It is shocking that France has only classified this as an anti-Semitic hate crime after an international outcry. Dr. Sarah Halimi, an orthodox Jew, was tortured and murdered in her Paris apartment by a devout Muslim invader with a prior record of harassment toward her. Because she knew and feared the intruder, who lived in her building, Halimi had formally requested that the public housing department move her to a new apartment. Nothing was done.
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“My sister was terribly afraid of this man, he had called her a ‘dirty Jew,’ but she was afraid that filing a complaint would be dangerous for her,” her brother William Attal explained in an interview with French news agency AFP following the family’s decision last week to take the case to the public prosecutor.
Attal said that the family’s goal was not to have the police condemned, but for Halimi’s murder to be legally tried as a hate crime. “Our struggle is for justice to recognize that this was an Islamist and antisemitic murder,” Attal declared.
Nonetheless, a French judge dropped hate crime charges. Was he trying to cover up the rampant Islamic antisemitism that is engulfing France? Was he hoping that if he didn’t charge this savage with a hate crime, that other Muslims would become “moderate”? That ruling was a crime in itself; it is good that it was reversed.
“Elderly Jewish woman thrown off balcony by Muslim neighbour was an anti-Semitic murder France finally admits”, by Isabelle Gerretsen, International Business Times, February 28, 2018:
The brutal murder of a Jewish woman in Paris has been declared an “anti-Semitic attack”, following global outcry at French authorities’ refusal to condemn the killing as an anti-Jewish hate crime.
Orthodox Jew Sarah Halimi, 65, was beaten to death by her Franco-Malian neighbour, 27-year-old Kobili Traoré, in April 2017. Neighbours said they heard Traoré shout “Allahu akbar”, Arabic for “God is Great”, before throwing Halimi’s body off a balcony.
“I’ve killed the demon,” he allegedly shouted in Arabic, according to French media.
In July 2017, a judge charged Traoré with murder, but declined to add anti-Semitic motivation to the charge.
Halimi’s family said that Traoré should have been charged with “murder with antisemitism as an aggravating circumstance.”
The judgment sparked fury across France and was widely reported on by the international media.
Following the international furore, French President Emmanuel Macron called for a thorough investigation into the murder.
On Wednesday (28 February), a French judge ruled that the killing should be categorised as an anti-Semitic hate crime…..
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