From Halimi to Halimi: 11 years of ordeal!

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From Halimi to Halimi: 11 years of ordeal!


"Every pain is a memory."

Eric Fottorino

The case had shaken France: on February 13, 2006, Ilan Halimi was found dying in the Paris suburbs, tortured to death by the "gang of barbarians". On the occasion of the ten years since his death, a year ago, France 3 had broadcast "The assassination of Ilan Halimi", a documentary without pathos or dogmatism, which highlighted the errors of appreciation of the investigators of the case. With the appeasement and the rigor that only time makes possible, the director Ben Izaak had long retrieved the defeat of the elite forces of the police by the gang of barbarians, led by Youssouf Fofana, a 25-year-old man stubborn antisemitic prejudices. !

The documentary opens with Chopin's iconic Nocturnes n ° 9, a dark, slow-moving symphony, like the film that follows. To accurately describe this tragedy that has become a symbol of anti-Semitic violence, Ben Izaak takes his time, sequencing in chapters his documentary built around the testimonies of the various actors of the case (the prosecutor Philippe Bilger, the socialist elected Julien Dray, the journalist Patricia Tourancheau , the mayor of Bagneux, the investigators of the BRI, the psychologist who led the negotiations with Fofana, or the sister of Ilan Halimi).

That of Me Francis Szpiner launches the film. And answers the underlying question posed by the documentary: "Was it an anti-Semitic crime?

The issue raised was important because it highlighted a denial, that of the police and the justice, which delayed taking into account the antisemitic track in the abduction of the young Ilan Halimi, occurred the night of Saturday, January 21, 2006 !

That evening, the 23-year-old dines at his mother's house, like every Friday. He then honors his first meeting with Yalda, a young woman she met on Boulevard Voltaire, in the telephone shop where he works. After having a drink with her, he agrees to follow her to his studio in the southern suburbs of Paris. Arrived at destination, Ilan Halimi is pulled out of his car by individuals who beat him, knock him out and throw him into the trunk of a 4X4. "At first we showered him, because we did not want there to be traces of DNA, then we sheared him, and then he was killed. After killing him, he was burned. The process of Ilan Halimi's death can only return to the Jewish memory of the execution of the Jews. The process of Halimi's death is a shocking process, "say Francis Szpiner!

On February 26, tens of thousands of people parade through the streets of Paris for the young man but also "to say no to racism and anti-Semitism." Elected representatives from left and right are side by side in the procession.

But it is only on March 5, 2006 that the aggravating circumstance of anti-Semitism will be retained by the investigating judges. However, during the searches, the abductors found documents supporting the Charity and Relief Committee for Palestinians, as well as Salafist propaganda material. And, on the phone, a kidnapper recited a Quran sura to Ilan Halimi's family!

This affair will have deeply upset the Jewish community of France! It was an electroshock and brought about a tremendous awareness on the part of this community about the level of antisemitism in our country! This crime marked the death knell of an era: it was the first time, on the French territory, that a Jew was murdered because of his religion, since the end of the Second World War.

Certainly since 2002 and the second intifada, the Jewish community in France had seen the emergence of an anti-Semitism that it believed forever extinguished. The succession of anti-Semitic acts had created such an emotion that, in a unitary demonstration, the Jewish community had succeeded in organizing a rally of nearly 200,000 people in Paris and, in the provinces, other gatherings had brought together tens of thousands of people. people!

With this crime, we thought we had reached the height of horror and that it would serve as a warning to extinguish the fire!

Unfortunately it was only the beginning of the descent into hell! On March 19, 2012, 3 children and a teacher are murdered by Mohamed Merah! again, there was talk of a solitary act before finding that a terrorist organization, with anti-Semitic fundamentals, settled on French territory!

Sarkozy's quinquennium, which had begun with the Ilan Halimi affair, ended with the Mérah affair!

But, overall, these cases concerned only the Jews of France. It was not until the terrorist attack against Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Kosher to understand that after the Jews, these criminals attacked the French as a whole, Jews and non-Jews!

Which also provoked very strange and more than surprising reactions from some political figures who dared to express themselves in this way: "until now we had compassion but today we are concerned"! Thus the murder and the murder of French Jewish citizens with aggravating circumstance of acts of barbarism did not concern them but raised their only compassion !!!!

Then the business abounded: rape of a woman at his home in Creteil, multiple physical assault, stabbing, desecration of cemeteries, ... These attacks became daily and were almost trivialized until the electroshock of April 4, 2017 and the assassination under the abominable conditions of Mrs. Sarah Halimi Attal!

