"I have killed my Jew " : Are the ritual murders of Ariel Sellouk in Houston and Sebastien Selam in Paris linked to Takfir Wal Hijra ?
December 23, 2004
Tribute to Lam C
Sebastien Selam was slaughtered by a Muslim ' friend & neighbor' in Paris - Ariel Sellouk was butchered by a Muslim 'friend' in Houston
MIM: The murder of Theo van Gogh was linked to the Islamist group Takfir Wal Hijra and is being treated as a terrorist attack. The killer was linked to a European terrorist network called the Hofstad Groep in Holland. The 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta is said to fit the ' typical profile' of a Takfir Wal Hijra member. Terrorism experts say that the group blends in chameleon like to their surroundings for years and then strikes without warning. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/353
In the wake of the Van Gogh murder by a suspected Takfir Wal Hijra operative,the case of the ritual murders of by Muslims of a Jewish men in Houston and Paris, bear renewed scrutiny.
In the case of Ariel Sellouk in Houston, both prosecutor and defense lawyer claimed they are still baffled as to the killer's motive. The killing of Sebastien Selam was ascribed to jealousy . In both cases the killings appear to be that of the MO which characterises Takfir Wal Hijra "whose cold hearted killers could be the boy or girl next door "...who would "slit your throat in a second"
Even ascribing the murders to anti semitism still begs the question as to if the killers of both men were linked to a Tafkir Al Hijra or a similiar militant Islamist group.
From Takfir Al Hijra 'Anathema and Exile' aka Jama't al Muslimin
Al Takfir Wal Hijra
The threat of Tafkir is that it's cold heartless killers could be the boy or girl next door. Tafkir Wal Hijrah members are permitted to disregard injunctions of Islamic law in order to fit into infidel societies."
"They seem like regular fun loving guys- but they would bomb your building or slit your throat in a second"
MIM: In the past two years an American and a French Jew were murdered by a Muslim who slit their throats in a ritual killing which are reminiscent of the practices of a shadowy group called Tafkir Al Hijah. Theo van Gogh's killer, Mohammed Bouyeri is also suspected of being an adherent of this group, as was Mohammed Atta, the ringleader of the 9/11 hijackers. The Van Gogh case has been classified as an act of terrorism and 13 Islamists were arrested in the days following the murder, who were linked to an international terrorist network called the 'Hofstad Groep' (Capital City Group).
Tthe killings of the two Jewish men by Muslims who slit there throats in a premeditated yet seemingly 'motiveless' crime .The murders of Ariel Sellouk of Houston and Sebastian Selam of Paris, were classified as criminal acts. What is striking about the case in Houston is that both the prosecutor and defense lawyer admit to having no clue as to the motive. Sebastian's Selam's murderer was labelled "crazy' and the murder was ascribed to the jealousy of the Muslim killer over Selam's sucess as a popular disc jockey. In both cases the men had been on friendly terms with their killers and were lured to their deaths, never believing that the person with whom they had socialised with would savagely turn on them with knives and slit their throats nearly decapitating them. The murders of Ariel Sellouk and Sebastian Selam bear all the hallmarks of Takfir Wal Hijrah. The question remains as to if authorities either did not ask the right questions, or did not want to deal with the fallout which would have resulted if the murders of Ariel Sellouk and Sebastian Selam were labelled terrorist attacks. The fact that 'ticking time bombs' are walking around in the form of young Arab males ready to 'go off' without warning is something which must be investigated if more ritual killings like that of Theo van Gogh , Ariel Sellouk and Sebastian Selam are to be prevented.
Ariel Sellouk, was a Jewish college student in Houston, who had met Mohamed Alayed in school. Saudi national Alayed began a religous transformation and broke off contact with Ariel Sellouk, until last year, when he called him to invite him for a drink. Afterwards Sellouk went with Alayed to his home . Without warning, Alayed seized him from behind and "nearly decapitated him" with a folding knife. His roommate was present at the time and witnessed the slaying. Alayed got a ride to a local mosque and was found days later hiding in an apartment.
Sebastian Selam and his killer had known each other since childhood and lived in the same building in Paris .The family was anti semitic and before the killing, a dead rooster had been put in front of the Selam family door (which is a Muslim symbol for impending death) and a mezuzah (a container with a parchment which Jewish families affix to their doorpost for spiritual protection) had been ripped off. One evening Selam's killer asked him to step into the parking garage, where an aquaintance of the killer was also present. Selam's killer slashed his throat twice, mutilated his face with a fork, and gouged out his both his eyes. Afterwards he mounted the stairs and showed his bloody hands to his mother saying :"I have killed my Jew".
