The status of the Jews in France reflects the growing islamization of the country. In Muslim countries, non-Muslims are dhimma, a sub-class status denied basic human rights. And so it is in countries with growing Muslim populations. For those interested in learning more about the 1,400 years of dhimmitude under Islam, I recommend Ishmael’s House: A History of Jews in Muslim Lands by Sir Martin Gilbert and The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom by Mark Durie and Bat Ye’or.
Dhimmitude: the Islamic system of governing populations conquered by jihad wars, encompassing all of the demographic, ethnic, and religious aspects of the political system. The word “dhimmitude” as a historical concept, was coined by Bat Ye’or in 1983 to describe the legal and social conditions of Jews and Christians subjected to Islamic rule. (more)
The now default knee-jerk response to Islamic jihad and Jew-hatred is psychiatric. Were Nazi soldiers mentally ill? Or were they driven by ideology? What is madness here is the response by the West to this genocidal ideology.
The Muslim neighbor of an elderly Jewish woman beat her severely before pushing her to her death out of the window. The murderer recited verses from the Quran and the now well-worn bloodcurdling “Allahu akbar.”
“He surprised her in her sleep, he beat her with fists. Her living room was full of blood, just to inform you how hard the blows were,” said Buchinger at the press conference on May 22.
The suspect shouted “Allahu Akbar” and recited Quranic verses while assaulting Halimi, and trying to strangle her, the lawyer said, adding that the suspect also yelled at Halimi to “shut her mouth” and called her a “sheitan” [devil or satan in Arabic].
Police arrived just 3 minutes after the call, but made their way to the wrong building at first. Meanwhile, another neighbor placed a call to police at 4:45 a.m. to report the beating of Halimi. More officers arrived and congregated in the apartment of the Malian family next door, afraid they were facing a terror attack and waiting for the anti-terror squad. By the time the special unit arrived, around 5:00 a.m., Halimi had been killed.
The suspect returned to the apartment of the Malian family and was arrested there without resistance at 5:35 a.m., according to the report.
A homicide investigation was opened with police on April 14, without the anti-Semitism aspect. (more here)
Police were there and did nothing. And now the justice system is following suit.
French Jews Furious as New Obstacle Emerges to Future Trial of Jewish Pensioner’s Antisemitic Killer
by Ben Cohen, Algemeiner, July 14, 2018:
France’s Jewish community has reacted with fury to a panel of psychiatric experts’ determination that the young man charged with the brutal murder of a Jewish pensioner in Paris is mentally unfit to stand trial for his crime.
Lawyers for the family of Sarah Halimi — a 65-year-old widow who was savagely beaten and thrown to her death from a third-floor window by an intruder in the early hours of Apr. 4, 2017 — were informed on Wednesday that, according to the psychiatric panel, her accused killer, 27-year-old Kobili Traore, lacked the mental awareness required for a charge of intentional homicide aggravated by antisemitic prejudice.
The panel’s finding flatly contradicted the conclusion of a previous expert, Dr. Daniel Zagury, who examined Traore in September 2017. As The Algemeiner reported at the time, Zagury deemed that Traore’s assault on Halimi was both “antisemitic” and a “delirious act” influenced by the assailant’s heavy consumption of marijuana. However, Zagury was clear that Traore was not sufficiently intoxicated at the time of the attack to be absolved of criminal responsibility — a key demand of Traore’s lawyers.
On Thursday, Francis Kalifat — president of CRIF, the principal French Jewish communal body — decried the prospect that Halimi’s murderer might not have to face a public trial after all.
“This report closes the door to the trial we were waiting for and plunges Sarah Halimi’s children and family into utter disarray,” Kalifat said in a statement.
Kalifat added that the announcement of the panel’s conclusion had “interrupted the difficult and painful work of mourning [for Halimi] that was begun at the announcement of the recognition of the antisemitic nature of this murder.”
For several weeks after Halimi’s ordeal, France’s bitterly-contested presidential election ensured a wall of media silence around her fate, while French authorities insisted that Traore’s apparent mental illness disqualified him from the charge of antisemitism. In February this year, a court in Paris finally decided that Traore could be prosecuted for an antisemitic hate crime.
“We do not understand the obstinacy and procrastination of trying to paint this killer as a lunatic, when he is a murderer whose alleged dementia can not hide his hateful antisemitism,” Kalifat declared.
Pointing out that Halimi had been subjected to verbal antisemitic abuse from Traore, her neighbor, prior to her murder, Kalifat emphasized that the pensioner was without doubt “the victim of an antisemitic crime.”
Gilles-William Goldnadel, one of the lawyers representing the Halimi family, was similarly outraged. “In my long career, I have never seen an instruction to exculpate the accused at this point [in the legal process],” Goldnadel told broadcaster Europe 1.
The Halimi family’s legal team now fears that instead of trial and imprisonment for murder, Traore will be sent directly to a psychiatric hospital that can release him should doctors determine he no longer constitutes a threat.
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