A Muslim man who announced plans to attack Marseille’s major synagogue was sentenced to jail — but get this, for only two years.
But Mohamed Chebab, age 33, didn’t just want to attack the building. He said he wanted to “smoke some Jews, at least three,” investigators said.
And it was all in Allah’s name.
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.
Counterterrorism 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 that he would behead their children.
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