Nine months after the heinous murder of Sarah Halimi HY”D in France, a French court has dismissed requests by Jewish organizations to recognize the murder as being classified as a hate crime. Halimi was brutally stabbed and flung from a window in Paris in April of last year. The Halimi family lawyer had submitted a similar request just after she died.
Francis Khalifat, President of the Council of Representatives of Jewish Organizations in France know as C.R.I.F. said that: “This is an insult to the memory of Sarah and is an extra trauma that her children and family have to deal with.”
On April 5th 2017, just after 4:30 a.m., a Muslim neighbor broke into the home of Sarah Halimi, and stabbed her. She escaped to the balcony, the neighbor followed her and while she was pleading for her life, dragged her and threw her over the edge of the balcony to her death. During the ordeal the neighbor was screaming “Allah Aqbar.” Halimi was Charedi doctor and was 66-years-old when she died.
The murderer, who had been arrested previously for violent crimes, was apprehended by police and sent for a psychological exams as there was a suspicion that he was suffering from mental heath issues.
Last Monday, a Parisian court accepted the opinion of the psychiatrist who declared the murderer fit for trial. Today, the judge ruled that the act of murder was not fueled by anti-Semitic sentiment.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)