Skip to comments.Ritual Murders of Jews in Paris
Posted on 12/01/2003 4:53:49 AM PST by Zlosen
After a European Union poll found that nearly 60% of Europeans consider Israel the greatest threat to world peace, the British Broadcasting Corp. on November 26, asked if anti-Semitism is really increasing. There was outrage and shock over the recent EU poll, observed Robert Wistrich, director of Jerusalems Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of anti-Semitism. Many Israelis consider mainstream labeling of Israel as a Nazi state a sort of anti-Semitism.
But the BBC gave the final word to Viennas Edward Serotta. The increasingly shrill debate often paints the entire European continent as a cesspool of hatred for Jews, griped the Central Europe Center for Research and Documentation director. One prominent Jewish leader recently said the climate was just like 1933 - this is absolutely absurd.
Oh really? Serotta made this bizarre claim precisely a week after two Paris Jews were brutally murdered and disfiguredbecause they were Jewish. A minor tabloid, Le Parisien, reported the grisly events. But not a single major French newspaperLe Monde, Figaro or Liberationpicked up the story, according to an interview with the DJs mother, distributed by Rosenpress in Revue-Politique.com. The police warned one victims family not to call the crime anti-Semitic. 
Sebastian Sellam, 23, was a popular disc jockey at a hot Parisian night club called Queen. At about 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday November 19, the young man known as DJ Lam C (a reverse play on his surname) left the apartment he shared with his parents in a modest building in of Paris 10th arrondissement near la Place Colonel Fabien, heading to work as usual. In the underground parking lot, a Muslim neighbor slit Sellams throat twice, according to the Rosenpress interview. His face was completely mutilated with a fork. Even his eyes were gouged out.
Following the crime, Rosenpress correspondent Alain Azria reported, Sellams mother said the Muslim perpetrator mounted the stairs, his hands still bloody, and announced his crime. I have killed my Jew. I will go to heaven, he reportedly said. The alleged murderers family was well known for rabid anti-Semitism, Mrs. Sellam reportedly told Rosenpress, a point confirmed to the news agency by the victims brother. Within the previous year, Sellams mother reportedly said, the family found a dead rooster outside their apartment door with its throat slit, and their Mezzuza was ripped from their door post. Leaving dead roosters is reportedly a traditional warning of impending murder.
The murder especially traumatized the Paris Jewish community: According to Rosenpress, another gruesome murder, also allegedly committed by a Muslim, occurred earlier that evening. Chantal Piekolek, 53, was working in her Avenue de Clichy shoe store when Mohamed Ghrib, 37, stabbed her 27 times in the neck and chest.
Piekoleks 10-year-old daughter hid in the basement storeroom beneath the shop with a girlfriend and heard the entire crime. There was no evidence of sexual assault, according to Rosenpress. Paris reporters believe the cash remained in the shops register, but this detail remained unconfirmed at press time. A report apparently based on Le Parisien story also appeared in Frances biggest Jewish newspaper, Actualité Juive, which added little. The report strangely named the DJs alleged murderer only by his first name. No surname was given. A reliable Paris journalist says the story is correct.
Initial reports in small news outlets naturally terrified and confused the French Jewish community. Intense anti-Semitism has been building there for more than a decade, according to Nidra Poller, an American expatriate living in Paris for several decades. Anti-Semitic crimes frequently go unreported in the major press, she said, suppressed by French authorities, victims fearing retribution, and news agencies themselves. Jewish community members thus most often learn of attacks as they did during previous centuries in North African and Eastern European ghettoesby word of mouth.
In 2001, a rabbi in Pollers neighborhood was kidnapped and held hostage in a car for two hours. Another religious Jew was kidnapped in similar fashion, Poller reported. A Jewish woman and her husband, whom she had just picked up at a local hospital, were abused and threatened with murder for several hours by a Muslim taxi driver, she said.
The charged, anti-Semitic atmosphere in France naturally engenders panic each time a Jewish community member suffers an attack. Crimes typically include harassment, kidnapping, assault, rock-throwing, arson and other abuse, Poller said. Victims usually report the incidents to officials, families and friends. Stories thus spread like wildfire, terrifying people, she noted. Just as frequently, authorities refuse to investigate. Reports are then followed by official and other denialsstoking the communitys fear. People dont know what to believe, Poller said. Desperate for verifiable data, they attempt to trace reports through sources back to the victims. But those seeking information are generally told to back off. They are left wondering whether their sources are correcting wild rumors or covering up dastardly anti-Semitism, said Poller.