Religious overtones color a murder in Texas
By SEAMUS McGRAW
The victim was a Jew, slaughtered in a Houston apartment, his throat slit so deftly with a 6-inch butterfly knife that he was nearly decapitated.
The killer was an Arab, a newly minted religious Muslim and the son of a millionaire Saudi businessman. He had been bailed out of trouble by the Saudi consulate after previous scrapes with the law, and in the hours after the slaying, authorities said, he plotted to flee to his homeland.
On the surface, the bizarre murder last summer of Ariel Sellouk at the hands of Mohammed Ali Alayed seemed to have all the elements of a classic hate crime, especially when viewed against the violence in the Middle East, continued uncertainty about American security in the wake of the September 11 attacks and the ongoing war on terrorism. But when Alayed appeared last week in a Houston courtroom to plead guilty to murder, there was no mention of terrorism or international intrigue.
The word "hate" with all its legal connotations was never even mentioned.
"It didn't help me," said Stephen St. Martin, assistant district attorney of Harris County.
"The hate crime statute would only enhance [the sentence] one penalty level, and murder is already at the highest level," the prosecutor said. "So I would just be stating something else that I would have to prove.... Why make my job harder?"
Precisely what led to Sellouk's gruesome slaying last year remains a mystery. According to police reports and interviews with the prosecutor and Alayed's defense attorney, the two young men met about two years ago as students at Houston Community College. According to his lawyer, George Parnham, Alayed was hardly religious at that time. On the contrary, he was a frequent customer at various local bars and often was seen with Sellouk, the son of a Jewish immigrant from Morocco. The two young men reportedly shared a fondness for darts and young women. Alayed was a guest at Sellouk's 21st birthday party.
A little more than a year ago, however, the two students parted ways. It is curious, Parnham acknowledged, that Alayed severed his relationship with Sellouk about the same time that he underwent a religious awakening and became an observant Muslim. Still, it is not clear whether Alayed's conversion played a role in the breakdown of the friendship. Nor is there any evidence that it had an effect on the mayhem that followed, Parnham said.
"I don't know if his religious conversion... played any ... role in what occurred," Parnham said. "I know of nothing... that would suggest that it was a factor, but... objectively speaking, you look at it, you put it into the equation."
What is clear is that the two men had no contact for more than a year.
Then, in early August, Alayed reached out to his former friend. According to police reports, the two young men spent part of the evening of Aug. 5 at a local bar. That Alayed — who now considered himself a devout Muslim and who, according to the laws of the religion, should have shunned drinking and drinking establishments ññ was in a tavern is just one of the baffling incongruities in the case, Parnham said.
"This case is filled with contradictions, and obviously that is one of them," Parnham said.
By all accounts, there was no acrimony between Alayed and Sellouk the night of the murder. The two left the bar together and went back to Alayed's apartment, a comfortable place in the upscale Galleria section of Houston that he shared with a roommate despite the $60,000 allowance Alayed received from his millionaire father.
Alayed's roommate, who did not know Sellouk, was home when the two young men arrived, sometime around 1 a.m. on Aug. 6, according to police reports. The roommate later told police that, as far as he could tell, there was no argument between Alayed and the stranger he had brought home.
Suddenly, the roommate told authorities, Alayed pulled out a knife and attacked Sellouk, slitting his throat with such force and precision that, as the gruesome autopsy photos would later show, the young man's head was nearly severed. Before he fled the apartment, Alayed told his roommate he was going to try to make it back to Saudi Arabia.
Though police arrived on the scene within minutes, Alayed remained at large for nearly a week before authorities found him hiding in a closet in a vacant apartment in the same complex where he lived. He was arrested without a struggle and later confessed to the crime.
Almost from the beginning, investigators suspected that Sellouk had been murdered because he was a Jew. The Anti-Defamation League also looked into the case to determine whether it was a hate crime.
Ultimately, Parnham said, such theories were "discounted." The defense lawyer said, "there was no evidence to substantiate the hate element."
St. Martin, however, was unwilling to rule out antisemitism as a possible factor in the killing. But, the prosecutor added, there may not have been enough evidence to prove it conclusively, and so he opted to try the case as a straight murder rather than a hate crime. "I'm not saying it was not a hate crime," St. Martin told the Forward. "I'm just saying that it would have been extremely difficult to prove that to a jury."
