Jihad in France Just Beginning (GateStone Institute) by Guy Milličre 04/02/12)
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The Obin Report showed a deep infiltration by radical Islam into the
vast majority of French schools and a vitriolic hatred for Jews. What
the Report showed was so alarming that the text was not initially
disclosed. Nobody dares to say that more than thirty mosques all over
the country broadcast incendiary remarks that have « nothing to do
with the teachings of Islam, » and that the same remarks are received
daily on television by tens of thousands of Muslims in France through
the Arabic version of Al Jazeera.
The Congress of the French branch of the Muslim Brotherhood (UOIF)
will take place in the city of Le Bourget, near Paris, from April 6-
9. Over 100,000 participants are expected. Six anti-Semitic Islamic
preachers who were invited to speak were denied entry into France.
Other anti-Semitic Islamic preachers will speak anyway ; they are
French, they cannot be expelled. They will not be condemned. The
French government knows that if it condemned them, it might be
confronted by riots in many suburbs. Every year, openly anti-Semitic
books are on sale at the Congress of the UOIF, among them the
fabricated « Protocols of the Elders of Zion. » This year will be no
Several radical Islamist organizations openly advocate -- without
interference -- jihad on French territory. One of them, Forsane
Alizza (Pride Riders), was banned by the French government at the end
of February : it had started to form fighters on French soil.
Although officially the organization disappeared, its members are
still active. Eighteen of them were arrested on March 30 ; they will
probably soon be released.
Also, as it is now widely known, on March 19, a man entered a Jewish
school, Ozar Hatora, in Toulouse, France, where he killed a rabbi,
his two children, then an eight years old little girl by shooting her
three times in the head after dragging her by the hair to place her
in front of the camera he was carrying. These were the worst anti-
Semitic acts committed on French soil since the three-week
kidnapping, torture and murder of Ilan Halimi in February 2006.
After the murders in Toulouse, like commentators and so many other
people, the police initially followed the trail of the « extreme
right. » A mobilization across the country was to be expected. The
mobilization started quickly.
It was soon revealed that the killer who had just shot four Jews was
the same man who had murdered three French soldiers, including two
Muslims, the week before. All the commentators ferociously
incriminated the « far right.» Anti-racist associations issued
statements denouncing « fascist barbarity raising its ugly head
It then emerged that the man was a French Muslim who had traveled to
the mountains of Afghanistan in to train for jihad, Islamic holy war.
The police found him, and shot him to death after a rough gunfight.
The mobilization ceased as rapidly as it had begun. Commentators no
longer spoke of anti-Semitism. Anti-racist associations became
silent. All attention focused on the killer, Mohamed Merah. He was
presented as a « nice young man » by his neighbors, then as a « petty
criminal » who inexplicably drifted, and finally as a « lone wolf »
without any connection with terrorist movements.
It was gradually revealed that his older brother, Abdelkader, now in
prison, had links with Islamists in Belgium and the United Kingdom,
and organized networks helping young French Muslims join jihadi
organizations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
It appeared that the killer, Mohamed Merah had been imprisoned in
Afghanistan for planting bombs in Kandahar, and had been placed on
the list of dangerous people to be monitored closely by the security
services of the United States.
It also appeared that he was under the supervision of the French
Department of the Interior, a circumstance that did not prevent him
from obtaining an impressive arsenal, and killing several times
without arousing immediate suspicions.
More information will emerge. The French mainstream media will reveal
it, with obvious reluctance. Every time journalists speak or write
about the case, they constantly point out that Mohamed Merah is « not
really a Muslim, » and that no one should forget that Islam is a «
religion of peace ».
Anti-racist associations have broken their silence and call for
vigilance against « racism » in general, and against the risk of «
Nicolas Sarkozy has promised sanctions against French youths who go
train in jihadi camps and those who visit websites praising jihad.
Consequently, Sarkozy was immediately described by almost all other
political leaders as a dangerous man.
The worst anti-Semitic crime committed on French soil for decades is
no longer described as an anti-Semitic crime by anyone, except Jews,
and even Jews choose their words carefully. Now the Jewish school
that was attacked as well as other Jewish schools in France are
receiving threatening emails, according to Agence France-Presse,
Jewish cemeteries are being vandalized in Paris and Nice, and
graffiti praising Merah has been appearing over the walls of
homes.The assassin has justified his act by invoking the « suffering
of Gaza´s children, » a suffering described by a growing number of
journalists as a « mitigating circumstance ». When Richard Prasquier,
president of CRIF (Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in
France) wanted to say during a newscast that media should cease
showing distorted images inciting hatred of Israel, the anchor
immediately stopped him, saying, « This is a moment of meditation,
not controversy. »
The point that the murderer is a young French Muslim who turned to
radical Islam and killed Jewish children only because they were
Jewish is no longer evoked. The only risk mentioned constantly on
television, in newspapers, and in most political discourse is that
fear could push people to « stigmatize Muslims, » who run « the risk
of being discriminated against.» « The killer, » said Dalil
Boubakeur, rector of the Great Mosque of Paris, « has nothing to do
with the teachings of Islam. »
Nobody dares to say that dozens of young French Muslims go every year
to jihadi training camps and follow exactly the same course as
Mohamed Merah. How many of them are likely to act at one time or
Nobody dares to say that more than thirty mosques all over the
country broadcast incendiary remarks which, according to Boubakeur,
have « nothing to do with the teachings of Islam, » and that the same
remarks are received daily on television by tens of thousands of
Muslims in France through the Arabic version of Al Jazeera. How many
Muslims are being indoctrinated with the same ideas as Mohamed Merah
and will start to share his hatred of Jews and the West ?
According to the National Bureau of Vigilance against Anti-Semitism
(BNVCA), nearly four hundred physical attacks against Jews occurred
in France in 2011 -- more than one a day. Moreover, Sammy Ghozlan,
President of BNVCA, states that the number of attacks that have not
been the subject of legal complaints is much higher.
All the attacks recorded by BNVCA were committed by Muslims. Not one
was due to a member of a far-right movement. French laws forbid
publicly declaring who exactly assaults Jews on French soil; those
who do risk heavy fines and prosecution.
In 2004, the government commissioned a report, called the Obin
Report, on « the Signs and Manifestations of Religious Affiliation in
Educational Establishments. » The Obin Report showed a deep
infiltration by radical Islam into the vast majority of French
schools, and a vitriolic hatred for Jews. What it described was so
alarming that the text was not initially disclosed. As nothing was
done to protest what the report showed, one can deduce that eight
years later, the situation has not improved. Jewish families withdraw
their children from public schools to place them in Jewish private
schools, where they become potential targets of Islamic extremists.
Each year, however, two thousand Jews leave France to settle in
Israel, sometimes in Canada or the United States.
Jews in France number five hundred thousand, and that number is
decreasing. Muslims total more than six million, and for the most
part, they are French citizens who exercise their voting rights.
The question is not whether there will be another anti-Semitic murder
in France, but rather, When ? Jihad in France is just beginning.
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