‘Safe European home’?

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According to French police, the now-deceased prime suspect in planning and carrying out the murders of four French Jews (as well as three French soldiers) this month was either linked to Pakistani and Afghan militants, or a member of the disbanded “Knights of Pride” (Forsane Alizza) French Islamist group. 

Even though he cannot stand trial now, we still have to examine his associations and motives leading up to the terrorist attacks and the final confrontation with police. The website of Forsane Alizza strikes me as a Salafist web clearinghouse – it has al Qaeda sympathies and is vague in explaining how its purported community building/confronting anti-Muslim bias efforts actually work. Given all the religious allusions and apparent bias against dissent in the Muslim community, it’s clear that its professed lack of political engagement is not that sincere. Part of Forsane Alizza’s mission statement is that it exists “to fight the unbelievers hostile to Islam in every way that we have available.” That is basically incitement by EU standards, which partly explains why the group was ordered to disband by a French court this January. As of Wednesday, the site has been taken down and a statement posted claiming that the group is now officially “disbanded.”

If the suspect, Mohamed Merah, was indeed a member of Forsane Alizza, then the Islamist group’s most militant windbags have much to answer for in the coming investigations, such as if members were aware of his actions and what hate speech emerged from their meeting halls and propaganda efforts.

The suspect had, like Osama bin Laden (Merah also says he acted on behalf of al Qaeda and a little-known jihadist group called “the Sons of the Caliphate” is claiming he was one of theirs) and Anders Breivik, claimed a political motive, specifically opposition to French involvement in Afghanistan and, sickeningly, to get “revenge” for Palestinian children, a morally bankrupt claim from every angle. Later he apparently changed his story to assert that his opposition to the “burqa ban” made him do it. His reportedly calm demeanor belies the ideological train wreck that was his justification for murder. No ideology is ever worth killing children for, and the conflation he made is absolutely disgusting.

The immediate question  is how Merah, who was said to have “spent considerable time in Afghanistan and Pakistan
. As the Sunday Telegraph’s Tim Jotischky mused, “If it’s true the Toulouse terror suspect had been followed ‘for several years’ then French security services may face some difficult questions.” French and Israeli commentators are wondering out loud who dropped the ball. Considering how draconian French counterterrorism practices were long before 9/11 or the Madrid and London Islamist terror attacks, it really surprises me such an individual could slip through their surveillance cracks, since it seems the French police would have had legal recourse to suspect and surveil Forsane Alizza in the meantime.  

The motivation of the late suspect, who called France24 and confessed to – or rather, bragged about – the killings several days earlier, are easy to discern. He viewed assimilated Muslims as apostates, and Jews as “soft targets.” Even if, as French prosecutors say at the moment, the suspect was a lone-wolf killer, he was inspired by and worked with armed Islamist extremists who never stop trying to spin what Israel and Western nations do into justifications for their own wars of aggression against civilian targets abroad, whether in Toulouse or Madrid or London.

This is militant Islamism, which seeks to dismantle societies such as France’s in favor of less pluralistic, more religiously-guided exclusivist ones– mirroring how the far-right in European history has demanded that citizenship be limited to Christians and Caucasians. It is not unlike the far-right’s “strategy of tension” pursued in 1980s Italy in the hopes that they’d seize and force the government into cracking down on their leftist rivals. Militant Islam also creates such tension, tension that only gets ramped up when governments adopt racist rhetoric and harsh policies against the vast majority of Muslims who aren’t seeking to make society conform to a particular (mis)interpretation of their religion. Militant Islamism is not legitimate political discourse; it doesn’t just want to express religion in politics, something that happens in France all the time among Catholics and other groups – it wants to make its narrow views on religion the basis for the entire political system. That does not constitute democracy.

As such, the murders are also partly a manifestation of European polarization on the immigration debate between far-right Islamophobes and Islamist ideologues; Forsane Alizza’s ideology has just as much potential for abuse as a European far-right group like the English Defense League. The EDL draws from a pool of slighted, angry men to incite to the right over identity politics. They have at times turned their rhetorical radicalization into violence against innocent bystanders. The BBC speculates that the far-right National Front, which Sarkozy is jousting with over conservative voters on immigration policies, may be the first party to break the “informal truce” to not discuss the Toulouse attacks from a party platform.

