February 19, 2006

Ilan Halimi and French Dhimmitude

This is a tragic story which really needs more pub in the MSM. There has been very little publicity of it outside of the Jewish media. It is another example of French dhimmitude and just plain, abject stupidity. Muslim street gangs are targeting young French Jews for robbery and murder. The reaction of the Jewish community? Outrage, as it should be. The reaction of the French authorities? Well, read on:

More than Thousand Jews marched on Sunday in the streets of Paris, demanding justice for Ilan Halimi, the 23-year-old Jewish man who was abducted, tortured and killed near Paris by an organised and dangerous gang.

The spontaneous gathering failed to get support from any Jewish organization.

Information on the demonstration circulated within the Jewish community through mobile phone and e-mail messages.

Marchers walked down Voltaire Boulevard, past the mobile phone store where Ilan Halimi used to work and where he was approached by his killers a month ago.

During the Sunday protest young demonstrators shouted “Justice for Ilan”, “revenge of Ilan”, “Fofana murderer”, in a reference to Youssef Fofana, the head of the gang who is still at large.

Jews from every age and background participated in the walk under heavy rain.

Many of them were holding leaflets with Ilan Halimi’s picture, the only
photography the Halimi family accepted to give out to the press, and only to Jewish and Israeli media.

A few incidents occurred at the end of the gathering. A driver forced his way through the demonstrators and was chased down by dozens of young men who damaged the vehicle.

The police was blamed because it didn’t prevent cars from circulating down the Boulevard. But undesired incidents were to be expected in this unannounced spontaneous march.

A member of the Lubavitch community addressed the crowd with a loudspeaker and said: “We are being mocked. Nobody takes us seriously. How much longer is this going to last? May the Messiah arrive soon.”

The crowd ended its tribute to Ilan Halimi by saying the Kaddish prayer and observing a minute of silence in front of the mobile phone store.

Gang chief still at large

While three of the 13 people arrested have been indicted, French police were still hunting for Youssef Fofana, the 26-yar-old black Muslim African man, considered as the mastermind of the kidnapping ring suspected of using charming women to lure Ilan Halimi to his death.

Fofana, who nicknames himself "Brain of Barbarians, is described as "extremely dangerous."

The gang is suspected of abducting the 23-year-old Parisian, and
subjecting him to horrific tortures before dumping his naked and mutilated body in the street near a suburban train station last Monday.

Handcuffed, gagged and covered in burns and torture marks, he died on the way to hospital.

Twelve suspects, aged 17 to 32, were held in overnight raids in the south Paris suburbs, most on a housing estate in Bagneux, while a 13th was arrested in Belgium, Paris state prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin told a press conference on Friday.

Halimi went missing in late January after agreeing to a date with an
unknown woman who approached him at his workplace.

Using beautiful women as "bait", the gang are thought to have attempted six or seven other botched kidnappings, Marin said.

Jewish community shocked

Halimi’s abduction has sent a shockwave through France’s Jewish community, since Halimi and several other targets were Jewish, leading France’s Jewish community umbrella group, the CRIF, to issue an appeal for calm and caution on Friday.

But “uneasiness” was perceptible in the Paris synagogues over Shabbat.

On the eve of the annual CRIF dinner, which will bring together France's main political, social, religious leaders and Jewish community dignitaries, many Jews are expecting that they pay tribute to the memory of Ilan Halimi.

"As one of the topics of this dinner is expected to be the drop in anti-Semitic acts in the country last year, this murder is giving this dinner another course," a Jewish official told EJP.

Halimi’s family and Jewish community security services for they part said they suspect that the crime may have been motivated by anti-Semitism.

“We think there is anti-Semitism in this affair,” Rafi, Ilan’s brother in law, told EJP. He mentioned the fact that the kidnappers recited verses of the Koran during phone appeals to the family.

French daily Le Monde revealed that one of the people arrested told police that the gang had chosen “Jewish targets.”

Some 1,000 people attended the young man’s burial ceremony at a Jewish cemetery in Paris on Friday.

Prosecutor : No evidence of anti-Semitic motive .

Note to Muslims: This is the kind of tragedy which should spurn outrage.

Ilan Halimi, rest in peace, your memory lives.


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