By Avi Davis
How did Ahmed Coulibaly, the Muslim gunman who invaded the Hyper Cacher grocery market in East Paris on Friday and killed four Jews shopping there, choose his target?
Only two days before, 10 members of the staff of the satirical French magazine Charlie Hedbo had been assassinated in cold blood by the Kouachi brothers – Muslim jihadists.
So why a kosher market? Surely, there are far more visible and significant targets in Paris at which to have taken hostages.
Coulibaly, who is now known to have been a co-conspirator with the brothers, aimed to use the hostage crisis as a means of leveraging assistance to the two assassins on the run.
But the choice of the attack on the market in East Paris, conducted in such close proximity in time to the horrific events of only two days before, was an explicit statement to the West: that the Jews and the citizens of the West are the same thing – we are against them both – and we will kill them both indiscriminately in order to advance our cause.
It is no secret that anti-semitism runs deep in the Muslim banlieues of Paris. It has been in evidence repeatedly in the past few years – and most particularly over the summer of 2014 when the Don Yitzchak Abarbanel Synagogue in the 11th arrondissement became the target of a near pogrom led by a mob of Palestinian supporters, angered by Israel’s incursion into Gaza. From the murder of Ilan Halimi in 2005, to the killings by Mohammed Merah in Toulouse in 2012, and the repeated brutal gang attacks by Muslims on Jews, there is consummate evidence of a raging storm of anti-semitic animus swirling in Muslim society which will not be quelled by polite words requesting calm or by calls for unity.
It dovetails, in many ways with the rising antisemitism of secular French society itself which masquerades under the guise of anti-Zionism. Antisemitism, of course, has had a long history in France, reaching its peak 120 years ago during the infamous Dreyfus trial, when throngs of protestors (none of them Muslim, mind you) could be heard screaming the words “Death to the Jews.”
Perhaps that antisemitic animus, which still curdles in the French breast, is best expressed today by France’s coddling of the rejectionist, terror sponsoring Palestinian Authority and as well as the French government’s flat refusal to outright condemn genocidal terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah who attack Israeli citizens indiscriminately
But the gunman who killed the staff of Charlie Hebdo and one who killed the four victims in the hyper market did not make these distinctions: both Jewish and non-Jewish Frenchmen are now being targeted in an explosion of hate, the like of which the French have never seen.
The Paris atrocities therefore prove that the attempt to snuff out free speech – a key pillar of Western civilization, is exactly the same thing as the attack on Jews and Zionists. Jews/ Zionists/French journalists/Frenchmen – these labels are interchangeable because all these identities stand in the way of the re-establishment of an Islamic Caliphate.
Isn’t it then about time that the French government dropped its hypocritical, even handed stance towards Israel and the Palestinians and unite with the Jewish state in an effort to confront a common enemy? What more pressing alliance could there by than being enjoined to defeat the forces that wish to destroy their mutual civilization? Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, Boko Haram, al Qaeda – it doesn’t matter what the name – they all drink from the same ideological trough, share the same values and preach the same hatred of Israel, Jews and the West.
But you still wouldn’t know this if you listen to the French foreign ministry. When Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed a willingness to fly to France this week to express solidarity with the French, he was discouraged by a senior official close to the French President on the pretext that it would stir animosity. However when Netanyahu insisted on traveling (considering that two of his ministers – Avigdor Liberman and Naftali Bennett, would be attending), the same officials told him that if he did, they would be compelled to also invite Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas.
Even in the face of the most devastating evidence of Muslim treason and rejection of French civilized norms, the French leadership still feels compelled to placate their restive Muslim population with a sycophantic policy of even handedness that will return them nothing but greater hatred.
Coulibaly, upon bursting into Hyper Cacher on Friday morning apparently shouted to the terrified shoppers: “Do you know who I am?”
The answer from Frenchmen, Israelis and all freedom loving people around the world should now be thunderously thrown back at him:
” Yes, you are Death but we are Life and are united now to destroy you.”