Jewish association accuses Muslims of 'rejoicing' as Notre Dame burned

The Australian Jewish Association cited alleged social media post by Muslims and people with Arab names that delighted in the church's destruction.

April 16, 2019 22:06
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Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019.

Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. . (photo credit: BENOIT TESSIER /REUTERS)


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Did some French Muslims express happiness over the fire that nearly destroyed the entire Middle-Age Paris Notre-Dame Cathedral?

The Australian Jewish Association (AJA) is accusing Muslims of "rejoicing" in the church's destruction, based on evidence it says it saw on social media.

Allah est grand,” the AJA posted on social media, claiming that “there is a segment of French population rejoicing the destruction.”

It is unclear if the news the AJA is sharing is accurate. The video in which social media users with Arabic-sounding names are seen "smiling" as the church burns had been sourced to Paul Joseph Watson, who according to Business Insider might have used the work of French right-wing activist Damien Rieu, .
French activist Damien Rieu wrote a similar article for the far-right website Breitbart.


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