Report: Toulouse Terrorist Visited Israel (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 03/23/12)
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Mohammed Merah, the terrorist who murdered seven people, including a
rabbi and three young children, and who was killed by French security
forces in Toulouse, visited Israel several years ago, it was reported
Channel 10 News reported that the reason for Merah’s visit to Israel
is not entirely clear, but it is believed he came to gather
intelligence for his attack.
The Channel 10 report was based on a comment made by an American
officer serving in Afghanistan to the French newspaper Le Monde. The
officer told the newspaper that Merah’s passport had been stamped
with entry to and exit from Israel.
However, the National Immigration Authority said on Thursday evening
that an initial investigation found that Merah never visited Israel.
Kol Yisrael radio reported that the National Immigration Authority
said that the terrorist´s name, as published in the media, was not
found in the list of arrivals to Israel. The authority added that it
is continuing to investigate the matter.
Channel 10 noted that there are conflicting reports about whether
Merah was identified as an Al-Qaeda activist before 2010, which is
when he allegedly visited Israel. The report noted that if he was
indeed suspected to be an Al-Qaeda terrorist, then Israeli procedure
would have called for him to be interrogated at the airport and to
undergo a thorough security check.
It is unknown whether Merah was indeed interrogated or checked, the
report said. The Israel Security Agency refused to comment on the
issue and said that it was still being review reviewed.
Merah, who was trapped in a Toulouse apartment after being surrounded
by police, confessed to murdering a rabbi and three Jewish children
in an attack Monday at the Otzar HaTorah Jewish day school in
Toulouse, as well as three French Muslim paratroopers last week.
He bragged to media and police that he had “brought France to its
knees” and expressed no remorse, other than the regret that he had
not had time to kill more.
Merah reportedly died when he was shot in the head as he leapt from
his window trying to escape the oncoming police. (IsraelNationalNews
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