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  • Generation Hate: French far right’s violence and racism exposed

    Al Jazeera investigation reveals Generation Identity members carrying out racist attacks, making Nazi salutes in Lille.

    It was the first weekend of 2018 and Remi Falize was hungry for a fight.

    The 30-year-old far-right activist, who previously said his dying wish was to kill Muslims in the northern city of Lille, took out a pair of black plastic-reinforced leather gloves.

    “Here, my punching gloves, just in case,” he told his friends in a secretly filmed conversation. “We are not here to get f**ked about. We are in France, for f**k’s sake.”

    Falize found his fight towards the end of the night.

    Around 1am, outside the O’Corner Pub in Lille’s main nightlife strip, a group of teenagers approached Falize and his friends. One asked for a cigarette. Suddenly, Falize’s friend pushed him and the doorman at the bar was pepper-spraying the teenagers.

    “I swear to Mecca, don’t hit me,” one girl in the group pleaded.

    Falize was incensed. “What to Mecca? I f**k Mecca!”

    The burly man went after her even as she turned to leave and punched her in the head several times.

    “Girl, or no girl, I couldn’t give a f**k. They’re just Arabs,” he said. Then, taking a drag on his cigarette, he shook his wrist and said: “She really must have felt it because I’m hurting.”

    Falize and his friends are part of Generation Identity (GI), one of Europe’s fastest growing and most prominent far-right movements. The organisation was set up in France six years ago, and now has branches in several countries, including Italy, Austria, Germany and the United Kingdom.

    The pan-European group, estimated to have thousands of members and an online following of tens of thousands, advocates the defence of what it sees as the identity and culture of white Europeans from what it calls the “great replacement” by immigration and “Islamisation”.

    It presents itself as a patriotic movement and claims to be non-violent and non-racist.

    But when an Al Jazeera undercover reporter infiltrated GI’s branch in Lille, he found the opposite.
    ’Defend Europe’

    Footage our reporter filmed secretly over a period of six months, beginning in September 2017, shows GI members carrying out racist attacks and admitting to a series of other assaults on Muslims.

    The group’s activists were frequently seen making Nazi salutes and shouting “Heil Hitler”. Its leaders meanwhile explained how they’ve infiltrated the National Front (now the National Rally), a far-right French party led by Marine Le Pen, who lost a 2017 presidential election runoff to Emmanuel Macron.

    Made up of white nationalists, the group first came to prominence in 2012 when dozens of its activists occupied a mosque in Poitiers, western France, for more than six hours before police ejected them. Days later, GI issued a “declaration of war” on multiculturalism and called for a national referendum on Muslim immigration.

    Robin D’Angelo, a French political analyst, said the group considers France their “main battleground” in Europe, as it’s the country with the largest Muslim community on the continent. Muslims make up nearly 10 percent of France’s 67 million population. A second and more significant factor, D’Angelo said, was a rise in deadly attacks by Muslim assailants in the country in recent years.

    They include a 2015 gun attack on the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in the French capital, which left a dozen people dead, as well as a series of coordinated assaults later that year in Paris, including at the Bataclan theatre, in which more than 130 people were killed. The next year, assailants drove a 19-tonne cargo truck into crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day in the Mediterranean city of Nice, killing 86 people.

    GI, however, differs from traditional far-right groups, D’Angelo said, in its public attempts to distance itself from violence and overt racism. “What they understood was that marginalisation would never bring their ideas to power, would never make their ideas spread, so they try to be as clean as possible,” D’Angelo said.

    The group’s strategy to influence public debate includes staging spectacular publicity stunts to attract media attention and gain a huge social media following, he said.

    Such moves include a 2017 boat mission called “Defend Europe” which sought to disrupt refugee rescue ships in the Mediterranean Sea. GI raised more than 50,000 euros ($57,000) in less than three weeks for the mission, which ultimately failed when the group’s boat was blocked from refuelling in Greece and Tunisia.

