From Sent by Barbara Wind

Director, Holocaust Council

UJC of MetroWest NJ

From: ursula duba [] Sent: Wednesday, June 07, 2006 6:11 PM
To: EEJH moderatior
Subject: Black anti-Semites storm Paris’s old Jewish quarter.

> City Journal
> The Wrath of Ka
> Black anti-Semites storm Paris’s old Jewish quarter.
> Nidra Poller
> 6 June 2006
> On the last Sunday of May, 30 angry black men stormed
> into the heart of the old Jewish quarter, terrorizing
> residents, shopkeepers, and Sunday strollers. The self-
> styled militia of the Ka Tribe, a black separatist group
> originally connected to the no-longer funny black comic
> Dieudonné M’Bala M’Bala, embodied the worst fears of a
> Jewish community exposed, since January 2006, to a new
> rise in anti-Semitic attacks.
> Three months after the torture-murder of Ilan Halimi, the
> intimidating incursion of the Ka militia into the narrow
> “Jewish” street of the Marais looks like an ominous sign
> of worse to come. The Ka Tribe is the lunatic fringe of a
> broad anti-Semitic movement originally inspired by
> Dieudonné, who has become a hero to a segment of black
> French society by focusing resentment on Jews. But
> Dieudonné, with a French mother and Cameroonian father,
> was not black enough for Stellio Capochichi, the Tribe’s
> leader, whose origins are Haitian and Ivoirian.
> A self-serving interview with the college-educated
> leader, who calls himself Fara (pharaoh) Kemi Saba,
> appeared on the Ka website until the government shut it
> down two days after the rue des Rosiers incursion. Deftly
> manipulating the terms and gestures of French
> intellectual discourse, Kemi Saba, flanked by two husky
> bodyguards, lays out his latter-day ideology of
> “negritude,” a rehash of the worst of Cheikh Anta Diop,
> Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire, born-again Africanism, and
> Malcolm X, served up with the nastiness of the Black
> Panthers and Nation of Islam. Though Kemi Saba preaches
> total separation from leucodermes (anything less than 100
> percent pure blacks) and rejects both Christianity and
> Islam, he has a soft spot for Islamism. In a communiqué
> attacking “Sarkkkozy the Jew,” the Fara’s spokesman
> lashes out at “[whites] who make caricatures of the
> prophet of Islam.”
> Kemi Saba’s resentment is all-embracing: the injustice
> that rankles him began with the very origins of humanity.
> The kémites (the term replaces leucoderm words like
> blacks, Africans, or Antilleans) are the true chosen
> people, destined to rule the world. Victims of oppression
> of mythical proportions, they will liberate themselves by
> returning to original sources of spirituality and social
> organization. Ka males-medzatones-are noble warriors; the
> females-Aset-are sublime beauties and perfect mothers;
> the children learn to be true kémites in the “School of
> Hor” (Horus).
> Eyewitnesses concur about the incursion: 30 men in
> paramilitary formation stormed into rue des Rosiers,
> shouting threats and insults against Jews. Some wore
> boxer’s mouthpieces and leather gloves with brass
> knuckles. They burned with anger and itched for a fight.
> Frantic calls to the police met with laconic replies:
> “Yes, we have been informed.”
> The men stomped and shouted for what seemed an endless 20
> minutes. People who had seen the interview with Kemi Saba
> on the Ka website recognized him, protected by his
> bodyguards and visibly directing the operation according
> to plan. Some shopkeepers lowered their metal shutters as
> soon as they saw the hostile group round the corner at
> rue Vieille du Temple and march into rue des Rosiers.
> Others took people into their fragile boutiques. Men,
> women, and children felt totally defenseless, delivered
> up to a storm of uncontrollable rage. Some witnesses
> report seeing baseball bats, sticks, knives; others
> suspected their presence under thick black jackets; all
> believed that these men were capable of committing a
> massacre. The police did not come until the militia had
> left. They did collar some members of the group later,
> close to their Belleville headquarters; they questioned
> and released them.
> The capture of Youssouf Fofana-leader of the gang of
> barbarians accused of the torture-murder of Ilan Halimi-
> and his extradition from the Ivory Coast had provoked the
> Ka’s wrath. They sent a message to various Jewish groups
> and individuals, threatening to kill other Jews if anyone
> dared to touch a hair on Fofana’s head; it has circulated
> on the Web since late February. Another communiqué warns
> interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy of dire consequences if
> Fofana does not get a fair trial. Can he possibly get a
> fair trial from a “leucoderm” court? Can he be guilty in
> the eyes of kémites?
> Veiled threats led to aggressive action even before the
> incursion as the Ka went after real or imagined members
> of Betar (a group that provides security for Jewish
> events) and the Jewish Defense League, accused of
> persecuting blacks and Muslims who penetrate their turf-
> rue des Rosiers-and beating up kémites during the
> memorial march for Ilan Halimi. On May 19, the Ka militia
> stormed a gym in the 9th arrondissement, looking for
> Betar and Jewish Defense League “strongmen.” There they
> terrorized kids (non-Jewish ones, as it happened) who
> were learning an Israeli martial art. The Ka packaged the
> rue des Rosiers incursion as a pre-arranged showdown with
> the “Zionist extremists” and announced a knockout victory-
> because the “extremists” didn’t show up.
> This fantasized warfare is no less outlandish than the
> esoteric Ka mythology, built around worship of Aton, a
> smattering of hieroglyphics, and imitation of Jewish
> identity. The French government has tolerated the Ka for
> years, but their hero worship of Fofana, the increasingly
> vehement threats against Interior Minister Sarkozy, and,
> now, this show of force in the Jewish quarter has
> provoked signs of severity. The interior minister visited
> the rue des Rosiers this Wednesday to show his support
> and promise results. He has called for a criminal
> investigation and eventual dissolution of the group.
> Greeted in Montfermeil with shouts of anger, he found
> himself welcomed to the Marais with hurrahs and “Sarkozy
> for President.”
> Outside the ORT school, where the minister met with
> residents, a dapper gray-haired shop owner said, with
> dignified regret, “It’s over for Jews in France.” And
> added, “The police told me . . . they said it’s over for
> us . . . they can’t handle this problem. . . . It’s too
> late.”