ISIS group celebrates Notre Dame’s destruction … ‘retribution and punishment’

An ISIS-related propaganda group is reportedly sharing a poster, celebrating the Notre-Dame inferno and calling the blaze “retribution and punishment.” It includes a callous message bidding “au revoir” to the famed cathedral.

Terror analysis groups have been quoted as saying the Al-Munatsir media organization has repeatedly released similar taunts when other terror attacks have impacted France.

According to the Daily Mail, the Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium reported that the poster is online and is accompanied by the words, “Have a good day.” Translated, the poster reads:

‘Its construction began in the year 1163 and ended in 1345. It’s time to say goodbye to your oratory polytheism.’

The SITE Intelligence group said that the jihadists described the fire as “retribution and punishment.”

The propaganda was released even before the fire was extinguished by 400 firefighters who battled the blaze for 12 hours. The cathedral’s bell towers were spared as was the church’s famous, purported holy relic “The Crown of Thorns” from Jesus’ crucifixion.

Statues removed just days ago for restoration work were also spared.

Initial reports say that no obvious signs of arson have been detected.

Officials are considering the fire an accident, with the possibility of restoration work on-site being the source of the fire.

Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz said the investigation would be “long and complex.” A total of 50 investigators are working on the probe, he said, and would be interviewing workers from five companies hired to work on renovations to the cathedral’s roof, where the flames first broke out.

The ISIS propaganda poster comes amid speculation by some about whether radical-Islamist terrorists were behind the fire. Conservative writer Glenn Beck sparked a firestorm when he suggested if it were deliberate arson as part of a religious war, the general public wouldn’t be allowed to know.

Embattled French President Macron has found only support and unity in the country’s population for his calls to repair and rebuild the 850-year-old cathedral. “Notre Dame of Paris is our history, our literature, our imagination,” he said. “The place where we survived epidemics, wars, liberation. It has been the epicenter of our lives.”

Multiple prominent French business leaders have already pledged 100M to 200M euros each to jump-start the rebuilding effort, which is expected to take decades.

The Associated Press spoke with Bertrand de Feydeau, vice president of preservation group Fondation du Patrimoine, and reported, “Repairing the cathedral — including the 800-year-old wooden beams that made up its roof — presents challenges.

“The cathedral’s roof cannot be rebuilt exactly as it was before the fire because ‘we don’t, at the moment, have trees on our territory of the size that were cut in the 13th century,’ he said, adding the roof restoration work would have to use new technologies.”

Video by Daily Mail

No one was killed in the fire, but one firefighter was seriously injured.

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