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French Investigators Rule ‘No Evidence’ Yasser Arafat Murdered

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

A French court has ruled that former Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) chairman Yasser Arafat was not assassinated, as his wife Suha and many Palestinian Arab officials claim.

Arafat died in November 20014 at Percy Military Hospital near Paris at age 75, after he developed stomach pains while barricaded at his Muqata headquarters in the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah, in Samaria.

Suha Arafat has insisted that he was poisoned by highly radioactive polonium, and accused Israeli intelligence agent of murdering him, filing murder case in 2012 at Nanterre Court.

Three teams of French, Swiss and Russian investigators arrived in Ramallah shortly thereafter, where Arafat’s tomb was opened for a few hours to allow the scientists to collect approximately 60 samples for analysis.

In Lausanne, Switzerland, a center tested biological samples taken from the PLO chairman’s belongings given to his wife after his death and allegedly found “abnormal levels of polonium.” However, the center did not say the departed Arafat had been poisoned.

French experts who found isotopes polonium-210 and lead-210 in Arafat’s grave and in the samples determined they were of an “environmental nature,” according to a statement by Nanterre prosecutor Catherine Denis in April 2015.

The panel of three French judges also concluded their investigations in April as well, and sent their findings to the Nanterre prosecutor, who recommended in July that the case be closed.

This week, the panel of judges issued a ruling to close the case without bringing charges, according to the prosecutor quoted by AFP.

“At the conclusion of the investigation… it has not be demonstrated that Mr. Yasser Arafat was murdered by polonium-210 poisoning,” the judges ruled, according to the statement released by the prosecutor from the court in Nanterre, near Paris.

Suha Arafat’s attorney, Francis Szpiner, announced the decision of the judges on Twitter. Her legal counsel accused the judges of closing the investigation “too quickly” and called for more experts to be questioned.

Palestinian Authority leaders in Ramallah likewise were disgruntled by the decision. PA inquiry committee head Tawfiq Tirawi told AFP, “We’ll continue our investigation until we reach the killer of Arafat; until we know how Arafat was killed.”

3 Americans, 1 UK Man Subdue Terrorist on Train to Paris

Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Three U.S. citizens and a British man subdued an armed terrorist who boarded a high-speed train from Amsterdam to Paris Friday night and then opened fire at passengers.

The 26-year-old gunman, identified by local media as Ayoub El-Qahzzani, is allegedly of Moroccan origin, according to Alliance Police Union official Sliman Hamzi, who spoke with French television station i-Tele.

El-Qahzzani lived in the southern Spanish city of Algeciras, according to the Associated Press, and was a member at a mosque under surveillance there. He moved to France in 2014 after visiting Syria.

According to a report by the British Telegraph quoting the La Voix due Nord newspaper, the gunman was linked to a jihadist group which attacked Belgian anti-terrorist police in January in Verviers, near Liege, and were shot dead. “It appears that he had been identified as a potential security threat by the Spanish authorities who had alerted French authorities and had asked them for further information about him,” the Telegraph reported.

U.S. Air Force serviceman Spencer Stone was released late Saturday from hospital after being stabbed. A second serviceman, Alek Skarlatos, served recently in the Afghanistan in the National Guard. The third, Anthony Sadler, is studying physical therapy in Sacramento.

The men told reporters they heard a gunshot and breaking glass, then saw a train employee racing down the aisle, followed by a gunman with an AK-47 assault rifle.

One of the Americans tackled the attacker while a second wrestled away the rifle and a handgun. The attacker pulled a box cutter and stabbed the man who had taken him down, until he was beaten unconscious by the three of them.

A British business consultant, Chris Norman, helped subdue the gunman and keep him held down after he was tackled. Stone then helped another passenger who had been shot in the throat.

Passengers on the train eventually arrived at their destination early Saturday, several hours later than scheduled.

It is easy to board a high-speed train in Europe with a weapon and in most places one can avoid metal detectors, the necessity for showing a passport or other identity papers, and even avoid a bag search.

Major rail stations are patrolled by armed soldiers, but if one does not appear suspicious in any way, and avoids a search, a terrorist can board a train with no problem.

Update: Hostages Freed in Paris Primark Mall

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Eighteen hostages held hostage in Paris early Monday for nearly five hours have been freed, according to Infos140. The armed men who took them captive have — for the moment — disappeared, the news service reported.

The employees were held hostage by two or three gunmen inside a store at the Primark mall in Villeneuve-la-Garenne in northern Paris.

“Around 6:30 am two or three armed criminals went into the Primark mall for what we think was initially an attempt at armed robbery,” a police source told the Australian Herald Sun.

A store employee sent a text to her boyfriend at around 7 am, telling him she and others were taken hostage by two armed men, according to Le Figaro, a French newspaper. All of the hostages were store employees, according to the AFP news agency.

Police blocked off access to the area and an elite special forces unit was deployed to the scene. The gunmen made no demands and no injuries were reported.

Numerous members on the Twitter social media site posted a flurry of scornful tweets, as one pointed out: “People still talking about robbery in #paris #primark in the morning?!! what the heck?!! something to hide?”

The motivation behind the entire incident is still not clear. Police are searching for the gunmen and an investigation has been launched.

