Teen Threatened French MP for Representing Israel

19-year-old Muslim teen who threatened French MP Meir Habib, Israeli Consulate-General, given one year in prison.

Eliran Aharon,

Meir Habib
Meir Habib

On Thursday, a trial was held in the case against Amin Bouslamat, a 19-year-old Muslim who threatened the lives of Barnea Hasid, who serves as the Israeli Consul-General in Marseilles, and Jewish MP Meir Habib.

Bouslamat was sentenced to one year of prison with the option of conditional release. 

Among other things, Bouslamat sent ISIS propaganda videos to Habib and Hasid, including its brutal beheadings, and wrote messages threatening a similar fate, to "avenge my Palestinian brothers." 

During the trial, the judge asked him why he sent the threats, and Bouslamat responded, "because they represent Israel." 

Among other things, he used the name of ISIS founder Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in making the threats. When the judge asked him why he used the name of al-Baghdadi, Bouslamat claimed that it was "not a deliberate choice."

"You'd think about using the name Adolf Hitler as a nickname?" the judge asked. Bouslamat said the two were equivalent. 

Moreover, wiretaps made during the investigation show that Bouslamat had shown admiration for the Kouachi brothers, who perpetrated the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January.

"They fell as martyrs," he claimed. "They did not fight for drugs, money or girls. They fought for Allah."

Habib responded cautiously to the ruling Friday on his Facebook page. 

"Justice is done," he said. "I'm not going to comment on the court's decision even though I remain very skeptical."

"I sincerely hope that this decision will deter and prevent future threats and cries of anti-Semitism, anti-Zionism and racism on this Facebook page and other pages."