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Yet another faked 'antisemitic' attack?

Postby Hannover » 1 decade 5 years ago (Mon Jul 12, 2004 8:13 pm)

This is classic, a type of event that is typically used to deflect and smear Revisionist research, and notice the spin job.

One should give pause every time we hear about 'antisemitic attacks'.

Who benefits from such 'attacks'?

also see: http://forum.codoh.com/viewtopic.php?t=74

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Report of Anti-Semitic Paris Attack Probed
Mon Jul 12,

By ELAINE GANLEY, Associated Press Writer

PARIS - Doubts surfaced Monday in news reports about a young mother's claim she had been attacked and robbed on a suburban train by young men who then scrawled swastikas on her stomach.

Nevertheless, police patrolled suburban trains and studied video from surveillance cameras, trying to track down the six men who allegedly attacked the 23-year-old woman.

She told police she was robbed by a knife-wielding gang while riding a train with her infant Friday morning. She claimed to have been mistreated after being mistaken for a Jew. None of some 20 witnesses came to her rescue, she told police.

Investigators trying to track down the culprits had almost no clues to guide them.

Surveillance cameras at the station where the culprits reportedly left the train showed no young men running from the scene, and no witnesses have come forward despite repeated calls from officials and promises of anonymity.

Both France-Info radio and the television station LCI reported that the young woman had filed several complaints about violence and aggressive treatment in the past. Neither news outlet provided sources, but LCI said the woman had filed six such complaints. That information could not be immediately confirmed.

"It is absolutely necessary to have a certitude before speaking," said Paris Police Chief Jean-Paul Proust, when asked about the case on France-2 television. "I have no certitude."

Despite the doubts being cast on the woman's report, officials continued to issue statements of shock and calls to fight anti-Semitism and passiveness by bystanders.

Deputy Minister for Victims' Rights Nicole Guedj met with the young mother, then asked witnesses to step forward, particularly a young man said to have been seated near the mother.

"The gesture that he was not able to make Friday, he must make today," Guedj said.

Guedj also suggested that witnesses who failed to act at the time would not risk being pursued for non-assistance to a person in danger, a crime in France.

"It is difficult to go after people who feel themselves to be in danger," she said.

France was stunned by news of the attack, which emerged over the weekend. The brutality of the aggression, its anti-Semitic character and the fact that no one came to the mother's rescue raised worrisome questions.

"Anti-Semitism is shameful ... but there is also a sickness in our society," said Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin. "It's indifference to violence."

He called for courage among citizens, saying that "courage must be quicker than violence."

Police, their information based on the woman's account, said that the gang, described by the victim as between the ages of 15 and 20, allegedly grabbed the woman's backpack, taking her money and credit cards. When they saw that her identification card said she lived in the wealthy 16th district of Paris, they reportedly told the woman: "There are only Jews in the 16th."

The woman told police that the men, described as North Africans and blacks, then cut off locks of her hair, opened her shirt with their knives and used markers to draw three swastikas on her stomach.

Guedj said the woman told her that about 20 people in the train were "capable of seeing" what was happening.

One of the attackers held the woman by her neck, forcing her to keep her head to the ground so that she couldn't see them, several French newspapers quoted police as saying.

Meanwhile, the office of President Jacques Chirac said that crimes involving racism would not be among those benefiting from the traditional Bastille Day pardons on Wednesday.
If it can't happen as alleged, then it didn't.

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Postby Malle » 1 decade 5 years ago (Tue Jul 13, 2004 12:44 pm)

Hannover wrote:This is classic, a type of event that is typically used to deflect and smear Revisionist research, and notice the spin job.


Sorry to say, this was my first thought when I saw it in a Swedish newspaper. This news hit the front page, but if they found out that this is a scam (which happened before), you won't find any articles in the paper that tells you the truth about it.
I must be a mushroom - because everyone keeps me in the dark and feeds me with lots of bullshit.

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It was faked!

Postby disillusioned » 1 decade 5 years ago (Tue Jul 13, 2004 1:29 pm)

Woman 'lied about swastika attack'



PARIS, France (AP) -- Just days after claiming to be the victim of an attack that stunned France, a young mother confessed to making up the story, authorities said Tuesday.

The woman claimed to have been robbed Friday by a knife-wielding gang that mistook her for a Jew and scrawled swastikas on her body.

But police, finding no clues and no witnesses, brought the woman in for questioning Tuesday, police officials said on condition of anonymity.

No details were immediately available to explain her motives for claiming to have been attacked.

