The first thing we do: We blame the Jews
I suppose this was inevitable. The Daily Beast is reporting that Muslims interviewed in the Paris suburbs, and in the 19th arondissement where the Kouachi brothers live, are blaming the Jews
for last week's terror attacks.This is from the Daily Beast.
But even though the flags of Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia were
flying at the rally in Place de la République and Muslims were well
represented among the marchers Sunday, Boular said the attacks in Paris
were part of a plot masterminded by Jewish conspirators.
“The Kalashnikovs, the identity cards the [killers] supposedly left
behind, it was all staged,” said Boular, as his friends nodded in
agreement. “It was a conspiracy designed by the Jews to make Muslims
look bad. We’d rather just stay where we are.”
No use arguing. No
use pointing out that one of the terrorists murdered four Jews.
Conspiracy theories have their own unassailable logic, and this is a
world apart from the displays of unity in Paris after the carnage of
last week. French newspapers reported that some students in these
neighborhoods—as well as other heavily Muslim areas near cities like
Lille—refused to participate
in Thursday’s national moment of silence for the victims of the terror
attacks. One teacher said up to 80 percent of his students didn’t want
to observe the silence, and some said they supported the attackers. “You
reap what you sow,” a student who refused the moment of silence told
his teacher in reference to the terrorists’ victims, according to Le Figaro.
Another young man of French-Algerian descent interviewed outside a
gas station in the Saint-Denis suburb reacted angrily to a reporter’s
presence and demanded to know her religion. “The worst thing is to be
atheist,” he said.
The man, who gave his named as “Mohamed,” also
said he was a devout Muslim but then changed his demeanor and added,
grinning, that he was also “a delinquent.” Then he said he was a drug
dealer and without prompting, invited the reporter into the (also very
clean) gas station to show an array of hashish for sale in broad
daylight on a shelf next to the ATM.
He also called the Paris terrorist attacks “un complot,”
or conspiracy, and launched into a lengthy explanation of the “magical
Jews” behind it. They were not ordinary Jews, he said, but a “hybrid
race of shape shifters” who have extraordinary abilities. “They know how
to get in everywhere,” he said. “They are master manipulators.”
What might be the scariest part about this story is the fact that most of those interviewed are second and third generation immigrants. Apparently, living in the West has had absolutely no influence on their thought processes. I know that there's a lot of anti-Semitism in France, but I find it hard to believe that most Frenchmen would even seriously consider the possibility that last week's events were brought about by a 'Jewish conspiracy.'
Labels: Charlie Hebdo, conspiracy theories, France, Islamic anti-Semitism, Islamic terrorism, Paris