Secret Extreme Internet Rants of the French Shootings Dad; DARKER SIDE OF ALPS FAMILY MAN REVEALED PAL FEARS HATE FOR ISRAEL SPARKED BLOODBATH

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Secret Extreme Internet Rants of the French Shootings Dad; DARKER SIDE OF ALPS FAMILY MAN REVEALED PAL FEARS HATE FOR ISRAEL SPARKED BLOODBATH


Byline: DOMINIC HERBERT

THE engineer killed in the French Alps secretly held extreme anti-Israeli beliefs which could be the key to the massacre that has baffled police, a close friend claims.

To his wealthy neighbours, Saad al-Hilli was a devoted family man. But behind closed doors he is said to have spent hours on his computer bombarding Arabic chatrooms with anti-Israeli posts.

Now one of Saad's oldest friends believes he and his dentist wife Ikbal, 47, and her mother Suhaila Al Saffar, 74, could have paid a high price for his rants... in an execution by the feared Israeli secret service Mossad.

Last night Gary Aked, who had known Saad for nearly 20 years, was being questioned by two Surrey police officers about his explosive new clues to the killings, which are contained in chatroom and online forum messages posted by Saad showing the dangerous depths of his hatred.

Today we reveal the content of those messages along with heart-rending pictures 50-year-old Saad sent to Gary of his two children who survived the massacre 11 days ago on a secluded forest road near Lake Annecy in south-eastern France.

One shows little Zeena at a French campsite last year leaning against the family's BMW... the same car which was left riddled with bullets. The other shows the four-year-old, who survived by hiding under her mum's body, on a bike ride with her sister Zainab, seven. Zainab was beaten and shot in the attack, which also left a passing cyclist dead.

WORRIED Gary, 52, became a close friend of Iraqiborn Saad after meeting him in 1993 when they worked for the same engineering firm. They even went on holiday together.

"He was a difficult man to get to know, but I did over the years," Gary said. "The one thing that always worried me about him was how vocal he was on internet chatrooms about Iraq and also the Arab-Israeli conflict.

"He would forever be talking about how the Israelis were taking over the world and specifically taking over America. He hated Israeli Jews taking big banks and strongholds in America.

"He thought 9/11 was an inside job by the Israelis to create hatred against the Arabic nations. After 9/11 his involvement in chatrooms increased dramatically. He was very passionate about his beliefs. He didn't believe the Jews should be in Israel. He thought the land should be and should be Palestinian.

d d t e e efn s na "When I heard Saad and Ikbal had been murdered my first thought was, "What has he said? What has he done?' I think it's possible he has offended someone and Mossad has taken offence and put a hit out on him." But despite Saad's extreme beliefs, Gary insists his friend was not a terrorist or member of a fundamentalist group and was a man of "words and beliefs", not action and violence. "I know that Saad was not a terrorist because he would have never done anything to put his family in danger. He was not a violent person," he said.

a d dad se ne ly och ha ha ha ha h ve ve ve b f af af affl fl fl fl fl d ed ed Since the shootings, which have baffled both French police and Surrey officers who have searched the family's EUR2million home in Claygate, conspiracy theories have ranged from a family feud to nuclear weapons development, because of Saad's software expertise and his work for a satellite company. But Gary dismissed h these as nonsense "I would rule outwork these as nonsense. "I would rule out work. He wasn't into anything nuclear, he wasn't into any defence contracts," he said.

"In any case he wouldn't have got the clearance for sensitive defence contracts because of his Iraq background. It was definitely not the cause of his death."

Gary says he was startled when his friend's pro-Arab passion took a new twist during his late nights online a few months ago.

Both men regularly chatted on Skype and Gary recalls Saad recently replacing his profile picture from a photo of his eldest daughter to an image of a bearded Arabic leader. …

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