French rapper accused of praising Toulouse killer
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French rapper accused of praising Toulouse killer

Watchdog group files complaint with police against artist for 'endorsing' anti-Jewish, anti-French murderer

French rapper Booba, here in the music video for his song Parlons Peu. (screen capture, YouTube)
French rapper Booba, here in the music video for his song Parlons Peu. (screen capture, YouTube)

A French watchdog group filed a complaint this week against a rap artist it accuses of glorifying the anti-Semitic murderer Mohammed Merah.

The National Bureau for Vigilance against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, filed the complaint with police against Elie Yaffa, better known in France by his stage name Booba, in connection with the lyrics of a song titled “Porsche Panamera.”

The video was removed from Booba’s official YouTube channel on Wednesday, the day BNVCA published a statement condemning the video.

Mohammed Merah, who killed three children and a rabbi in 2012 in Toulouse, is mentioned twice in the song, which Booba performed together with the rap group S.D.H.S Family.

“We’ll shoot anyone for a cause, Mohammed Merah,” the group sings. “Bang bang in your head, we’ll blow you away, we’re angry like Merah.”

Later in the number, they sing: “Allah Yerahmo [Arabic for ‘May Allah have mercy on him’], because only crime pays off.”

“Booba’s lyrics amount to endorsing the anti-Jewish and anti-French killer of Toulouse, who is clearly referenced,” Sammy Ghozlan of BNVCA told JTA.

Booba, the son of a Muslim father from Senegal, last year drew anti-Semitic social media attacks when a song he released called for vengeance for the victims of slavery and the Holocaust.

Booba has sold more than 1 million albums in France.

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