A row erupted has over a planned performance by a controversial Muslim rapper at the Bataclan, where 90 people were killed during the November 2015 Paris attacks.If he's parroting the kind of propaganda that rose in recent years to claim "jihad" doesn't translate as religiously-motivated war, then he's committed taqqiya (deception), and doesn't deserve an audience.
Laurent Wauquiez, leader of the conservative party, The Republicans, said the concert would be “a sacrilege for the victims and a dishonour for France.”
Two lawyers acting for relatives of those killed and injured in the Bataclan massacre said they would launch legal action to get Médine’s planned shows on October 19 and 20 cancelled on the grounds that they pose a threat to public order.
Right-wing MPs started an online petition titled “No to the rapper Médine”, which has garnered more than 9,000 signatures.
Médine, whose full name is Médine Zaouiche, is known for provocative lyrics about Islam and France’s secular tradition. One of his albums is called ‘Jihad’.
However, the 35-year-old rapper, born in the Channel port of Le Havre, has offered his condolences to the families of those killed in the Paris attacks. He says he is against violence and the jihad he is referring to is an individual, internal struggle.
Liberals see him is an artist who wants to shock people into thinking about difficult issues in new ways, but lyrics such as “I put fatwas on the head of jerks” and “crucify the secularists” have shocked and disgusted conservatives.
Bruno Retailleau, a Republican senator, urged the government to employ “the same weapons against this rapper as those used against Dieudonné,” a comedian who has been convicted and fined for hate speech against Jews and condoning terrorism. Several of Dieudonné’s shows were banned under the former government of President François Hollande.On this, here's another report revealing that when Francois Hollande's government was in charge, the tragedy was worse than previously thought:
The row comes after survivors and families of victims of the Bataclan attack, which was claimed by Isil, filed a legal complaint on Friday over the failure of soldiers near the venue to intervene. They had been ordered not to enter the Bataclan. The case, which also seeks an explanation about why special forces were not deployed, could prove embarrassing for military commanders and political leaders in office at the time.
Survivors and families of victims of the 2015 Bataclan attack in Paris filed a legal complaint Friday over the inaction of some soldiers that night in what could expose egregious failings within France's military and political commands.This is utterly jaw-dropping in the complete contempt that was displayed for defenseless human life. It even explains why police failed to act when Sarah Halimi was murdered. A lot of politicians and authoritarians alike are going to have to be held accountable, and should be thrown in prison, preferably alongside the same tyrants they allowed to get away with the barbarism.
The legal complaint was triggered by the testimony of a top military commander who gave evidence during a parliamentary investigation of the actions of police and military on the night of the attacks of November 13, 2015.
General Bruno Le Ray, Military Governor of Paris, defended the order that prevented eight soldiers located near the Bataclan concert hall from intervening in the attack because he thought “it unthinkable to put soldiers at risk just hoping, hypothetically, to save other lives”, Samia Maktouf, a Paris lawyer for the survivors and victims’ families, told FRANCE 24.
She said the soldiers were told not to use their weapons or even administer first aid to the many victims at the music venue during the two-hour siege by jihadists affiliated to the Islamic State (IS) group.
Everyone concerned should give their support to the families of the victims of the horror at the Bataclan. And if the managers of the concert hall are that apathetic and tolerant of the very ideologies that led to the bloodbath, the French public should vote with their wallets and boycott the Bataclan. It's stunning how uncaring the management of the very location where the massacre took place could be, rejecting the Eagles of Death Metal band members who spoke out, yet fully accepting even scum like Sting who kowtow to Islamofascism out of delusions. Even the Bataclan's managers may have to be called in to testify what they knew behind the scenes.