That night, a Jewish Orthodox woman, a doctor, was surprised in her sleep at home! She is horribly tortured for over an hour. She is 65 years old and she lives in a modest building of the 11th district of Paris, rue Vaucouleurs. The murderer, "radical Islamist", who had bothered her and harassed her with anti-Semitic insults during the weeks, entered her home by the balcony and persecuted with an incredible violence on her victim, causing about twenty fractures to the body and in the face, before defenestering, agonizing, of the third floor. The story of the violence and acts of barbarity suffered by the victim are simply unbearable to describe and the reflection of an indescribable hatred!

Meanwhile, the police (immediately notified) is on the landing. The three armed men do not intervene. In fact, we will know later that there are 18 police officers who were there and who did not intervene during the calvary of the sexagenarian!

The neighbors (dozens of people) hear his screams. They do not flinch. The national media are alerted but they do not investigate and ignore the abominable assassination, perhaps too concerned about the price of the costumes of Mr. Fillon!

Thus, and in conditions as abominable as his namesake Ilan tortured and murdered 11 years ago, a woman of 65 was tortured and murdered in full Paris! Her name was Sarah ... Sarah Halimi.

And yet, this was not enough to move one of the presidential candidates with the notable exception of one ... Ms. Marine Le Pen who spoke about the drama facing Yves Threard du Figaro! Yes, one voice for this dreadful tragedy!

No, this terrible scene did not take place in 1942, before or after the Rafle Veld'hiv, but ... in the night of April 3 to 4, 2017 cries of "Allah Akbar", in a tiny HLM located a few not far from Bataclan. But what interested the politicians, the media and the so-called organized Jewish community was whether it was France or the French State that was guilty of the Vel d'Hiv roundup that took place ... there are nearly a century as we closed our eyes to the antisemitic abomination of the moment!

Sad France, who is going to recollect the dead of a century ago by turning a blind eye to those of today!

Sad political staff who will throw a wreath in the Seine for the suspicious and unfortunate death of Brahim Bouarram forgetting the horrible massacre of Mrs. Sarah Halimi a stone's throw from the ceremony in great pomp on the banks of the Seine!

Let us remember, already then, we were in presidential campaign and even between the two towers, but then, France had risen like a single man around the President of the Republic and the candidates, a manifestation of several tens of thousands of people roundly organized by anti-racist associations!

But it is true that then the presumed guilty of a crime probably racist was "blonde with blue eyes" unlike the certainly guilty of the assassination of Mrs. Halimi, certainly anti-Semitic crime and particularly abominable ... ..

Worse that all this terrible tragedy is taking place in full Paris without anyone reporting the affair. The media are silent: only one in between in Le Parisien evokes the drama with vague remarks.

Even worse, on April 7, three days after the fact, the so-called organized Jewish community prides itself on a statement in which it writes "There is nothing to retain the anti-Semitic character and there is nothing to exclude it. The investigation continues and all avenues are open ... However, we have full confidence in the men and women who are working on this survey ... The survey can not be done on social networks, mixing information from direct witnesses with stories "revisited" by commentators, the mixture of verified and proven information with supposed, imaginary, wanted or denied information creates a confusion that serves the search for truth. "

After the various antisemitic acts passed in silence since February, it was forbidden to evoke the antisemitic track in the investigation visibly for not favoring a candidate " during the presidential campaign that was in full swing! So in order to avoid a putative and virtual anti-Semitism, we camouflaged an anti-Semitism that was real!

This is how this anti-Semitic crime was not discussed during the presidential campaign.

As for the journalists, those who were seen to be more zealous in the "Theo affair", all of them stood at attention - a first! - in front of the calls to the prudence of the public prosecutor. Like the artists who had so quickly mobilized in the "Theo affair"!

Thus, apart from the Jewish press, only the Parisian had spoken of it in a few lines and without mentioning any trace of anti-Semitism.

However, this appears totally incomprehensible given the police report that was leaked to the press on Monday, May 22, following a press conference by family lawyers. Lawyers who were surprised at the "lead screed" that weighs on this case.

In fact, the investigation had confirmed what we already knew about the plight of the unfortunate. Worse. His executioner massacred him by reciting Suras from the Quran and calling it "Satan" in Arabic (the attack was recorded by a neighbor). After having completed the beard of eighteen policemen of the Bac present in the building at 4 o'clock, but waiting ... reinforcements, the killer is ironed at the neighbors by the same balcony and began to pray again. The reinforcements have arrived. The arrest took place at 5:35 am The man did not resist.

These facts are very serious. But we try, once again, and despite the facts, to find a way to reassure ourselves cheaply.

Thus, just like the slaughterer of Nice or the driver of Dijon, the jihadist of Belleville would be "crazy". And so, as such, and because he was a little "exalted", the police did not think it necessary to incarcerate him ... but then took him to a psychiatric hospital!