Inevitably, 
we are also hearing remarks that Jews should leave Europe for Israel, where, pundits proclaim, it is “safe.” Ariel Sharon said so in 2004, drawing much criticism and soul-searching among French Jewry, since France, like the rest of Europe, has a troubled past with antisemitism; people forget how collaborators like Maurice Papon did well for many years after the war and dodged prosecution despite having committed war crimes. As Robert Zaretsky wrote in Forward, Holocaust echoes reverberate in the city of Toulouse because it was there that a French archbishop dared to speak out against the Vichy government’s choice to participate in the European-wide deportation of Jews to the camps in Germany. The “Safe European Home” – a title of a song and also a book chapter from journalist Joel Schalit’s Israel vs. Utopia - is still elusive according to this point of view. As JPost noted, French Jewish and Muslim leaders had made progress combating attacks from the far-right in France until the Second Intifada apparently split the two faith communities apart even further. Both faith communities, caught between the antisemitic echoes of fascism and the violence of militant Islamism. 

Antisemitic attacks like these are presented as evidence that Jews have no place in anywhere but Israel. The counter argument of that claim is that either we all figure out how to make “liberal democracy” inclusive, or we throw it out. This counter-argument on inclusivity definitely applies to France and French Muslim as well as Jews. Israeli columnist Carlo Strenger weighed in: “Jews, as part of the global community, need to find ways to address and fight violent fanaticism in all its forms, rather than arguing that the world should be re-partitioned into tribes.”

“Jewish leaders have appealed for reason, joining a silent march with their Muslim counterparts on Sunday in memory of Merah’s victims,” a French reporter told the BBC. Hopefully this unity will help the communities move forward against their common foes, as well as confront any on the right who will try to make political hay of the murders. May that silent march turn into a chorus of condemnation and scrutiny within French society.

Two of the dead were Muslims, of Algerian descent, like the suspect, in fact, though the person who killed them clearly regarded these soldiers not as fellow hyphenated Algerians or fellow Frenchmen or fellow human beings. It is the same mentality of the Nazis who, as Primo Levi said, referred to Jewish prisoners deemed “weak, the inept… doomed to selection” as “Muselmann,” which means Muslim. Gil Anidjar, in his “The Jew, The Arab” explains how Jews became the internal, morality-sapping enemy and Arabs the external, military-endowed enemy in Europe. That view remains among the far right, and I would say radical Islamists have taken it and modified for themselves: to them, Jews (read: Israelis) are the external, military-endowed enemy, and “Arabs” (read: Muslims who don’t agree with them) are weak and inept. That is Islamist terrorism, and that is why it is imperative that both Jews and Muslims stand up for their right to live in Europe if they choose to do so. 

The killed and wounded soldiers decided to embrace a French identity ostensibly unbound by race and creed. Such multiculturalism is and has been the death for extremists of all varieties in Europe, from the far-left Baader-Meinhofs to the far-right P2 Masonic Lodge to al Qaeda-inspired Islamists today.

And four civilians who exercised freedom of religion in France paid a totally unwarranted price, while a fifth may yet die from wounds inflicted by the gunman at the Jewish school. What we also must do is put those who decline to join in building a tolerant society, like the shooter, in the dock whenever possible. This is one way to counter the alienation many Muslims will surely feel as they are pressed to denounce the killings and experience a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment that militants will exploit. 

Court proceedings on what led to these seven murders, even if they embarrass the French security forces, offer an opportunity to discredit militant Islamists’ claims that democracy and due process are signs of a weak society. A strong society, unlike the one the killer and his colleagues aspire to create, doesn’t have to gun down citizens in the street for political ends because they have served their country, or happened to be Jewish. 

Update: French police are now asserting that Mehar was not imprisoned in Afghanistan in 2007. An earlier version of this post reflected the police’s earlier narrative.

46 Responses

  1. Dan Crowther
    March 23, 2012, 11:15 am

    He was on a US no fly list and have visited most of the middle east, including Israel. He was a “no fly” since 2010. Yeah, how the hell was he able to move so freely?

    Without going “full conspiracy” here – I have to ask, how can intelligence agencies “thwart” plots before they take place, but are left “scrambling” after actual attacks – usually with people on “watch lists” doing the actual crimes?

    It might be worth noting that per The Telegraph, French officials are saying there is “no evidence of links to Al Qaeda” and they think the group taking responsibility is just being opportunist.

    Also possibly worth noting is the political reality in France – with Sarkozy running hard to the right to stave off Le Pen (daughter of out and out Nazi Jean Marie Le Pen) the hardcore French Nationalist candidate. Sarkozy’s numbers have just gotten a bump after he pledged to go after “all extremism,” saying this wasnt the work of a madman, but a concentrated, well thought out effort (which of course is the result of whatever happens in mosques, to be sure) ; Marine Le Pen today is telling everyone who will listen that this act (the killings) vindicates here anti-islam agenda.

    Whatever else might be true here, one thing is for certain: the powers that be have lost all rights to the benefit of the doubt; when you show me a “loose cannon” who was known to be a “threat” but allowed to travel across Europe and the Middle East, including Israel, and then tell me its just a coincidence that this particular dude ends up killing people, Im calling bullsht. All very Oswaldian to me, right down to the part where he ends up dead.