    In April, more than 100 GI activists tried to shut off a snowy mountain pass on the French-Italian border used by migrants. After erecting a makeshift barrier there, they unfurled a banner which read: “You will not make Europe your home. No way. Back to your homeland.”
    ’We want power’

    Aurelien Verhassel was one of the GI leaders who took part in the group’s Alpine mission. He is also the head of the group’s Flanders branch. In a backstreet in Lille’s city centre, the 34-year-old runs a members-only bar called the Citadelle.

    “It’s not just a bar,” he told Al Jazeera’s undercover reporter. “It’s a community with all the activities that go with it; a boxing club, a library, a cinema club.”

    Membership in GI Flanders had almost tripled, he said, from 300 to 800 in just a year.

    At the Citadelle, Verhassel, a man with an angular face and slicked-back hair, hosted lengthy discussions on politics, entertaining GI members from other parts of France and sometimes journalists, too. One Friday in December last year, Verhassel asked members to be present for a TV interview with journalists from Quebec, Canada.

    In his television appearance, Verhassel, who has a string of criminal convictions for violence, including a five-month prison sentence for an attack on two North African teenagers that he is appealing, presented the image of a committed but professional politician.

    “Europe has been invaded,” he told the Canadian journalists. And the aim of GI, “a serious political movement that trains young leaders”, was to tackle mass Muslim immigration, he said.

    GI’s main solution, he added, was a concept called “remigration” - a programme to send non-European families to their ancestral homelands. “For us, the non-Europeans, the Islamists, can go home by any means,” he said. “By boat, by plane or by spaceship. They can go home however they want.”

    The “remigration concept” is at the core of GI’s vision for France’s future, and was detailed in a policy document the group released during the 2017 election campaign. Jean-David Cattin, a GI leader who was in charge of the group’s communications when its activists targeted refugee rescue missions in the Mediterranean, told Citadelle members in October last year that France could force former colonies to take back migrants by making development aid conditional on the return of non-European residents and migrants.

    “We are France, we have nuclear weapons. We give them hundreds of millions in development aid,” he told a sceptical activist. “We’d say: ’Listen, we’d love to help you out financially, but you’ve got to take back your guys.’”

    Mathias Destal, a journalist who has been investigating France’s far right for years, called the “remigration” concept “delirious” and likened it to ethnic cleansing.

    “It would mean deporting thousands and thousands of people to countries which are supposedly their countries of origin because their ancestors might have lived there or because the colour of their skin or their culture refers to countries which are not France … so, in fact, it would nearly be ethnic cleansing.”

    Verhassel believed that the strategy to take the concept mainstream was to protect the group’s media image.

    GI Lille has refused entry to “skinheads and all those anti-social types”, he told our undercover reporter, and expelled others who might damage GI’s reputation. The image he wanted to cultivate, Verhassel said, was “it’s cool to be a fascist”.
    Verhassel was particularly worried about people who might post photos online of themselves doing Nazi salutes at the Citadelle. “We’d be shut down. We’d be done for,” he said.

    Over a beer at the Citadelle, Verhassel explained: “They want to make gestures. We want power … They just want romanticism. It’s beautiful, it’s sweet, but it doesn’t do much to advance the cause. The goal is to win.”
    Racist attacks and Nazi salutes

    Despite the public disavowal of violence and racism, Verhassel himself was secretly filmed encouraging activists to carry out assaults. “Someone needs a smack. But yeah, the advantage is that we’re in a violent environment and everyone accepts that,” he said.

    Footage from the Citadelle and other parts of Lille also show activists frequently boasting about carrying out violent attacks and making Nazi salutes.

    On the night of the attack on the teenagers, a far-right activist associated with GI, known as Le Roux, greeted Falize and his friends at a bar in central Lille that same night, saying: “Sieg Heil! Come on Generation Identity! F**king hell! Sieg Heil!”

    Charles Tessier, another associate of Falize, described an attack on three Arab men in which Falize broke his opponent’s nose.

    “It started pissing blood,” he said.

    “Then we fight, three on three, and they ran off. We chase them shouting ’Dirty Arab! Sieg Heil!”

    “We were Sieg-Heiling on the street.”

    Such racist attacks, another activist called Will Ter Yssel said, brought GI activists together.