Sad irony, that's how eleven years later, we find ourselves in totally similar circumstances in the face of a new Halimi affair!

From one Halimi to another, from Ilan to Sarah, as formerly from Solene to Ilan, we are faced with the same collective drama that should lead us to scrutinize the collective unconscious that reigns in our country and its induced pathologies.

Two Jews tortured, tortured and sacrificed and whose death could certainly have been avoided with a little more compassion and reactivity from the police or the politicians! Today, it is up to Justice to share responsibilities because there are responsibilities, perhaps at the highest level! It even looks like a state affair with multiple twists!

Indeed, faced with such lightness and such indifference, even such duplicity, it begins to make many cumulative errors.

So yes, it's unbearable and it's now everyone's business. It is unbearable for the Jews, of course, but it is even more so for the non-Jews because anti-Semitism is not the affair of the Jews but of all!

So, let's recap: how did we not learn the lesson of police miscarriage during the long sequestration (almost a month) of young Ilan Halimi, kidnapped, martyred and murdered because Jew by the Gang of barbarians in 2006 Why, then, the Quai des Orfèvres had stubbornly followed the track, as absurd as it was guilty, of a settlement between bands. Let's not forget that the boss of the PJ of the time did not give up, even after the capture of Youssouf Fofana who was surprised to escape to Ivory Coast (and whose capture was due to the agents of Mossad). And that's it, that we reoffend with the same wanderings! Bis repetita! Errare humanum is, sed perseverare diabolicum est ("Error is human, stubbornness [in its error] is diabolical")!

Decidedly, we do not learn from our failures, or maybe we do not want to learn!

We must swallow the lie of state that there can be no anti-Semitism in France! And certainly not from Arab-Muslims living in France! And as Master William Goldnadel, a lawyer for the Halimi family, points out, " the murderer would have been blond with blue eyes, the whole of France would have gone to the streets. He is Islamist, the whole of France is shaving the walls ".

Finally, as brilliantly said, Alexandra Laignel-Lavastine: "As long as our locally-manufactured barbarians only killed Jews - Ilan Halimi in 2006, the children of Toulouse in 2012, a couple at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in May 2014, people doing their shopping Porte de Vincennes in January 2015, the replica of Copenhagen just after and already forgotten, it was not very serious. They still had to be a bit "guilty" since it's been two thousand years since it was said. In the lot, there were certainly some "Arab" soldiers and other "Islamophobic" journalists who had perhaps a little sought. We were not going to make a story of it. But at the Bataclan, "innocent French", to retake the slip of Raymond Barre after the anti-Semitic attack on the rue Copernic in 1980, it was unacceptable! This chorus, without those who intone it necessarily think badly, we were entitled to all the tone in the aftermath of November 13: "But why us? Why France? Why innocents? ".

For all these reasons, and despite the incomprehensible cold-bloodedness of the so-called Jewish community " organized "we do not intend to be silent or to ignore the truth that is due to us!

Yes, Ms. Sarah Halimi Attal, was tortured and cowardly murdered because Jewish!

Yes, the family still has not been able to get all the clarifications she is asking about the circumstances surrounding this death.

Yes, it is important to know why the police forces, on the spot, did not intervene!

Yes, the 27-year-old killer has "a radical Islamist profile" and all the elements of the investigation suggest an anti-Semitic crime!

Yes, anti-Semitism there is and yet the prosecutor refuses to qualify it as such ... for the moment! As was the case in the case ... Ilan Halimi!

Following the judicial inquiry, opened April 14 by the Paris prosecutor's office for "homicide voluntariness", the family filed a civil suit.

As a result, in view of the evidence we have to date and in accordance with the wishes of the family, we demand, as of today, the re-qualification of this crime into an assassination with the aggravating circumstances the acts of barbarism and the antisemitic motive.

We also ask that all the light be shed on the reasons which made that the Police did not intervene whereas it was numerous on the spot, act likely to be interpreted as not assistance to person in danger!

For our part, we will become a civil party as soon as we have standing to act, that is to say as soon as the recognition of the anti-Semitic character of this crime.

In order to carry out this fight, the Confederation of Jews of France and Friends of Israel decided to create a support committee for the emergence of Truth and Justice in this affair so that silence does not come to amplify the horror of this crime.

You will be informed in a future press release of the operating procedures of this committee which will be chaired by Mr. Guy ATTAL

But from now on we ask you to mobilize, to mobilize around you, your friends, the political, media or artistic personalities that you could know so that we can act as quickly as possible and show our determination!

Let's act, fast, well, concretely and with determination for the memory of Sarah Halimi Attal, z "l, and for the respect due to our community!

We will no longer content ourselves with words, we want deeds! And the first act we demand is recognition of the anti-Semitic character of this crime!

Richard C. ABITBOL


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