June 9, 2023

FRANCE: Syrian Refugee Male Went On A Stabbing Rampage At A Playground Stabbing 4 Children.10yrs Ago He Was Granted Asylum In Sweden. Refused Asylum In Italy. Now Refused Asylum In France.

Associated Press published June 9, 2023: Residents in shock after brutal attack in France. As bystanders screamed for help, a man with a knife stabbed four young children at a lakeside park in the French Alps on Thursday, assaulting at least one in a stroller repeatedly. 
Sky News published June 9, 2023 Annecy attack: 'Backpack hero' chased 'possessed' knifeman after stabbing. A 24-year-old has been hailed the "backpack hero" for confronting the suspect who stabbed a British girl and five others in a French park in Annecy - while using his bag as a shield. Henri, who was on a nine-month Catholic pilgrimage around France's cathedrals, said that after realising the extent of the attack, he "followed [his] instincts and tried to protect [the] children".

BBC News, UK
written by Hugh Schofield and George Wright
Thursday June 8, 2023

Four young children who were stabbed in a park in Annecy, in France's south-east, are now in a stable condition, officials have told the BBC.

The children, aged between one and three, are being treated in hospital.

Police overpowered and arrested the knifeman after he entered a children's playground to carry out the attack.

A three-year-old British child is among the injured, another is Dutch. Two adults were also hurt, with one in a critical condition.

Police have confirmed that the suspect is a 31-year-old Syrian, who had refugee status in Sweden.

This story contains details some readers may find distressing.

Regional deputy Antoine Armand described the attack as "abominable" and said authorities were investigating, but knew "very little".

Video footage of the attack uploaded to social media - too graphic for broadcast - shows a little playground, with life going on as normal. Children are running around, and their parents and minders are there.

Then a man comes in with a knife, and very quickly there are screams. He's clearly looking for children to attack - and he attacks one in a pushchair.

French Prime Minister ร‰lisabeth Borne and Interior Minister Gรฉrald Darmanin went to the scene of the attack.

Ms Borne told a news conference that the attacker has "no criminal or psychiatric record".

Annecy prosecutor Line Bonnet-Mathis told reporters that the young victims ranged from 22 months old to three years.

There "doesn't seem to be any kind of terrorist motivation", she said.

Police say the suspect has refugee status in Sweden and recently came to France, leaving behind a wife and three-year-old daughter. In an unsuccessful asylum application last year for refugee status in France, he said he was a Syrian Christian.

During the incident, the attacker invoked the name of Jesus Christ.

A woman identified as his ex-wife told BFM TV that her former partner was a Christian.

"He does not call me for four months. [Our relationship] stopped because we lived in Sweden and he did not want to live in Sweden anymore," she said, adding that he had not previously shown a violent streak.

In recent years, France has become accustomed to knife attacks, often carried out by solitary young men with backgrounds in petty crime and some Islamist connection. It is clear that this attack is of a different nature.

So far, most politicians are being careful not to leap to conclusions, but it is inevitable that the attack will feed into the debate on immigration.

In Annecy tonight, the darkening sky throws shadows across tributes of white roses laid out on the playground wall. A children's drawing, covered with hearts, flutters in the wind. A note, addressed to the four children who were stabbed here, reads: "horror passes; love remains".

And as the flowers began appearing here this afternoon, the children began returning too. By early evening, the playground was once again full of their excitement, the rows of television cameras lined up nearby ignored.

But those who witnessed the attack here, and the dramatic intervention of emergency services, told us they were still shaken and tearful.

This attack on toddlers in a popular tourist spot has shaken France: the horror felt well beyond this town - the motive still a mystery.

As here in Annecy, the tributes and the questions grow.

The suspect is said to have attacked the children - some in pushchairs - as they visited the park, before fleeing the scene and stabbing an elderly man nearby.

Police intervened and the perpetrator was shot in the legs.

France's National Assembly has observed a minute of silence and roads are blocked around the scene of the attack.

President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that the nation was in "shock" over the "act of cowardice".

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, who is on a trip to the US, said: "All our thoughts are with those affected by this unfathomable attack, including a British child - and with their families.

"I've been in touch with President Macron, and we stand ready to offer any assistance that we can."

A witness, Eleanor Vincent, told the BBC she "knew something horrible had happened" as she approached the lake.