    Falize, meanwhile, was caught on camera confessing that if he was diagnosed with a terminal illness, his wish would be to “sow carnage” against Muslims, perhaps by going on a shooting spree at a mosque in Lille, or even a car-ramming at the city’s Wazemmes market, which is popular with Arabs and Muslims.

    “If you take your car there on a Sunday, it’ll be chaos,” he said, laughing.

    “As long as I don’t die during the carnage, I’ll do it again.”

    Responding to Al Jazeera’s findings, a lawyer for Verhassel said the Citadelle welcomed people of “diverse persuasions” and does not represent GI.

    The Citadelle “condemned in the strongest terms” the comments from its members if such statements were attributable to them, the lawyer added.

    Sylvie Guillaume, vice president of the European Parliament, called the footage of the attacks and admissions of violence “disturbing”.

    Calling for legal action, she added: “They intend to get into fights, they say it, they’re preparing themselves, they have gloves for hitting, they target their victims. These are people who make direct references to Hitler, who speak with phrases the Nazis used.”

    Guillaume continued: “That is punishable by law.”
    #génération_identitaire #identitaires #extrême_droite #France #racisme #xénophobie #Aurelien_Verhassel #Lille #defend_Europe

  • Daily chart : Terror attacks and arrests in Western Europe | The Economist

    je suis pas sur que c’est ce qu’il faut faire en ce moment, mais je référence pour les archives.

    FRANCE has proved particularly vulnerable to terrorism this year, bearing the brunt of attacks in Western Europe. The carnage in Paris on Friday night, which claimed the lives of 129 people, follows January’s shootings at the Paris offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, and subsequent murders at a Jewish supermarket. In June a man was beheaded at a chemical plant near Lyon in the summer. Two months later a Kalashnikov attack on a TGV train was foiled after the perpetrator was overpowered by passengers.

  • Peter Carey among writers to protest PEN honour for Charlie Hebdo | Books | The Guardian

    Protestation contre l’attribution du Prix Pen" à Charlie Hebdo

    Peter Carey, Michael Ondaatje, Francine Prose, and at least three other writers have withdrawn from next month’s PEN American Center gala, citing objections to the literary and human rights organisation’s honouring of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

    PEN announced on Sunday that the writers were upset by Charlie Hebdo’s portrayals of Muslims and “the disenfranchised generally”. The Paris-based magazine, at whose offices 12 people were killed in a January attack, is to receive a Freedom of Expression Courage award at the 5 May event in Manhattan. Much of the literary community rallied behind Charlie Hebdo after the shootings, but some have expressed unhappiness with its scathing cartoons of the prophet Muhammad and other Muslims.


  • Suspect in #Nemtsov Killing Is Devout Muslim Shocked by #Charlie_Hebdo Cartoons-Chechen Leader -

    A Chechen suspect in the killing of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is a “deep believer” who was shocked by the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said on Sunday.

    Russian investigators said last week they were looking into the possibility that Islamist militants had shot dead Nemtsov, a liberal, over his defence of the cartoons in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

    All who know Zaur (Dadayev) confirm that he is a deep believer and also that he, like all Muslims, was shocked by the activities of Charlie and comments in support of printing the cartoons,” Kadyrov wrote on his Instagram account.

    Kadyrov also confirmed that Dadayev, one of five suspects detained over the Feb. 27 killing of Nemtsov, had been a member of the Chechen police and had been decorated for bravery.

    Avec Ramzan #Kadyrov comme témoin de moralité, Dadaïev est quasiment tiré d’affaires…

    • Boris Nemtsov ally: Islamist speculation over murder ‘useful for Kremlin’ | World news | The Guardian

      A colleague of Boris Nemtsov, the Russian opposition figure shot dead near the Kremlin in Moscow, has said suggestions he was killed by Islamists were nonsensical but useful for the Kremlin because they deflected accusations that officials were involved.

