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January 12, 2016 6:10 pm

French Authorities Calling Terrorists ‘Unbalanced’ to Cover Antisemitic Motives, Major Jewish Group Claims

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French soldiers guarding Jewish institutions in France, in the wake of terror attack in Paris and elsewhere. Photo: The Blaze.

French soldiers guarding Jewish institutions in France, in the wake of terror attacks in Paris and elsewhere. Photo: The Blaze.

Calling terrorists with seeming antisemitic motives “unbalanced” has become a politically correct cover for the perpetrators of antisemitic attacks, declared the director of international relations at the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

“While the [French] government takes firm protective measures, legal authorities now use a new euphemism as a politically correct cover for antisemitic terrorists, calling them ‘unbalanced’,” Dr. Shimon Samuels told the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) on Tuesday.

“The sheer repetition of incidents seems to have a numbing effect on public opinion, even more apparent in the wake of the indiscriminate Paris assaults that, last month, took more than 130 lives… The Jewish target becomes a lesser priority in the welter of generalized violence,” he said.

Samuels’ comments came a day after a teenage Turkish student stabbed a Jewish man in Marseilles outside the Jewish academy where he taught. He called for a thorough investigation of the stabber’s school, family, mosque and social media to discover what may have motivated the teen’s attack.

Samuels’ also decried the lack of French authorities at last Saturday’s one year memorial for the terrorist attack at a kosher supermarket in Paris on January 9, 2015 that killed 4 people.

“Attendees at the Kosher supermarket commemoration were almost exclusively Jewish … As the continued attacks take their toll, no wonder Jewish emigration from France is exponentially exceeding published figures … One can only imagine the fate of these communities today, but for the existence of the State of Israel,” Samuels said.

Indeed Israeli immigration figures said more than 8,000 French Jews immigrated to the Jewish state last year, more than any other year in history. France has the largest Jewish community in Europe, estimated at about 600,000, including many from North Africa. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu drew criticism from French leaders last year after the HyperCacher attack in Paris for encouraging French Jews to immigrate to the Jewish state.


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  • why dont they just trow then out of france. they wont get much tourists coming there.when will this stop. is france so afraid of them

  • Robert Davis

    Excellent protest of the Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. In fact it is an understatement because the french governments are totally responsible for presenty antisemitism in France and the world for its anti Israel bashing thru its infamous medias’ lies and pressures over Israel. I would like to recall how Sarkozy kept tapping sootface obanana’s shoulders and asking for more anti Israel bashing from him in spite of his incapacity to uttrer a single English word…Hopefully that cretin is not elected again in 2017 and this time he will not have the Jewish votes which will go to Marine LePen.

  • Lauren Goldman

    Egg on your faces, French leaders. There is no way you can keep French Jews even reasonably safe. Your country will be shortly at war with islamic terrorism from within. As it has gone with Jews, so it will go with all non-muslims in your country.

  • Carol Ann

    But the French authorities are correct: The terrorists are unbalanced. Islam does it to them.

    “I came to the absolute conviction that it is impossible…impossible…for any human being to read the biography of Mohammed and believe in it, and then emerge a psychologically and mentally healthy person.”

    – Syrian Psychiatrist Dr. Wafa Sultan

  • Linda Rivera

    Vile. Utterly vile. Western leaders always cover up for, deceive, and lie for barbaric Islam.

    The terrorists should not be described as unbalanced, but correctly described as Muslims who OBEY evil, satanic Quran commands