Last week we witnessed the terrible news of the stabbing in France of several children and adults at the hands of a Syrian refugee.
The attacker declared himself a "Christian from Syria"
How we already saw here on Friday, the perpetrator of these criminal attacks declared himself a "Christian from Syria" after requesting asylum in France. Some information, such as that published by Le Pariesien, pointed out that he was stopped with a cross and that he shouted "in the name of Jesus Christ" while carrying out his dastardly attack. This version has been disseminated by many media outlets, without any clear proof of it. On Friday, The Objective noted that "in the name of Jesus Christ" was what one person yelled who was filming the scene, and not the perpetrator of the stabbings.
Eastern Christians have investigated the attacker and point out that he is an Islamist
During these last few days, the doubts about the religion of the attacker have been numerous, as well as the headlines of many media highlighting this fact, the same media that often hide the fact of the religion when the terrorists are Muslims. Last Sunday Yako Elish, Iraqi Christian and founder of the Mutual Aid Association for Oriental Minorities (AMMO, an association to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East), spoke about this issue in three Twitter messages, which can be read here, here and here. You can read the translation of those messages below:
"The truth about the Syrian murderer from Annecy is gradually coming to light: he is a false Christian terrorist who would have been preparing his jihad since he left Syria. In fact, we searched in Syria, he was not found no baptismal certificate. In Sweden there are also no certificates of baptism or celibacy, which are mandatory for marriage. Regarding his marriage certificate of 05/11/2018 (whose names of his wife and parents are withheld out of respect for his suffering), he hid his true identity there. The boxes: date and place of birth and identity of his parents are empty. This is how a terrorist can forge a false identity by abusing the kindness and naivety of true Christians who have suffered persecution."
His marriage certificate suggests that he gave a false name.
Yako Elish has released the assailant's marriage certificate, which bears the letterhead of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, an autocephalous Orthodox church also known as the Jacobite Church, separate from the Catholic Church in the sixth century and which currently groups 8 million Christians, mainly in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Thus, the attacker claims to be an Orthodox Christian, and not a Catholic, as some have said. As Yako Elish points out, in the aforementioned document, the attacker did not indicate the names of his parents nor his date of birth.
JihadWatch points out the reasons to doubt the identity of the attacker
From JihadWatch.org, a specialized website on jihadist terrorism surveillance, Hugh Fitzgerald also points out his doubts about the assailant's true identity: "His first name has been reported as “Abdalmasih,” which in Arabic means “Slave of Christ.” The media have assumed that he must, therefore, given his name and his reference to Jesus, be a Christian. But there is reason to believe that he may have been deliberately trying to be taken for a Christian."
Fitzgerald recalls that "there is nothing in Christian doctrine that would allow such behavior, whereas Islam repeatedly calls for violence against Infidels, and that violence is very often accompanied by the frenzied shout of “Allahu akbar,” which means “our God is greater [than yours].” Second, in order to be given asylum in European countries, Muslims have learned to feign to be Christians, ostensibly fleeing persecution in Muslim lands. The stabber was wearing a Christian cross around his neck, which he kept fingering when apprehended, as if to draw attention to it “ostentatiously” (as Robert Spencer notes)". The stabber’s first name, “Abdalmasih (“Slave of Christ”), is quite unusual. A Christian living in a Muslim country, like Syria, would not be given such a name, as it would immediately draw the attention of hostile Muslims
Fitzgerald adds: "The stabber’s first name, “Abdalmasih (“Slave of Christ”), is quite unusual. A Christian living in a Muslim country, like Syria, would not be given such a name, as it would immediately draw the attention of hostile Muslims." (...) "If, however, you are a Muslim trying to be admitted into Europe as a persecuted Christian, you might well give yourself such a name." The author of JihadWatch concludes: "More likely, he wanted both to kill very small Christians – they, after all, were incapable of defending themselves – and at the same time, to deflect attention from Islam and to make sure that the blame would fall on a Christian and, presumably, on Christian teachings."
Raymond Ibrahim points out his doubts about his name and his appearance
From PJ Media, Raymond Ibrahim, an Egyptian-American, points out that "Mideast Christians tend to give their children who are born there very neutral Arabic names — names that both Muslims and Christians use, such as Ibrahim or Yusuf. Some Christians have even been known to give their children very Islamic names, such as Ahmed. So, in telling immigration officials that his name is “Slave of Christ,” this man seems to have overplayed his hand."
Ibrahim también advierte sobre la indumentaria del agresor: "although he has both a beard and a mustache, his mustache appears significantly clipped in comparison to his beard. A long beard and short or no mustache is, of course, the trademark look of Salafi (“radical”) Muslims. This is to say nothing of his all-black ISIS-looking outfit and the flowing keffiyeh around his head — all of which make him look like, well, let’s just say not Christian."
A French website spreads the alleged real name of the attacker
On the identity of the attacker, the French website Résistance Républicaine yesterday affirmed that the real name of the attacker would be Selwan Majd, a fact that it attributes to Syrians residing in France and Germany and that they would have recognized This website states that "the Swedish authorities doubted him and refused to grant him citizenship, later his wife separated from him. In France he went to help search a church but the church doubted him too."
An NGO instructed refugees to pretend to be persecuted Christians
In November 2018, a report revealed that an NGO instructs Middle Eastern refugees arriving in Europe to pretend to be Christians. Statements by a leader of the NGO Advocates Abroad were filmed with a hidden camera, acknowledging how asylum seekers were taught to pass off as Christians without being Christians, in order to deceive the officials of the European Office for Support of the Asylum (EASO). Among other things, they suggested they carry objects such as a Bible or a crucifix, say that their favorite date is December 25 because it is "the birthday of our Lord and Savior", and even indicated how to pray Christian-style to make them more convincing.
These traps would allow, for example, Muslims to obtain refugee status by pretending to be Christians. This deception would not only serve to grant political asylum to people who do not deserve it, but would also make it difficult to grant asylum to persecuted true Christians, since officials, given precedents of deception, will tend to distrust any person who arrives asking for asylum stating that they are persecuted for their Christian status.
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