Depending on the reports available either three or four hostages were killed at a Jewish grocery store in Paris along with Amedi Coulibaly who was working in concert with Kouachi brothers, the men responsible for the Charlie Hebdo attacks. The Kouachi brothers were killed by police in a separate standoff.
Still at large is Coulibaly’s girlfriend, Hayat Boumeddiene who is believed to be responsible for the execution of a female police officer yesterday who had only been on the job for just over two weeks. Boumeddiene apparently escaped in the confusion.
There is no doubt that Coulibaly and Boumeddiene chose to attack a Jewish grocery store just as deliberately as the Kouachi brother chose to attack the offices of Charlie Hebdo. It was just six months ago, in the midst of fighting between Israel and Hamas, when Palestinian demonstrators trapped congregants inside a Paris synagogue accompanied by chants of “Death to the Jews!!!” During this same period, a firebomb was hurled at another synagogue outside Paris. Jewish shops were also attacked. Just last month, a home invasion took place outside of Paris against a couple because they were Jewish resulting in the woman being raped. The assailants are to have said, “In any case, you Jews, you have money.”
Less than three years ago, there was also the murders of three Jewish schoolchildren in Toulouse by a Muslim gunman.
French politicians always pledge to combat anti-Semitism, but it amounts to little more than lip service. Unless the French government confronts its Muslim problem then the only thing that will change is that Jews will leave as they have been for some time now. The only thing that stirs Muslim anger more than the defilement of Muhammad is the presence of Jews in their midst.
Unfortunately, as politicians on both sides of the Atlantic have been resistant to linking terrorism with Islam, they have been equally resistant in linking Islam to anti-Semitism. When you have one, the other is sure to follow.
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