Following a tragic week in France, with the brutal massacres of 12 Charlie Hebdo employees as well as four Jewish supermarket shoppers, the predictable conspiracy theories which were expected have ensued.
Just like after 9/11, when Muslims around the world, including state sponsored TV stations in some instances, claimed that it was Jews who carried out the twin towers attack and not Osama Bin Laden’s followers, some French Muslims have already come forward to claim — guess what? It’s the Jews fault again.
While the world waits for moderate Muslims to arrange and attend mass anti-terror rallies in the capitals of Europe, and further afield, denouncing violence — just like they waited in vain following 9/11 and the Madrid and London train bombings — some are asking why that still hasn’t happened.
In Paris, for example, a number of moderate Muslims did turn out to denounce violence, claiming it was carried out by extremists, “not in their name,” but where is the outrage? Where is the unequivocal condemnation of terror by the hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Europe?
Could it be that their silence means they passively or secretly agree with the objectives of such terror groups as Al Qaeda, ISIS and Hamas?
As reported by the Daily Beast yesterday, some Muslims in France are accepting no blame whatsoever, including for the bloody massacre at the Charlie Hebdo offices last week.
As one 24-year-old French Muslim from the city of Sevran, Mehdi Boular, told the publication, he was scared to attend the anti-terror rally, saying, “We’re Muslims. They might have killed us if we’d gone.”
On top of that, according to Boular, the recent Paris attacks were not the Muslims fault at all, but were masterminded by Jews in order to make Muslims look bad. Regarding the Charlie Hebdo massacre, he said
“The Kalashnikovs, the identity cards the [killers] supposedly left behind, it was all staged. It was a conspiracy designed by the Jews to make Muslims look bad. We’d rather just stay where we are.”
On a larger scale, many Muslims across France, including in Lille which has a heavy Muslim population, refused to participate in Thursday’s national moment of silence for the victims of the terror attacks.
In fact, one teacher reportedly said that 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.
Sadly, that statistic just shows where some Muslim loyalties lay in France, and those loyalties seem not to include the concepts of respect for freedom of speech, freedom of religion and a free press.