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So. Why did an Iranian nutter knife a rabbi in Paris?

by | 25th, April 2013

 

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THE Associated Press reports a man of Iranian origin escaped from a psychiatric institution and knifed a rabbi and his 18-year-old son (both wearing yamulkas). His was stopped by a witnessed who chased him through a Paris synagogue.

The AP say “an official investigation was underway to determine a possible motive”.

It’s walking like a duck…

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which monitors anti-Semitic incidents worldwide, said in a statement that the assailant screamed “Allah-u-Akbar” — or “God is great” — during the attack.

It’s talking like a duck…

But it might not be duck because we recall what Michael Tomasky wrote in the Guardian about Nidal Malik Hasan, who shouted “Allah-u-Akbar” before he killed 13 people at Fort Hood in November 2009:

The fact that Hassan reportedly shouted the above is meant, I suppose, to imply that he was an extremist fanatic.

I’m not sure that it does. My understanding is that it’s something Arab people often shout before doing something or other. It’s used in many different situations.

Can we at least guess why the Paris knifer did it?

Picture:  Iran’s largest-selling daily newspaper, Hamshahri, announced a Holocaust cartoon contest.



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