Rabbi Yonatan Sandler, his two sons, Aryeh, 6, and Gavriel, 3, together with 8-year-old Miriam Monsonego were murdered by a Muslim jihadist at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France. The Muslim killer, Mohamed Merah, was holding little Miriam by the hair so she could not run when he shot her in the head. Yaacov Monsonego, the principal of the Ozar HaTorah School in Toulouse and the father of Miriam, witnessed the atrocity. The Muslim was attempting to ride his motorcycle into the synagogue but was miraculously blocked by a podium earlier placed in the doorway. Mohamed Merah’s goal was to kill as many Jewish children as possible to buy himself a ticket into Paradise so he would be at the side of his namesake and receive his 72-virgin pay-off the Quran promises for murders such as these.
An English teacher at a French school asked her students to observe a “minute’s silence” for Muslim murderer Mohamed Merah. At the Gustave Flaubert High School in Rouen, Normandy, Lorraine Collin, 56, described the terrorist as being the “victim of an unhappy childhood” and told her students that the reports of his being associated with terror groups were fabricated. Her actions prompted more than two dozen pupils aged between 17 and 18 to storm out of the classroom and report her to their headmaster. At least some of the teenagers in France have some common sense, something that cannot be said for the French government, which ignores Muslim hate crimes while enforcing strict censorship of any comment deemed defamatory to Islam.
Refusing to recognize the nature of jihad-inspired attacks has been the norm in France for years. The French Muslim gang led by Youssef Fofana kidnapped and tortured Ilan Halimi to death in 2006. They took many photos, as did Mohamed Merah, to display their devotion to Allah. Halimi’s body had been disfigured, and over 80 percent of his body had burns. Despite the gang’s clear statements that the sole reason Halimi was kidnapped, tortured and murdered was that he was Jewish, the French police refused to treat it as a hate crime.
Last year the offices of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo were firebombed in Paris. Its website was hacked, and Islamist propaganda was posted there – all because the magazine made a comic remark that it would be “guest edited” by the Prophet Mohammed. The staff for the most part are atheists who hold nothing sacred, and the magazine attacks Christian practices constantly. Despite hatred spewed from mosque pulpits inciting violence against the magazine, no action was taken by French police.
On the other hand, in 2005 politician Jean Marie Le Pen, runner-up in the 2002 presidential election, was convicted of inciting racial hatred for comments made to Le Monde in 2003 about the consequences of Muslim immigration in France. In 2008, actress Brigitte Bardot was charged and convicted of inciting racial hatred for her criticism of the ritual slaughter of sheep during Ramadan. The elderly actress, who is an animal-rights activist, was forced to pay a fine of €15,000, almost $20,000.
Hatred of Jews and Christians is preached from the vast majority of mosque pulpits each Friday in France. To show their contempt of Western society, imams frequently lead worshipers into busy French streets during rush hour on Friday to pray on their knees, sometimes closing down entire neighborhoods and disrupting businesses, while police do nothing. A few days after the child-killing Mohamed Merah was shot by police, a large crowd of Muslim women attempted to lay flowers in his honor at his home. French authorities usually do nothing about the anti-Semitism but did finally manage the courage to use riot police to block these celebrators of child killings from holding their ceremony to honor the murderer. The state of denial of the French people is allowing the rebirth of a persecution of Jews in that nation not seen since the pro-Nazi Vichy government of World War II.
In majority Muslim neighborhoods of Paris and Marseilles, neither police nor firemen will respond to calls because of fear. Shariah law is enforced by armed followers of the imams, who are in fact local warlords. France is not an isolated case study of a nation or a people submitting to Islam out of fear. The situation in the United Kingdom is even worse. America need not follow the folly of Europe and plunge into a situation where Shariah becomes the law of the land by default. Appropriate measures must be taken now to safeguard our sacred rights guaranteed by our Constitution.