    One last thing: The Rule of Law is over in France after this. The French authorities are already “blaming” their inability to stop the attacks on the grounds that “There was no single element allowing to detain Mohamed Merah,” Mr Fillon told French radio. “We don’t have the right in a country like ours to permanently monitor without judicial authorisation someone who hasn’t committed an offence … We live in a state of law.”
    link to telegraph.co.uk

    “We live in a state of law.” — Not for very much longer.

    • Annie Robbins
      March 23, 2012, 12:55 pm

      dan, i think Socialist challenger Francois Hollande is sarkozy’s biggist threat, not le pen. i don’t think le pen is anywhere near in the running. not sure how that effects the dynamics of him ‘running to the right’, perhaps he’s planning on picking up some of her base. but hollande is the competition.

      link to bloomberg.com

      Recent polls have shown Sarkozy gaining support ahead of the first round of elections on April 22. He still remains at least eight points behind Hollande in a potential May 6 run-off.

      • Dan Crowther
        March 23, 2012, 1:15 pm

        My point was that he is using this to shore up the right wing vote by going hard right – the guys done nothing by mock “leftists” so there is no way he could politically go “left.” You are correct about those numbers, although there hasnt been polling since the murders…….

        As for Le Pen not being in the running, this may be true – but her ideas are definitely “in the running” in France and throughout the rest of Europe. Sarkozy’s rightward shift is indeed a reaction to the nationalists and the fascists, and getting the mainstream to adopt their “talking points” even if less forcefully is sort of, well, the strategy fascists use. A dangerous moment, to be sure.

      • Dan Crowther
        March 23, 2012, 1:57 pm
      • Annie Robbins
        March 23, 2012, 2:23 pm

        Bernard Squarcini told the French newspaper Le Monde that Mohamed Merah, who killed four people in an attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday, was held by police in Jerusalem during his visit to Israel in 2010, but was released shortly after his detainment.

        weird.

      • Dan Crowther
        March 23, 2012, 2:34 pm

        Yeah — exactly, I said the same in response to Theo: A foreign Muslim gets arrested in Jerusalem “with a knife” and is “released shortly after his detainment”?? Umm, say what?

        I hate to sound like Alex Jones here, but is it maybe a little strange that this happens now, right after the Afghan Massacre? Also right after Bibi’s trip to the states, where pretty much the whole world concluded hes a whack job? Even the main settler Rabbi is saying “no war on iran” as of a couple days ago (before the attacks) — I wonder what hes saying now?

        I admit, I usually find this kind of thing distasteful, but something just isnt adding up here…..

      • Bumblebye
        March 23, 2012, 3:31 pm

        And of course, it takes the eyes off the latest Gaza murder spree, the UN reports, the efforts to get a commission into the West Bank to see how the Palestinians are forced to exist under the Israeli boot, and so on. When there’s a bunch of negative stuff going on, one appalling murder of Jewish people can be used to jump up and down and demand the airwaves, internet and papers are filled to the brim with that instead. ie “Forget anything we do to them, at least we haven’t done what we do to Jews, but look, he/they have!”

      • Annie Robbins
        March 23, 2012, 8:08 pm

        more from dan’s haartez link

        On Thursday, Le Monde reported that Merah was not a member of any well-known Islamic terrorist organization, but did undergo a process of radicalization. He was also added to a “no fly” list maintained by U.S. authorities some time ago, two American officials told Reuters. The officials would not disclose precisely when Merah was placed on the list.

        Meanwhile, a little-known extremist group on Thursday claimed responsibility for a series of deadly shootings in France, saying they were in response to what it called “Israel’s crimes” against the Palestinians.

        i wonder if the source for that last paragraph is the mossad affiliate SITE.

      • Hostage
        March 23, 2012, 8:17 pm

        He was also added to a “no fly” list maintained by U.S. authorities some time ago, two American officials told Reuters.

        TSA’s no-fly list is not limited to known terrorists, so it’s not always useful in identifying real threats. Remember this one: “U.S. Sen. Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy said yesterday that he was stopped and questioned at airports on the East Coast five times in March because his name appeared on the government’s secret “no-fly” list. — link to washingtonpost.com

      • NorthOfFortyNine
        March 23, 2012, 10:45 pm

        It would be interesting to discover the order of travel. Did he travel to Syria & Afghanistan and the like beforehand? And they then let him into Israel, his passport thusly stamped? Really? Something does not add up. -N49.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 24, 2012, 12:03 am

        thanks hostage, yes i recall TK getting on the list.

      • Annie Robbins
        March 24, 2012, 12:11 am

        they report in this video he was refused admission into the french army and left for afghanistan right after that. (8:55)

      • Dan Crowther
        March 24, 2012, 12:15 am

        Hostage — c’mon. Kennedy getting on was entirely political, they did it to F with him. This guy was on there explicitly because of his “links” to “terrorists” etc. Its hardly equivalent.

