Malaysia's former prime minister said today that Muslims have the right to "kill millions of French people" shortly after a knife-wielding Islamist killed three people in a deadly terrorist attack in Nice.
Mahathir Mohamad, who lost power in February this year, said that freedom of expression does not include "insulting other people" as anger satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed sweep the Islamic world.
The 95-year-old politician said he did not approve of beheading a French school teacher for sharing caricatures of the Prophet, but said: "Regardless of religion, angry people kill."
& # 39; The French have killed millions of people throughout their history. Many were Muslim, ”he said in a tweet that has since been removed for violating the site's rules.
Mahathir, who has had controversy over comments on Jews and LGBT people in the past, continued: "Muslims have the right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for past massacres."
The Malaysian politician said that "by and large" Muslims have not applied the "eye for an eye" principle: "Muslims do not". The French shouldn't. Instead, the French should teach their people to respect the feelings of others. "
Mahathir, who served twice as Malaysian prime minister for 24 years, said French President Emmanuel Macron was "very primitive" and "does not show that he is civilized".
France's digital minister asked Twitter to also ban Mahathir from its platform. Cedric O told the managing director of the social media giant in France that his account must be "blocked immediately".
Mr O tweeted on Thursday. "If not, @twitter would be an accomplice in a formal call for murder."
The former Prime Minister gave no direct reference to the attack on a church in Nice today, but his comments are coming Amid the anger in the Islamic world with President Emmanuel Macron for defending cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and the day Sunni Muslims celebrate the Prophet's birthday.
It came during a day of terror for France in which:
- Vincent Loques, 45, a sacristan of Notre Dame Basilica in the city of Nice, was killed while preparing for the first mass of the day after 21-year-old Tunisian migrant Brahim Aoussaoui attacked the church.
- Aoussaoui attacked worshipers in the heart of the Mediterranean spa town with a blade as long as a foot and cut the throat of an elderly woman in an apparent attempt to behead.
- A mother in her forties also succumbed to her injuries after taking refuge in a nearby bar.
- A knife man who shouted "Allahu Akbar" was shot dead by police in the city of Avignon.
- A security guard at the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was stabbed and wounded.
- A man armed with a knife was arrested near a church in Sartrouville after swearing to "do as in Nice".
- An Afghan man was arrested in Lyon and tried to board a train with a long knife
Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, pictured in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month, said Muslims "have the right to be angry and to kill millions of French people".
Removed: Twitter removed Mahathir's most provocative post about killing millions of French people.
Emmanuel Macron attends a video conference on Covid-19 with members of the European Council at the Elysee Palace
Three people died – two of whom were beheaded – after a knife-man attacked Notre Dame Basilica in Nice at 9 a.m. on Friday before being shot and arrested by police
An elderly woman who had come to church early to pray was the first to be beheaded before a male church leader was also killed. A third woman was then stabbed multiple times, ran across the street, and died from her injuries
Emmanuel Macron arrives at the site of the attack, where he spoke to paramedics and police officers
Police swarmed around the area around 9 a.m. and ran into the church before the attacker was shot and arrested. Mayor Christian Estrosi said the attacker called Allahu Akbar even after being treated with drugs
The first attack took place at 9 a.m. in Nice, the second two hours later in Avignon. Separately, a guard from the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was stabbed to death
UN extremism official blows up "inflammatory" Charlie Hebdo cartoons
The head of a United Nations anti-extremism panel on Wednesday expressed "deep concern" over mounting tensions over satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and called for "mutual respect" between people.
The statement by Miguel Angel Moratinos, who heads the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, follows growing anger in the Muslim world over France's response to the beheading of a teacher who showed his students the pictures as part of a free speech class.
President Emmanuel Macron has vigorously defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad for reasons of freedom of speech and has sparked angry protests across much of the Muslim world and campaigns to boycott French products.
