People hold Israeli and French flags as they take part in a demonstration supporting Israel on July 27, 2014 in Marseille, southeastern France.
(photo credit: BORIS HORVAT / AFP)
Hundreds of demonstrators from the French Jewish community held a memorial rally on Sunday outside the house of an Orthodox Jewish doctor who was murdered by her neighbor last week, Israel Radio reported.
Jewish youth, some associated with the far-right Jewish Defense League group, were among the crowds outside the apartment of the victim identified as Sarah Halimi. Halimi was reportedly hurled by a Muslim neighbor to her death from the window of her third-floor apartment last Monday.
French riot police were called to disperse the gathering of demonstrators on Sunday after tensions arose between nearby residents and the Jewish youth, some of whom reportedly hurled objects at neighbors and attempted to enter their homes.
The masses dispersed after participating demonstrators sang the national anthems of both France and Israel and waved Israeli flags.
According to the Paris-based publication Le Parisien
, local police last week apprehended a main suspect in the murder. The man, aged 27, was the victim's neighbor and is familiar to French authorities. He has been sent to a psychiatric examination in order to rule out any mental condition.
CRIF, the umbrella organization for the Jewish community and its different groups in Paris, has extended its condolences to the victim's family and promised to continue to accompany them throughout the ensuing investigation. "We accompany the family and the loved ones [of the deceased] in its communications with police and the judicial system. The CRIF is taking part in all the steps to shed light on this sad event and to support the family."
The murder was not defined as a hate crime by police hereto far.