by Sara Malm
13 January 2015
French security forces knew of attack
Theories sweep the Internet
of orchestrating it
President said the West is
with the Islamic world'
citizens carried out massacre,
and Muslims pay
The President of Turkey has suggested
French security forces are to blame for the deadly terrorist attacks
in Paris last week, since the culprits had recently served prison
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the West of 'playing games with
the Islamic world', warning fellow Muslims to be 'aware'.
Erdoğan said Muslims are 'paying the price' for the attacks on
satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish kosher supermarket in
Paris last week.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested French security forces
were behind the Paris
attacks as they 'track' former prisoners
and the culprits in
the Charlie Hebdo shootings had served time
'French citizens carry out such a
massacre, and Muslims pay the price,' Erdogan said yesterday.
'That's very meaningful... Doesn't
their intelligence organization track those who leave prison?
'Games are being played with the Islamic world, we need to be
aware of this.
'The West's hypocrisy is obvious. As Muslims, we've never taken
part in terrorist massacres. Behind these lie racism,
hate-speech and Islamophobia,' Erdoğan added.
Erdoğan also denounced Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for attending a solidarity rally
in France on Sunday with other world leaders after the Paris
'How can a man who has killed 2,500
people in Gaza with state terrorism wave his hand in Paris, like
people are waiting in excitement for him to do so? How dare he
go there?' he said.
Muslims paying price
for French massacre
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
for his attendance at
the Unity rally in Paris alongside, from left to right,
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, French President Francois Hollande,
Angela Merkel, EU President Donald Tusk
president Mahmud Abbas
made the comments at a meeting
President Mahmoud Abbas in Ankara on Monday
Erdoğan did not attend the Sunday march, though Turkish Prime
Minister Ahmet Davutoglu participated.
Erdoğan is not the only senior Turkish politician publicly voicing
conspiracy theories over the Paris attacks.
The Mayor of Ankara, Melih Gokcek, said he was convinced the
Israeli intelligence service Mossad was behind the attacks, linking
them to France's recent move towards recognizing Palestine as an
'Mossad is definitely behind such
incidents… it is boosting enmity towards Islam.' Mr Gokcek said,
In Russia, several pro-Kremlin
commentators blamed the United States and the CIA for the attack,
the newspaper reported.
One, Alexei Martynov, director of the International
Institute for New States, said,
'I am sure that some American
supervisors are responsible for the terror attacks in Paris, or
in any case the Islamists who carried them out.'
IMAM WHO RADICALIZED CHARLIE HEBDO KILLER
The former Imam and recruiter of jihadists, and the man who
helped radicalize the Kouachi brothers has come forward to
condemn the Charlie Hebdo murders.
Farid Benyettou, revealed as working as an intern in the
hospital where many of the dead and dying were taken said: 'It
was a cowardly assassination and monstrous.'
has condemned the Charlie Hebdo murders,
radicalizing one of the brothers involved in the shootings
His face hidden, the 32 year old told i-Tele:
'Whatever was done, whether it
be the cowardly and monstrous murder of the journalists, or
of the police and members of the Jewish community - it
should not be attributed to Islam.
'If you are murderers then that's your business.'
Benyettou, who has since been
removed from the wards of Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital to finish
his studies in training school, said he had come forward in the
name of Islam.
'I am not here to proclaim my
innocence but to condemn what has been done. My innocence is
not in doubt.
'Some people will say if I don't that 'Farid Beyettou may
agree with what has been done' and some people may identify
'No. Farid Benyettou absolutely does not agree with what
Benyettou said that he had mentored
Cherif Kouachi, the younger of the terrorist brothers,
for around two months.
'He came unexpectedly. He wanted
discussion. With him it was always the same topic….
'It all turned around combat. He was fascinated by that -
his knowledge of the religion was limited to that. Having a
good relationship with his neighbors, the behavior of
Muslims in every day life, he had no idea about.
'And the relationship with God did not interest him.
He was someone very, very stubborn. I told him I could not
agree with what he was saying about violence and that it was
probably the worst crime a Muslim could commit.
'He seemed to change his stance, accept criticism. Nothing
could have seen what was to come.'
Then in a passionate defence of
France he said:
'Some think that France
oppresses Muslims. I am proof to the contrary. Yes I have a
criminal record - terrorist written on it.
'I think this is the worst thing
to happen yet despite this, doors have been open for me.
'I was given help, never been discriminated against. On the
Benyettou was radicalized after the
arrest of his brother, Youssef Zemmouri in 1998 when
security forces dismantled the Parisian Salafist Group.
Self taught he became an 'emir' and taught theology courses. He
was arrested along with six others in 2005 for helping to send
jihadists to Iraq after the US invasion.
Three years later, then aged 27, he was sentenced to six years
in prison and release in 2011.