        And before I got barraged with other non-threatening people who have also managed to get their way on, the agencies involved might not publicly say why people get on, but they “know” why said person is on the no-fly list. So, Kennedy for example probably had something like “A-hole” next to his name, whereas this guy would have “islamist” next to his. And this guy is travelling freely? Getting arrested or detained multiple times? In the border area of Pakistan and Afghanistan? Ted Kennedy certainly wasnt “vacationing” in tribal Pakistan…..

      • Hostage
        March 24, 2012, 2:11 am

        This guy was on there explicitly because of his “links” to “terrorists” etc. Its hardly equivalent.

        My point is that being on the no-fly list isn’t very meaningful. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. The terrorist watch list had about 400,000 names on it according to the figures reported by the government in January of 2010. That was just before the government decided to lower the threshold for putting a person’s name on the list. link to wired.com

      • Dan Crowther
        March 24, 2012, 10:48 am

        I think I should add one more thing — THIS PIECE BARELY MASKS ITS RACISM……..Could have been written by Douglas Murray or any number of other “defenders of western civlization” type cats — Not a good look for MW

    • Walid
      March 23, 2012, 4:02 pm

      “Marine Le Pen today is telling everyone who will listen that this act (the killings) vindicates here anti-islam agenda.”

      Not too bright this Marine Le Pen, yesterday she was bitching about Sarkosy letting the Emir of Qatar buy real estate somewhere in France. She doesn’t know that France needs Qatar much more than Qatar needs France and any country would welcome Qatar’s money. The most this Islamophobe can hope for in the vote is 20%.

      Tarek Ramadan has a good analysis of the Toulouse story and how the politicians are toying with it:

      link to counterpunch.org

    • NorthOfFortyNine
      March 23, 2012, 4:32 pm

      Good catch, Dan. I call bullshit too. That the killer, on a US no-fly list, was even admitted to Israel makes no sense. The dude was an unhinged plant. This does not exculpate him or his actions, but only the willfully blind would refuse to cast the net wider. -N49.

  2. braciole
    March 23, 2012, 12:37 pm

    Who is the more evil of Bales and Merah? Compare and contrast, including all the media coverage.

    BTW, the Afghan authorities have stated that this Mohamed Merah is not the one who escaped from a prison in Afghanistan although he does appear to have been arrested by Afghan police and handed over to US authorities who returned him to France.

    • Paul Mutter
      March 23, 2012, 12:54 pm

      Thank you for pointing this out, braicole. I noticed that and we’re going to make a note at the end of the article to reflect the new report I saw (via CBS) that clears up the earlier BBC reporting: link to cbsnews.com

    • Annie Robbins
      March 23, 2012, 2:25 pm

      Who is the more evil of Bales and Merah?

      thank you. i have made this comparison several times, including over at 972. the contrast in coverage and treatment is startling.

  3. seafoid
    March 23, 2012, 1:44 pm

    “Antisemitic attacks like these are presented as evidence that Jews have no place in anywhere but Israel.”

    So many people in Israel are lovely . Football fans are adorable.

    link to haaretz.com

    • braciole
      March 23, 2012, 1:52 pm

      Let’s not forget the lovable cheeky-chapie little rogues who came up with these.

  4. marc b.
    March 23, 2012, 1:48 pm

    This is militant Islamism, which seeks to dismantle societies such as France’s in favor of less pluralistic, more religiously-guided exclusivist ones– mirroring how the far-right in European history has demanded that citizenship be limited to Christians and Caucasians. It is not unlike the far-right’s “strategy of tension” pursued in 1980s Italy in the hopes that they’d seize and force the government into cracking down on their leftist rivals.

    excuse me paul, but you’re turning the lesson of the anni di piombo on its head. there is no effective force representing ‘militant islam’ in europe, and this atrocity smells more like a managed event, managed by french intelligence, than part of an organized ‘jihadist’ strategy. all indications are that sarkozy is already exploiting this circumstance to ramp up his security state and secure his re-election. for example he is proposing

    a sweeping new law Thursday that would jail those who visit extremist web sites — one of several tough new measures floated in the wake of a murderous shooting spree.