French Jews consequently live in constant fear, Poller said. Everyday activities, such as taking a taxi, going to synagogue or shopping can bring attacks. The entire community is traumatized.
This pattern was effectively repeated with the November murders in Paris. After initially reporting Piekoleks murder as an anti-Semitic crime, the respected Guysen Israel News issued a rectification altering essential details. In revised reports, the news service claimed that reports Piekolek was Jewish were mistaken. Other sources say her husband is Jewish, according to Poller. Parisian Jews are frightened and confused, she said. Was the initial report on Piekolek correct? Was her murder verifiably not an anti-Semitic crime? Or are denials based on terrified rejection of facts? (Her husband was Jewish, so it was not anti-Semitic.) Are Paris Muslims really starting to slaughter Jews?
In Paris, a lot of Jews already had to leave countries in North Africa, Poller said. Now, they are told not to talk about anti-Semitism. And they are going to have to flee again.
Alas, it is easy after all to believe the worst. A few days earlier, an anti-Semitic arson attack hit the Jewish Merkatz Hatorah boys school on the outskirts of Paris. Prime-Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin afterwards said he hoped to identify those who carried out this shameful attack.
Given intense and worsening anti-Semitism in France and Europe, there seems little hope that the government will actually investigate the arson, much less prosecute the perpetrators if it finds them. After all, EU officials deny the severity of the problem. Last week, they shelved an EU report on the subject for fear of antagonizing Muslims, who were behind many of the incidents examined. Many anti-Semitic crimes are never even reported, Poller said.
When Poller left France on a speaking tour of the U.S. this month, she brought one weeks news publications to read on her flighttwo weekly magazines and three major newspapers. All of them, she said, were reeking with hatred [for Jews]. They also sympathized extensively with terrorists. News reports are not factual. They are sermons, Poller said. A profile of philosopher Gilles Deleuze in the weekly Nouvel Observateur, for example, praised his defense of the Palestinians, citing an article he wrote on le grandeur de Arafat, despite his personal responsibility for more than 1,000 civilian murders.
EU officials may not want to admit it. But attacks on Jews have been mounting since the terrorist war on Israel began in September 2000. In the last year, however, anti-Semitic attacks in France have grown increasingly bold. In January, Paris Rabbi Gabriel Farhi was attacked several times. In April 2002 alone, the French Interior Ministry recorded nearly 360 anti-Semitic crimes against Jews and Jewish institutions, according to Washington Times reporter Al Webb.  In May 2002, a mysterious fire erupted at the Israeli embassy in Paris.
Yes, a synagogue was burned, Frenchmen routinely admit, according to Poller. But how do we know this was anti-Semitic? Sellams murder was handled in much the same way, she said, although 2,000 mourners attended the popular young disc jockeys funeral. Le Parisien, according to Poller the only print newspaper to report the crime, noted that Sellam was Jewish and his alleged murderer Muslim, but explained the crime as an outburst of jealousy by a lifelong friend. Sebastian was successful and his murderer was unsuccessful and jealous.
Something considerably darker than professional jealousy must be at work when a murderer completely mutilates his victims face with a fork and gouges out his eyes or stabs a 53-year-old mother 27 times in the chest and neck.
Meanwhile, in Germany, neo-Nazis were arrested in September for planning an arson attack on a Munich synagogue to commemorate Hitlers November 9 Kristallnacht of 1938, in which thousands of Jewish homes and shops were destroyed, hundreds murdered and thousands arrested and sent to concentration camps.
Right. And two grisly ritual murders last week in Paris, France were not anti-Semitic.
 Digital video film interview by © Alain Azria / Avi Rosen / Rosenpress Agency
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 Al Webb, Synagogues Burn as Europe Rages, Washington Times, Apr. 23, 2002.
Those that commit the violence are probably few, but those that look away, as they did 60 years ago, are many.
The French like to think of themselves as more sophisticated than the rest of us. If that means covering up crimes like this, call me a bumpkin.
Followers of the One True God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, must stay vigilent and pray. Satan's ultimate defeat is sure, but we must turn to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ to assure our daily safety.
Violence is the only thing the Islamics will respect, they see everything else as a sign of weakness.
Isreal exists because of French anti-semitism. The Dreyfuss case and the hysterical hatred surrounding it was the catalyst for the formation of modern Zionism.
Now, enlighten me again about the "root causes" which compelled this poor Muslim to have to commit this monstrous murder?
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