Jihad murderer recorded terror attack on Parisian kosher grocery


This has happened before in France: Mohamed Merah, who committed a jihad massacre at a Jewish school in Toulouse, filmed his murder of an eight-year-old girl. These jihad videos apparently mean big box office in certain communities. And where might those communities be?

“Official: Gunman recorded terror attack on Parisian kosher grocery,” by Paul Cruickshank, Jim Sciutto and Steve Almasy, CNN, January 30, 2015:

(CNN)The terrorist who gunned down four people at a kosher market in eastern Paris earlier this month recorded the attack on a camera, a U.S. intelligence official told CNN on Friday.

The information backed up a report by Eric Pelletier, a national security reporter at the French magazine L’Express, who wrote that Amedy Coulibaly recorded seven minutes of the attack, including the moments when he killed three people.

Citing a French source close to the investigation, Pelletier reported that Coulibaly was able to use a computer at the market to email a copy of the attack video before he was killed by police.
Israeli mourners hug at the funeral in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015 of four French Jews, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab and François-Michel Saada, killed in an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week.

Coulibaly was carrying the GoPro camera on his torso during the January 9 attack and subsequent standoff, the source told L’Express. French investigators have viewed the recording, said Pelletier, who shared details of his reporting with CNN.

“There is a strong probability that this video may have been transmitted to a recipient and not to a traditional media outlet,” said an investigator, who expressed his fear to see that video surface online one day.

The source said French investigators have examined computers recovered from the grocery store and are looking into what accomplices Coulibaly may have connected with around that time.

Several survivors said Coulibaly tried to connect to the Internet on his own computer but failed. He then went to a second computer in the store after forcing a hostage to help him. He inserted his memory card into the computer and appeared to be manipulating video or image files on the computer.

Coulibaly reportedly had proclaimed his allegiance to ISIS. He is believed to have killed a policewoman a day before the market attack….

You Can’t Talk Sense to a Shotgun


“The fight would continue, as it had in the Crusades, until the injustice was completely removed. By imposing partition, the United Nations would virtually precipitate Palestine into a bloodbath.” –Jamal Husseini, 1947

The above statement was addressed to the UN General Assembly regarding the establishment of a Jewish sovereign state in the Middle East. I’m not even going to approach the debate between Arab and Jews and the indigenous right of Jews to their place in the Middle East. If the Jewish people, with all their brains and brawn, cannot convince the Arab Muslim to stop hating Jews simply because they’re Jewish and find enough common ground to live together in peace, then my sciolistic and miniscule contribution to that eternal debate will accomplish nothing. But I use the Arab Muslim example of intransigence, as inspired by a religious fidelity, as a means of pointing out that the conflict in North America (Europe is lost, in my opinion) between the opponents of Islamic jihad and those who either support Islamic jihad or whose political vilification of Western values and traditions serve no other purpose than to empower Islamic jihad, will never come to an end. Our only hope is to prevent the Islamic imperial dream from reaching fruition here. After all the apologia and political sophism employed to portray Islam proper as being somehow benign—regardless its entire history, from its violent beginnings to its violence present day—the one and only course of action left to those of us who have never been convinced of this benignity is to speak with the enemy at the gate, intimate to him that we are truly aware of his willful nature, that we are not naive, and prevent him from entering our city.

Raphael Israeli has written, “…one cannot help but notice that some of the international conflicts in which Muslim groups or countries are involved, such as in the Middle East, Kashmir, the Philippines or Xinjiang, have also been tinged by Islamic ideology. The implications are vast: if, thus far, conflicts have been mediated and settled by negotiation and compromise, namely by quantitative means, once they are pushed to the religious domain they become qualitative and not given to negotiation and compromise and become that much more difficult to resolve.” They are foolish, therefore, who believe this conflict between the West and the religion of Islam will soon be settled and a final denouement reached.

And it is, essentially, a conflict between the religion of Islam and the West, not merely between the fundamentalists of Islam and the West. For without Islam the religion, there would be no Islamist fundamentalism—there would be no jihad. If Islam is an absolute good, there can be no 9/11, or Beslan, or 7/7, and now ISIS. Or as Raphael Israeli also asks, “Why is it that Islam has given rise to so many groups of ‘suicide bombers’, and to so many ‘spiritual’ leaders who openly condone this practice and lend legitimacy to it…?” These are questions our media and political leaders and apologists not only refuse to answer but, far worse and far more imprudent, refuse even to ask.

