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November 11, 2012 3:43 pm

Brother of Toulouse Terrorist in New Book: Parents Raised Us in an Atmosphere of Hate

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A brother of Mohamed Merah, the terrorist who killed seven people in Toulouse, France in March, including a rabbi and three Jewish children, states in a new book that he and his brothers were raised in an atmosphere of anti-semitism.

According to a report in the Associated Press which quotes French media sources the brother, Abdelghani, writes in “My Brother, that Terrorist,” that at his brother’s funeral he promised “I will explain how my parents raised you in an atmosphere of racism and hate before the Salafis could douse you in religious extremism.”

Another brother, Abdelkader, is facing charges related to his brother’s terror spree. Their mother was also questioned by police but no charges were ever brought against her. Their father left for Algeria years ago but is suing France for the death of his son, who was killed after a lengthy standoff with French police.

The Associated Press quotes a report from the website the RTL.Be that in a documentary set to air Sunday night on French television which features interviews with Abdelghani and his sister, Souad, Abdelghani says,”My mother always said, ‘We, the Arabs, we were born to hate Jews.’ This speech, I heard it all throughout my childhood.”

Souad, however, harbors no ill will towards her brother. According to the report she declares how proud she is of Mohamed.

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