Two women weeping outside the kosher market where an Islamist terrorist yesterday massacred Jews on the eve of Sabbath in Paris. The Daily Telegraph reveals today that the British government is letting the family of the terrorist mentor of Amedy Coulibaly, who carried out the massacre of Jewish shoppers, live rent free in a four bedroom house in Britain.
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1. Son of the Chief Rabbi of Tunis among those killed
2. Muslim employee saved Jews during supermarket siege
3. Offensive images The New York Times wasn’t afraid to publish
4. Charlie Hebdo and Kosher terror mentor’s wife lives rent free in UK
5. 40 percent of all violent racist attacks in France last year were against Jews
6. Some Muslims and Christians adopt the JeSuisJuif hashtag
7. “How dare so many Europeans still wonder why Israel needs to exist”
8. Closed for the first time since the Nazis overran Paris
9. BBC to review Mohammed image ‘ban’
10. 24 front covers from around the world
11. “Islamophobia is a myth”
12. Remembering Ilan Halimi
[Notes below by Tom Gross]
SON OF THE CHIEF RABBI OF TUNIS AMONG THOSE KILLED
The four Jews murdered in cold blood in Paris yesterday have just been named:
Yohan Cohen, aged 22
Yoav Hattab, aged 21
Phillipe Barham, aged in his 40s
François-Michel Saada, aged in his 60s
Several other shoppers at the Kosher supermarket remain hospitalized in serious condition.
Yoav Hattab is the son of the Chief Rabbi of Tunis.
The French authorities respected requests by the Jewish community that the names only be released at the end of the Jewish Sabbath.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he will travel to Paris this evening to represent Israel at tomorrow’s rally in solidarity with the victims of last week’s attacks in France.
The French community in Tel Aviv said they will hold a candle-lit memorial for the victims of the terror attacks in France, tonight in central Tel Aviv.
MUSLIM EMPLOYEE SAVED JEWS DURING SUPERMARKET SIEGE
A Muslim employee of the kosher market (Lassana Bathily, 24,) is being hailed as a hero after he hid people, including a baby, in the freezer during the 7-hour siege. Bathily quietly led people don the stair to the basement and hid them in het freezer.
Several of those held in subzero temperatures needed to receive medical treatment afterwards, but they survived.
OFFENSIVE IMAGES THE NEW YORK TIMES WASN’T AFRAID TO PUBLISH
The executive editor of The New York Times, Dean Baquet, has defended his decision not to reprint any Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting Mohammad (even the most benign ones), by telling Politico: “We don’t run things that are designed to gratuitously offend.”
Not for the first time, a senior New York Times journalist is being less than honest.
Here is one of the vile anti-Semitic cartoons the New York Times has republished, causing great anguish to many Holocaust survivors.
Here is another anti-Semitic cartoon in the New York Times.
The Gawker website (whose owner is a subscriber to this list) has rounded up some further cartoons the New York Times have printed which are highly offensive to African-Americans, Asian people and Christians:
CHARLIE HEBDO AND KOSHER TERROR MENTOR’S WIFE LIVES RENT FREE ON UK GOVERNMENT BENEFITS
The British government is reportedly paying the family of the terrorist mentor of Amedy Coulibaly, who executed Jewish shoppers in Paris yesterday. He is also the mentor of one of the Charlie Hebdo killers. (This is comparable to the way they and other European Governments have ended up funding the families of Palestinian terrorists, through misdirected aid to the Palestinian Authority.)
The (London) Daily Telegraph reports today:
“The wife of an al-Qaeda lynchpin who mentored the Charlie Hebdo murderers is living on benefits in Britain after deciding France was too strict against Muslims.
“Sylvie Beghal, a French citizen, lives rent free in a four bedroom house in Leicester after she left her home country with her children in search of a more ‘Islamic environment’.
“She is married to Djamel Beghal, a former London-based lieutenant of Abu Hamza whose teachings are thought to have inspired the Paris attacks. At least two of the suspected gunmen responsible for the killings were Beghal’s disciples, it has emerged.
“… One of the Kouachi brothers, 32-year-old Cherif, was recruited by Beghal in prison ten years ago while both were serving sentences for terror offences.
“Amedy Coulbaly and his girlfriend Hayat Boumeddiene, suspected of murdering a policewoman and holding hostages in a Jewish grocery store, were also mentored by Beghal. According to Le Monde, the pair visited the militant in 2010 in Cantal, southern France, where he was under house arrest.
“… In a court case in the UK Beghal was once described as being so extreme that Osama Bin Laden considered him ‘beyond the pale’.”
40 PERCENT OF ALL VIOLENT RACIST ATTACKS IN FRANCE LAST YEAR WERE AGAINST JEWS
I note in one of my dispatches last week, that 7000 Jews had emigrated form France to Israel last year, a record number.
What I didn’t mention is that over 100,000 other Jews made enquiries last year about leaving, according to the Jewish Agency, as anti-Semitic attacks continue on a weekly basis. I have reported about a number of them on this list, but they are generally not reported on outside the Jewish or Israeli media. Some have been particularly horrific – for example, the rape of a woman in her home last month while her boyfriend was locked in the next room by a Muslim gang that told the couple they “wanted to rape a Jew”.
