Skip to Content

Barcelona welcomes migrants; Donald Tusk's answer to terror victims

Barcelona’s chief Rabbi: ‘This place is lost’

Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen has called Spain Europe's "hub of Islamist terror" and has been encouraging Jews to buy property in Israel after the deadly attacks in Catalonia.

Published: August 20, 2017, 8:58 am

    Read more

    Barcelona

    He says the Jewish community is doomed, because authorities all over Europe are reluctant to confront Muslims.

    In an interview with JTA, he described Spain as a “hub of Islamist terror for all of Europe”. The jihadist attacks on Thursday and Friday, killed at least 13. Five suspected terrorists were killed in Barcelona and the resort town of Cambrils.

    “Jews are not here permanently,” Bar-Hen said. “I tell my congregants: Don’t think we’re here for good. And I encourage them to buy property in Israel. This place is lost. Don’t repeat the mistake of Algerian Jews, of Venezuelan Jews. Better [get out] early than late.”

    The problem exposed by the attacks, Bar-Hen said, is the presence of the large Muslim community with its “radical fringes”. Once these people are “living among you,” he added, “it’s very difficult to get rid of them. They only get stronger.” He also said this applied to Europe as a whole. “Europe is lost,” he said.

    Police meanwhile raided the flat of an imam who they believe may have radicalised the Barcelona and Cambrils attackers.

    The El Pais daily, quoting police sources, said an imam could be one of the dead in the explosion of Alcanar. Speaking anonymously, a Spanish police official said Abdelbaki es Satty might have been a second fatal victim of a failed bomb-making operation in a house south of Barcelona on Wednesday.

    Sky News reported that Abdelbaki es Satty, the imam, was the ringleader of a terror cell and responsible for directing the terrorists to commit the attacks in Spain which killed 14 people, law enforcement believes.

    Es Satty started teaching in mosques in his local area of Ripoll in 2015 and was part of the local Muslim community, but his neighbours told El Pais his teachings about Islam were not radical.

    Head of Catalonia’s police, Josep Lluis Trapero, said earlier that the explosion had forced terrorists to drop their original plan. “They were preparing one or several attacks in Barcelona and an explosion in Alcanar stopped this as they no longer had the material they needed to commit attacks of an even bigger scope,” he said.

    The man hunt for the suspect driving the van in Barcelona – 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub – continues.

    The Federation of Jewish Communities of Spain issued a statement expressing “full confidence in security forces who work daily to prevent fanatics and radical Muslims from inflicting pain and chaos on our cities.”

    But according to Bar-Hen, authorities and politicians are reluctant to confront Islamist terrorism. He cited the government’s decision in April to allow Leila Khaled, a Palestinian terrorist who was convicted in a plot to hijacking an airplane in 1969, to enter the country for book festival. This showed authorities “do not understand the nature of terrorism, if they treat it as an action by the disenfranchised,” Bar-Hen said.

    Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau Ballano of the far-left Barcelona en Comú party led the passage in April of a city council resolution condemning Israel’s “violations of international law”, but welcomed Khaled.

    On Friday, Colau Ballano wrote on Facebook: “Barcelona is a city of peace. Terror will not make us stop being who we are: a brave city open to the world.”

    But Bar-Hen said he may not attend the rally called by Colau Ballano. Spanish security officials have already instructed him to avoid public areas in the coming days because he is recognizably Jewish.

    On the same day that a terrorist mowed down innocent people, the EU tweeted: “The untapped potential of migration to the EU: how refugees can inspire us all.”

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    Salvini condemns Italian PM’s slow response to Coronavirus crisis

    RomeThe leader of the League held a press conference to take stock of the Coronavirus crisis: "The problem is not with the red zones but with the whole territory." Italy now has three times the number of infected cases compared to Hong Kong.

    What is known about the Italian Coronavirus deaths so far

    The focal point on which Italian citizens should focus does not concern so much the danger of the Coronavirus which, as ascertained, causes death only in rare cases, but its management. The special measures taken in Lombardy were adopted not so much because Covid-19 represents the plague of the 21st century, but rather to limit its spread.

    Coronavirus: Italian train blocked at Austria’s Brenner Pass

    Austria has stopped a Venice-Monaco Eurocity train with 300 passengers on board, after the explosion of the number of Coronavirus infections in Italy.

    Economic fall-out from Coronavirus may be huge

    SeoulThe economic damage that the Coronavirus epidemic could wreak globally, was confirmed when the United States raised its travel advisory for industrial giant South Korea.

    Le Pen calls on Macron to denounce Soros’ ‘undemocratic manipulations’

    ParisThe president of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen, responded after the shocking revelations by a French weekly magazine on how the European Court of Human Rights has been infiltrated by organisations answering to the American "philanthropist" George Soros.

    Judiciary in a hurry to move against Salvini

    It appears that the Italian judiciary is in a hurry to move against former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The offices of the investigating magistrate of Catania have already received the official request of the prosecutor to set a preliminary hearing in the context of the proceeding against the Salvini "kidnapping" case.

    The grip of Soros on the ECHR revealed by French weekly

    ParisIn its latest issue, a French weekly revealed the extent of the influence of Georges Soros, the Hungarian billionaire at the head of the NGO network Open Society Foundations, on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

    European Commissioner of the Interior defends asylum after ECHR ruling

    BrusselsThe European Commissioner of the Interior defended the right of migrants to ask for asylum, and even though this right “cannot be offered at each meter of the border” it should be, she argued.

    Orban: ‘It’s forbidden to say so in Europe, but migration is an organised invasion’

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Thursday warned of a rise in the number of organised groups of migrants attempting to enter the country as summer approaches as migration pressure increases on the country's southern border.

    More than 120 daily stabbing attacks in France

    ParisIn total, between 2015 and 2017, some 44 000 people were victims of a stabbing attack in France.

    Go to archive