The Jewish Museum shooter and the missing word

French police have arrested a suspect in the Brussels Jewish Museum shooting. He was trying to make a video of it, but his camera failed. Instead, he narrated what he did and filmed his clothing and weapons. The news reports are calling him “a Frenchman”. You know what they’re not calling him?

A Muslim.

The closest I’ve found to it is “jihadist“.

Reuters says the shooter’s religion wasn’t the reason for the killing. Uh-huh. His religion sends him to Syria for jihad, but has nothing to do with murdering Jews.

Mehdi Nemmouche, a French citizen, was detained in the southern French city of Marseille on Friday and had a Kalashnikov assault rifle and another gun with him, a French police source said on Sunday. Nemmouche is from the northern city of Roubaix and spent time in jail in 2012, the source said.

French media reported that he was suspected of having stayed in Syria with Islamist jihadist groups last year. Islamist insurgents are playing a major part in a three-year-old uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

[…] Soulifa Badaoui, who worked as a lawyer for the suspect in the past, told BFM TV Nemmouche was not religious at the time. Asked what role religion played for him then, she said: “None, this was absolutely not part of his personality, he was not observant at all.”


But a hell of a lot of them do. And more and more are acting upon it.

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