Ilan Halimi, the French-Jewish youth who was murdered at age 23 in Paris by a gang who believed 'all Jews have money' in 1996, was remembered on Wednesday when an award named after him was given to French high school students. Halimi's mother, Ruth Halimi, expressed her hope that the award will "give hope to France."The Dijon High School students took on extra courses that focused on genocides in the 20th Century and Holocaust denial. After immersing themselves in these issues, they jointly created a series of lectures aimed at students under the headline "Understanding yesterday to comprehend today." The students won after being pitted against 70 other groups around the French Republic. They were awarded the Ilan Halimi award by French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe. Honoring Halimi, the national award is presented on behalf of DILCRAH, a special joint-office of the French government that combats all forms of hate crimes, from antisemitism to racism and LGBT discrimination.
A tree honoring Halimi was uprooted in what French authorities view as a hate-crime, the Jewish Press reported on Tuesday. "Facing the evil winds of antisemitism the Republic will stand strong like a dam," Deputy Interior Minister Laurent Nuñez said, "it is her honor."Le Premier ministre @EPhilippePM distingue les lauréats du Prix Ilan Halimi. Félicitations aux jeunes participants. Ils sont la fierté de la France. Contre le venin du racisme et de l’antisémitisme, la République est plus jamais mobilisée #TousUnisContreLaHaine pic.twitter.com/PsnquktyFo— DILCRAH (@DILCRAH) February 12, 2019