      Speculation about an Islamist link grew after investigators charged Zaur Dadayev, a Chechen, over the killing. Dadayev is an associate of Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who said on Sunday the murder may have been in response to anger over Nemtsov’s support for the Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

      That has been met with scepticism by some of Nemtsov’s associates. They believe that the Kremlin stood to gain from the killing – though Russian officials have denied involvement – and they do not believe fanatics acting alone could have shot someone dead so close to the Kremlin.

      Our worst fears are coming true,” Ilya Yashin, the co-leader of Nemtsov’s small liberal opposition party said on Twitter late on Sunday. “The trigger man will be blamed, while those who actually ordered Nemtsov’s killing will go free.

  • #Emmanuel_Todd mal à l’aise avec la « sanctification » de « #Charlie_Hebdo »

    L’anthropologue et historien français juge que, dans le contexte actuel en France, blasphémer l’#islam revient à humilier les faibles de la société.

    #humiliation #blasphème

    • Les propos d’Emmanuel Todd retenus par le Nikkei font largement écho à l’analyse d’une partie de la presse et de la population du Japon qui ont du mal à comprendre pourquoi Charlie Hebdo a publié des caricatures de Mahomet malgré les risques connus, et qui considèrent les inégalités en France comme une cause de la dérive radicale de certains jeunes.

      En lien, l’article du Nikkei retranscrivant l’interview d’Emmanuel Todd :

      PARIS — A month has passed since the deadly terrorist attack on the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and related killings in nearby suburbs. In an interview with The Nikkei, prominent French historian and demographer Emmanuel Todd said alienated immigrants tend to be more at risk of becoming terrorists. He also said it is difficult to maintain a good balance between freedom of expression and respect for other religions. The interview was conducted in French and translated into English via Japanese.

  • Lieberman tells party activists: Distribute Charlie Hebdo, Israel must not turn into ISIS
    Steimatzky bookstore chain cancels event to launch sale of latest edition after Israeli Arab leadership called the move ’provocative.
    By Barak Ravid, Jack Khoury and Maya Sela | Jan. 25, 2015 |Haaretz

    Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman instructed the young members of his Yisrael Beiteinu party to purchase thousands of copies of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s latest edition and to distribute them at the Steimatzky bookstore in Ramat Gan, after the chain canceled its launch of the issue in response to pressure from the Israeli Arab leadership.

    The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee released a statement on Saturday calling the decision to sell copies at its Ayalon Mall branch was a provocation that offended the sensitivities of Muslims and their faith, not only in Israel but throughout the Islamic world. The latest edition features the Prophet Mohammed on its cover saying “Je suis Charlie,” under the headline [translated from French]: “All is forgiven.”

    MK Masud Ganaim, who represents the Islamic Movement in the United Arab List faction, sent an urgent letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, demanding that he intervene to prevent the sale of the magazine, which Ganaim said could lead to anger among Muslims both in Israel and worldwide, and “no one can predict the outcome."

    Meanwhile, the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights approached Steimatzky with a demand not to sell the magazine, saying that if it did not receive an answer, it would seek a court injunction.

    Steimatzky responded that it supported freedom of expression and had sold Charlie Hebdo for several years, and would continue to do so. However, it added it would not be holding a special event in-store at this point, selling the magazine only via its website, beginning Monday at 5 P.M.

    In response to the decision, Lieberman said that Israel could not let itself be “turned into the Islamic State (ISIS).”

    “We will not allow extremist Islam terrorize and turn the State of Israel into a state that relents to threats and that harms freedom of expression,” Lieberman said, adding that the warning sent by the Arab leadership “crossed another red line.”

  • #Yemen’s #al-Qaeda Claims Responsibility for #Paris Attacks

    This still image grab taken off a propaganda video posted online on January 14, 2015, by al-Malahem Media, the media arm of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), purportedly shows one of the group’s leaders, Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi delivering a video message from an undisclosed location and claiming responsibility for the attack on the French satirical magazine #Charlie_Hebdo's offices in Paris. AFP/HO/al-Malahem Media This still image grab taken off a propaganda video posted online on January 14, 2015, by al-Malahem Media, the media arm of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), purportedly shows one of the group’s leaders, Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi delivering a video message from an undisclosed location and claiming responsibility for the (...)