From the prosecution's point of view, it was a wise call. Even Parnham acknowledges that St. Martin's murder case against Alayed was nearly airtight. "The circumstances supporting the evidence in this case were overwhelming in favor of guilt," he said. Among the solid factors arrayed against Alayed were the eyewitness testimony from Alayed's roommate, Alayed's own confession and his attempt to flee.
There also were intangibles, said Parnham, that made him leery of a trial. Among them was the potential impact that Sellouk's family might have on the jury if they had been given a chance to testify.
St. Martin already had managed to inject Alayed's Saudi background into the proceedings during a hearing, when he introduced evidence that the Saudi consulate had posted bail for Alayed on minor infractions in the past.
In one case, the Saudi government forfeited $15,000 when Alayed failed to appear to answer charges of driving with a revoked license, St. Martin said. This time around, the court set his bail at $5 million — and the Saudis did not pay it. Nor did anyone else, and Alayed remains behind bars.
Agents from the federal Homeland Security Department reportedly visited Alayed in jail without his lawyer's knowledge. Homeland Security officials later told reporters that the visit involved matters of jail security and not the murder case. All the same, the meeting underscored what Parnham saw as post-September 11 suspicion, a trend that would seem to be working against his client. In short, it was clear that Parnham would have faced almost insurmountable obstacles in trying to defend Alayed.
"I think in today's climate, the Saudi Arabian issue and everything stemming from 9-11, I think that it was a factor ... when making a determination about whether or not to try a case before 12 Texans," Parnham said.
In the end, Parnham opted to, as he put it, "basically cut my losses and save as much of Alayed's life as I possibly could."
On January 12, Alayed pled guilty to one count of murder. Under the deal he cut with the District Attorney's office, the Saudi national, who could have faced 99 years in prison, will likely get 60 years when he is sentenced April 9.
It is entirely possible that the real motive behind the murder of Ariel Sellouk will never be known.
Even now, authorities won't speculate on a motive, a refusal that the ADL's Houston-based Southwestern chapter is willing to accept. "We are very concerned and feel for the family, and if there's ever any indication that this was a hate crime, we'd certainly take a second look and work with the family to deal with it," said Dena Marks, associate director of the chapter. "But at this point, we have to be satisfied with what law enforcement is saying."
The family seems to be satisfied as well. Michel Sellouk, the victim's father, who only a few months ago declared his belief that Sellouk was the victim of some kind of antisemitic rage, no longer offers any opinion about why his son was murdered.
All he is willing to say of the killer now, according to published reports, is that "something must have set him off to do this heinous act."
And despite the hours he has spent with Alayed, Parnham, too, is at a loss.
"We have had a number of in-depth conversations and obviously I can't go into it, but I will simply characterize my relationship with Alayad as extraordinary. That said, I've been casting about ... to answer the question 'Why?' I'm still casting about."
A Saudi millionaire's son who went from a freewheeling Houston college student to an observant Muslim pleaded guilty Monday to nearly decapitating a longtime Jewish friend in the accused's Galleria-area apartment but offered no explanation.
Mohammed Ali Alayed, 23, who spent the last three years in Houston on a student visa, admitted slashing the throat of Ariel Sellouk, also 23, with a 4-inch butterfly knife Aug.6.
Alayed, who was to go on trial Monday on murder charges, pleaded guilty in a deal that will limit his punishment to 60 years in prison when he is sentenced in April by state District Judge Joan Huffman.
Although there was no direct evidence the killing was a hate crime, attorneys said jurors might have been particularly unsympathetic to Alayed because the slaying raised the specter of Islamic extremism and stereotypes surrounding terrorists.
"Now is not a good time to be trying a case with these facts," said Alayed's attorney, George Parnham. "I believe a jury well could have given him a life sentence."
Prosecutor Stephen St. Martin said there was no clear motive in the killing, which Alayed's roommate witnessed.
There was no strategic advantage to prosecuting the slaying as a hate crime, because that and murder by itself carry a maximum sentence of life in prison, St. Martin said.
Alayed and Sellouk became friends while studying at Houston Community College. Alayed attended Sellouk's 21st birthday party, and the two spent time together, visiting local bars and socializing with young women.
But Alayed severed ties with Sellouk about one year before the killing. The defendant had undergone a religious reawakening and had recently reformed his typical American student behavior to a more conservative, Islamic lifestyle, authorities said.
However, just days before the slaying, Alayed contacted Sellouk and they arranged to meet. They had drinks at a bar before returning to Alayed's apartment in the 2500 block of Winrock, where Sellouk was killed.
