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Trial opens into alleged gang kidnap, torture and murder of French Jew

Posted in cults, Hate, Israel, Israeli, Jewish History, News, racism, Religion, Uncategorized, World News with tags , , , on April 30, 2009 by Michael Burks

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/apr/29/torture-murder-anti-semitism-trial-france

 

France was forced to confront the moral decay of its deprived housing estates as the trial opened today one of the decade’s most harrowing murder cases: the kidnap and torturing to death of a Jewish mobile phone salesman by a gang said to believe Jews were “loaded” and would club together to pay a ransom.

Ilan Halimi, 23, was found naked with his head shaved, in handcuffs and covered with burn marks and stab wounds near rail tracks outside Paris in February 2006. In a state of shock and unable to speak, he died en route to hospital. He had been held, tortured and beaten for three weeks, his head wrapped in tape, eyes Sellotaped shut and fed through a straw, while a gang known as the Barbarians demanded a ransom from his family.

Police initially did not treat the case as a hate crime. But within days of Halimi’s death his family said he was targeted because he was Jewish. France, still coming to terms with its anti-semitic collaboration of the second world war, was plunged into a wave of soul-searching. Tens of thousands of people marched against anti-semitism.

The leader of the Barbarians gang, Youssouf Fofana, 28, a French school dropout turned petty criminal, has appeared in court accused of kidnapping, torture and assassination, with anti-semitism as an aggravating circumstance. Facing life imprisonment, he admits masterminding the kidnap but denies murder. A deliberately provocative character who has bombarded officials and lawyers with insults, he arrived in court shouting “Allah will be victorious”. Of the 26 other defendants, 15 are accused of taking part in the plot. Others are accused of adhering to a law of silence and not going to the police.

Halimi lived with his mother in eastern Paris and worked in a mobile phone shop in the city.

Fofana, a charismatic gang leader on a housing estate outside western Paris, had already tried and failed to kidnap people for cash when he spotted Halimi as a target. He asked a female friend to find “a girl who attracts boys” who could ensnare Halimi into a honey-trap. The girl persuaded a pretty 17-year-old she knew from her former children’s home to take part. The girl met Halimi in the shop and after a few days he accepted to go for a Coke. He accompanied her to what he thought was her home, where he was knocked out with ether and taken to an empty flat on the gang’s estate in Bagneux, west of Paris. A caretaker had given gang members keys to an empty flat.

Halimi was initially guarded by four teenagers who were promised €5,000. He was bound and beaten with broom handles. A ransom demand was immediately made for €450,000 from his family. Some of the accused told police that Fofana felt Jews were “loaded” with cash and their community always showed “solidarity” so would club together and pay up.

The gang made numerous calls to Halimi’s family, leaving a trail of videos and tapes dotted around Paris. A local rabbi was directed to a Paris letterbox where he found an cassette of a sobbing Halimi detailing his torture. A cousin was directed to a drycleaner where he found a video of Halimi, bound, weak and draped in a dressing gown.

During Halimi’s 24-day captivity, Fofana made two short return trips to his parents’ native Ivory Coast, hoping to receive the ransom by money transfer.

After 10 days he carried Halimi to a windowless, unheated basement cellar where the torture worsened, he was burned with cigarettes and slashed with knives. Halimi’s father refused to go to Brussels to hand over ransom cash and several days later Halimi was dumped. Before leaving him to die by rail tracks, Fofana is accused of stabbing him, dousing his body with alcohol and setting him on fire.

Halimi’s sister, Anne-Laure, told Le Parisien: “They attacked Ilan because they thought the Jewish community was rich. That was their explanation in 2006, after the events. It’s not acceptable. It’s not possible that there are still these types of crimes, acts this disgusting because someone belongs to a particular religion.”

All the defendants are French, but many, like Fofana, had immigrant parents. The paper Liberation said the case laid bare a housing estate underclass of young people desensitised by daily racism, poverty and despair. Halimi’s mother, who has written a book accusing the police of botching their investigation, has said she was sickened by the thought that people might have known what was happening but said nothing.

The trial is being held behind closed doors in a juvenile court, because two of the accused were under 18 at the time. It is expected to last 10 weeks.

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The nut-cases of the world – how do we have so many?

Posted in Christianity, Jewish History, Religion, Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 7, 2009 by Michael Burks

I came across this blog. He found one picture of some Jews smiling. This was enough for this moron to write – “Young Israeli Jews Smile While Watching Gaza Get Bombed”. Yes, anyone can use a picture and make it mean what they want. I will do the same below.

(this girl smiles as she sees me shirtless)

(Asian Muslims smile while The Rolling Stones crank out “Brown Sugar” before the sold out crowd)

LOL, it’s way to easy to take a picture and make it mean what we want it to.

Common lies (myths) told about Jews

Posted in Christianity, Jewish History, Religion, Uncategorized with tags , , on January 6, 2009 by Michael Burks

http://www.friends-partners.org/partners/beyond-the-pale/english/09.html

IN THE MIDDLE AGES, belief in miracles and legends is common. Two myths with an anti-Jewish character appear throughout Europe: Jews desecrating the Host; and Jews committing ritual murder. Both myths survive into the 20th century. Other popular beliefs during the Middle Ages have Jews grow hems and tails – attributes of the devil.

After the Church in 1215 establishes the doctrine that the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ is contained in the consecrated Host and wine, stories begin to surface that Jews steal, mutilate or burn the Host in order to kill Jesus once more. Miracles form an elementary part of this myth: the mutilated Host starts to bleed – thus proving the doctrine and the truth of the Christian faith.

According to the “blood libels,” Jews are killing Christian children in order to satisfy their supposed need for “Christian blood” in making Passover bread or in other religious rituals. While higher authorities of the Church and state often oppose the stories, the myth lives on in popular belief, supported and encouraged by local clergy who launch profitable pilgrimages to the sites of the alleged murders.

The Blood Libels are the most influential and cruel legends in the arsenal of anti-Jewish beliefs, perpetuating the myth of the evil and inhuman nature of the Jews and inciting the Christian population to take bloody revenge. Allegations of ritual murder will surface in the 20th century, in Russia and in the propaganda spread by the Nazis.

IN 1215, THE POPE issues a decree that Jews must wear special marks on their dress to distinguish them more clearly from Christians. The Church wants to prevent Christians from unknowingly associating with Jews. These discriminating dress marks differ from place to place: sometimes Jews have to wear a yellow or red badge on their dress, sometimes a pointed hat, the so-called “Jew hat.”

Not only dress marks are used to separate Jews from Christians. More and more, Jews are forced to live together in isolation, in ghettos closed off by walls. As ghettos are usually not allowed to extend, they become increasingly crowded.

The most far-reaching act of discrimination concerns an even more basic right: Jews do not receive permission for permanent residence in towns and villages. As they have been forced more and more into trade, peddling and money lending, Jews are admitted to towns for limited periods only when economic development demands more trade and credit. They have to pay extra taxes. When the economic situation changes or local merchants have fallen too deeply into debts, the permits are not extended. Often, Jews are simply expelled.

Many communities have to pay taxes to the king or prince in return for their protection. In the German states, Jews are considered property of the emperor who sells the right to tax them to local princes and bishops. Often, Jewish communities are caught between the rival economic interests of townspeople and the local princes who “own” the Jews.