“Did Ilan die because he was Jewish?” Mr. Villepin promised to find out. “We owe you the truth. Indeed we owe it to the entire French nation,” he said.
Mr. Villepin, you and the entire French nation owe it to every Jew in the entire world. Unspeakable.
The brutal abduction and murder in Paris of a young Jewish man by a gang of African immigrants called the Barbarians has shocked the whole of France, which once again has been obliged to face its anti-Semitic past. This is what France has come to. Riots and now Barbarism.
The French attorney general believes Halimi was targeted “because he was Jewish and thus, as a Jew, presumed to be rich.” One teenage gang member admitted having put out a cigarette on Halimi’s face “because he didn’t like Jews.”
On February 11, four days after the abductors stopped communicating with the family, Halimi was found, still alive, not far from a railway line at Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois, about 15 kilometers south of Bagneux. He was naked, handcuffed, and bleeding profusely. He was incapable of speaking. His entire body — or “80% of it,” according to police — had been butchered. He died of his wounds on the way to the hospital, just a few minutes after he was discovered. New York Sun here.
HOLDING VIGIL : In Paris on February 19, over a thousand people participate in a silent march for Ilan Halimi
UPDATE: Still, Jew haters in the media are not sure though. From Fausta
Last night's France2 newscast started with the question, "Was Ilan Halimi killed because he was Jewish? We don't know yet," while the the banner called it "La hypothese antisemite" -- the anti-Semitic hypothesis. Reuters does one better and refers to "the gang led by an Ivory Coast immigrant with a Muslim name". The Beeb skirts the issue with their video 'Racist motive' to French kidnap (go to right sidebar, under video), which doesn't mention the word Muslim.
Instead, France2 and the Beeb are looking for barbarians. The barbarians in question (link in French) is one of many gangs that terrorize the banlieus (i.e., housing projects). Gang leader Yussef Fofana,a Muslim, has left France and apparently gone to Ivory Coast
Fifteen people, aged 17 to 32, were arrested last week in connection with the death. Five have since been released
UPDATE: Good on Sarkozy. Look, it's gotta be Sarkozy in 2007 here
France: Anti-Semitic link in death CNN.com
PARIS, France (Reuters) -- French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy has denounced the torture and killing of a young Jewish man as an anti-Semitic crime and said police had found literature linking some suspects to Muslim causes.