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Leader of France’s Jewish Defence League on run in Israel after conviction in Paris

The leader of France’s Jewish Defence League was on the run in Israel on Wednesday after receiving a prison sentence for violent gang attacks in Paris, according to a MEMO source in Paris.

Joseph Ayache, 30, was convicted on Tuesday night alongside three accomplices by the 14th Chamber of the Paris Correctional Court.

All four defendants were self-confessed members of the far-right JDL, which is banned in both Israel and the USA for its links to terrorism.

Despite this, it is extremely active in France, where its yellow-and-black clenched fist flags are frequently seen at rallies in cities such as Paris and Marseille.

Ayache, who has previous convictions for racist violence, mainly against French Muslims, was found guilty of leading “extremely violent and coordinated attacks” against pro-Palestine activists in Paris.

These ranged from punishment beatings to issuing anonymous terror threats by phone or email, and were aggravated by the use of potentially lethal weapons.

Steve Bismuth, 27, Daniel Benassaya, 30, and Laurent Cashauda, 20, all turned up in court, but Ayache stayed away, insisting he feared for his life outside Israel, where he is known to have served with the military.

Video shows a Jewish Defence League vigilante pouring red paint over the head of Muslim politician Houria Bouteldja, 43

The court heard how the defendants, who insisted they were “fighting back against rising anti-Semitism”, carried out a series of “degrading and vicious” assaults against mainly women in 2012.

These included setting up a bogus interview with the Muslim politician and anti-racism campaigner Houria Bouteldja, 43, and then pouring a tin of red paint over her head.

Victims also included anti-Zionist Jews, such as 68-year-old Olivia Zemor, co-founder of the Euro-Palestine group. Mrs Zemor told the Paris court that the JDL used a “highly toxic substance” to “defile” her and that she also received calls threatening her granddaughter.

The JDL vigilantes wore hoodies to hide their identities during the attacks, but filmed them, and then placed propaganda videos on YouTube, said prosecutors.

Barrister Dominique Cochain said: “They [the attacks] were meticulously organised by Ayache and left victims injured, scared and utterly humiliated.”

There is no extradition treaty between Israel and France, meaning Ayache, described in court as “one time chief of the JDL” will escape his year in prison if he stays in the Middle East.

Benassaya and Kashauda each received a six month suspended sentence for aggravated violent acts, while Bismuth received a fine equivalent to around £700 for posting videos on social media.

Video shows Jewish Defence League rioting in Paris, while chanting “F*** Palestine

Olivia Zemor and Houria Bouteldja were awarded damages equivalent to around £15000 combined, and court costs.

In March this year, six other JDL members were jailed in Paris over an attack targeting a fundraising event for Gaza. The defendants used iron bars, baseball bats and bike chains during the attack, deliberately targeting anybody who looked like a Muslim.




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  • LevHorovitz

    Mainstream media has not written a word about this very important court case. Facts about a terrorist group operating in Paris while calling itself “The Jewish Defence League” are clearly of no interest to anyone!!!!! Yet the Zionist media is always full of hate for Muslims in Paris. Disgusting.

    • xyz

      Thats what exactly mainstream media is for, remember. As for this guy, once a Jew, always one….

    • peepsqueek

      At some point in Paris, Jews were going to respond to the daily affront that they have to endure from Islamists. I don’t agree with random violence or the misdirected anger and red paint assault, but many Europeans are reaching their breaking point with Islamists, Political Islam, Islam extremists, Islamic sharia etc.

  • Zaphod Braden

    100% SANCTIONS on Israel until they turn him over.

    • peepsqueek

      Sounds like somebody is all for collective punishment.

      • Zaphod Braden

        The Jews loudly cry that COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT is UNFAIR, but the Jew REGULARLY presses for collective punishment of Amalek, Egypt, Persia, Germany, Poland, Russia ………………………………

        • peepsqueek

          How does that piece of propaganda relate to Paris, where they have been on higher terrorism alert for decades in the City and at the airports, and it is not because they are afraid of an angry Jew getting on a plane or blowing up crowded market places??

          • Zaphod Braden

            There is no way that millions just start migrating out of the Middle East into Europe because of a sudden impulse to do so, some very powerful supporting group is behind this and it simply is not clear what would be the motivation for such a massive invasion this mass movement of people across European borders equates to genocide:
            Who has the most desire to empty the Levant of Arabs and send them packing to Europe. You kill so manywith tha birds t one stone it’s irresistible.
            Who has HATED Jesus Christ and HIS followers for 2,000 years?
            “There is a reason to believe that what is being done is being done out of certain political
            objectives and not only out of military necessities, as they claim sometimes. In fact, the
            transfer of the [Palestinian] Arabs from the boundaries of the Jewish state is being implemented evacuation/clearing out of [Palestinian] Arab villages is not always done out of military necessity. The complete destruction of the villages is not always done only because there are no sufficient forces to maintain a garrison.”
            (Aharon Cohen, 10 May 1948)

            IS-rael & ISIS-rael, one and the same. This flood of muslim refugees into White CHRISTian Democratic Europe is a repeat of Israel’s actions in 1948 , terror used to depopulate areas that Israel wishes to grab for “Greater Israel” and at the same time to dilute and destroy CHRISTian Europe.

          • peepsqueek

            You are having delusions of relevance. We have seen the results of 2,000 years of Christian love in Europe. When the Church ruled Europe, it was called the dark ages for a reason. Your exaggerations and propaganda won’t change that either. The Gospels of Jesus Christ were not written in Jesus time, nor in his town, nor in his language. Jesus would have spoken to [his people] in a semitic language. The Gospels were written in Greek and they gave Jesus all the attributes of former Greek Gods in Greek Mythology. So stop both the BS and the propaganda. The so-called ‘holy land’ has changed hands many times over the years. And the banner of Islam flies over 99.9% of the Middle East land mass.

          • Zaphod Braden

            ANTIChristian ANTIgentile BIGOT

          • peepsqueek

            I did not fabricate these facts, it is general knowledge that you resent.