Toulouse gunman's brother says siblings were told by mother 'We, the Arabs, we were born to hate Jews'High profile Muslim scholar Tariq Ramadan claimed that the murderer was not anti-Semitic and blamed alienation from French society and poverty for Merah's murderous rampage.
The radicalization of the French gunman who killed seven people on an eight-day shooting spree this spring began at home, his brother recounts in a new book and documentary, according to media reports.
Many blamed the poverty of the neighborhoods many immigrants and their children live in for driving them to radical Islam. But a new book by another of Merah brothers, Abdelghani, says his parents, particularly his mother, are responsible for Mohamed's radicalization.
According to excerpts published in Le Figaro and other newspapers, Abdelghani made a silent vow on the day of Mohamed's funeral to tell the world how they were raised on anti-Semitism.
"I will explain how my parents raised you in an atmosphere of racism and hate before the Salafis could douse you in religious extremism," he writes in "My brother, that terrorist," due out Wednesday. Salafis are ultraconservative Muslims.
Politically, he was a young man adrift, imbued neither with the values of Islam, nor driven by racism and anti-Semitism.I am suddenly put to mind of a guy on Daily Kos, back in the day, who went under the moniker "Deaniac."
I will never forget the day wherein Deaniac wrote some comment to the effect that the Palestinians often teach their children to hate Jews and was "troll-rated" into oblivion. He kept posting videos of that anti-Semitic Palestinian mouse for children's television and they kept screaming at him that he's a racist and he would say things like, "But here's the evidence! We have it on video! It's right here!"
But there was no way that they were going to let some uppity Jew speak the truth about incitement against us, especially when there were so many Jewish dhimmis there to back them up.