Efraim Karsh gives examples of Islamic recalcitrance in Palestine Betrayed: “For all their drastically different personalities and political styles, Arafat and Abbas are warp and woof of the same fabric: dogmatic PLO veterans who have never eschewed their commitment to Israel’s destruction and who have viewed the ‘peace process’ as the continuation by other means of their lifelong war.” He recounts elsewhere that Saeb Erekat, who served for 12 years as editor of the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds (a paper which purported in 1997 that the virulently antisemitic book The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is indeed factual), who in 2002 alleged that the IDF killed more than 500 civilians during their assault on the town of Jenin (when in fact there were no more than between 53 and 56 recorded casualties), said of Netanyahu’s request that the PA recognize Israel’s “Jewish nature”, that “he [Netanyahu] will have to wait 1,000 years before he finds one Palestinian who will go along with him…” In other words, the Palestinians, or to be more precise, the Palestinian leadership, would much rather the land of Israel remain a desert and barren to Muslims and their terrorist affiliates exclusively—forbidden to Jews—than become a land cultivated, fruitful, and made beneficent for all, both Muslim and Jew.

It should be obvious to all by now that the goals and visions of Islamic jihad, as it exists in the West Bank and Gaza, takes precedence over the lives and well-being of ordinary Palestinians: death to the Jews and the elimination of the State of Israel, in the minds of Hamas and PA leadership, is far more important than providing a means of livelihood and enduring infrastructure for ordinary Palestinians. Better to build concrete tunnels with the purpose of attacking Israeli Jews than to build homes and schools and hospitals for Palestinian families. Moreover, that the majority of ordinary Palestinians actually concur (after all, they elected Hamas) with these nefarious adventures, as defined by Arafat and Abbas, speaks volumes about this overwhelmingly anti-Jewish mindset an assortment of Israeli governments since 1948 have vainly attempted to conciliate. “World history is the history of large cultures” wrote Oswald Spengler in Decline of the West. Who can deny that Islamist culture, as it exists within the Islamic world, is on the rise? We witnessed this dangerous proliferation playing out in the so-called “Arab Spring” and today in the subsequent and populist ISIS movement. Religiously prescribed intransigence is the pivotal ingredient to this brutal ideology’s continuity.

Instead of becoming an open pasture for political pundits the world over, good and bad, the “peace process” between the State of Israel and the Arab Muslim world (not simply the Palestinians) should be by now a joke shared amongst those who can see clearly that the debate is going nowhere, has always gone nowhere, and was going nowhere as far back as 1933. Lt. Col. (ret) Jonathan D. Halevi, senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, recounts: “Arafat reached the decision that the negotiations at the Camp David summit in July 2000 were going nowhere. He sent a security representative to Sheikh Salah Shehade, head of the Hamas military wing at the time, with the message: ‘I have no objection to Hamas taking action.’”—Even while feigning the role of a “peace partner” in the eyes of the Western world, Arafat was secretly preparing for the Second Intifada, coordinating with Hamas immediate terror attacks inside the State of Israel.

You can’t talk sense to a shotgun. And you can’t negotiate on a level plane with a religious prejudice that presupposes Muslims as superior to, and above, all others. How can the State of Israel ever hope to accommodate, or exist contiguously with, a people whose religion is innately and traditionally anti-Jewish and whose tenets boast that Islam and the Muslim have obsolesced Judaism and the Jew? Neil J. Kressel posits that, according to studies, “…in non-democratic countries, high self-esteem may actually increase support for authoritarian institutions.” He points out further that psychologist Roy F. Baumeister’s research in this area of human behaviour suggests that “…empirical evidence supports the counterintuitive proposition that bullies, domestic abusers, and other perpetrators of violence frequently have high self-esteem…many evil-doers throughout history have possessed inflated self-images. When these images become tarnished or damaged, the result may be a powerful drive for revenge.” Islamist jihadists, those who commit “honour killings”, and those of Yasser Arafat’s ilk fit the above criterion perfectly. And the common denominator of them all is their religiously taught, hateful intransigency.

