This excellent article was penned by none other than Dr.Manfred Gerstenfeld for the Journal for the Study of Antisemitism.
NOTE: Remember folks, the head of the OIC doesn’t believe that Muslims can be antisemitic, which makes the Toulouse murders all the more devastating, and any other murder of Jews carried out in the name of Islam.
On March 19, 2012, Mohammed Merah, a Frenchman of Algerian origin, killed a teacher and three children in front of the Toulouse Jewish school Otzar Hatorah. Earlier that month, he murdered three French soldiers. A few days after the Toulouse murders, Merah was killed in a shootout with French police.1
Murders in France and elsewhere are frequent, and a significant percentage of murder victims are children. Yet the murder by this fanatic drew worldwide attention,2 which usually focused far more on the killing of the Jewish victims than that of the soldiers.
For French Jews, this tragedy recalled events of past decades, the more so as the murderer was an Al Qaeda sympathizer. Six people in the Jewish Goldenberg restaurant in Paris were killed in 1982 by terrorists, most probably from the Arab Abu Nidal group.3
In the past decade, antisemitic motives were behind murders of Jews committed by Muslims living in France. Sebastien Selam, a Jewish disc jockey, was killed by his Muslim childhood friend and neighbor Adel Amastaibou in 2003. Medical experts found the murderer mentally insane. When the judges accepted this conclusion, such finding prevented a trial in which the antisemitism of substantial parts of the French Muslim community might have been discussed. There were those in the Jewish community who saw in the absence of a trial yet another sign of how touchy a subject Muslim antisemitism is in public debate.
1. Murray Wardrop, Chris Irvine, Raf Sanchez, and Amy Willis, “Toulouse
Siege as It Happened,” Telegraph, March 22, 2012.
2. Edward Cody, “Mohammed Merah, Face of the New Terrorism,” Washington
Post, March 22, 2012.
3. New York Times Service, “Terrorist Abu Nidal Reportedly Found Dead,”
Baltimore Sun, August 20, 2002.
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