    The proposed rules, unveiled by Nicolas Sarkozy after the death of an Islamist fanatic wanted for a horrifying series of execution-style murders, have alarmed journalists and legal experts, who say they risk pulling the plug on free expression.

    a little background is in order here:

    on July 1, 2008 the government established a data base called EDVIGE (Exploitation documentaire et valorisation de l’information générale) to organize files on all persons older than 13 years of age who have sought, exercised or are exercising political, trade union or economic responsibilities or who play a significant institutional, economic, social or religious role. such information was to include any and all biographical information available from public data bases as well as additional information collected by police and other security personnel, on all individuals and members of organizations that had the potential to cause public disturbances. these measure ostensibly arose out of the political upheaval in france in 2005 when a state of emergency was put in place after rioting in paris and elsehwhere. (heightened security measures were put in place for the protection of prominent jewish sites in 2005, which were supposedly in place up to the recent murders, also in response to the riots and earlier acts of vandalism.) this point is important for two reasons: 1. given the suspect’s involvement with law enforcement and surveillance by french and other military and security services, it is inconceivable that information on the suspect was not part of this data base. 2. the purpose of the data base was to assist in the prosecution of individuals whose activities ‘disturb the public order.’ so 1. we can assume that the securities services had been actively collecting data on the suspect (although there is some question as to the accuracy of the information recently disclosed by the interior minister), and 2. that information could have been used, as it was intended, to prosecute the suspect prior to his alleged commission of the murders.

    french security services were reorganized at the same time the EVIDGE data base was established. the DCRI (Division Centrale du Renseignement Intérieur) , the supposed french equivalent of the FBI, was initially headed by a friend of sarkozy, bernard squarcini. what is interesting about DCRI and squarcini is that sarkozy has basically used it and him, as le canard enchaine has reported, as nixon used the FBI and army intelligence, with DCRI being accused of stealing computers and computer files, GPS systems, and similar items from journalists for Le Monde and Le Point for the purpose of interfering with press investigations into malfeasance by sarkozy. (DCRI admitted to obtaining mobile phone records on justice department personnel during the ‘bettencourt affair’, but it had never obtained the French equivalent of a warrant permitting it to do so. (eric woerth, former labor minister and treasurer of sarkozy’s political party, resigned in 2010 after allegations arose that he used illegal cash contributions from bettencourt (a l’oreal heiress) support sarkozy’s election campaign in 2007, and had bought some order or another for close friend of bettencourt.))

    I’m veering off topic here, but my point is that I don’t see how the murders could reasonably be expected to help ‘dismantle a pluralistic civil society’ in favor of ‘the caliphate’. That’s just nonsense. sarkozy is putin, without the black belt in judo.

  5. Theo
    March 23, 2012, 2:17 pm

    Rumours are flying around putting this guy anyplace from Al Qaida to a Mossad black flag operation! A careful inspection of available information makes you think twice before accepting any official version.

    Most curious is that he had an israeli visa stamp in his passport!!!
    Now we can assume that Israel will not let just anyone into the country and we can say anything about the Mossad, but that they are stupid.
    He being on the watch list in the USA and being carefully watched in France must have been known by the Mossad.
    Having said that, how could he enter Israel and come out again without raising alarm bells??!!

    Mossad is well known for its black flag operations, even against jews, so there may be a lot more to this than presently meets the eye. Let´s wait until the dust settles.

    • Dan Crowther
      March 23, 2012, 2:23 pm

      he not only was in israel – he got arrested in jersusalem for having a knife, and was “released shortly thereafter” — A foreign Muslim gets arrested in jerusalem and is released almost immediately? Hmmmm

      • marc b.
        March 23, 2012, 3:12 pm

        yes, dan, he was arrested in isreal in 2010 . . . and released . . . the same year he was detained in afghanistan . . . and deported to france . . . and subsequently he was interviewed by french intelligence in november of 2011 after returning from a visit to the border of pakistan/afghanistan, but released after questioning, convincing his interrogators that he was there on ‘vacation’.

      • Charon
        March 23, 2012, 5:55 pm

        Yeah that takes the cake. A foreigner on the US no-fly list suspected of terrorism was able to visit Israel? Doesn’t Israel interview you before you even board the plane? And grill you again when it lands?

        So he get’s arrested with a knife in Jerusalem. At this point, the authorities would do a background check and know that he is supposedly the same sort of person that they defend themselves against on a daily basis. Then he is released shortly thereafter? A Muslim arrested being released in short time? In Israel? With this guy’s record?

      • Hostage
        March 23, 2012, 7:55 pm

        he got arrested in jersusalem for having a knife, . . . A foreign Muslim gets arrested in jerusalem and is released almost immediately? Hmmmm

        Well that description would fit the passengers on the MV Mavi Marmara who were arrested and detained for trying to break the blockade on Gaza while carrying knives. They allegedly had ties to a Muslim terrorist group.

        Israel also released over a thousand Palestinian non-citizens from its prisons in exchange for Gilad Shalit, and many of them had connections to terror groups. Did this guy have any tattoos or scars that would help the Security Service distinguish him from all of the other resident and non-resident Muslim knife wielding terrorists? . . . ;-)

        Most of the people on the US no-fly list have never harmed a fly. The government just “suspects them of being suspicious”.

