Citing figures compiled by the French Interior Ministry, the official on Monday said intelligence shows there are people "of Jewish extraction," some of whom converted to Islam, among those who joined the jihadist group.That is, if the information is true. However, some in the French Jewish community doubt it, claiming there is no proof.
The official emphasized that there are only a small handful of Jews among the IS recruits – not enough to consider it a trend.
The revelation comes just days after reports surfaced that a French Jewish teenager was among the approximately 100 young women who have left France to join jihad in Syria during the past year and a half.
Meyer Habib, a Jewish member of the French parliament, said the suspected jihadis were the topic of conversation among France's Jewish community. However, he claimed, there is no official proof they actually joined IS.
If a Jewish girl did join the Islamic State, "it really is the end of the world" and complicates matters, Habib told Channel 2.
A rabbi had this to say:
"It is inconceivable that this would happen. There are many rumors swirling and we hope an official source will update us. Some say the Jewish girl converted, and that is also disconcerting."
Disconcerting, yes, but inconceivable? No. There are many Jews who have unbelievably converted to Islam, but they do exist. Look at Joseph Cohen, now known as Yousef al-Khattab that Orthodox Jew who converted to Islam along with his wife and kids, and was a co-founder of the extremist Revolution Muslim. There's even a jews-for-allah.org with a list of testimonies by Jewish converts to Islam. Google Jewish converts to Islam, or a search on Youtube, and you'll find a plethora of information and videos.
H/T Tarek Fatah