It’s another one of those baffling mysteries. Muslims attack non-Muslims while shouting Allah Akbar and no one can figure out a motive.
Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre, a spokeswoman for the Paris prosecutor’s office, said the two victims had been wearing Jewish skullcaps, and the attacker was detained after a chase through the synagogue. The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which monitors anti-Semitic incidents worldwide, said in a statement that the assailant screamed “Allah-u-Akbar” — or “God is great” — during the attack.
The rabbi, who is in his late 40s, was recovering from surgery for a neck injury and his 18-year-old son sustained lesser injuries in the attack. The assailant was of Iranian origin, and an official investigation was underway to determine a possible motive.
Neck injury is the Washington Post’s delicate way of saying that he tried to cut Rabbi Baruch d’Epinay’s throat.
The motive is incomprehensible. The one thing we can be sure of is that Islam has nothing to do with it. The media is emphasizing the loony angle because the Muslim attacker was a patient, but a Muslim attacking a Rabbi is not a mental breakdown, it’s conventional enough behavior. There have been plenty of Muslim attacks on Jews in Europe. Major Muslim leaders have called for doing far worse than slashing two men with a boxcutter.
But once we’ve dismissed the Islamic motive and focused on the loony issue, why was the Muslim slasher committed to a psychiatric hospital in the first place?
“He was detained on 28 March after being arrested for” the damage committed on the astronomical clock of the cathedral of Lyon, “said another source.
So it’s a real interfaith issue.
What was his entirely secular reason for attacking the church clock? He complained that the clock was interfering with his prayers.