“The police officer said the brothers ‘had the ambition of dying as martyrs’ and ‘planned to carry out imminently an act of violence.'” One wonders if the anti-Semitism conference organizers had any intention of examining Islamic anti-Semitism, or was going to set that aside in the interests of “community harmony.” In any case, Islamic anti-Semitism was examining them.
“France foiled attack at anti-Semitism conference, report says,” JTA, January 21, 2015:
Jihadists arrested last year in Lyon were planning to carry out a terrorist attack at a Jewish group’s conference about anti-Semitism, a French newspaper reported.
The five suspects who were arrested in a series of sweeps by French police between Sept. 16 and Sept. 18 were planning to strike on Sept. 18 at an event organized in Lyon by the regional branch of the CRIF umbrella of French Jewish communities and organizations, according to a report Tuesday in the Le Progres daily.
An unnamed police officer who is in charge of the investigation confirmed to the daily that the suspects were arrested following the interception of a September 5 telephone conversation in which they discussed their plans.
Among the five arrested are Karim and Reda Bekhaled, two brothers who are believed to have been involved in recruiting radical Muslims to fight in Syria, along with the remaining three suspects. Reda Bekhaled was heard discussing the plans in the recorded conversation.
The police officer said the brothers “had the ambition of dying as martyrs” and “planned to carry out imminently an act of violence.”…