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France: Antisemitic slogans at house of mother of one of jihadist Mohammed Merah’s victims

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PARIS—The house of the mother of one of the victims of Mohammed Merah has been daubed with antisemitic slogans.

Latifa Ibn Ziate, who is a Moroccan-born Muslim, discovered the threats and inscriptions including, ”Live Merah”, “Dirty Jew” and “Jew Soon Dead” at her house near the French city of Rouen.

She is the mother of Imad Ibn Ziaten, the first victim of jihadist Mohammed Merah who, in March 2012, murdered three soldiers near the city of Toulouse before continuing his terror campaign at the hool Ozar Hatorah Jewish school where he killed a religion teacher, Rabbi Jonathan Sandler and his two sons Aryeh, 6, and Gabriel, 3, along with 8-year-old Miriam Monsonego. Following a three-day manhunt, Merah was killed by French police in a standoff at his apartment building in Toulouse.

“My client does not feel safe, she is shocked and upset, it is the return of hatred in France,” said Latifa ibn Ziaten’s lawyer Samia Maktouf  who will file a complaint for “apology of terrorism, death threats and violation of home “at the antiterrorist section of the Paris prosecutor’s office.

Because of the serious threat, the lawyer has asked for protection at the woman’s home.

Very active in the media, Ibn Ziaten advocates for secularism and has become a symbol of the fight against radicalization.

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