"People were going about their business or on their holiday, as I was, and it's just shocking. I have no other way of describing it."
The Telegraph published June 8, 2023: Annecy stabbing: Man wields knife near playground. A three-year-old English girl was one of the children stabbed by a Syrian asylum seeker in France, according to a local news report.
The attacker is literally going out of his way to make sure everyone knows he is a "devout Christian" I think in order to smear Christians. His actions are very staged. I'm not saying the stabbings are staged. I'm saying him claiming to be a devout Christian is staged. You can see him holding up the cross at the beginning of this video above. He can't be a devout Christian because murder is not part of the Christian faith. Thou Shalt Not Kill (murder) is part of the 10 Commandments our God gave Jewish and Christian people to follow. (emphasis mine)
PJ Media
written by Robert Spencer
Thursday June 8, 2023

At first glance, the story seems distressingly familiar: a Syrian asylum seeker went on a stabbing spree at a playground in the French city of Annecy Thursday, stabbing four three-year-olds and an adult. There have been numerous incidents in recent years of Muslim migrants in France stabbing people in random attacks, often while screaming “Allahu akbar.” In this case, however, the attacker shouted “In the name of Jesus Christ” as he did his stabbing, and he claims to be a Christian. Do we at last have the Christian terrorist that looms so large in Leftist myth but has been so elusive in real life?

The attacker’s name has been reported as Abdalmasih H. (European news reports frequently withhold the surnames of violent attackers.) He is reportedly 32 years old and arrived from Syria in November 2022. A spokesman for the French Interior Ministry said, “He arrived in France in 2022, and had refugee status.”

Is he a Christian? It’s certainly possible. He not only yelled “In the name of Jesus Christ,” but he was wearing a cross necklace, which he fingered ostentatiously, as if he wanted to make sure it was noticed, in between stabbings as he ran around the playground. His name, Abdalmasih, means “Slave of the Messiah,” or “Slave of Christ.” Jesus is, however, referred to as “al-Masih” in the Qur’an, so this is a name Muslims could have as well.

A French-language report in the French paper Le Figaro says that “the assailant, who was wearing a Christian cross when he was arrested, presented himself as a ‘Christian from Syria’ when applying for asylum at the French Office for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (Ofpra) on November 28, 2022.” Thus it would seem to be an open-and-shut case: Abdalmasih is a Christian who went on a stabbing spree. Certainly, there are Christians throughout history who have committed acts of violence, as well as many who have done so in the name of Christ. Yet, in this case, troubling questions remain.

If he is a Christian, he did not stab these children in accordance with any Christian teachings, as there are no Christian teachings that call for such violence. Despite the best efforts of Islamic apologists and their Leftist allies to weaponize various passages of the Hebrew Scriptures that neither Jews nor Christians regard as applicable to all people or to today’s world, there is no Biblical equivalent to the Qur’an’s command to “kill them wherever you find them” (2:191, 4:89, cf. 9:5).

One possibility is that he is a Muslim who is claiming to be a Christian, in accordance with Muhammad’s dictum “War is deceit” (Bukhari 4.52.268). He may have decided to shout about Jesus Christ during the stabbings in order to confuse authorities and the media, and to deflect attention away from Islamic jihad. Remember the case of Enzo Almeni, who converted to Christianity to get asylum in Britain, then returned to Islam and became a jihad suicide bomber; after his attack, he was widely reported as being a Christian, without much attention given to his return to Islam.

There are other possibilities as well. Some Muslims entering European countries in recent years have claimed to be Christian because they believe that doing so will strengthen their claims for asylum. Abdalmasih H. may also be a convert to Christianity who later returned to Islam, and then had to do something to outweigh his sin of apostasy on Allah’s great scales of his good and bad deeds (Qur’an 21:47). A hadith has a Muslim asking Muhammad: “Instruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad (in reward).” Muhammad replied, “I do not find such a deed.” (Bukhari 4.52.44)

Unfortunately, given the state of the establishment media on both sides of the Atlantic today, we may never know the real story of what happened in Annecy on Thursday. Abdalmasih’s claim to have stabbed young children in the name of Jesus Christ will get him a great deal of media attention, as there is a certain man-bites-dog aspect to it, and it will be used to aid the frequently repeated Biden regime claim that white supremacists constitute the nation’s biggest terror threat. Abdalmasih, of course, is not a white supremacist or even an American, but he claims to be a violent Christian, and that’s close enough. Will anyone pause to investigate long enough to discover whether or not he really is what he claims to be? Almost certainly not.
[source: Biblegateway.com]

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

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