The same anti-Western and anti-Jewish sentiment that has for many decades permeated the Muslim Middle East is the same anti-Western and anti-Jewish sentiment now permeating North American universities, media, and political discourse. The portentous and existential imbroglio the tiny State of Israel shares with its Arab Muslim neighbors is the prime symbolic example of the much larger and precisely similar portentous existential imbroglio Western democracies now share with our Muslim citizens and/or immigrants. To insist that this imbroglio does not exist, to rely on the vain strategy of placating those whose religious tenets demand implacability is also intransigence.

France: 8-year-old Muslim says, “I am with the terrorists”


“I said, my son, do you know what terrorism is. He said, ‘No,’” the father, Mohamed Kebabsa, said later on French television. He said he told his son the killings were “barbaric … not an act of Islam.”

But then where did the lad learn this? In any case, as Jihad Watch reader Bill, who sent this to me, remarked: “I’m sure he will see the error of his ways and become a fine, upstanding ‘Marseillaise-singing’ ‘Frenchman’ when he grows up.”

“French fracture laid bare as 8-year-old praises terrorists,” by Elaine Ganley, Associated Press, January 30, 2015 (thanks to Bill):

PARIS — It was bad enough when France learned that the minute of silence for victims of the nation’s deadliest terror attacks in decades was not respected by all students. Some children contested it, others walked out. But when an 8-year old Muslim boy proclaimed, “I am with the terrorists,” the alarm bells sounded at full strength.

The chilling call from a child so young brought into stark relief the divide between mainstream France and a portion of the Muslim population, often from neglected neighborhoods. But the official reaction — hauling the boy into the police station for questioning — also triggered debate, with many seeing it as a sign of mounting hysteria.

The fierce official backlash against expressions of Muslim extremism in the wake of this month’s Paris terror attacks stems in part from the sheer numbers of homegrown jihadis. More French have embraced jihad in Syria and Iraq than in any other European country — over 1,000. Dozens of these fighters have returned, feeding fears they could turn their battle skills on France. In early January, those fears were realized, as three Frenchmen with links to Islamic extremists went on their murderous rampage, killing journalists at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, a policewoman, a policeman and shoppers at a kosher grocery store.

The French government is desperate to prevent more bloodshed. This week, it started a “stop jihad” website that mimics the media tactics of the Islamic State group luring youth to the battlefront — while, crucially, adding a dose of real-life warnings about what the siren calls from Syria can mean. They range from being killed far from home to having a role in massacres of children.

President Francois Hollande held a day-long emergency meeting on Thursday with school officials, associations and mayors of poor suburbs with crime-infested housing projects — widely believed to also be filled with potential jihadis. The government is trying to devise a plan to bridge the divide between the haves and have-nots and bring the values that define French citizenship, notably equality and secularism, to this parallel world.

The pronouncement by the 8-year-old at a school in Nice in support of the terrorists who killed 17 people this month illustrates how the issues that divide may be seeded long before adolescence.

Police interrogated the boy and his father on Wednesday after the school director informed them of the Jan. 9 incident.

“I said, my son, do you know what terrorism is. He said, ‘No,’” the father, Mohamed Kebabsa, said later on French television. He said he told his son the killings were “barbaric … not an act of Islam.”

Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has tried to tamp down the controversy over the child’s interrogation, backing the school director’s decision to refer the matter to police. She has said that up to 200 incidents of disrupting the minute of silence had been brought to her attention — enough to make clear to French officialdom that the values binding the nation together are not shared by all.

France’s social fracture has been a problem for decades, and the extent of the divide was revealed during fiery riots in 2005 that hopscotched through the nation’s housing projects ringing big cities. The projects began as bedroom suburbs to solve an urban housing crisis, but ended up as enclaves for immigrants from France’s former Muslim colonies in Africa and elsewhere.

Today, the problems are being rediscovered and a new emergency treatment ordered up. Hollande is expected to announce new measures for the projects at a Feb. 5 news conference.

