Thursday, April 6, 2017

France: Jewish woman found dead outside her Paris home

Via JTA:
Sarah Halimi
Police in Paris arrested a 27-year-old man in connection with the death of his neighbor, a Jewish woman whose lifeless body was found outside their apartment building. 
Sarah Halimi, 66, died Monday night. Police have not said whether they have a theory as to what led to her death or whether she was pushed from her window on Vaucouleurs Street in the crime-ridden 11th district of the French capital, according to a report Wednesday by the Actualité Juive weekly. 
The National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism watchdog, however, believes it may have been premeditated murder possibly aggravated by racial hatred, the watchdog’s president, Sammy Ghozlan, told JTA on Wednesday. 
Ghozlan, a retired police commissioner, said relatives of Halimi said that she had previously experienced anti-Semitic harassment by a relative of the man under arrest. 
“This tragedy may have been the result of a random violent crime by a thug, or maybe there was a background of racial hatred here, or hateful ideology — at this point it’s not known yet,” Ghozlan said. 
Halimi’s family wants to have her buried in Jerusalem. The body will undergo an autopsy. indicates that the attacker is a Muslim who screamed "Allah Akbar" while defenestrating Mrs. Halimi.  She will be buried today in Jerusalem.  Her son lives in Israel and her two daughters in France.

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