In 2016, I wrote an article titled, All Muslim Terrorists are Crazy chronicling some of the list of violent attacks around the world whose perpetrators were dismissed as crazy.
A Muslim terrorist stabbed four people at a train station near Munich while screaming, “Allahu Akbar”. In between proclaiming the glory of Allah, he also shouted that his victims were all “unbelievers”. A woman heard him say, “Infidel, you must die”. The German authorities came to the inescapable conclusion that the attack had nothing to do with Islam. Instead, the Muslim terrorist had been “mentally ill” and was probably not even fit to stand trial.
And then, more recently there was the horrifying case of the brutal murder of Sarah Halimi, an elderly nursery school director, whose killer got off because he smoked pot.
The 66-year-old director of an Orthodox Jewish nursery was woken from her sleep when she was violently beaten by her twenty something Muslim neighbor who then dragged her to the window.
Yonathan Halimi, Sarah Lucy’s son, describes the killer’s family as being known for its anti-Semitism. “One day, one of the killer’s sisters pushed my sister down the stairs, and the next time she called her a dirty Jew,” he described. Sarah’s brother said that the killer called Sarah and her daughter, “dirty Jews”.
Many neighbours, woken by the old woman’s screams or the assaulter’s religious chanting, called the police.
Some gave details about the exact location of the assault, the attacker’s identity, the fact he vilified his victim as a Jewish person and as “a Satan” while hitting her, or even — as far as the Muslim neighbours were concerned — the Koranic portions he chanted.
Yet the police still failed to storm Sarah Halimi’s apartment and rescue her. Eventually, Kobili Traore is claimed to have shouted that the woman was “mad and about to commit suicide”, and threw her out of the window.
He had time enough to climb back to Diara Traore’s apartment where he finally was arrested. His hands were covered in blood. There was blood everywhere in his victim’s apartment.
The police were on the scene before the murder and did nothing.
French prosecutors however claimed that antisemitism caused by pot meant the killer got off.
A French prosecutor has dropped charges against the killer of Jewish kindergarten teacher Sarah Halimi after experts ruled he had suffered a massive psychotic episode by smoking cannabis.
In an appeals court hearing on Wednesday Traoré admitted killing Ms Halimi, saying he was not aware of his actions on the night of the murder and did not recognise when he broke in.
“I felt persecuted. When I saw the Torah and a chandelier in her home I felt oppressed. I saw her face transforming,” he said.
Oddly enough, mental illness caused by drug use as a defense is a fairly common one for Islamic terrorists in Europe.
Now this latest story, back in Germany, follows the same familiar pattern.
The trial of a man accused of the attempted murder of a Jewish student began on Friday in Hamburg, where the local Jewish community is unnerved that the crime is not being prosecuted as an antisemitic act.
Grigoriy K., a 29-year-old German citizen born in Kazakhstan, left the 26-year-old student with serious injuries after beating him over the head with a short, collapsible shovel.
The incident took place October 4 in the vicinity of the Orthodox Hohe Weide synagogue in Hamburg. The student was making his way there on foot and was wearing a kippa at the time of the assault.
The attacker travelled to the synagogue by taxi, wore German military camouflage, carried a pocket knife as well as the shovel, had a piece of paper with a swastika drawn on it in his pocket, and attacked someone who was identifiably Jewish.
No antisemitism to see here. And no prosecution either. The assailant, like every Muslim attacker who targeted Jews, is just a trite unwell in the head.
A Kazakhstan man who assaulted a Jewish man wearing a kippah in front a synagogue in Hamburg will not go to prison because he has psychiatric issues, a German judge ruled.
Dozens of members of the Jewish community protested the ruling in front of the Hamburg prosecutor’s office earlier this week.
Grigory K. may be tried for attempted murder, with hate as an aggravated element. Owing to the court’s impression, however, that his psychiatric condition at the time of the assault makes him not responsible for his actions, he will not be sent to jail but treated at a psychiatric facility regardless of the outcome of any judicial proceeding.
This was inevitable since prosecutors insisted that he wasn’t antisemitic and was crazy. Pay no attention to the swastika.
Nevertheless, the public prosecutor’s office is convinced that Grigoriy K. was not legally responsible at the time. An expert attested that the alleged perpetrator had acute paranoid schizophrenia, accompanied by delusional fears of persecution that triggered the offense. The expert saw “no evidence” that “the accused pursued religious, ideological, right-wing extremist or antisemitic goals of his own free will”.
None at all.
(The attacker’s name has been listed as Grigory, but Kazakhstan is three-quarters Muslim. About a quarter of the population originates from former Russian military colonists, so it’s not impossible that the perpetrator is of Russian non-Muslim origin, and Germany does have a sizable Russian non-Jewish population (not counting Russian Germans who are their own category), but statistically it’s likely that he is Muslim. And Muslims in the former territories controlled by the Soviet Union could secularize and take Russian names. The pattern fits previously Islamic attacks on European Jews. But this is unconfirmed.)