13 Year-Old Jewish Boy Beaten in Paris

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

A 13 year-old Jewish boy wearing a kippah was attacked and beaten in the 19th district (arrondissement) of Paris this week. The boy was beaten as he left his Jewish school.

The assailants were described as being of African origin. The 19th arrondissement is home to many North African immigrants. One of the attackers allegedly shouted “beat that dirty Jew.”

After the attackers beat the boy, they allegedly stole his phone and ran away.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with head wounds.

France’s National Bureau of Vigilance against Anti-Semitism (BNVA) condemned the attack and recommended that a formal complaint be filed with French police.

Aliyah from France Soars 25 Percent

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Aliyah to Israel from France has soared 25 percent so far this year, from 4,000 to 5,100, according to figures supplied by French Jewish officials.

A sharp increase in the number of Jews moving to Israel from France also was recorded in 2013 following the escalation of violent anti-Semitism.

This past Januury was particularly bloody for Jews in Paris, where four Jews were murdered in an attack on a kosher deli and a Jewish cartoonist was among 12 victims in the attack on the offices of Charles Hebdo satirical magazine.

Absorption minister estimates that 9,000 Jews will have moved to Israel from France by the end of this year, compared with 7,100 in 2014.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon angered the French government by publicly calling on Jews to “come home.”

The question remains whether Jews elsewhere in the Diaspora will “come home” only when their friends and relatives are being killed.

France Prosecuting 15 Suspected Jihadis for Targeting Jews

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

The government of France began its prosecution of 15 suspected terrorists on Monday for planning to carry out jihad (Islamic holy war) attacks against Jews in Paris. France ratcheted up its response to radical Islamic threats and rising anti-Semitism after an exceptionally bloody week of terror this January.

The radical Islamic group to which the accused operatives belong is called Forsane Alizza, or “Knights of Pride.” It was dismantled shortly after the 2012 week-long murder spree in Toulouse by Al Qaeda-linked terrorist Mohamed Merah, who attacked a Jewish day school. Merah murdered a rabbi and three children, as well as several soldiers.

The leader of the group, Mohamed Achamlane, one of those whose trial began this week, was arrested in the western city of Nantes. He and the others are charged with intent to carry out terrorist acts. However, two of the 15 were not present in the courtroom; one was a minor to be tried in juvenile court.

The group’s Internet site “called for an Islamic caliphate in France, the application of Shari’a (ed: Islamic law) and incited Muslims to unite to prepare for civil war,” said Paris Prosecutor Francois Molins at the time of their arrest. Forsane Alizza members received religious indoctrination and physical training in parks and forests around Paris, Molins charged, “in order to take part in a jihad.”

Multiple kosher groceries and the offices of French satiric magazine Charlie Hebdo were listed in a Forsane Alizza computer file named “targets.” Several were, in fact, attacked this past January in a united Al Qaeda-ISIS operation that left 20 people dead, including the three terrorists in the cell.

However, in a letter from his jail cell Achamlane denied having anything to do with the attacks, according to court documents.

Paris Jews Beaten, Hospitalized After More Anti-Semitic Violence

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Anti-Semitic violence is continuing in France, where two Jews were attacked last week in separate incidents that led to both being rushed to hospitals. One was a teen.

Both attacks occurred in the Paris area.

Last Friday four Middle Eastern-appearing attackers ages 17 to 20 attacked a 16-year-old Jewish boy wearing a kippah in central Paris.

The boy was jumped as he left his home, according to a report by the BNVCA – the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism.

A fifth person, also of Middle Eastern appearance, joined the group and urged the attackers to “break” the victim, calling him a “coward.”

An Asian woman who saw what was happening stopped the beating by threatening to call police.

The victim was taken to Rothschild Hospital, where he underwent emergency eye surgery and other treatment for mild to moderate wounds. He later filed a criminal complaint with police.

Earlier in the week, a Jewish mother was assaulted by three African women after she complained about the behavior of children she thought were theirs.

The children hurled a soccer ball at the Jewish woman’s daughter.

According to the BNVCA this incident took place three days prior to the attack in Paris on the Jewish teen, May 13, on a street in Sarcelles – a Paris suburb.

“Hitler didn’t finish the job!” the women shouted, witnesses said. Jews are “a filthy race,” they continued. “You need some more beatings.”

The beating she got was severe enough to hospitalize the woman, identified in the BNVCA report as L.D. She also filed a criminal complaint with police who were called to the scene.

The northern suburb of Paris has been the scene of other attacks as well, and is home to some 60,000 Jews. Muslim immigrants from Africa and the Middle East also make their home in Sarcelles.

Earlier this year, in January, terrorists from Al Qaeda and Da’esh – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) – carried out a series of attacks in Paris. A number were aimed specifically at Jews, according to a “hit list” later recovered by police.

French President Francois Hollande vowed to protect Jews in his nation from such violence after those attacks. During a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation from the Auschwitz Nazi death camp, Hollande told French Jews: “Your place is here, France is your country.

Hollande was good to his word: Some 10,000 French military personnel were deployed around the country following the wave of terror attacks that struck the nation on January 7, 8 and 9. Subsequently, a number of French troops were faced with death threats as a result.

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