People attend a gathering, organized by CRIF Jewish organisation, in memory of Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor stabbed and burnt in her Paris apartment in what authorities suspect could be an anti-Semitic murder, in Marseille, France March 28, 2018.
(photo credit: JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER / REUTERS)
The brother of the late Sara Halimi vowed he will fight recent decision by French psychiatrists that Kobili Traoré, the alleged killer of Halimi, is mentally unfit to stand trial.
“She deserves justice,” Mr. Halimi told the Jewish Chronicle.
Originally from Mali, Traoré harassed the Halimi family in 2015 when he called Sara Halimi’s daughter a ‘dirty Jewess.’
Eyewitnesses to the April 2017 assault claim he called Miss Halimi a ‘demon’ and was reciting verses from the Quran when he hit her.
The first ruling was that despite having taken drugs before the attack, Traoré is able to stand trial. The second ruling, released on Monday, suggested he was not responsible for his actions at the time.
The murder of the 65 year old Halimi shocked France. Not the least because three police officers were present at the building at the time after Traoré broke into another apartment in the building and the tenant there had called the police.
He broke into Halimi’s flat while escaping from the police officers, the Guardian
Halimi was openly Jewish and her faith was “the motor of her life,” her brother said.
Nearly 90% of French Jewish students said they have experienced antisemitic abuse on campus, a poll found.
Nearly 20% of the 405 respondents in the urvey said they have suffered an antisemitic physical assault at least once on campus. Of those, more than half reported suffering violence more than once, JTA reported.
French President Emanuel Macron vowed to do all that can be done to combat hate. Despite official condemnations on behalf of French public officials and massive protests denouncing antisemtisim, a Jewish cemetery close to Strasbourg was vandalized on February and some 100 gravestones desecrated and spray-painted with Swastikas.
“Yellow Vest” protestors hurled antisemitic abuse at French-Jewish philosopher Alain Finkielkraut.
A tree planted in memorial of Ilan Halimi, who was brutally murdered in 2006 and bears no relation to the late Halimi, was chopped down ahead of a memorial event for him in Paris.
France is the only country in Europe where Jews are periodically murdered for being Jewish, the Guardian
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