Alayed then immediately called a friend for a ride to a nearby mosque. He later told his roommate he planned to flee to Saudi Arabia to avoid prosecution, authorities said.
Alayed's bail was set at $5 million after prosecutors said they feared the Saudi Arabian government would help post his bond. The Saudi consulate had posted previous bonds for Alayed on minor traffic violations, St. Martin said.
Alayed never made bail and has remained in Harris County Jail.
Sellouk's father, Michel, a Moroccan Jew who has lived in Houston for 22 years, said last year he believed his son was slain because he was Jewish. But as he left the courtroom Monday, the father said he no longer speculates about the motive.
"I believe that something must have set him off to do this heinous act," Sellouk said. "He will get what he deserves."
Alayed's father is a wealthy Saudi businessman. The parents tried to come to Houston for their son's court appearance but had trouble obtaining a visa and are expected in Texas on Wednesday, a family friend said.
Alayed's parents gave him $60,000 a year to attend school in Houston, court documents show. He had dropped out of school and was in violation of his student visa, authorities said.
Jihad in Houston
They're scratching their heads in Houston over this one: "A Saudi Arabian national who slashed a Jewish friend's throat after apparently undergoing a religious reawakening has pleaded guilty to murder rather than face trial." This from the Houston Chronicle, with thanks to Mrs. Obelix and Nicolei.
"Mohammed Ali Alayed, 23, faces up to 60 years in prison for the Aug. 6 attack in which Ariel Sellouk was almost decapitated with a knife." He got 60 years because of a deal made involving his guilty plea. The case was not tried as a hate crime; another story about the case explains that "although there was no direct evidence the killing was a hate crime, attorneys said jurors might have been particularly unsympathetic to Alayed because the slaying raised the specter of Islamic extremism and stereotypes surrounding terrorists. 'Now is not a good time to be trying a case with these facts,' said Alayed's attorney, George Parnham. 'I believe a jury well could have given him a life sentence.'" That has been known to happen in murder cases. Meanwhile, the prosecution agreed: "Prosecutor Stephen St. Martin said there was no clear motive in the killing, which Alayed's roommate witnessed. There was no strategic advantage to prosecuting the slaying as a hate crime, because that and murder by itself carry a maximum sentence of life in prison, St. Martin said."
The connection to his "religious reawakening" apparently was made by the Chronicle, not by authorities in Houston. Police can't find a motive — they're just sure that the murder didn't have anything to do with religion: "Although Alayed went to a local mosque after the slaying and no clear motive was established, Houston police said they could not find any evidence that Sellouk, also 23, was killed because of his race or religion."
Nevertheless, these are the facts of the case: "Alayed, of the 2500 block of Winrock, was arrested Aug. 14 in a friend's empty Galleria-area apartment." According to the victim's father, Michel Sellouk, the victim "became friends with Alayed a few years ago. He said Alayed underwent 'a religious experience' about two years ago, became a devout Muslim and broke off contact with Ariel. On the day of the slaying, Sellouk said, Alayed called his son and suggested they get together. The two had drinks at a bar before going to Alayed's apartment about midnight. Alayed's roommate told police the two were not arguing before Sellouk was killed."
No clear motive? Not a hate crime? This is a craven example of the astounding state of denial that dominates the public discourse today about radical Islam. Did prosecutors investigate the possibility that in the course of his religious reawakening Alayed may have come across the hadith collection Mishkat Al-Messabih, which states: "When judgment day arrives, Allah will give every Muslim, a Jew or Christian to kill so that the Muslim will not enter into hell fire" (vol. 2, no. 5552)? Did they take note of the fact that a recent Muslim murderer of a Jew in France cried after the deed, "I have killed my Jew. I will go to heaven"?
I am quite sure that they did not. I am quite sure that they thought that ignoring the possibility that Alayed's murder was an exercise of jihadist hatred would be better in the long run. Better not to stir up trouble. But they are only buying for us more trouble down the road.
MIM: According to the website"Immigration's Human Cost-The crimes of illegal aliens:
Ariel Sellouk was murdered when his throat was violently slashed, nearly decapitating him. There are many questions about this crime, which occurred in Houston, August 6. The victim was an Israeli and the accused killer, Mohammed Ali Alayed, is a Saudi citizen with an expired student visa. One story refers to the two being "friends" although Alayed's roomate said that he had never seen the victim before. Apparently Sellouk and Alayed met for a drink, then went back to Alayed's apartment where he allegedly killed Sellouk in front of the roommate.
