Of course, this garners little news coverage — because it’s a synagogue and the attacker is Muslim.
Mohamed Chebab was on a terror watch list and had been previously arrested fifteen times. Why was he walking the streets?
“The Qur’an says you must kill. You did well to take my knives because I had planned to use them, to cut out your children … then said Mohamed Chebab. “You have to kill all your children and your wives,” said the man who was counting in Syria to join his brothers. (Translation here)
A French reader sent this article in with this note: “Aged 33, Mohamed Chebab had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State organization. He claimed to want to kill Jews in Marseilles. He was preparing an imminent attack on the great synagogue of Marseilles. Mohamed Chebab, 33, was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison. The judges therefore ordered him to remain in detention. The defendant who was a ‘Fiche S’ (an indicator used by law enforcement to flag an individual considered to be a serious threat to national security) was arrested on 11 May 2016 in La Ciotat, Bouches-du-Rhône. While his companion had managed to escape from the mobile home where they lived and where he had been hiding her for several days.”
During the police intervention, two large knives were placed on a table. “I had planned (…) to cut out your children” During his arrest, Mohamed Chebab shouted “Allah Akbar, the Islamic State will remain” several times, and told the police: “The Qur’an says that you must kill you, you did well to take my knives because I ‘ I wanted to go there, I’m talking about Daech … You do not know who you stopped.”
Sentenced fifteen times between April 2002 and April 2014, Mohamed Chebab told the investigators of his intention to go to Syria with his companion and said he went to Molenbeek to meet “brothers” in Belgium. “Planting Jews”, “at least three” On several occasions he referred to the project of “stabbing Jews in a synagogue in Marseilles”, saying he wanted to “kill at least three” before being arrested. Saying that he had sworn allegiance to Daech, the Islamic State group, he said, referring to the attacks in Nice and Saint-Etienne du Rouvray, that “to crush 80 people with a truck or to kill a priest, do nothing.” At the time of the investigation, a psychiatric expert concluded that psychological disturbances had altered his discernment while a psychologist referred to “a narcissistic hanging up to a radical Islamic ideology tending to give meaning to his existence.”
Islamist who planned to attack French synagogue jailed
By JTA, July 5, 2017 (thanks to Alex):
(JTA) — A Muslim man who said he was planning to attack the main synagogue of Marseille was sentenced to two years in prison.
A Marseille court sentenced Mohamed Chebab, 33, on Tuesday, a little over a year after he was arrested for praising the Islamic State terrorist group, l’Express news site reported. He was convicted of supporting acts of terrorism.
Counterterrorist researchers monitoring jihadist circles in Marseille, a city in southern France, flagged Chebab, according to the report. After his arrest in May 2016, Chebab told law enforcement that he had been planning to travel to Syria to fight with jihadists there and to Belgium, to the heavily Muslim Molenbeek neighborhood of Brussels, to meet “brothers” there.
He also said he was planning to “smoke some Jews, at least three” at the Grand Synagogue of Marseille, l’Express reported. At the time of his arrest, Chebab cried out for Allah and yelled slogans supportive of the Islamic State, promising the police officers who seized him he would behead their children.
Separately, a 23-year-old man was charged with plotting to assassinate French President Emmanuel Macron at France’s Bastille Day parade in Paris, a judicial source told the AFP news agency on Monday.
The self-described nationalist, who was arrested last week, told investigators he wanted to kill Macron at the July 14 national day march, a source close to the investigation said. He said he also wanted to attack “Muslims, Jews, blacks, homosexuals,” the source added.
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