Reports of the attack in a suburban Paris train outraged France, drawing fierce condemnation from politicians and Jewish groups.

The woman told police the men were of North African and African origin and that none of some 20 witnesses came to her rescue as the gang robbed her and overturned her stroller causing her infant to tumble out.

Newspapers gave the story front-page prominence Monday with headlines like "The Train of Hate."

But, by Tuesday, front pages were universally skeptical. "Questions on an attack," blared Liberation, which said the woman's account was full of "gray areas" and "contradictions."

Surveillance cameras at the station where the culprits reportedly left the train showed no young men running from the scene, and none of the alleged 20 witnesses have come forward despite repeated calls from officials and promises of anonymity.

Both France-Info radio and the television station LCI reported that the young woman had filed several complaints for violence and aggression in the past that never panned out.

Neither provided sources, but LCI said she had filed six such complaints in the past. That information could not be immediately confirmed.

Justice Minister Dominique Perben urged the public to be patient and wait for investigators to reach a conclusion.

"All the elements are being verified and screened," he said earlier Tuesday. "It is, therefore, essential to wait for this work to be finished before making up our minds one way or the other."

In a morning radio interview, government spokesman Jean-Francois Cope said that whether the woman's account proved true or not had little bearing on France's need to stem hate crimes.

"The explosion of the number of racist and anti-Semitic acts committed in our country in the last few years is a reality that we must combat," Cope told RTL radio.

The Interior Ministry released figures last week showing that hate crimes had spiked in the first half of the year. There were 510 anti-Jewish acts or threats in the first six months of 2004 -- nearly as many as in all of last year, 593.

Racist attacks were up too: There were 95 attacks and 161 threats through June, compared to 232 total such crimes reported in 2003.

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Postby Hannover » 1 decade 5 years ago (Tue Jul 13, 2004 2:00 pm)

The spin is amazing:
In a morning radio interview, government spokesman Jean-Francois Cope said that whether the woman's account proved true or not had little bearing on France's need to stem hate crimes.

"The explosion of the number of racist and anti-Semitic acts committed in our country in the last few years is a reality that we must combat," Cope told RTL radio.

The Interior Ministry released figures last week showing that hate crimes had spiked in the first half of the year. There were 510 anti-Jewish acts or threats in the first six months of 2004 -- nearly as many as in all of last year, 593.

Racist attacks were up too: There were 95 attacks and 161 threats through June, compared to 232 total such crimes reported in 2003.

Who determines the truth of these alleged numbers? Are people actually found guilty in a legitimate court of law, or are allegations simply enough? Allegations which we can see are highly suspect. Just saying so doesn't make it so.

Who benefits?

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Postby J William » 1 decade 5 years ago (Wed Jul 14, 2004 5:35 am)

Another article.

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/040713/1/3logo.html

Wednesday July 14, 03:41 AM


French woman admits she made up anti-Semitic attack

A French woman who claimed last week she had been the victim of a vicious anti-Semitic attack admitted to police that she had made up the entire incident, and was detained for falsely reporting a crime.

After being questioned for a second time by investigators about the alleged incident on July 9, which shocked France and shed a negative light on government efforts to stamp out anti-Semitism, the woman admitted she had lied.

The 23-year-old had initially told police that a gang of six youths had accosted her on a suburban train outside Paris, slashing her clothes and drawing swastikas on her stomach after mistaking her for a Jew.

"The first declarations of the young woman reveal that her accusations were lies and that she had been making it all up," the public prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The woman admitted to "having made knife cut marks on herself, cut off a lock of her own hair and drawn swastikas on her body," it said.

Doubts had mounted Tuesday over her claim after no one came forward to corroborate the story, despite the fact that she said some 20 people had witnessed the alleged incident.

She changed her story Tuesday, too, to say that she and her 13-month-old child had been assaulted outside the train, but finally admitted that she had totally invented the attack, police said.

The woman has been placed in preventive detention for falsely reporting a crime, state prosecutor Xavier Salvat told AFP. She could face up to six months in prison and a 7,500-euro (9,200-dollar) fine if tried and convicted.

Her boyfriend has also been detained, police said.

President Jacques Chirac, who had strongly condemned the alleged incident, is sure to face questions about the case Wednesday, when he participates in his traditional Bastille Day live televised interview.

Last week, Chirac called for perpetrators of anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic acts to face tough punishment, and has excluded racist crimes from his annual July 14 clemency for prisoners.

"The explosion in the number of racist and anti-Semitic acts committed in our country these past few years is a reality that we must fight," government spokesman Jean-Francois Cope said Tuesday.