MIM: Excerpts from Alyssa Lappin's article: Ritual Murders of Jews in Paris:
Sebastian Sellam, 23, was a popular disc jockey at a hot Parisian night club called Queen. At about 11:45 p.m. on Wednesday November 19, the young man known as DJ Lam C (a reverse play on his surname) left the apartment he shared with his parents in a modest building in of Paris' 10th arrondissement near la Place Colonel Fabien, heading to work as usual. In the underground parking lot, a Muslim neighbor slit Sellam's throat twice, according to the Rosenpress interview. His face was completely mutilated with a fork. Even his eyes were gouged out.
Following the crime, Rosenpress correspondent Alain Azria reported, Sellam's mother said the Muslim perpetrator mounted the stairs, his hands still bloody, and announced his crime. "I have killed my Jew. I will go to heaven," he reportedly said. The alleged murderer's family was well known for rabid anti-Semitism, Mrs. Sellam reportedly told Rosenpress, a point confirmed by the victim's brother. Within the previous year, Sellam's mother reportedly said, the family found a dead rooster outside their apartment door with its throat slit, and their Mezuzah was ripped from their door post. Leaving dead roosters is reportedly a traditional warning of impending murder.
The homicide especially traumatized the Paris Jewish community: According to Rosenpress, another gruesome murder, also allegedly committed by a Muslim, occurred earlier that evening. Chantal Piekolek, 53, was working in her Avenue de Clichy shoe store when Mohamed Ghrib, 37, stabbed her 27 times in the neck and chest.
Piekolek's 10-year-old daughter hid in the storeroom behind the shop with a girlfriend and heard the entire crime. There was no evidence of sexual assault, according to Rosenpress. Paris reporters believe the cash remained in the shop's register, but this detail remained unconfirmed at press time.
A report apparently based on Le Parisien story, also appeared in France's biggest Jewish newspaper, Actualité Juive, but added little. The report strangely named the DJ's alleged murderer only by his first name. No surname was given. A reliable Paris journalist says the story is correct.
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------Original article is at http://vancouver.indymedia.org/news/2004/03/115578.php
"He said he killed a Jew, it's Allah who wanted him to do it. He had no regrets, no shame, nothing to hide. This is the official statement he made. It's in the file." The mother of the murdered Sebastien Salem talking about the killer
In November, 2003, Sébastien Selam, a popular 23-year old Jewish DJ, known to his fans as DJ LamC, was murdered by an Arab neighbor. His throat was slit twice; his face was atrociously mutilated. The grisly crime was barely reported in the French press, the probable anti-Semitic motive was underplayed or denied, the affair has not been followed by Jewish or mainstream media with the notable exception of Rosenpress.[i]
When Alyssa Lappen reported on the murder for FrontPage Magazine [ii] she had to rely on the sparse information I provided, backed up by her own research and journalistic intuition. Finally, three months later, I was able to contact the mother of the slain DJ. The conversation took place on February 29, 2004 in Madame Selam's apartment in the presence of more than a dozen friends and family members. The conversation recorded here is not an interview--it is an encounter between an inconsolable bereaved mother and a motherly woman who commiserates. There is no pretension to journalistic objectivity. No digging for the facts. The conversation is a monumental understatement. These are the words we exchanged as we skirted the reality that neither could bear to evoke.
Nidra Poller: Madame Selam, welcome. Thank you for accepting to speak to me about this terrible crime. I know how hard it is.
Madame Juliette Selam: Thank you for coming to see me.
N. P.: First, I would like to ask you to tell us in your own way what happened to your son Sébastien.
J. S.: What happened is that evening he had a job, he was going out to go out to work that night, and before that he had gone to do an errand and when he came back here, a neighbor--a young man who knew him, grew up with him, knew our family, who used to come and have meals with us-- Sébastien gave him a helping hand many times, in many ways--he was waiting for him and said he wanted to go along with Sébastien to the garage. My son saw no ill will in this, nothing at all, he was not wary, and when they got into the garage the boy slit his throat, and he went at him, relentlessly, and then he left him lying there and went up to his apartment directly from the garage and said to his mother, "I killed Lam C, I killed a Jew," and his mother called the police. His mother called the police, the police came, they saw the terrible thing that happened in the garage, they tried to save him but it was too late. He was atrociously mutilated. That's it.