    #AQAP #France #Kouachi_brothers

  • Police raid press of Turkish daily publishing selection of Charlie Hebdo’s new issue

    Police have raided the printing press of Turkish daily Cumhuriyet as it prepared to distribute a four-page selection of Charlie Hebdo’s new issue in an act of solidarity with the French satirical magazine targeted last week in a deadly attack that claimed 12 victims.

    It also took extreme security measures ahead of the scheduled publication of the supplement.

    Police cars were sent to the printer of the daily in Istanbul early Jan. 14 and stopped trucks to prevent the distribution of the Jan. 14 edition. The distribution was eventually allowed after the prosecution made sure that cartoons representing the Prophet Muhammad were not included in the selection.

    The editor-in-chief of the daily, Utku Çakırözer, stated earlier that they had decided not to publish a cartoon on the cover featuring the Prophet Muhammad in tears holding a “Je suis Charlie” banner, in reference to solidarity protests with the magazine.

    “When preparing this selection, we have been attentive to religious sensitivities as well as the freedom of belief in line with our editorial principles,” Çakırözer said via Twitter Jan. 13. “We didn’t include the cover of the magazine after a long deliberation.”

    Despite the daily’s decision not to publish the most controversial cartoons, police extended security measures in the surroundings of its offices in Istanbul’s central Şişli neighborhood.

    (via Guillaume Perrier)

  • Thème porteur : « la pire attaque terroriste depuis… 19XX » : Charlie Hebdo attack : the worst terror attacks in Europe since 1995. Allons bon, Anders Breivik massacrant 77 personnes (et 151 blessés) en Norvège en 2011, ce n’était pas du terrorisme ? (Je ne voudrais pas faire mon jaloux, mais quoi : il faut être de la bonne religion pour faire dans le terrorisme ?)

    A gun assault on the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday was the deadliest terrorist attack in France’s recent history - and the latest in several deadly attacks in Europe since 1995

    • 50 ans d’attaques contre les médias en France

      1961-1962 : attentats de l’OAS
      « A l’époque, des journaux sont visés parce qu’ils sont accusés de vouloir abandonner l’Algérie française et de faire la paix avec le FLN » , raconte Patrick Eveno, coauteur d’un livre sur la guerre d’Algérie. Les journalistes du Monde Jacques Fauvet et Jean Planchais, lequel suivait les questions de défense, voient leur maison plastiquée, sans qu’il y ait toutefois de morts. Comme de nombreux autres attentats, ils sont attribués à l’organisation d’extrême droite OAS.

      Quand j’allais à l’école élémentaire, mon trajet était parsemé de OAS vaincra sur les murs. Je le ressors à chaque fois qu’on me dit, « oui, mais maintenant, c’est plus comme avant… »

    • @remi, même si c’était, ça prouverait quoi ? Quelle est la proportion d’hommes armés dans le camp ? Une petite minorité sans aucun doute.

      Et quelle fraction d’hommes armés a tiré, sachant qu’il existe plusieurs fractions rivales, y compris une fraction proche d’al-Qaida ?

    • Ain al-Hilweh (variously, Ayn al-Hilweh, Ein al-Hilweh, etc. ; the literal meaning is the eye of the beautiful (Arabic : عين الحلوة‎) is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon with over 70,000 Palestinian refugees and their descendants, swelled to nearly 120,000,[1] as a result of influx of refugees from Syria since 2011. The camp is located West of Mieh Mieh Village and Mieh Mieh Camp, Southeast of the port city of Sidon and North of Darb Es Sim village.

      Ein el-Hillweh was established near the city of Sidon in 1948 by the International Committee of the Red Cross to accommodate refugees from Amqa, Saffuriya, Sha’ab, Taitaba, Manshieh, al-Simireh, al-Nahr, Safsaf, Hittin, al-Ras al-Ahmar, al-Tira and Tarshiha in northern Palestine.[2] The Ain Al-Hilweh Camp is located on land that is owned by landowners from Mieh Mieh village, Darb Es Sim, and Sidon. Because Lebanese Armed Forces are not allowed to enter the camp Ain al-Hilweh has been called a "zone of unlaw" by the Lebanese media.[3] Many people wanted by the Lebanese government are believed to have taken refuge in the camp as a result of the lack of Lebanese authority.

