French Police Detain Influencer for Insensitive Comments on Israeli Baby’s Death

According to prosecutors, a social media influencer was arrested in France on Thursday for making light of the reported killing of an Israeli baby by Hamas assailants.

The woman, identified by media as Warda Anwar, a model, remarked in a video on a report by an Israeli first responder that Hamas attackers had roasted a baby alive in an oven during their October 7 assault.

The report has not been confirmed by Israeli authorities.

“I wonder whether they added salt and pepper first, did they add thyme?” Anwar said in the video. “What was the side dish?”

Following strong social media reactions to the video last week, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin announced on Friday that he has filed a criminal case against Anwar.

Prosecutors claimed she was being probed for “glorifying terrorism” and she was arrested early Thursday in Paris. Anwar’s words were described as “disgusting” by the Israeli embassy in France.

The embassy stated on X, formerly Twitter, that “the unspeakable remarks must not go unpunished,” and demanded that her social media accounts be blocked. According to French media, her video was shared on Instagram, but her account remained down on Thursday.


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