The number of such incidents recorded in France -- home to Europe's largest Jewish and Muslim communities -- soared in the first half of the year, according to interior ministry figures.

The woman had testified that her alleged attackers -- whom she described as black and Arab North Africans -- believed her to be Jewish after discovering that she had once lived in the French capital's upmarket 16th district.

"Only Jews live in the 16th district," one of the men was quoted as saying when the group purportedly assaulted the woman, swiped her bag and tipped over the baby carriage with her baby inside.

But investigators said closed-circuit cameras at the station northeast of Paris where the woman said the attackers had left the train did not show the six youths.

Railway personnel at the ticket office where the woman said she reported the affair could remember nothing about it, investigators said.

A 28-year-old man told AFP he had seen the woman on the platform of the station where she said she boarded the train before the attack.

He said her clothes were already torn and she was crying, adding: "I asked her if she wanted help and she said no."

A police source told AFP on Tuesday that the woman had filed six prior complaints in recent years -- among them one for theft and one for sexual assault -- but that the alleged criminals had never been found.

Mouloud Aounit, president of the Movement against Racism and for Friendship among Peoples (MRAP), demanded a public apology over the incident.

"We can't fight against one racism by making statements that advocate another kind of

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Postby Goethe » 1 decade 5 years ago (Wed Aug 11, 2004 9:58 am)

Now this just seems a little too convenient. It looks like an attempt to distract. If at first you don't suceed, then keep trying.
Attack on Jewish Cemetery Stirs Outrage in France
Tue Aug 10,2004
By Jean-Philippe Baille

LYON, France (Reuters) - Vandals daubed swastikas and slogans on 56 graves and a war memorial in a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, the latest in a spate of attacks on Jewish, Muslim and Christian property that have shocked France.

The attackers also used black paint to scrawl slogans glorifying Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and declaring "Resistance to the Islamist invasion" on some of the graves on Monday evening in a cemetery in Lyon, France's second city.

President Jacques Chirac, the government, opposition and Jewish leaders on Tuesday condemned the attack, which prompted calls for tougher action to prevent such vandalism.

More than 300 tombs or graves have been desecrated in eastern France since April -- many in Jewish cemeteries but also some Muslim and a few Christian graves -- despite a drive led by Chirac to eradicate racism and protect France's tolerant image.

"It is very symbolic to see graves that bear the Star of David defaced by a swastika," Richard Wertenschlag, Lyon's chief rabbi, said at the cemetery. "It's an indescribable shock."

He noted that the attack coincided with the 60th anniversary of France's liberation from Nazi occupation in World War II and described it as an attack on the Jewish community.

Police said they were questioning two people who were in the area when a warden found the graffiti on Monday evening but had no evidence against them. They have failed to identify those responsible for the other recent attacks.

Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin said the attack was odious, Chirac called it cowardly and Justice Minister Dominique Perben visited the cemetery. All expressed solidarity with the Jewish community and vowed to fight anti-Semitism.

But patience with the authorities is running out and alarm is growing among France's 600,000 Jews and five million Muslims -- western Europe's biggest Jewish and Muslim communities.

"A crackdown is needed to make these people (attackers) realize the consequences of their acts," Wertenschlag said.

The CRIF umbrella group representing Jewish organizations appealed for more tolerance in society and said it regretted the attack on the war memorial, which honors all Jews killed in the war.

Their words echoed those of Abdellah Boussouf, rector of Strasbourg mosque, after 15 Muslim graves were desecrated in a war cemetery in the eastern city last Friday.

"I can no longer be content now with the condemnations and solidarity pledges of political rulers. I want results," he said last Saturday. "France's Muslims as a whole have the feeling they are considered second-class citizens."

France has only just ended a row with Israel after its prime minister, Ariel Sharon (news - web sites), urged French Jews in July to emigrate to Israel to escape "the wildest anti-Semitism."

French leaders say they have boosted protection for Jewish schools and synagogues and blame some of the recent tension on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Racist and anti-Semitic acts in France soared in the first half of 2004, the Interior Ministry says, totaling 135 physical acts against Jews and 95 against other ethnic groups.

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Postby freethinker » 1 decade 5 years ago (Thu Aug 12, 2004 7:25 am)

Goethe wrote:Now this just seems a little too convenient. It looks like an attempt to distract. If at first you don't suceed, then keep trying.

You bet. But if the real culprit were kept under strict surveillance - not that difficult as it may sound - what could they possibly resort to next?


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