Tuesday, January 30, 2007

In Memory of Ilan Halimi

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It's not uncommon for torture victims to be sexually assaulted. I do not know if this is the case of Ilan Halimi. What I do know is he was barbarically murdered by a group of thugs. The reason? He was a Jew walking the streets of Paris. Tens of thousands of people have marched through Paris to protesting after Ilan's murder.

I don't remember hearing about this case in the mainstream news media in the United States so I wanted to do what I can to make sure Ilan Halimi is not forgotten. -- Jewish Survivors
From: The Awareness Center's Daily newsletter

I realize this is off topic. I'm posting it here because most Americans are not aware of the kidnapping and brutal murder of Ilan Halimi, who was French Jew who was tortured as part of a hate crime in Paris last year. We all need to be aware of the increase of anti-Semitism in the world.
French marchers in Paris with a picture of Ilan Halimi
<>Halimi to be buried in Israel
January 30, 2007

The body of a French Jew who was kidnapped and tortured to death last year by a gang seeking ransom will be taken to Israel for burial.

Ilan Halimi will be flown to Israel and buried in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul cemetery Feb. 9.

The Halimi family, led by Ilan’s mother Ruth, will accompany the body to Israel, along with David Roche, Paris head of the Jewish Agency for Israel, and European Jewish Congress President Pierre Besnainou, who helped arrange the burial.

Halimi’s murder in early 2006 allegedly was committed by a youth gang calling itself the Barbarians.

French Jews were convinced that Halimi was kidnapped and tortured to death over a three-week period because he was Jewish, but many Gallic French people believed Halimi’s religion had nothing to do with the case and that government officials labelled it an anti-Semitic crime only to placate Jewish community leaders — despite the fact that gang members reportedly admitted during the investigation that they hate Jews and kidnapped Halimi because they thought all Jews were rich.
Gang members are in jail awaiting trial.


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