N. P.: You have lived in this building for many years?
J. S.: Yes, since 1985.
N. P.: You have always had neighbors of many different origins?
J. S.: Yes, Arabs, Blacks, people of all races.
N. P.: And you got along with everyone in the building?
J. S.: Absolutely. In the whole building I had nothing but good contacts. The only family, that family, is the only family that is racist. I had words in 2001 with the mother of the criminal; he called us dirty Jews, he tore the mezuza off the door, not just mine, other Jewish families too. He slit the throat of a chicken and put it in front of my door. At the time I didn't know what that meant. I filed complaints with the police; many other people in the building also filed complaints, they are on record. The police didn't do anything about it. They didn't do anything. After that there were swastikas in the elevator; all kinds of things. All of that was him and his family, the boy, the one who killed my son. He burned elevator buttons, broke my mailbox, really the whole family.
N. P.: This family still lives in the building?
J. S.: Since the crime, since my son was murdered, the family is still here. I find that absolutely disgraceful to leave people, to leave murderers in the same building as me. So I don't go out because I don't want to see them. Do you think that's right?
N. P.: That is exactly what I was about to ask you.
J. S.: Nothing has been done to get them away from here. The very same day it should have been done--the very day. It wasn't done. They are still here. They are offered different apartments, and they choose! They choose! [iii]
N. P.: And you have been living here as long as the other family? They moved in about the same time as you?
J. S. : That's right.
N. P.: And were they that way from the beginning or was there a change?
J. S.: No, they changed. It started in 2001, the Mother changed. From that point on she started brainwashing her children, she made them a bit...in this context…this context of racism.
N. P.: What is the attitude of the other neighbors? They don't side with the criminal's family?
J.S.: Side with them? It's hard to say whether they take sides with them. Many people are against them, are against what he did, even some of the Arab families, people of the same race.
N. P.: They judge according to their ethical values and not by loyalty to their group? Do they come to see you and express this clearly?
J. S.: Yes, they came, they come to see me, they are shocked.
N. P.: They have the same judgment as you about the murderer's family? The family is made up of a mother and her son.
J. S.: Yes, the same, the same view. The family? It's two girls, two boys, the father and the mother.
N. P.: From what I saw on the [Rosenpress] video, a friend of your son testified to what happened--an Arab friend.
J. S.: He was at the site of the crime when my son was killed, at the entry to the garage. He was going to work with my son that night, he was waiting outside the garage--they were going to the place together. So he waited outside the garage, ten minutes, fifteen, twenty, he didn't see my son come out and then he saw the police drive up That's when he realized something had happened. He was waiting outside for half an hour. He should have gone down there much sooner but he waited a half hour.
N. P.: There wasn't a fight that afternoon between your son and the murderer? I read about it in one of the articles.
J. S.: It wasn't a fight. No, nothing.
N. P.: A misunderstanding?
Laetitia Selam [wife of Sébastien's brother] and J. S: Adil was looking for a pretext.
N. P.: He was good at hiding his real intentions? He was able to reassure Sébastien to the point that he went into the garage with him that evening?
J. S.: Yes, he didn't see the danger. He didn't have the least. But a half hour earlier Adil had gone upstairs and taken a knife and a fork. His mother saw him open the drawer.
N. P.: They were still friends at that time or had they drifted apart?
J. S.: No they weren't friends. They grew up together here but they weren't friends. They still. My son was always very kind to him, once Adil was ill, he was in the hospital, my son went to visit him, brought him all he needed. But my son had his path in life, it was music, and the other, it was the street. He was peddling drugs.
N. P.: Was he ever arrested for selling dope? Or was he just a small peddler?
J. S.: No, no, no, he wasn't arrested--just the crazy house. Two or three times he was in the psychiatric hospital.
N. P.: Were you born in France?
J. S.: No. I was born in Algeria.
N. P.: When did you leave Algeria? Under what conditions? You were young…you came with your family? Did you have to flee or did you leave calmly?
J. S.: We left in 1956. I came with my family. No, we left in a normal way. Calmly.
N. P.: Then you did your schooling here in France?
J. S.: That's right, everything was normal, no problem.
N. P.: What do you make of the way the case was reported in Le Parisien [iv].Did the journalist come to talk to you?
J. S.: The journalist from Le Parisien? No. Only France Soir.
N. P.: What was the immediate reaction, right after the crime? What was the reaction of the police, the Service de protection de la communauté juive [Jewish security bureau]? I don't have to ask about the media because I read just about everything that was published. How did the police react?
J. S.: The police…I think…I didn't see them that evening, I didn't see anyone, I was in another world, they brought me here, I…
N. P.: Are you kept informed of whatever progress they are making on the case? The police are investigating?
J. S.: Oh yes, they are investigating, they question everyone, the file is growing. They questioned us too; we were heard several times.
