October 26, 2021

France Closes 3 Mosques to Combat Jihad Terror and Recruitment

A French national flag is flown on top of the Grande Mosque of Paris, in Paris, France on November 27, 2015 in memory of the 130 victims of the November 13, 2015 coordinated terror attacks in Paris claimed by the Islamic State group (IS). A solemn ceremony was held for the victims of the Paris attacks, with President Francois Hollande vowing that France would respond to the "army of fanatics" with more songs, concerts and shows. "We will not give in either to fear or to hate," said Hollande in the courtyard of the Invalides buildings in central Paris, speaking to 2,000 dignitaries and those injured in the violence. Photo by Alain Apaydin/Sipa USA

All mosques that teach, preach and incite to jihad should be shuttered. This is a good first step, but not enough. Not nearly enough.

AFDI’s platform in defense of freedom called for closing of such mosques. Four separate studies of American mosques revealed that about eighty percent of them provide extremist literature and occasionally feature extremist preachers. That doesn’t mean that every American mosque is a hotbed of jihad-terror,  but it is most certainly a red flag. There should be an immediate investigation into foreign mosque funding in the West and for new legislation making foreign funding of mosques in non-Muslim nations illegal.

We should  surveil mosques and conduct regular inspections of mosques in the U.S. and other non-Muslim nations to look for pro-violence materials. Any mosque advocating jihad or any aspects of Sharia that conflict with Constitutional freedoms and protections should be closed.

“The Latest: France shuts down 3 mosques in crackdown,” AP, December 2, 2015

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PARIS (AP) — The latest on the recovery from and investigation into the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. All times local:

 2:35 p.m.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says three mosques have been shut down in France since the Paris attacks as part of a crackdown on extremist activities.

Cazeneuve told reporters it was the first time mosques are being closed in France “on grounds of radicalization.”

One of the mosques, 35 kilometers (22 miles) east of Paris in Lagny-sur-Marne, was targeted by raids early Wednesday, with police seizing a 9mm revolver, a computer hard disc and jihadist propaganda. Cazeneuve said the mosque also had a non-authorized Quranic school.

One person was placed in custody following the raids, with 22 others banned from leaving France. Nine others were put under house arrest.

The two other mosques, in Lyon and Gennevilliers in the Paris region, were shut down last week amid a state of emergency.

Cazeneuve says police have seized 334 weapons since the Nov. 13 attacks that left 130 people dead in Paris.

1:40 p.m.

The directors of the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, where two-thirds of the 130 victims of the Paris attacks were killed, have said it will reopen before the end of 2016.

Jules Frutos – who has run the venue with Olivier Poubelle since 2004 – told Le Monde in an interview published Wednesday that “it’s necessary to see the doors open again.”

Poubelle said that “it shouldn’t be turned into a mausoleum. Or a pilgrimage site.”

World leaders, including Barack Obama, have been visiting the site this week, each bringing a white rose to honor those who died in the Nov. 13 attacks.