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Tale of two murderers [Breivik and Merah] by Manfred Gerstenfeld

Tale of two murderers [Breivik and Merah] by Manfred Gerstenfeld | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Whitewashers are already calling Merah “a victim.” Yet the murders he committed should raise far more serious questions about Europe than those committed by Breivik. There are many more terrorists around like Merah, and his acts have much broader support.

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France: Here comes the whitewash by Barry Rubin

France: Here comes the whitewash by Barry Rubin | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The murders in Toulouse should be a wake-up call for France. True, the attacks on Jews and French soldiers were three individual terror attacks perpetrated, perhaps, by one person. Yet they are among dozens of incidents that happen daily in French cities, in schools, and in all aspects of life

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French dis-connection: ‘See no evil’ doesn’t stop terror by Michael Widlanski

French dis-connection: ‘See no evil’ doesn’t stop terror by Michael Widlanski | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

One of the most damning elements of the French terror spree is that the terrorist was able to carry out his murderous attacks even though he was under some form of French government surveillance. Merah had contacted jihadist groups in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and yet he was not apprehended, nor were his weapons confiscated.

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New York Times' Pro-Palestinian Tilt Colors its Coverage of the French Tragedy, CAMERA

New York Times' Pro-Palestinian Tilt Colors its Coverage of the French Tragedy, CAMERA | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The coverage focused on the suspected rightwing racist angle. The Times wrote, "But the political debate around the shootings, and whether the deaths of an instructor and three young children were somehow inspired by anti-immigrant political talk, is likely to continue -- both as a weapon in the presidential campaign and as a more general soul-searching about the nature of France." It turns out the rightwing racist angle and the tensions between nativists and the Muslim community were irrelevant to these murders and only muddied our understanding of what happened.

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Laying the groundwork for the Toulouse massace by Melanie Phillips

Laying the groundwork for the Toulouse massace by Melanie Phillips | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The terrorist who carried out the French killings may now have been caught. But those in the west who provide an echo chamber for the diabolical discourse that incubates genocide have yet to be brought to account.

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Ashton cuts through the hypocrisy by Dan Margalit

Ashton cuts through the hypocrisy by Dan Margalit | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The IDF has never launched a unit or rocket specifically intended to hurt children. The Toulouse attack was the exact opposite. EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton’s comparison of the Toulouse murder to the killing of children in Gaza reveals what she has been trying to hide all along: She isn’t neutral.

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France Says It Will Bar Some Muslim Clerics From Event [incl. Qaradawi] by Steven Erlanger

France Says It Will Bar Some Muslim Clerics From Event [incl. Qaradawi] by Steven Erlanger | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

France will bar certain Muslim clerics who are considered too radical from entering the country for a conference next month, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Monday. Those barred include Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 86, an influential Egyptian living in exile in Doha, Qatar, who has become popular in the Sunni Arab world with his appearances on the cable channel Al Jazeera. Sarkozy said he called the emir of Qatar to ask him to prevent Mr. Qaradawi, who holds a diplomatic passport and needs no visa, from flying to France.

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Racial Profiling: The Killing of Trayvon Martin and the Anti-Jewish Murders in Toulouse by Michael C. Moynihan

Racial Profiling: The Killing of Trayvon Martin and the Anti-Jewish Murders in Toulouse by Michael C. Moynihan | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The killing of Trayvon Martin was almost universally understood as racism. So why is the Toulouse murderer just an “overgrown adolescent”?

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Mohamed Merah: Man of the West by Caroline Glick

Mohamed Merah: Man of the West by Caroline Glick | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

The Toulouse killer, Mohamed Merah, was not a lone gunman. He wasn't even one of the lone jihadists we hear so much about. He had plenty of accomplices. And not all of them were Muslims.

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Kramer on FB: Juan Cole says dead Jewish kids getting too much attention

When children are murdered for being Jewish in Europe, it’s time for soul-searching—unless you’re Cole without soul.

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French Islamist responsible for murder of Jews in Toulouse: Guardian blames anti-immigrant rhetoric by Adam Levick

French Islamist responsible for murder of Jews in Toulouse: Guardian blames anti-immigrant rhetoric by Adam Levick | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

We’re to believe that an al-Qaeda trained terrorist shot Jewish children in cold blood because of the alleged anti-immigrant, populist rhetoric of the French Presidential campaign?!

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Lady Ashton’s Remarks by Elliott Abrams

Lady Ashton’s Remarks by Elliott Abrams | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Lady Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign minister, is supposed to solve diplomatic crises, not create them. But her remarks about the killings at a Jewish day school in Toulouse have created a storm. What she needs to do is say that in an off- hand remark she unfortunately left the impression that she believes there is any parallel whatsoever between the murder of Jewish children in Toulouse and the efforts of the government of Israel to protect its own children from rockets originating in Gaza. That she has failed to do this only confirms the view that she said what she meant, and meant what she said, in the first place.

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