More Muslims “misunderstanding” Islam in exactly the same way. Hmmmm, how can that be? Perhaps Islamic apologists and leftist media tools are the ones getting it wrong.
As for the Jewish targets (always the Jewish targets), Islamic Jew-hatred is in the Quran.
Prosecutors in Paris presented their case against 15 Muslims — 15 — accused of planning jihadist attacks on French Jews and other targets.
The trial against the men, alleged members of the banned terrorist group Forsane Alizza, began Monday at the Correctional Tribunal of Paris and is expected to continue through June 23. They are accused of “participating in a group formed with a view to preparing terrorist acts,” according to metronews.fr.
Among the alleged targets were five Jewish supermarkets of the Hyper Cacher chain, the news site ouest-france.fr reported, and several other Jewish businesses. A Hyper Cacher market in the Paris area was the scene of a deadly terrorist siege in January.
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“French Islamists had Jewish store ‘hit list’ and nuclear bomb manual,” By Henry Samuel, The Telegraph, Paris, June 8, 2015
Fourteen members of banned Forsane Alizza (Knights of Pride) group stand trial in Paris for planning terror strikes including on Hyper Cacher stores like one targetted in January Paris killings.
Mohamed Achamlane, head of the Islamist group “Forsane Alizza,” arrives at the Paris correctional courthouse on the opening day of his trial Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP
Fourteen members of a banned Islamic group stood trial in Paris on Monday on terror charges after police found a “hit list” of Jewish stores marked “targets” in files belonging to its leader.
The 14, all members of a now-banned Islamist group called Forsane Alizza (“The Knights of Pride” in Arabic), are charged with “criminal conspiracy related to a terrorist enterprise.” Some also face charges of illegal possession of weapons. All face prison terms of ten years if found guilty.
The group was dismantled amid a crackdown on radicals shortly after a 2012 killing spree in southern France by Mohamed Merah, who attacked a Jewish school and soldiers, killing seven people before being gunned down by police.
The “hit list” was found during a March 2012 raid on the home of group leader Mohamed Achamlane, 37, in which they also seized an English-language manual on how to build a nuclear bomb, along with three demilitarised assault rifles, three revolvers and “easy recipes” for home-made explosives.
On Achamlane’s hard disk, investigators found a file called “target.txt,” containing the names of ten Jewish stories, five of which belonged to Hyper Cacher.
Achamlane, who has previous convictions for offences related to weapons and violence, denies any plans to carry out attacks and said the group’s aim was simply to “unite young Muslims.”
“Since the tragic events of January, things are being whipped up out of all proportion,” his lawyer Béranger Tourné told reporters at the trial, which is due to last until June 23. “My client was preparing no attack.”
The group was created in 2010 with the official goal of stopping the spread of Islamophobia. It staged several public protests against banning the full veil, later producing a video glorifying Oussama bin Laden, the late al Qaeda leader. In a web chat, its leader went on to praise the Mohamed Merah killings as “a blessing from Allah” and to pledge inflicting more “scars on France.”
In another bugged conversation Achamlane claimed to have been involved in a firebomb attack on Charlie Hebdo offices in November 2011. The group, which investigators said had “lieutenants” all over France, also discussed assassinating a French far-Right leader and kidnapping a judge.
The trial will hinge on whether the group had any real intention of carrying out any of these projects. Mr Tourné, Achamlane’s lawyer, said: “It has not been demonstrated that any acts preparing a terrorist action had been taken. This is just assumed.”
France has remained on top security alert since the Paris killings in January at Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher store by Islamist gunmen who had met and discussed coordinating the attacks.
Achamlane denounced these from his jail cell in a letter to investigators and said he had nothing to do with them, according to court documents. There are no known links between the group and the January attackers.
One of the group’s reported sympathisers, Omar Diaby, has since notoriously become a top recruitment sergeant of French Islamists for al-Nusra Front, the Syrian jihadist group