N. P.: Did they search the murderer's house immediately after the crime?
J. S.: Not at all. I find that too. They didn't do it that evening. No, they didn't do a search, they didn't take fingerprints from the car, they made a lot of mistakes.
N. P.: No investigation into his contacts? Besides the drug dealing, did they check on his political or religious activities?
J. S.: Now they are investigating all those things, checking all the calls he made on his cell phone.
N. P.: You are represented by a lawyer? You have pressed charges? Is it true that he was immediately placed in a psychiatric hospital?
J. S.: First he was in police custody for a few hours, then he was at Hôtel Dieu [hospital], he was just fine, altogether conscious of what he had done.
N. P.: I heard a story, I don't even remember where I heard it, about a nurse who saw him--maybe it was at Hôtel Dieu-- and said he boasted about killing a Jew.
J. S.: Yes, that's right.
L. S.: Do you want to hear exactly what he said? He said he killed a Jew, it's Allah who wanted him to do it. He had no regrets, no shame, nothing to hide. This is the official statement he made. It's in the file.
N. P.: Does that mean he won't face trial--because he is in the psychiatric hospital?
J. S.: We don't know. We have to wait and see how the affair goes. It takes a long time.
N. P.: Adil was known for peddling drugs, he was a good for nothing. Did he also have a reputation for craziness? Was he violent with other people?
J. S.: I think so, yes.
N. P.: I was told he had tried to kill his uncle in Belgium.
J. S.: Yes that's what I heard, it's true, his uncle in Belgium. His mother too, it seems…tried to throw her out the window.
N. P.: But he wasn't treated for this? Did he get psychiatric help from time to time?
J. S.: Yes, he did have treatment. The mother was supposed to continue the treatment, he was supposed to be followed by a doctor, she didn't do it. So it's her fault that he wasn't being followed. And that's how it is.
N. P.: How is Adil's family acting now?
J. S.: They are fine, just fine. They go out, they do their shopping, hold their heads high, his brother is very arrogant, oh yes they are just fine. I'm the one who is doing badly. They are just fine.
N. P.: You want to stay here in your apartment, don't you? You want them to move out?
J. S.: That's normal isn't it? They are the ones who should leave.
N. P.: And you get no help from Jewish organizations for these problems?
J. S.: No. Not the ones from Algeria and not the Jewish community--nothing
N. P.: Well just wait. The Americans are coming.
J. S.: (smiles) I hope so. I'm counting on them.
N. P.: There is a system of support for victims of crime in France. Are you getting any help from that quarter?
J. S.: No. Nothing at all. Nothing.
N. P.: Excuse me for the next question--I am going to ask you it because I prepared it, but I think I know. Are you satisfied with the reaction of the Jewish community in France?
J. S.: No. No.
N. P.: Did you know that the incident has already been reported in the USA?
J. S.: Almost nothing. We know almost nothing about that.
N. P.: What is the message that you want to communicate to Americans, both Jewish and non-Jewish? Because in the US, non-Jews are also concerned by this case. What can we do to help you?
[General discussion among the people present in the room. What they want, what she wants, is to bring out the truth that the crime was motivated by anti-Semitism. If the truth is told in the U. S. this will rebound in France. The way this incident has been stifled it is as if they killed her son twice. If the American community could mobilize to make the French community and French politicians aware that a terrible crime has been committed and has been hushed up, and that now they must make amends. That is her hope, that the American community will stir up this incident in France.]
N. P.: It is important for that your son's murder be inscribed in the collective memory as an anti-Semitic crime. And that your son's memory be honored first by bringing the truth to light, and then by association with action against anti-Semitism?
J. S.: Yes, yes.
N. P.: And what do you think of the general atmosphere in France today, the future of your family, of futures generations?
J. S.: What can I say about the future? You see, I'm still…I'm still shaken. What I hope for...I think in France today there is a great deal of anti-Semitism. That's what I think. All these things we hear about, all these things we see.
N. P.: Have other victims come to see you, to tell about other incidents?
J. S.: No.
N. P.: In the documents I brought for you today there are long lists of anti-Semitic incidents in France. What you have endured is the worst--the others were working up to it. So you think that the French Jewish community did not even make an effort to face what happened, to analyze it.
J. S.: They hushed it up, that's all. They hushed it up. They didn't come forward. They were afraid. Maybe they are afraid.
N. P.: Do you think the Jews here are afraid that if they ask for too much they will have nothing at all? That the powers that be will leave us directly exposed to our enemies? Or are they afraid that if it is known that an Arab went so far as to kill a Jew, then others will kill Jews? Is it a mentality of "if we don't say anything it will disappear?"
