Monday, August 23, 2004

Arson in Paris

A Jewish social center was burned down in Paris yesterday. The place used to be a synagogue until 1960s, after which it became a sort of soup kitchen for the poor elderly, and was situated on the first floor of a residential building.

The arsonists wrote "sans les juifs, on serait heureux", "le monde sera plus pur quand il n'y aura plus de juifs" and "mort aux juifs" ("without Jews we'd be happy", "the world will be more pure withough Jews" and "death to Jews"). Using their mighty deductive powers, Crif (representative counsil of Jewish organizations) guessed that the arsonists had antisemitic motives.

A previously unknown group called Jamaat Ansar al-Jihad al-Islamiya took the responsibility, but their statement could not be authenticated.

It's funny how so many islamic terrorist organizations have very similar names. There's Jamaat Al-Islamiya in Egypt, Jemaah Islamiya in Indonesia, Jamaat al-Tawhid wa'l-Jihad and Asnar Al-Islam in Iraq. Sort of reminds me of Monty Python's Life of Brian and its Judean People's Front, People's Front of Judea and Popular Front of Judea.

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