American asylum for French Jews: Before I go on, please sign the petition. More on it here. We must help save these people. 12 million illegal aliens getting amnesty just because they crossed the border? C'mon, help these folks.
I'm just came back from the upper West Side having attended a lecture with Nidra Poller for CAMERA.org. I look forward to my lunch with her tomorrow. Listening to Poller speak of "homemade concentration camps", French Jew hatred, "punk jihad," and the dismal outlook for France and invariably Europe is beyond draining and depressing.
Nidra Poller is an expatriate. She left Philly in 1972 and circuitously came to France to live and write. She is long settled in Paris, firmly planted in French soil (but to me she is quintessentially Americain)
The picture she paints of France is grim. Nidra Poller has built a reputation as a "reliable witness." She started her testimony with a laundry list (seven pages) of antisemitic crimes - unfathomable in nature -- stomping on the heads of Jews.
Poller describes the period in France from 2000 - 2006 as the following;
Dialogue for Islam
Systematic opposition Sabatoge in regard the United States, the United Kingdom (for daring to participate in the coalition), and Israel.
Now what did this attitude produce?
Enormous violence. Violence against Jews, violence against Muslim women, violence against teachers, violence against the state.
It has produced what she calls "punk jihad", an economic decline, and a government in its last throes.
An virulent exterminationist Jew Hatred.
She calls it a "punk intifada." She uses these words, she uses punk because it is not an idealogy. It is a mixture of delinquents and a jidad mentality that is seeping into the society. She takes us through the enormous violence of 2006. Starting with the Great Train Razzia",
Paris 5 January 2006 -- French opinion makers are against the clash of civilizations the same way they are against the war in Iraq: fervently sure of their own moral superiority. But reality has a way of its own, and the Great Train Razzia that rang in the New Year on the Côte d'Azur is a smashing illustration of the clash of civilizations.
One hundred drunk and disorderly "youths" from the "sensitive neighborhoods" outside of Marseille were let loose in a train carrying revelers from Nice to Lyon via Marseille. They vandalized the train, terrorized the passengers, stole from them, sexually assaulted several young women, made convincing death threats and, when all these wicked deeds were done, pulled the emergency brake and jumped the train on the outskirts of Marseille.
Following fast on the heels of the train razzia, --the Cartoon Jihad, pointing out the French were more courageous than the Americans in running those toons, and despite 6 years of bending over backwards to make sure they never offended the Muslims, despite this they burned the cultural center in Gaza, French embassies, threatened French people and kidnapped French people.
And then Ilan.
She would not go on to describe the murder of Ilan Halimi's without speaking first of the 2003 murder of Sebastian Sellam, a popular disc jockey at a hot Parisian night club called Queen. he young man known as DJ Lam C (a reverse play on his surname) left the apartment he shared with his parents in a modest building in of Paris’ 10th arrondissement near la Place Colonel Fabien, heading to work as usual. In the underground parking lot, a Muslim neighbor slit Sellam’s throat twice, according to the Rosenpress interview. His face was completely mutilated with a carving fork. Even his eyes were gouged out.
His murderer said, "I killed my Jew. I can go to paradise now."
So while the French authorities of the French media insisted Ilan Halimi was the first antisemitic murder, it was not.
The facts surrounding the Halimi murder are so onerous, as to be overwhelming. This time the insistence of the authorities to refuse and avoid the antisemitic motives led to their bungling of the case and most certainly contributed to his death. The evidence was so voluminous, and they didn't follow up on any of it. They used a protocol from the 1970s that was for the kidnapping of the son of wealthy family. Which, btw, Ilan clearly was not. His parents were divorced. His mother was a secretary and Ilan was working to help his family and worked in a cell phone shop.
The kidnappers called a Rabbi and said we have kidnapped an orthodox Jew (which Ilan was not, he was out with the girl that lured him to his horrible death on Shabbat.) When they called the family for money, they said if you don't have it............go get it from the synagogue. This is not obvious? The police would not acknowledge the obvious antisemitic overtones. Despite pleas of Ilan's mother.
Poller went on, line by line, piece piece, the evidence is devastating.
23 people participated in torturing Ilan, another 20 were involved indirectly. The custodian of the building gave them the key to an apartment where they said they wanted to "keep someone."
Three weeks of unimaginable torture. Three weeks. So many clues. So many guilty animals partaking in the continuing torture in their "homemade concentration camp."
The screams must have been loud because the torture was especially atrocious: the thugs cut bits off the flesh of the young man, they cut his fingers and ears, they burned him with acid, and in the end poured flammable liquid on him and set him on fire.
Horrible tortures. Horrible torturers.One of the torturers would go to work at a TV station everyday and come back and partake in the torture. The girls that lured young men. They knew he had been kidnapped. They knew Yosef (the leader of the Barbarians) were extremely violent. They knew Ilan was still in his hands three weeks later. All they had to do was make an anonymous phone call to the police. No one would have known. They did not do it. No neighbor thought to say to the police, something strange is going on in this building.
The police told the family not to say a word. The Jewish community was not warned when prior attempts to kidnap Jewish men had failed. The Jewish community was not warned before the successful attempt.
Even one member of the gang that dropped out of the gang because he was shocked by their violence, did not call the police.
These neighborhoods are not ghettos. They are not sordid. Not squalid.
When Ilan was found, the head of the fire department who was called to the scene, this man with decades of experience almost fainted when he saw him. The last thing Youssef Fofana l(leader of the murdering gang, the barbarians) did was to slit his throat twice and pour an inflammable liquid on him and to set it on fire but not burn him to death because Ilan walked for perhaps one hour trying still to find a way to live.
Fofana has subsequently become a hero to many in France. He claims he is a victim, something the leftist French media has been telling the collective Fofanas for a terribly long time. The media is more than culpable as well.
In the aftermath of his murder, the French media have changed their version of the facts several times, obediently following the interpretations dictated by their government. Yet media coverage has still not shed light on the scope of this crime or placed blame on the real criminals.
The Question and Answer:
Can France be saved?
Nidra: Logically, no. But it's not in my capacity to give up hope. So I am acting as if it can. Plus plus, it would be very bad for the United States for Europe to fall. We have much to learn from France because these things are happening in the United States in a different way and I have been speaking here [in the US] for several weeks and I am finding people do not t see that.
What I want to concentrate on is what can we learn from it . What can you we do to help us? What can we do to help you and what can we do to make sure that it will not turn into another Shoah.
Next questioner was complaining he wasn't getting the news, this news in his news or New York Times. Nidra said stop reading the Times.
I said you you have to go to the net, the blogs........he got pissed (!) He said "I'm not goiug to the blogs! The total American population is not going to the blogs."
Listen to it all...............I'll load the file when I get home.
UPDATE: Here's the file of Poller's lecture. Anyone want to convert for me?