In what is becoming a trend, French authorities are consistently sending Muslim attackers of Jews to psychiatric wards instead of jail in what appears to be an attempt to hide from the public the real threat of radical Islam against Jews.
The latest incident took place this week when a young Muslim man hit a 69-year-old Jewish man, who was identifiably Jewish, pushed him to the ground and dragged him by his hair while shouting: “Alla hu akbar, long live Hitler, death to the Jews.”
Police apprehended the suspected attacker but a police physician recommended transferring the suspect to a psychiatric institution for observation because he was in a “state of over excitement,” according to the information received by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA.
The said it “again deplores that a violent anti-Semite citing Islamism evades judicial treatment because he presents himself as having mental problems which should not and cannot explain or excuse his actions.” Such treatment is “absurd,” BNVCA said.
The victim suffered minor injuries to his head and filed a complaint for assault with police, BNVCA added. The assault came as the man was entering a kosher bakery.
This incident in isolation could be considered acceptable, however, when you recognise that this is happening with all violent attacks by Muslims against Jews, it should ring alarm bells.
Here are some of the other incidents similar to this:
In May, a man who shouted about Allah outside a Paris-region Jewish school and accused the people inside of killing children was sent for psychiatric observation.
In April, a 20-year-old man who brandished a weapon at a Holocaust museum in western France also was hospitalised at a psychiatric institution.
Earlier this month, the suspect in the alleged murder of a Jewish physician in Paris was deemed not responsible for his actions in a second psychiatric evaluation ordered by a judge even though the defense did not request it. The suspect, Traore Kobili, is scheduled to have a third evaluation to determine his ability to stand trial for the murder of Sarah Halimi in April 2017. He is alleged to have beaten her to death while calling her a demon and shouting about Allah before throwing her body from the window of her third-story apartment.
French authorities have for a long time tried to downplay the severity of the threat of radical Islam against France’s Jewish community, or at the very least hide the threat from the public. By denying this threat they are defending the perpetrators of these heinous crimes whilst failing to protect the victims. And it is shameful.
France is home to the largest Jewish community in Europe, but it is also home to the most violent anti-Semitism in Europe. It is also the number one country Jews are fleeing from. French Jews see how their government is failing to act and they no longer trust it to protect them.
Francis Kalifat, the president of the CRIF group of French Jewish communities, wrote about the ordering of the evaluations, saying, “We do not understand the determination and procrastination that consistently seeks to turn this killer into a demented person, when he is a murderer whose presumed detention doesn’t even hide his hateful antisemitism.”