The nation has already sunk hundreds of milllions of euros into trying to cure the ills within the heavily immigrant projects, including razing buildings in some neighborhoods and replacing them with town house-style accommodations. But the jobless rate is more than double the national rate of 10 percent, crime is rampant in many neighborhoods and project dwellers are often physically isolated from mainstream life.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls, shocking some, used the term “apartheid” to describe the French divide.

At a small cafe in the Montfermeil project Les Bosquets (The Groves), northeast of Paris, about a dozen young men agreed recently that students should have observed the minute of silence — but out of respect for the teachers, not the victims.

“There have been lots of dead and no minute of silence. In Syria, there are airstrikes,” said Samir Ouahfi, 29, who has three children. “They say equality, fraternity, but there’s none of that. If we speak out we go to prison.”

Ouahfi was referring to the scores of arrests since the attacks and urgent court appearances for anyone seen as defending the three terrorists who carried them out. The Collective Against Islamophobia in France denounced the interrogation of a child as symptomatic of the “collective hysteria” gripping France since the attacks….

Al-Qaeda in Yemen says France now #1 enemy in “war on Islam”


This is because the cartoons are the worst thing. The U.S. may have killed Awlaki and bin Laden, and conducted what Ibrahim al-Rubaish probably thinks of as “wars against Islam” in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the U.S. has indeed been weakened in recent years. Weakened to the extent that France is a more formidable military power? No, weakened in the sense that the U.S. mainstream media is already largely submitting to Islamic blasphemy laws (not publishing the Muhammad cartoons — and remember also that the President said, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam”), while in France they’re still publishing them. For al-Qaeda in Yemen, cartoons of Muhammad are the worst thing. The freedom of speech is the worst thing.

“Qaeda in Yemen says France top enemy,” AFP, January 30, 2015:

Dubai (AFP) – The ideological leader of Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said Friday that France had surpassed the United States as the top enemy of Islam.

With the “weakening” of the United States in recent years, France has replaced America in the “war on Islam,” Ibrahim al-Rubaish said in an audio message published by AQAP’s media arm on YouTube.

US intelligence agencies consider AQAP to be the most dangerous branch of the jihadist network.

One of the group’s ideologues, Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, has claimed in a video that AQAP was behind the January 7 attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.

Cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed published by the magazine have angered many Muslims.

Western governments say it remains unclear if AQAP directly orchestrated the attack on the weekly, although they do believe one or both of the attackers, brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi, spent time with jihadists in Yemen.

AQAP was formed in 2009 after a merger between militants in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.

Rubaish on Friday urged attacks on the West, singling out France.

He also called on Muslims to target, “without consulting anyone”, those who mock the Muslim prophet….

Pakistan Muslim leader: “Blasphemy is a Zionists’ plot to disturb peace”

Sirajul Haq

“Blasphemy should be declared a crime globally and stringent laws should be made in this regard.” This may not even be necessary: non-Muslims in the once-free world are voluntarily censoring themselves in accord with Sharia norms in increasing numbers.

“Sentiments: Siraj accuses Muslim leaders of silence over blasphemy,” Express Tribune, January 31, 2015:

LAHORE: The Zionists have always been at the back of crusades hatching conspiracies to pit the Muslims and the Christians against each other, Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) leader Sirajul Haq said on Friday.

“No international organisation, including the United Nations, has taken effective steps against the repeated incidents of blasphemy,” Haq said in his Friday sermon.

He said Muslim rulers, including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, could not earn respect by being loyal to the West. “If someone’s sentiments are not hurt by blasphemy, he should worry about his faith,” Haq said.

The JI chief accused Muslim leaders of being silent on the publication of sacrilegious caricatures by French magazine Charlie Hebdo. On the other hand, he said, lay Muslims have been protesting against blasphemy.

“Blasphemy is a Zionists’ plot to disturb peace.”

He said Muslims did not demand respect for the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him) and the Holy Quran alone; they called for respecting all prophets and revealed books. He said an inter-faith dialogue was imperative for peace.

“Blasphemy should be declared a crime globally and stringent laws should be made in this regard,” Haq said.

He said the JI and like-minded parties would continue to protest against the blasphemers. He said Muslims considered it an honour to sacrifice their lives for safeguarding the honour of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him). He urged all political and religious parties to unite against blasphemy.