From the Copernic Synagoge Bombing to the Brussels Jewish Museum Slaughter: Comments on the Arrest of Mehdi Nemmouche

From the Paris Copernic Synagogue in October 1980 until the Rue de
Rosiers Jewish Quarter massacre of August 1982, there were 73 attacks
against Jewish targets in Western Europe

This antisemtism – terrorism nexus was perpetrated by killers imported
from the Middle East. It ended with the Israeli army’s entry into
Southern Lebanon in the summer of 1982 to quell terrorist

European trainees in PLO camps, fled homewards, where they began
attacks on broader targets – banks, embassies, NATO installations.
Only then, governments cracked down and the terrorism was contained.

For the past two years, the Wiesenthal Centre has alerted governments
to the danger of young European – born Muslims, recruited through the
internet, to the battle fields of Syria.

It is no coincidence that, on returning home, their first targets are
Jewish institutions and individuals. From Mohammed Merah’s attack on
the Toulouse Jewish school to Mehdi Nemmouche, the prime suspect in
the Brussels Jewish Museum slaughter.

Jihadism is primarily antisemitic and regards the Jews as its main
enemy, but the radicalization and return home of hundreds, if not
thousands, of Jihadists to France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany,
Spain and the United Kingdom will result in general mayhem.

The London metro and Madrid station bombings of over a decade ago were
the first signposts, but were disregarded as the media concentrated on
singling out Israel and, by association,imperiling Jewish communities
at home.

As the late Simon Wiesenthal would say: ” What begins with the Jews
never ends with them”. It is high time for governments and the media
to draw the conclusions.

About the Author
Shimon Samuels is Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He has served as Deputy Director of the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, European Director of ADL, and Israel Director of AJC. He was born in UK and studied in UK, Israel, U.S. and Japan.