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2020-OCT:

Teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded
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On Friday, 2020-OCT-16, Samuel Paty, 47, a French school teacher in history and geography, was murdered by a Chechen migrant.

He was beheaded in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, a small town in the suburbs of Paris. The murderer, Abdoulakh A, 18, was killed by police at the scene. He had been outraged because Paty had shown controversial cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to his pupils earlier in October during a class that dealt with freedom of speech. At the time, Paty had asked any of his Muslim students to leave the room if they thought that they might be offended. Many Muslms believe that images of Allah or Muhammad are forbidden to be made or shown.

At the time of the murder, a trial was underway involving the attack in 2015 of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine that had published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad. 17 people had been killed during that attack.

Abdoulakh A was reported as shouting  "Allahu Akbar" ["God is Greatest"] during the attack. After the attack, he called Paty a "dog." He wrote to French President Emmanuel Macron, saying:

"In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful ..., Macron, the leader of the infidels, I executed one of your dogs who dared to belittle Muhammad...."

He fired at police with an air gun when they responded to the murder scene. The police returned fire, and hit him nine times, killing him.

He is reported as having been charged in the past, but only with minor misdemeanours.

The police arrested six people. One is the father of a pupil who reportedly launched an online campaign against Mr Paty. Another was described by French media as a radical Islamist preacher. 

President Macron said that the attack bore all the halmarks of an "islamist terrorist attack" and that the teacher had been murdered because he "taught freedom of expression."

Tens of thousands of people took part in protest rallies across France on Sunday, OCT-18, to protest Paty's murder.

On OCT-19, police carried out 40 raids on the homes of suspected radicals. They arrested 15 people including four family members of the killer, a father at the school, and a known Islamist radical. More raids are expected.

Of the 15 who were arrested, four were school students. They may have helped identify Paty to his killer in exchange for money.

About 80 people, who are believed to have posted message in support of the murder, were being interviewed. The government started probing 51 French-Muslim associations and plans to shut down any that have promoted hatred.

Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin accused two men of having issued a "fatwa" against Paty. He also referred to an organization called the Collective Against Islamophobia in France (CCIF) as "an enemy of the state."

On OCT-20, Giulio Meotti of Gatestone Institute wrote:

"France's elites... fail to understand the ideological war that the enemies of open societies have declared on them. You can see it from the targets of the attacks by extremists: Jews, a priest, cartoonists, tourists, ordinary people, policemen, now a teacher. ..."

"If the French authorities do not take the many warnings to heart, even after a school teacher was beheaded in broad daylight by a terrorist shouting "Allahu Akbar", it means that the fight is over and they might as well raise a white flag over the Eiffel Tower." 1,2,3

According to Herald Magazine:

"Meeting with the leaders of the teaching unions on Saturday, Education Minister Jean-Michel Blanquer said in a recorded statement that Mr. Paty was killed by 'enemies of freedom' and that France 'will never back down when faced with terrorism and threats.'

Muslim leaders in France also condemned the attack. 'A civilization does not kill an innocent person, barbarism does,' Tareq Oubrou, a mosque Imam in Bordeaux, told France Inter." 4


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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Giulio Meotti, "Western Lives Matter: Teacher Beheaded in Paris," Gatestone Institute, 2020-OCT-20, at: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/
  2. "France teacher attack: Rallies held to honour beheaded Samuel Paty," BBC, 2020-OCT-19, at: https://www.bbc.com/
  3. Burak Bekdil, "Turkey: The Dark Side of Religious Sects," Gatestone Institute, 2020-OCT-20, at: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/
  4. "Who is Abdoulakh A? (Paris Attack Suspect)," Wiki Trusted, 2020-OCT-1, at: https://wikitrusted.com/abdoulakh-a/

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