"Sarah Halimi: a contemporary tragedy"

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«Sarah Halimi : une tragédie contemporaine»

ANALYSIS - This French Jewess killed in April was the prey of a new evil: Arab-Muslim anti-Semitism, exacerbated in recent years by the rise of radical Islam in some neighborhoods.

And Macron finally mentioned Sarah Halimi. Duringe tribute to the victims of the Vél 'd'Hiv rounduplast Sunday, the President of the Republic broke the wall of indifference surrounding the murder of this French Jewess, tortured at home to cries of "Allah akbar" and defenestrated. "Despite the denials of the murderer, justice must now make all the clarity on the death of Sarah Halimi," hammered Emmanuel Macron, triggering a round of applause. Just before him, Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu had referred to the case and the President of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions (Crif), Francis Kalifat, called to recognize the anti-Semitic nature of the murder of Sarah Halimi.

This former divorced manger director, described as "discreet, kind, helpful," was 65 years old and was the mother of three children. She lived in a public housing project in the Belleville neighborhood for thirty years.

"Every time I hear a groan, it does not even have the force to scream"

On the night of April 4, his neighbor, Kobili Traoré, 27 years old, entered her house around four in the morning, assaulted her and began her abuse. "The police report confirms that my sister was tortured, he slaughtered her. The damage is such that my decency does not allow me to give you details, "explains William Attal, Sarah Halimi's brother. The torture of his sister lasted about forty minutes. In the investigation that the journalistJewish news, Noémie Halioua, devoted to this case, the testimony of a neighbor ice blood.

"The first thing that woke me up was the moans of a living being in pain," he says, shocked by the bestiality of the aggression. At first, I think it's an animal or a baby. But then, opening the curtain and opening the window, I understand that it is a woman who moans under the blows she receives. Every time I hear a groan, it does not even have the force to cry out. "Yet Kobili Traoré knocks and knocks again. So strong that his right fist is swollen. While he persecutes his victim, the assassin calls her sheitan ("demon" in Arabic), declaims suras of the Koran, and shouts "Allah akbar" more than ten times. Finally, after leaving KO, Kobili Traoré drags her victim by the wrists and throws it through the third floor window. Then, perfectly calm, he makes a prayer. Sarah Halimi lies dead in the little inner courtyard of the building.

The ostrich policy

To the unprecedented brutality of this murder first answered a deafening media and political silence. At the material time, only the community press and social networks are interested in what is then considered a commonplace news item. Le Figarois the first national daily to sound the tocsin through the call of 17 intellectuals, including Alain Finkielkraut, Michel Onfray, Pascal Bruckner, Jacques Julliard, Elisabeth Badinter and Paul Thibaud. "Everything suggests in this crime that the denial of reality has struck again," they write. We ask that the whole truth be established about the murder of Sarah Halimi. May the whole truth be told about the depth of French fractures. The politics of the ostrich must stop and our leaders become aware of what is happening in the country. For Sarah and her family, but also for France. "

Why have left the only president of the Crif to denounce the reality of the "new" anti-Semitism? Why not name the specific danger of radical Islam?

By solemnly evoking the death of Sarah Halimi, the President of the Republic answered this call. At a time when the antisemitic character of the murder has still not been upheld by the courts, the gesture is strong. Emmanuel Macron finally pulls Sarah Halimi's assassination out of the "news item" section and reveals its political dimension. If we must salute this position, we can regret that the President of the Republic remained in the middle of the ford. Why have left the only president of the Crif to denounce the reality of the "new" anti-Semitism? Why not name the specific danger of radical Islam?

Also problematic is the fact of mentioning the case of Sarah Halimi after a long development on the anti-Semitism of France of the Third Republic and the Vichy regime. A follower of "complex thinking," Macron undoubtedly wanted to make an analogy between the 1930s and contemporary perils. But does this rapprochement between two profoundly different historical moments not, on the contrary, fuel confusion? Historical analogy "pretends to enlighten us: it blinds us," says Alain Finkielkraut. Instead of reading the present in the light of the past, it obscures the disturbing novelty, "wrote the philosopher in Le Figaro. The ghosts of the Second World War are far away.

No more than an "unbalanced", Sarah Halimi was the victim of the return of "the foul beast". It has been the prey of a new evil: Arab-Muslim anti-Semitism, exacerbated in recent years by the rise of radical Islam in some neighborhoods. As early as 2002, the historian Georges Bensoussan denounced this anti-Semitism in his book, The Lost Territories of the Republic , which brought together the testimonies of suburban teachers. It is this anti-Semitism that, just ten years ago, killed 23-year-old Ilan Halimi, tortured and then left for dead by Youssouf Fofana, the leader of the barbarian gang; but also Jonathan Sandler and his two sons Aryeh and Gabriel, assassinated by Mohammed Merah in 2012, as well as the victims of the attack of the Hyper Cacher in January 2015 by Amedy Coulibaly.

This anti-Semitism of import pushes on the ground of a cultural antijudaisme (described bluntly by the writer Boualem Sansal) relayed by the satellite dishes and Internet. It is also the result of the disintegration of part of the French youth resulting from immigration. The latter seeks in radical Islam an identity of substitution and makes "Jew" or "White", scapegoat for all its ills. Justice has not concluded but Kobili Traoré, the murderer of Sarah Halimi, who has spent several periods in prison, especially for drug cases, has the typical profile of this disintegrated youth. All shows that the Sarah Halimi affair is not a resurgence of the past, but a very contemporary story: that of the French malaise. From this malaise, it should have been question during the presidential campaign. At the time, however, media and politics, including Macron, ignored the killing of Sarah Halimi.


Source: ©  The Figaro Premium - "Sarah Halimi: a contemporary tragedy"

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