France has just expelled a Tunisian imam, who, in his sermons, encouraged violent jihad against the West, made anti-Semitic remarks, and justified the use of violence and corporal punishment against women.
INN (h/t Henry P) Mohamed Hammami was subject to “expulsion from French territory. He has been deported to Tunisia, where he is a citizen,” the ministry said in a statement. “These unacceptable, deliberate, repeated provocations and discrimination constitute a threat to French society and security.”
The imam’s son, Hamadi Hammami, told AFP he believed France’s DCRI domestic intelligence service had arrested his 77-year-old father in the streets before taking him to the airport.
In January, said the report, former interior minister Claude Gueant accused Hammami, who had been living in France for a long time, of making violent anti-Semitic remarks and of calling for adulterous women to be flogged to death. Hammami, whose assets were frozen by the government in May, has denied all the allegations.
A deportation committee had issued in May a statement against expelling Hammami because it would “affect his family life”, but the opinion only carried advisory weight.
France has seen a surge of 45% in the number of anti-Semitic incidents over the past year. Data released several weeks ago found that the anti-Semitic incidents increased after the massacre in Toulouse.
French President François Hollande vowed to track down and punish anti-Semitism at a ceremony to honour Jews deported under the wartime German occupation. Apparently he is keeping his word, which infuriates Muslims as demonstated in the poster below:
Oh, this is rich! As President Hollande cracks down on Muslims behaving badly, Muslims call on Hollande to speak out against ‘Islamohobia.” 20121109-french-muslims-call-hollande-speak-out-islamophobia