Merah’s Father Chides Police, Jewish Child Beaten Up Outside Ozter HaTorah School

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Mohammad Merah, cold-blooded killer of children, soldiers and a rabbi in France, should have been given “sleeping gas,” and been taken alive “like a baby,” according to his father, (left), who is planning to sue the French government for his son’s death.

"Why did they kill him?" asked Benalel Merah. "He could have been sentenced to many years in prison or even a life sentence. There is no death penalty in France."

In a media interview with France 24 television network, Merah threatened to "hire the biggest-named lawyers and work for the rest of my life to pay their costs. I will sue France for having killed my son."

In response, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said,, "If I were the father of such a monster, I would shut my mouth in shame." French President Nicolas Sarkozy reiterated an earlier comment saying that the elder Merah’s statements were "undignified and indecent.”

For his part, the father told Algerian media that he would not "shut up" despite the requests to do so.

In related news, a 12-year old Jewish boy was beaten outside his school by older teens shouting anti-Semitic slurs at him. The boy had just left the Oztar Hatorah school in Paris, which is part of the same network of schools where the children and rabbi were killed in Toulouse. Despite sustaining blows to his head, the boy was reported “not hurt.” There was no description released of his attackers. The attack took place about 100 meters away from the school and out of range of the police officers who were guarding the school.

In addition, Al Jazeera news network announced that they would not air footage they had received of the children’s murder. Merah, who had strapped a video camera to himself to film the shootings, had apparently sent the network the footage through a memory stick.

Speaking at a ceremony in the Paris suburb of Drancy to honored the 1,112 Jews sent March 27, 1942 from Drancy to the camps at Auschwitz (of which only 19 survived), famed Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld said, "The anti-Jewish hate that led these tens of thousands of victims to an atrocious death remains, alas, persistent and alive, even if it has changed its vector and Hitlerian ideology has been substituted by the most extremist fringe of Islam."

It has been a mere 70 years since Nazi-occupied France deported its first convoy of Jews and others to concentration camps during World War II.  In sum, 76,000 people, who mostly perished, were deported from France to Nazi camps. Most of the deportation came from Drancy. Most died.


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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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