On the Muslim singer’s social media page, she claimed that the French government, NOT Islamic jihadists, were responsible for terrorism. After several tweets were unearthed showing Mennel’s sympathies for Islamic extremism and denial of the Nice attack, Ibtissem quit the program. Ironically, she sang a version of the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” in English and Arabic.
I thought Muslims weren’t allowed to sing, especially in public. And what’s with all the bright lipstick – also haram in Islam?
JTA Mennel Ibtissem who moved many viewers in France with her rendition of a Leonard Cohen song on “The Voice” left the television show following the discovery of her anti-French, anti-Jewish Facebook comments involving Muslim terrorist attacks.
Ibtissem’s departure was announced Thursday, a week after anti-racism groups, including Jewish ones, began calling for her dismissal over remarks she wrote on Facebook in 2016. In those post she suggested that the authorities, the media or both were making up reports that Muslims were behind terrorist attacks.
“I am anguished by the tensions that have come up in recent days,” Ibtissem, who in 2015 sang a pro-Palestinian propaganda song denouncing Israeli attacks on “mothers, little sisters and little brothers,” said in a video announcing her decision to leave. “I never wanted to offend anyone.”
The TF1 television channel that produces “The Voice” made clear they found her remaining on the show untenable. “Despite the sincere apologies, the atmosphere remained too tense. We hope her decision and the words she used will help ease the tensions,” a channel spokesperson told France TV Info.
Ibtissem, the show’s first contender to perform while wearing a Muslim headbag, wrote in 2016 following the murder of a French priest in Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray by an Muslim terrorist who slit his throat, that “the real terrorists are our government.”
The same year, one day after a jihadist terrorist attack in Nice in which 86 people died, she seemed to peddle a popular conspiracy theory that Muslims are being framed for false-flag attacks. She was referencing a series of jihadist assaults in France in which police quickly named the killers through documents found on their bodies, including the 2015 Paris attacks that killed 130 people.
“It’s becoming a routine: An attack each week!! And sure enough, the ‘terrorist’ takes with him his identity card. Of course, when planning a dirty you always take papers! #DontTakeUsForFools,” she wrote on Facebook. In a separate post in 2016, Ibtissem said her country has “a shitty society,” that she is “sick of the French system” and that she’s “eager to get the hell out of here.”
But some of her fans expressed disappointment, amid allegations of anti-Muslim bias.
On Ibtissem’s Facebook page, Jihene Ferchiou wrote: ‘We must not delude ourselves. Your turban, your religion, your origins were the obstacle. ‘Clearly we have reached an unprecedented level of racism in France. It’s a disgrace.’ (What ‘race’ is Islam? She looks pretty white to me)
Born in the eastern French city of Besancon to a Syrian-Turkish father and a Moroccan-Algerian mother, Mennel, a Muslim, clearly shows sympathy for the Palestinian cause. A video clip (below) shows her singing Souris Palestine.