planned to kill again. this morning, targeting two military servicemen he had identified. He also planned to gun down police officers.

He expressed no regret and said it was too bad he didn’t take out more victims. He expressed pride that he had “brought France to its knees.”

Mohammed Merah, suspected of killing seven in Toulouse, died after resisting Police who were advancing on his apartment Thursday. French Interior Minister Claude Guéant told reporters that Merah was hiding in the bathroom when Police entered his place. The moment the policemen came in, Merah stormed them, shooting wildly and injuring three, and then jumped out a window. He was found dead on ground.

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