      The conditions in the camp have been exacerbated by an influx of previously Syrian-based Palestinian refugees,[12] as a result of the Syrian civil war. As a result of this influx, camp’s population has swelled from 70,000 to as much as 120,000.

      As of 2014, the camp suspected of being a popular destination for jihadist rebels fleeing neighbouring Syria, particularly after the Syrian Army, backed by the Shia Lebanese militia Hezbollah, regained control of Yabroud from the rebels in March 2014. Wikipedia.

      "Lors de l’invasion du Liban en 1982 par Israël, les combats y font rage, le camp est presque détruit à 100%, après 8 jours de combats, la résistance palestinienne prend position dans l’un des derniers bâtiments encore debout, une mosquée, que l’aviation israélienne finira par réduire en cendre elle aussi."

      Des groupes islamistes rivaux se battent pour le contrôle du camp d’Ain al-Helweh
      "Aujourd’hui, la menace la plus immédiate à la sécurité et à la vie des réfugiés palestiniens sunnites du Liban ne vient pas d’Israël mais des Arabes qui vivent dans leurs propres camps de réfugiés.

      Au camp de Nahr al-Bared, dans le nord, le faible niveau de sécurité qu’assure le Fatah, la principale faction palestinienne séculaire, conjugué au nombre important de jeunes sans emploi qui s’impatientent, a créé un environnement propice à la montée du Fatah al-Islam.

      Carte du Liban indiquant en rouge les régions abritant les 12 camps de réfugiés palestiniens
      Ce groupe extrémiste sunnite, qui rappelle Al-Qaeda, comprend un certain nombre de Libanais et de Palestiniens, mais aussi des Arabes étrangers, et notamment des « djihadistes » vétérans de la guerre d’Irak, et des combattants originaires d’Arabie Saoudite, partisans de l’idéologie wahhabiste du « takfiri »"

    • Remembering Victims of Terror–and Forgetting Some Others

      The ability of supposed terrorism experts to forget major attacks is remarkable (Extra!, 3/10). In Morell’s case, it’s not hard to imagine why he forgot Breivik’s killing spree.

      Describing the attack on the French satirical paper, Morell said:
      The motive here is absolutely clear. Trying to shut down a media organization that lampooned the prophet Mohammed. So no doubt in my mind this is terrorism.

      Breivik’s motive was certainly not shutting anyone down for lampooning Mohammed. So perhaps, in Morrell’s mind, it doesn’t count as terrorism?

  • Karl reMarks: The Onion to Sue Lebanon for Making Its Headlines Look Reasonable

    It emerged today that the American satirical magazine The Onion is to sue Lebanon for unfair competition practices and for making its headlines look totally reasonable. The Onion is demanding millions of dollars in compensation, claiming that the small Mediterranean country has ‘ruined the business of writing satirical headlines’. The magazine’s claim refers to a ‘sustained campaign of nonsensical but nevertheless real headlines’ over a number of years, during which Lebanon, ‘went out of its way to make The Onion’s headlines look ordinary by comparison.’

    The straw that broke the camel’s back was Lebanon’s adoption of a new electoral law that requires members of each sect to vote for candidates from their sect only. A senior staff member at The Onion, Andy Mitchell, revealed the pressure that the magazine’s writers have been under in an interview earlier today. “How can we possibly satirize that? Anything we will come up with will look extremely normal. This is fucking insane.”

  • UN: French anti-Muslim cartoons «malicious»

    The UN’s human rights agency on Friday condemned French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s publication of cartoons mocking Prophet Mohammed amid tensions in the Muslim world over an anti-Islam film.

    “Both the film and the cartoons are malicious and deliberately provocative,” said Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

    “In the case of Charlie Hebdo, given they knew full well what happened last week with the film, it seems doubly irresponsible on their part to have published these cartoons,” he told reporters in Geneva.