    • braciole
      March 23, 2012, 2:27 pm

      Mossad are stupid! One time they were capable but now, I don’think so. One of the dangers of hubris. After all the police in Dubai managed to identify 26 (I believe) Mossad operatives after the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh and the police in Lebanon have managed to capture a large number of Mossad operatives spying on Hezbollah.

      • Theo
        March 23, 2012, 2:33 pm

        Great, but how many were arrested or even identified by proper name?

    • Tuyzentfloot
      March 23, 2012, 3:41 pm

      Mossad is well known for its black flag operations, even against jews, so there may be a lot more to this than presently meets the eye.

      Sounds like textbook conspiracy thinking to me.

  6. Hostage
    March 23, 2012, 2:28 pm

    Antisemitic attacks like these are presented as evidence that Jews have no place in anywhere but Israel.

    Only if you ignore the evidence presented by Israelis who’ve spent years shreying about their own relative insecurity from terror attacks and the so-called kidnapping of Israeli-French citizen Gilad Shalit.

    What we also must do is put those who decline to join in building a tolerant society, like the shooter, in the dock whenever possible. This is one way to counter the alienation many Muslims will surely feel as they are pressed to denounce the killings and experience a rising wave of anti-immigrant sentiment that militants will exploit.

    Huh? That would just be “more of the same” existing policy. Palestinians are already one of world’s most imprisoned peoples. Since 1967, more than 650,000 Palestinians have passed through Israeli jails – many of them in administrative detention – an average of one in four in the occupied territories. link to guardian.co.uk

    Nothing short of issuing arrest warrants for the Israeli officials who openly authorize extra-judicial killings and attacks on Palestinian civilians; announce tenders for illegal settlements; and order Palestinian deportations, home demolitions, and land expropriation would ever counter the alienation that most Muslims feel in the West.

    The Netanyahu regime has committed all of those crimes, yet its members can travel freely to Sarkozy’s France and the rest of Europe without fear of arrest or prosecution. That injustice is the real problem, along with people who refuse to address it head-on.

    • American
      March 23, 2012, 4:41 pm

      That injustice is the real problem, along with people who refuse to address it head-on….Hostage”

      Yep, no peace without justice. And if you can’t get justice then revenge will keep on taking the place of justice. As Sir Francis Bacon said,… ”revenge ‘is’ a wild kind of justice.”

  7. Theo
    March 23, 2012, 2:50 pm

    During the 1950s Mossad commited several black flag operations against jews in Iraq to convince them of the need of moving to Israel.
    France has the largest jewish population in western Europe, could this not be an attempt to get them to move to that lovely place called Israel, only safe place for jews until the arabs want their land and properties back.

    Jewish friends, your biggest enemies are your rabbies and zionist hunchos. They keep you in a constant fear from the day you are born until you are dead, the only way to assure that jews will stay together and do not mix with other human beings.
    You can free yourself by taking that kippa or black hat off, dress like other citizens of your country and limit your jewishness to the synagoge. If you refuse to assimilate into the society of your land you will be always an outsider and outsiders are always not liked regardless of their religion or colour of eyes.

    • Walid
      March 23, 2012, 4:34 pm

      “During the 1950s Mossad commited several black flag operations against jews in Iraq to convince them of the need of moving to Israel.”

      Same thing happened to the Jews of Beirut that were refusing Israel’s orders to leave, until the Israeli navy shelled the Magen Avraham Synagogue in 1982. Between 1948 and 1982, 34 years passed and it gives an idea how the Jews in Lebanon had been treated during these years to have stayed so long in Beirut after the creation of Israel and how desperate was Israel to empty Lebanon of its Jews.

      As to Israeli black flag operations against non-Jews, you had Cairo, Limassol, Lillehammer, and London that I can think of.

    • Mooser
      March 23, 2012, 7:25 pm

      “You can free yourself by taking that kippa or black hat off, dress like other citizens of your country and limit your jewishness to the synagoge”

      What? I’ll dress the way I please, thank you! Besides, do you have any idea how many chicks I get with this get-up? Man, it’s like a parade, and all of them screeching “Ooo, tie me up with your retsu’ot and be my big cheder cheese-whiz!”
      How do you think Gene Simmons got started? Let’s just say that when the “Village People” reform, they’ll be new member. ‘It’s fun to stay AIPAC, it’s fun to stay at AIPAC….’
      And I’ll have you know Theo, this kippah is entirely made of recycled hemp fabric. And I recycled the hemp myself! (Doubles as sackcloth and ashes when necessary)

      Okay, let’s not get carried away here. Did I have a point?

