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Daybreak: Likely French Killer Cites Palestinians

Plus new Iran negotiations on horizon, and more in the news

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French police surround suspect in Toulouse.(Getty Images)

• The suspect in the French Jewish school (and also French soldiers) killings, Muhammed Merah, is in custody after a long stand-off. He claims to belong to Al Qaeda and that the killing was done to avenge Palestinian deaths. [NYT]

• Of course, this makes Catherine Ashton’s remark connecting the attack to Gaza, which Israelis are furious about, all the more striking and, I’d argue, heinous. [NYT]

• In his annual Nowruz message, President Obama wished Iranians a happy new year while slamming their leaders for curtailing free speech and access to world opinion as well as for their continued refusal to meaningfully negotiate about their nuclear program. [JPost]

• It does look like a new round of negotiations is set to begin next month, though we can’t know how meaningful those will be yet. [Haaretz]

• Israel wants to remove the contents of its embassy in Cairo, which in the past year has been stormed once. Not clear if diplomats also would leave; what this could mean for diplomatic ties; and why Israel is afraid the embassy might soon be under assault again … . [Reuters]

• The administration exempted those countries that have already taken substantial steps to stop doing business with Iran—chiefly European countries and Japan—from new, biting sanctions. [NYT]

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Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

CORRECTION: The French-Algerian terrorist (if I may use that word) is still holed up in his house, surrounded by 300 elite French police. The NY Times report was probably based on an erroneous France-24 report.


George says:

Hershy, you have my heartfelt congratulations on being such an outstanding representative of the Politically Correct community. ‘French-Algerian’ indeed, so wonderfully religiously neutral.Lol…. I guess if your desire that the shooter be a ‘Neo-Nazi’ was shattered, you will still bravely soldier on as the good PC operative you are and never let the word ‘Moslem’ enter your delusional world.

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

The man who pulled the trigger, many times, was an Islamist. But, informally he was affiliated with the UNHOLY TRINITY movement, one that consists of classic anti-Semites, “progressive” anti-Jewish racists, and 7th century-based Islamists. Seemingly, the three elements have nothing in common but for one common denominator about which all three are obsessively and irrationally infected: the deep hate of the Jewish people, its civilization of 4,000 years, its nation-state of Israel, and its national liberation movement of Zionism. And, sadly, historically, the words these people utter are translated to action. The bodies of the children buried today in the Jewish people’s capital city of more than 3,000 years, that of Jerusalem/Zion, is the outcome of the anti-Jewish racism to which we have become used to read…!!

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

May remembering little Arjeh, Gavriel and Miriam, as well as Rabbi Jonatan Sandler be of blessing (יהי זכרם ברוך).

andrew r says:

Yes, the killer is a Muslim. As everyone knows, any given act of unwarranted, premeditated murder is committed by a Muslim. So what we have to do is isolate Muslims from our world, and no one will ever be murdered again who doesn’t deserve it. As for all the Muslims murdered by the armies of the US, Britain and France, they deserved it fair and square.

james says:

Mark Tracy I issue you a challenge. Here are Ashton’s words, watch for yourself and quote to me what is so heinous:

Her words are noble, it takes a special kind of scumbag to draw offense at remembering dead children, whatever their nationality.


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