Murdered because she was Jewish. “On April 4, Sarah Halimi, a 65 – year – old French Jewish woman, a mother of three and a retired, was tortured at her home with Allah Akbar ‘s cries and then disenfranchised. (…) A judicial investigation was opened on 14 April by the Paris prosecutor’s office for voluntary homicide . The antisemitic character of the murder was not retained. About fifteen intellectuals signed today the call published in Le Figaro so that light is made on this murder committed in the middle of the presidential campaign. Among the signatories were Élisabeth Badinter , Georges Bensoussan, Laurent Bouvet, Pascal Bruckner ,
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Le Point.fr: Why did you sign this call?
Céline Pina: Remember, on March 25, a truck drove over a dozen Jewish graves in the Pantin cemetery. Community sites had screamed at the scandal, even though it had been clearly established that it was merely an accident. On April 4, a week later, we learn of the death of this woman. This case comes in a moment of doubt and fear of the FN. Community sites are switching to Macron. Media and judicial institution are then extremely cautious about this murder. Basically, everyone fears that this case will blow up the votes in favor of the FN.
As the investigation progresses, the anti-Semitic dimension becomes more and more evident. We are then many to say that this woman did not deserve to disappear in such a heavy silence. Should he give up calling this reality out of fear of raising the FN? It is a logic that seems to me dangerous and to sign this petition, proposed by Alexandre Devecchio and Naomi Hal, offered us a form of redemption.
Do you think that the judicial institution has been guilty on this issue?
The judicial institution was cautious, it was able to doubt and to say that it was necessary to calm the game. However, it would seem inappropriate to indict the prosecutor Molins. The background was flammable and violent, we were all slow to relax. Error is human, we wake up a little late, we must now act. We want to know why the police did not intervene and ask for the requalification of the facts.
Is it an anti-Semitic murder? A terrorist act? A blow of madness?
The evidence we have today suggests that this is a clearly anti-Semitic murder. The profile of the murderer indicates that this anti-Semitism seems to have been cultivated by Islamists who, like all radicals, need enemies to exist …