      Theo, what gives you the idea that significant portions of Jews wear those clothes, and have not even achieved sartorial assimilation? What proportion of Jews do you think are dominated by their Rabbis in a Enlightenment-rejecting environment of religious superstition?
      And BTW, Theo, you might keep in mind that up in till fairly (within the last 150 years, I’m pretty sure) recently, in many places Jews were compelled by law or very strong custom combined with fear to live in separate communities, and they were compelled, by law in many cases, to wear distinctive clothing. And Jews were not dealt with as individual citizens, Jewish leaders or Rabbis dealt with representatives of the dominant Gentile community on behalf of ‘their’ Jews’.
      Why don’t you go to Google and find out what Jews in America, who were not compelled to segregate (after all, we had Africans, Asians and Hispanics to segregate and Indians to exterminate, isn’t that enough of a job?) or live under the domination of religious leaders did? Except for a few, they lived as American individuals, and maintained a voluntary association with Judaism to the degree they wished, and participated in the organised functions of their religions to the degree they wished and assimilated to the degree they wished. Just like most everybody else. And so did Jews in every European or Asian country where conditions permitted. You also might ask yourself, “Is there a greater proportion of Jews living voluntarily segregated lives, or being unduly or irrationally influenced by their religious leaders then there are for other religions? And don’t forget, even when compulsion is gone, even when fear is gone, even when minds are free patterns of material or social living which have become comfortable or usual can hang on for a long time due to other perceived advantages of the arrangements.

      I don’t want to scare you, Theo, but it is very possible you are surrounded by Jews disguised in ordinary clothes and hairstyles, and even those cleverly masquerading as college educated, enlightenment-type people. But keep listening to them talk, Theo! When they relax, and start substituting a short “e” sound for a short “a” (hat becomes “het” or apple is “epple”) you know you’ve got your Jew. I suggest calling them out on it, immediately. Damn, a guy has a right to know if he is dealing with a heathen or not!

      • Mooser
        March 23, 2012, 7:49 pm

        Zionist honchos in ponchos, Tonto! Oy-o Goldberg!

      • RoHa
        March 23, 2012, 9:20 pm

        “When they relax, and start substituting a short “e” sound for a short “a” (hat becomes “het” or apple is “epple”) you know you’ve got your Jew.

        Phew! I thought those were South Africans. So things are not as bad as I feared.

      • LeaNder
        March 24, 2012, 6:00 pm

        I don’t want to scare you, Theo, but it is very possible

        love, it.

    • tokyobk
      March 24, 2012, 3:44 am

      Not sure what country you are from or if you have your own religious mythology but if you are American you are missing the point that the Amish actually do get to wear funny clothes and ride around in buggies and Muslims can wear headscarves. If you have a problem with it, its your problem not theirs.

  8. DICKERSON3870
    March 23, 2012, 2:57 pm

    RE: “Antisemitic attacks like these are presented as evidence that Jews have no place in anywhere but Israel.” ~ Mutter

    MY COMMENT: Perhaps they should consider their own propaganda about how people [in Israel] live their daily lives [supposedly] with the constant menace of terrorism!

    LA DOLCE VITA: Israel trip an eye-opening experience for Jefferson chief, By Adina Solomon, onlineathens.com, 07/18/11

    This summer, Jefferson Police Chief Joe Wirthman went on a two-week trip 6,000 miles away, traveling across Israel with a delegation of state law enforcement officers as part of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange.
    “It was an awesome trip,” he said. “A trip of a lifetime.”
    GILEE, which partners with Georgia State University, sends a different group of Georgia officers every summer to work with Israeli law enforcement and border control.
    Commerce Police Chief John Gaissert and University of Georgia Police Chief Jimmy Williamson also have gone in past years.
    The object of the program is to learn how Israeli police deal with terrorism every day…
    …After his trip, Wirthman is trying to think one step ahead with the Jefferson Police Department, preparing for the type of threatening situations Israel faces 24 hours a day, he said.
    “Hopefully it’ll never happen, but in this world, ‘never’ isn’t a word,” Wirthman said. “We’re not invincible here.”
    He’s also witnessed how people live their daily lives with the constant menace of terrorism, he said.
    Wirthman met one man who sends each of his children on a different bus to school. In case one of the buses is bombed, only one of his three children will be harmed.
    “I don’t know if I could raise my family under those conditions,” said Wirthman, who has three kids of his own.

