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French Ozar Hatorah Student Attacked Violently

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

A 17 year-old student from the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, where gunman Mohammed Merah murdered three children and an administrator last March, was attacked violently on a train Wednesday night in Lyon, according to the French Interior Ministry.

AFP reported that the victim, who wore “identifiable religious symbols,” was first subjected to verbal insults on the train, according to the official announcement, and “was then attacked in the platform toilets by two individuals who beat him up.”

The attack was interrupted by a passenger and a train controller.

The student immediately registered a complaint with the Lyon authorities and “identities of both perpetrators are now known thanks to the actions of the railroad police,” according to the Interior Ministry’s statement, that also promised to continue “fighting the resurgence of the evil  of anti-Semitism,” which signifies “a slight to the history and values of the French Republic.”.

A source close to the investigation in Lyon told AFP that neither of the accused had been summoned for questioning on Thursday morning, after having been caught by the train’s controller.

After filing the complaint, the Jewish youth went on to his family’s home in Lyon.

With the initial stage of the investigation completed, it appears that the victim was beaten up after the two suspects noticed a religious chain around his neck, according to details released by the Interior Ministry, which added that “such acts of extreme violence are unacceptable.”

CRIF, the umbrella representative group of French Jewry, released a statement saying that the latest attack on a young Jewish student “is another development in the worrying trend of anti-Semitism in our country.”

“The number of incidents is continuing to increase, the violence of the acts likewise, as if the murders committed by Mohamed Merad had released the impulse to act,” CRIF said.

It added that it is especially incendiary to speak of “intercommunal conflicts” when discussing these incidents.

“It is always identifiable Jews who are the victims of these attacks. To combat anti-Semitism in France, you have to call it by its proper name and acknowledge the factors that increase it. And we have to make its eradication a national political cause.”

The CRIF hopes that the perpetrators will be subjected to appropriate punishment.

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.

Report: Toulouse killer dead, 3 Policemen Injured

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

There are unconfirmed reports that Mohammed Merah, the Toulouse Killer is dead. He had reportedly put up stiff resistance as the police entered his apartment complex.

Merah had barricaded himself in his apartment after police arrived to arrest him over 32 hours ago.

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.

Report: Gunshots exchanged at apartment of Toulouse Killer

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Gunshots have been heard at the apartment of Mohammed Merah, the Toulouse killer, according to Fance 24 News. This comes amid unconfimred reports that the police have stormed the Merah’s apartment.

Report: French Police in Toulouse Killer’s Apartment

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

France 24 News has cited a police source as saying that French police have entered Mohammed Merah’s apartment, and are now trying to ensure that it is not booby-trapped. There is no word on his apprehension or arrest.

The apartment has been under siege for over thirty hours.

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