The United Nations High Representative "is following with great concern the growing tension and cases of intolerance caused by the publication of the satirical cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed," a spokesman said.
& # 39; The inflammatory cartoons have also provoked acts of violence against innocent civilians who have been attacked for their mere religion, belief, or ethnicity.
"Offensive religions and sacred religious symbols provoke hatred and violent extremism, leading to polarization and fragmentation of society."
Malaysia's ex-prime minister said: “The French should teach their people to respect the feelings of others.
“Since you blamed all Muslims and the Muslim religion for what was done by an angry person, Muslims have the right to punish the French.
"The boycott cannot compensate for the injustice of the French over the years."
It also comes two weeks after a school teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded in Paris for showing his class cartoons of the Prophet in a lesson on free speech.
Today 45-year-old Vincent Loques, a sacristan at Notre Dame Basilica in Nice, was killed as he prepared for the first mass of the day after 21-year-old migrant Brahim Aoussaoui attacked the church.
French counterterrorism prosecutors said Aoussaoui attacked believers in the heart of the Mediterranean resort town with a foot-length blade and cut the throat of an elderly woman in an apparent attempt at beheading.
A mother in her forties also died from her injuries after seeking refuge in a nearby bar.
The attacker was shot 14 times and wounded by the armed police while shouting "Allahu Akbar" during the attack and "even under medication" when he was taken to hospital, said Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi.
Aoussaoui arrived in Nice via the train station at around 6:30 a.m., where he changed quickly, Jean-Francois Ricard told journalists today.
CCTV then showed him how he arrived at the church at 8:30 a.m. and stayed there for almost half an hour.
The attacker, born in Tunisia in 1999, stepped in Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa on September 20th and arrived in Paris on October 9th. The travel information came from a document on Aoussaoui from the Italian Red Cross, the prosecutor said.
Investigators found two unused knives, a Koran and two cell phones, as well as a bag with some personal items. Ricard said at a press conference that he was unknown to the French security services.
Elsewhere, a security guard outside the French consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, was stabbed and wounded while two other men were arrested – one with a knife near a church in Sartrouville after his father reported he was about to attack perform in the style of Nice and another who tried to get on a train with a long blade in Lyon.
Police were believed to have foiled another Islamist attack in the city of Avignon when an armed man was shot dead by officers after he refused to drop his gun.
However, it later emerged that the man was part of the right-wing extremist, anti-Islam identical movement and had delivered a Nazi salute. French media initially reported that the man had shouted "Allahu Akbar", which turned out to be false.
Mr Macron traveled to Nice after the attack and delivered a speech shortly after 3 p.m. when church bells rang across France to honor the dead. The president said it was "clear that France is under attack … because of our values of freedom and our desire not to give in to terror".
"I will say it again today with great clarity: we will not give a reason," he added.
Mahathir Mohamad, who lost power in February of this year, said that freedom of expression does not include "insulting other people" as anger over the satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad pervades the Islamic world
Police today blocked a cordon near the Notre-Dame de l & # 39; Assomption basilica in Nice after a knife-man killed three people in the church
A person wounded in the attack on a basilica in Nice is rolled into the back of an ambulance
Special forces guard the site of a reported knife attack in the Notre Dame church in Nice
A security guard secures the area after a reported knife attack in Notre Dame church in Nice
Forensic experts wait outside the basilica after two people were killed in a terrorist attack in Nice
After a terrorist attack, police guard near the Notre Dame church in Nice, southern France
The beheading of Teacher Paty prompted President Macron to promise action against Islamic extremism.
Mr Macron and others have also launched a full defense of freedom of expression and the right to mock religion, which has created tension in several Muslim countries.
According to the SITE Intelligence monitoring group, the last in a long line of violent attacks in France was "already massively celebrated in the jihad communities" by the end of Thursday.
SITE Director Rita Katz said it was "hard to remember the social media celebration so massive on terrorism" as jihadists welcomed the latest gruesome murders on Twitter and Facebook.