    And nobody in Israel grumbles about it, he said. Instead, they have a strong national pride many Americans had only after 9/11, he said…”

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – link to onlineathens.com

    • DICKERSON3870
      March 23, 2012, 3:09 pm

      RE: “…their own propaganda about how people [in Israel] live their daily lives [supposedly] with the constant menace of terrorism!” ~ me, above

      SEE: “Netanyahu: Stupid Like a Fox?”, By (Israeli) Uri Avnery, Antiwar.com, 06/13/11

      (excerpt)…Last week, there was a repeat performance. The Palestinians all around Israel have declared June 5 “Naksa” Day, to commemorate the “Setback” of 1967, when Israel spectacularly defeated the armies of Egypt, Syria, and Jordan, reinforced by elements from the Iraqi and Saudi armies.
      This time, the Israeli army was prepared. The fence was reinforced and an anti-tank ditch dug in front of it. When the demonstrators tried to reach the fence—again near Majdal Shams—they were shot by sharpshooters. Some 22 were killed, and many dozens were wounded. The Palestinians report that people trying to rescue the wounded and retrieve the dead were also shot and killed.
      No doubt this was a deliberate tactic decided upon in advance by the army command after the Naqba Day fiasco and approved by Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak. As was said quite openly, the Palestinians had to be taught a lesson they would not forget, so as to drive any idea of an unarmed mass action out of their minds.
      It is frighteningly reminiscent of events 10 years ago. After the first Intifada, in which stone-throwing youngsters and children won a moral victory that led to the Oslo agreement, our army conducted exercises in anticipation of a second Intifada. This broke out after the political disaster of Camp David, and the army was ready.
      The new Intifada started with mass demonstrations of unarmed Palestinians. They were met by specially trained sharpshooters. Next to each sharpshooter stood an officer who pointed out the individuals who were to be shot because they looked like ringleaders*: “The guy in the red shirt… Now the boy with the blue trousers…”
      The unarmed uprising broke down and was replaced by suicide bombers, roadside bombs, and other “terrorist” acts.
      With those our army was on familiar ground.
      I suspect very much that we are witnessing much the same thing once more. Again, specially trained sharpshooters are at work, directed by officers…

      SOURCE – link to original.antiwar.com

      * TAKE NOTE, OCCUPY WALL STREET “RINGLEADERS”! ! !

    • Mooser
      March 23, 2012, 7:46 pm

      “Instead, they have a strong national pride many Americans had only after 9/11, he said…”

      USA! USA! Yeah punks, let’s see your stupid country lose track of potential terrorists agencies had been aware of for years. And what kind of inter-agency rivalries does your dumb nation have? America has the best! And can your country match the building design standards and construction methods of the Twin Towers? Has your country ever had four jetliners hi-jacked in one morning? I should say not. What about the way administrators and leaders handled things from the moment the hijackings were recognised? Could your country screw up like that? Could your country handle the subsequent cover…I mean, investigation like America, so that nobody, to this day, has a coherent time-line.
      Yessiree bob, I was proud of America on 9-11!
      And one more thing foreign-boy! If you’re country suffered a 9-11, do you think you could go and attack and destroy the wrong country because of it? Huh? Match that, you effete European snob!
      USA! USA! USA!

      Remember the Maine? It was a boiler explosion.

      • Dan Crowther
        March 23, 2012, 11:23 pm

        Yup Mooser pretty much says it all. One more point, how about all the money we’ve thrown at “national security” etc….

        But I will say, I am not ruling out the possibility that this guy was “turned” into a terrorist by an intelligence agency and went postal. There are too many questionable things about this guy’s travel history the last few years, his repeated arrests and interrogations, his ability to continue to move freely, the group he belonged to tie’s to the far right (max blumenthal has the scoop) in France; someone’s got some splainin to do…..

      • Charon
        March 24, 2012, 4:36 pm

        Breivik was also a world traveler with ties to the far right. With MK Ultra, the CIA used drugs, hypnosis, trauma, and other forms of debilitation in an attempt to ‘break’ into a persons mind at a subconscious level and ‘implant’ a ‘program’ which has allegedly resulted in a few people going Postal. Sounds science fiction (or the original Naked Gun comes to mind), but the truth is stranger than fiction.

        There was also some British Muslims detained at Gitmoo, tortured and then brainwashed using edited video into believing they were Al Qaeda terrorists who visited a Bin Laden rally.

        Regardless, someone’s got some splainin to do for sure. The CIA and FBI have thrown hundreds of thousands in taxpayer money at Rita Katz’s SITE Institute. I question the sanity of our security/intelligence to rely on propaganda not unlike DEBKAfile, often made up out of thin air. Katz’s ties to the Israeli secret service are not a secret. I mention SITE because it was SITE who have been ‘poisoning the well’ with this guy and saying he was Taliban, Al Qaeda, etc. Stuff that today is apparently not true.

  9. yourstruly
    March 24, 2012, 1:15 pm

    agree, there’ll be vengeance paybacks so long as the west occupies arab/islamic lands and tries to remake them in its own image. return these lands to their people and vengeance attacks will essentially disappear. i mourn for those killed this week in toulouse, as i do for the many arabs/muslims killed every day by the idf and other foreign troops in the mideast.