N. P. Is there anyone else who wants to speak?
Friend: I know them, that family. I know that the mother is an anti-Semite, it's sure, she's the one who inculcated her son to hate Jews-- that is for sure, what else can I say. I've known the Selam family for twenty years. I've come here often, I was around--I know the building.
Friend: I confirm what Madame Selam said.
[ii] Alyssa Lappen, "Ritual Murders of Jews in Paris" http://www.frontpagemag.com (December 4 2003)
[iii] Apartments in the low-rent building are attributed by the municipality; comparable low-rent apartments are being offered to the murderer's family, and they are free to stay where they are until they receive what they consider to be a satisfactory alternative.
[iv] The article developed a story of rivalry between boyhood friends. The fact that the murderer was Arab and the victim Jewish was mentioned but a possible anti-Semitic motive was dismissed. This version was picked up and reported by Catherine Garson in Actualité Juive, a Jewish weekly newspaper in France: http://www.actuj.net (journal N° 821)
* See also: Caroline Glick, Jerusalem Post online, 5 December 2003: Who speaks for Israel? And, for a similar case in the US: Andrew Tilghman, Houston Chronicle 12 January 2004, "Saudi pleads guilty to killing Jewish friend in Houston": http://www.HoustonChronicle.com
MIM: Beheading is an Islamic practice which is also condoned by American Muslim leaders. In an article entitled "In Allah's Name?" it was reported that Rashad Sharif, the imam of Masjid Al -Mu'minum in Memphis, Tennessee, defended beheadings saying:
"... "When I hear about someone cut in two pieces, I think about how we [Americans] blow up people into more pieces than can be put back together..."
------------------------------------------------------------------Muslims are peaceful and friendly people, unless they remember that they are Muslims.
Tuesday April 27 By Ali Sina
"On 15 January 2004, a Saudi national, Muhammad Ali Al-Ayed, a Saudi national, pleaded guilty to killing, and nearly decapitating, his Jewish friend" reported Barbara Ferguson, the Arab News Correspondent.
Dutch Intelligence Warns: Radical Islam Spreads
by Anthony Deutsch
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) - The Netherlands' intelligence service warned Thursday that radical Islamic ideology is spreading to thousands of young Dutch Muslims through Internet sites and online chat rooms.
The agency, known by its acronym AIVD, identified the potential threat in an overview of domestic fundamentalist Islamic movements compiled for the Home Affairs Ministry in the wake of the country's first terrorist attack.
The publication comes nearly two months after the murder of film director Theo van Gogh, who was shot and stabbed to death on a busy Amsterdam street. A letter pinned to his chest with a knife threatened politicians and other "infidel nonbelievers."
The 60-page report said a variety of sources of radical Islam pose a threat to the country, ranging from Salifist mosques openly preaching anti-Western, antidemocratic ideas to an underground political movement backing violent jihad, or Islamic holy war.
"Europe and the Netherlands have been confronted with extreme violence," the report said, referring to Van Gogh's murder Nov. 2 and the train bombings in Madrid, Spain, last March 11.
The spread of radical Web sites as an alternative to traditional outlets of Islamic teaching, such as mosques, makes it harder for authorities to isolate potential threats, the report said.
"Especially the youth have found their way to Web sites of radical Islamic spiritual leaders," it said. "These Web sites increasingly contribute to the radicalization of Muslim communities in the Netherlands."
The report lists 20 guidelines for reducing the threat of radicalization, such as promoting positive role models and the emancipation of Islamic women. But it warns against focusing on terrorist groups and ignoring social problems that lead some young people to militancy.
The agency also sees problems in "dawa" movements, which are not violent but promote radical Islamic ideology. Among them are al-Takfir, which seeks to convert immigrant Muslims in the West back to the fundamentalist Islam of the 7th century.
Two alleged radicals of Moroccan origin are awaiting trial as terrorists in the Netherlands. One is 26-year-old Mohammed Bouyeri, the alleged killer of Van Gogh, and 18-year-old Samir Azzouz, who is accused of plotting to blow up Dutch landmarks.
Relations between the native Dutch population and the Muslim community have been strained since Van Gogh's murder, which prompted a wave of attacks and counterattacks on mosques and Christian churches. There are roughly 1 million Muslims in the Netherlands, around 6 percent of the population.
MIM: Information on Takfir Wal Hijra
Takfir Wal Hijra - 'Anathema and Exile' aka Jama't al- Muslimin
Al Takfir Wal Hijra