French Jewish Community Outraged at Murder Case Verdict

Dr. Sarah Halimi was brutally murdered by a 27-year old African Muslim terrorist last April. The murderer broke into Halimi’s apartment, beat her brutally in the face and skull, while she was sleeping and threw her off the third floor balcony while shouting “Allahu akhber”. The police, who took time to arrive to the murder scene, arrested the murderer and sent him to a psychiatric detention facility after he was diagnosed as being mentally unstable by a psychiatrist.

William Attal, Halimi’s sister said: “The murderer knew my sister was Jewish and was from a haredi [ultra-Orthodox] family. He came to her apartment ready to kill… It’s terrifying.”

Four months later, the murderer admitted to killing Halimi, however it seems as if the prosecutors weren’t convinced that the terrorist had antisemitic intentions while executing the crime. The court decided not to pursue hate crime charges against the murderer.

CRIP, the umbrella group who represents Jews in France said that they were “astonished that the antisemitic character of the murderer was omitted. The personality of the criminal, who shouted ‘Allahu akbar’, his modus operandi, and his choice of a victim he knew was Jewish affirm our thesis and certitude: This crime is incontestably antisemitic.”

CRIP accused the local authorities in “covering up” the antisemitic nature of the murderer and criticized them for the lengthy amount of time it took the police to charge the murderer. The attacker was finally charged with manslaughter.

Attal said that antisemitism in France is escalating and that French Jews live in existential fear. Halimi’s family decided to emmigrate to Israel, and are due to arrive in Israel in August. According to her brother, it was Halimi’s dream was to move to Israel, hwoever the family was spurred by their tragedy to move, although without her.

 

Source: Israel Hayom

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By: Yael Soffer