I recently wrote about the 7-year anniversary of Mohammed Merah’s attack on a Jewish school.
Before Miriam, Mohammed had murdered a Rabbi and his two little boys, six and three years old. The other children ran. He cornered Miriam, grabbed the little girl by her hair, and pulled the trigger.
A miracle happened and the gun jammed. But with the determination that made him a hero to many French Muslims, he didn’t give up. He switched guns and shot her.
As she lay bleeding, he lifted up her head and shot the dying little Jewish girl two more times.
Miriam died in her father’s arms.
“I kissed her, I said ‘goodbye’, I did not think it was going to be the last time,” her mother later said.
In 2018, anti-Semitic acts increased 74% in France. Mohammed Merah, Miriam’s killer, remains a hero to many Muslims.
When the New York Times ventured into a Muslim neighborhood in Toulouse later that year, it had no trouble finding locals who praised the Muslim terrorist as a “hero” and a “martyr of Islam”.
A Muslim family tried to name their child after him.
Shortly after the attack, a rally in support of Merah was held. Slogans in support of the Muslim terrorist were spray painted outside the site of the massacre and near the Great Synagogue of Toulouse.
Now there’s a report of a terrorist who admires Merah plotting to carry out an attack against a nursery school in France.
French police have arrested a man who was plotting to perpetrate an attack on children at a nursery school, according to French media reports.
The man, who referred to himself as the “heir of Mohamed Merah,” the terrorist who killed four people in a shooting attack at the Ozar HaTorah Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012, was apprehended on March 25. He was caught in the Seine-et-Marne region, which is near Paris.
Police described the arrested as a 21-year-old male. They said he admitted he was planning to “kill some children and take others hostage,” with the goal of dragging police into a gun battle.
French media reports are typically sparse. They convey that the plotter had been known to authorities for years as a “radical”. And that they are, in typical European fashion, trying to blame his actions on mental illness.
There’s no word on whether his target was a Jewish facility or not.