Katz said that after three violent episodes, jihadists celebrated the attackers' "freedom of action" within hours. "These new attacks are taking place amid a massive and ongoing wave of jihadist media condemning France and its cartoonists," she said.
A SITE report said jihadists were "overjoyed" with the news from Nice, Avignon and Saudi Arabia today.
Extremists linked to both ISIS and al-Qaida took up the beheading of Samuel Paty earlier this month in an attempt to fuel further attacks against France.
French politicians were taking part in a coronavirus lockdown debate when news reached them – and were silent in the chamber for a minute (pictured)
Katz said the "prospect of coordination" between the various attackers was "increasingly plausible", although it has not been confirmed.
The two most recent attacks are the latest in a long line of terrorist attacks in France in recent years, including the Charlie Hebdo massacre in 2015.
French politicians lined up to call for tougher measures against Islamic terrorism today after the triple murder.
The Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, said today: "Enough is enough … it is now time for France to break free from the peace laws in order to wipe Islamo-fascism out of our country for good."
One of Mr. Macron's party colleagues called for a "total mobilization" against extremism in a "war that the Islamists are waging against our nation".
Macron Prime Minister Jean Castex said France's alert level had been raised to the highest level for "attack emergencies" following today's violence.
Within hours of the Nice attack, a rifleman was shot dead by police in Paris while a knife man was arrested for attacking a guard at a French consulate in Saudi Arabia.
In parliament, where he had previously discussed the new lockdown in France, Castex said the attack on Nice was "as cowardly as it was barbaric".
Tunisians take part in a protest against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in France
Indian Muslims burn Emmanuel Macron's posters during a protest against his defense of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad
Muslim protesters burn Emmanel Macron's posters at a protest in Quetta, Pakistan on Thursday
TERROR IN FRANCE: HOW ATTACKS HAVE DEVELOPED OVER FIVE YEARS
An attacker with a knife killed three people and injured several others in a church in Nice on Thursday, police said.
The terrorist attack took place less than two weeks after a man of Chechen origin beheaded the middle school teacher Samuel Paty.
Paty's attacker said he wanted to punish him for showing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad to students in a civic class.
Here are other attacks that have taken place in France in recent years:
September 25, 2020 – Two people are stabbed and wounded in Paris near the former offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where Islamic militants carried out a fatal attack in 2015. A man from Pakistan was arrested
October 3, 2019 – Mickael Harpon, a 45-year-old IT specialist with security clearance for work at Paris Police Headquarters, killed three policemen and a civilian employee before he was shot by police. He had converted to Islam about 10 years earlier.
March 23, 2018 – A gunman kills three people in southwest France after holding up a car, shooting at police, taking hostages in a supermarket and yelling "Allahu Akbar". Security forces storm the building and kill him.
July 26, 2016 – Two attackers kill a priest and severely wound another hostage in a church in northern France before being shot by French police. Francois Hollande, who was France's president at the time, said the two hostage-takers had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.
July 14, 2016 – A rifleman drives a heavy truck into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice. 86 people were killed and others injured in an attack by the Islamic State. The attacker is identified as a French born in Tunisia.
June 14, 2016 – A Frenchman of Moroccan origin stabs a police commander in front of his house in a Paris suburb and kills his partner, who also worked for the police. The attacker told police negotiators during a siege that he was responding to an appeal from the Islamic State.
November 13, 2015 – Paris is rocked by multiple near-simultaneous firearm attacks on entertainment venues in the city, killing 130 people and injuring 368. The Islamic State says it is responsible for the attacks. Two of the 10 known perpetrators were Belgian citizens and three other French.
January 7th to 9th, 2015 – Two Islamic militants break into an editorial meeting of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on January 7th and rake it with bullets, killing 12 people. Another militant killed a policewoman the next day and took hostages in a supermarket on January 9th. Four people are killed before the police shoot him.
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