A survey last year found that France had more violent anti-Semitic incidents in 2013 than any other country in the world. Jews were the targets of 40 percent of all racist crimes in France in 2013 – even though they comprise less than 1 percent of the population.
SOME MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS ADOPT THE JE SUIS JUIF HASHTAG
The hashtag, #JeSuisJuif (I am Jewish), modeled after the #JeSuisCharlie (I am Charlie) hashtag is being used on twitter by a few Muslims and Christians as well as many Jews, reports the Jerusalem Post.
“HOW DARE SO MANY EUROPEANS STILL WONDER WHY ISRAEL NEEDS TO EXIST”
For many hours after France’s President Hollande denounced yesterday’s massacre as “an appalling anti-Semitic attack”, many BBC reporters seemed to do everything they could to ignore or downplay the anti-Semitic nature of the attack on the kosher supermarket. It was a well-planned attack and the target was carefully chosen.
The BBC and other media have, once again (as I have pointed out in the past), failed to give any context to the fact that Al-Qaeda almost always picks soft Jewish targets alongside a more military/ governmental / media target -- as they did in the attacks during the last decade in Istanbul, Djerba, Mumbai, Kenya, Morocco, Toulouse and elsewhere. (If you can’t recall this attacks, you can read about them be searching here: http://www.tomgrossmedia.com )
As Douglas Murray (who like Brendan O’Neill, quoted below, is a non-Jewish British subscriber to this list), said yesterday in relation to the attack on the kosher supermarket:
“In France, Belgium and across Europe in recent years, Jews have repeatedly been the targets of Islamist attack. They always are. Last year saw the largest upsurge of anti-Semitic hate crime on record even in the UK.
“In 2008 when Mumbai was attacked, the Islamic terrorists rampaged through that great Indian city. But they specially sought out the tiny Chabad house in Mumbai and there they slaughtered the young rabbi and his wife. It is the same story everywhere.
“The question is this: How dare so many Europeans still wonder why Israel needs to exist. Today Israel is the world’s only really safe haven for Jews who live in a world which cannot keep them safe, even when it wants to.”
CLOSED FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE NAZIS OVERRAN PARIS
The Grand Synagogue of Paris was shuttered for Shabbat services for the first time since the Nazis overran France's capital.
Instead of the authorities ordering the synagogue closed, President Hollande should have attended services there as a mark of solidarity.
BBC TO REVIEW MOHAMMED IMAGE ‘BAN’
The Huffington Post reports:
BBC To Review Mohammad Image ‘Ban’ After David Dimbleby Claims It Has Policy Against Showing Prophet
The BBC says it is reviewing its editorial guidelines after presenter David Dimbleby claimed the broadcaster has a policy not to depict the prophet - despite the BBC itself showing an image of Muhammad.
The 10pm BBC news programme on Thursday night showed a cover of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo featuring the prophet Muhammad, as part of its coverage on the murder of 12 people at the magazine’s offices and the manhunt for the suspects that followed.
Yet in the BBC current affairs programme Question Time - aired directly afterwards on BBC One - presenter David Dimbleby said that it was the corporation’s policy not to show images of Muhammad in any form.
24 FRONT COVERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
“ISLAMOPHOBIA IS A MYTH”
Brendan O’Neill (who is a British subscriber to this list) writes yesterday:
Islamophobia Is a Myth
Why do liberals fear the working class and ignore anti-Semitic murder? Because they are bigots.
By Brendan O’Neill
January 9, 2015
He says: “Islamophobia is a myth. Sure, some folks in Europe and elsewhere no doubt dislike Muslims, just as other losers hate the Irish or blacks or women. But the idea that there is a climate of Islamophobia, a culture of hot-headed, violent-minded hatred for Muslims that could be awoken and unleashed by the next terror attack, is an invention. Islamophobia is a code word for mainstream European elites’ fear of their own populations, of their native hordes, whom they imagine to be unenlightened, prejudiced, easily led by the tabloid media, and given to outbursts of spite and violence.”
Full piece here.
Tom Gross adds: Certainly there is some Islamophobia. However, I find it disturbing that almost from the moment that there was an attack by Muslim extremists on the Charlie Hebdo office, the BBC has been interviewing Muslims about how there might be a potential backlash against the Muslim community. But when Jews are held hostage and actually killed in a kosher supermarket, the BBC hardly interviewed anyone about the very real anti-Semitism that is raging across Europe, leading to (in 2014) a record number of Jews fleeing France for Israel, and a record number of anti-Semitic attacks in the UK.
REMEMBERING ILAN HALIMI
As the world media still fails to make the link between Islamic extremism and anti-Semitism, it is worth remembering Ilan Halimi.
Ilan Halimi was kidnapped by an Islamist gang who said they wanted to kill a Jew. He was found naked, handcuffed, gagged, hooded and starved, with severe burns, cuts and torture marks all over his body.
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