February 24, 2006, - 3:17 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Over the last week or so, I’ve been getting a lot of mail about Ilan Halimi, who was tortured and murdered by Muslim gang members in Paris for the crime of being a Jew. Each press account–from the Jewish and Israeli media–of how he was tortured to death is disturbing. More disturbing, however, is that we’ve seen NOTHING on this in the mainstream press. Today, was his funeral.
It needs to be noted that Halimi is an Arabic-sounding surname. That’s because Halimi was a “Sephardic” Jew whose family, like many Jewish families, emigrated from an Arab Muslim countries either because they were kicked out of their homes, were escaping anti-Semitism, or both. His family emigrated from North Africa. But unfortunately, the anti-Semitism and intolerance of the “Religion of Peace” emigrated from North Africa, too. As Islam comes to dominate the West–starting with Europe–the violence and hatred, which dominates the religion, comes with it.
For those who say, “Jews, Out of Palestine,” Ilan Halimi is the dead example that even leaving countries the Muslims perceive as “theirs” won’t stop Muslims from saying “Jews out of . . .” everywhere else. What they really mean, what they’ve always meant, is “Jews, Out of Existence.”
From Clara Beyler’s excellent account of Halimi’s murder on Israel’s YNet (website of newspaper, Yediot Achronot):
For three weeks, the “Barbarians” detained and tortured Ilan Halimi. When he was found on February 13, he was naked, handcuffed after being dumped near railway tracks in a Parisian suburb. He suffered from severe burns covering 80 percent of his body. Traces of cigarette burns, iron burns, and various cuts (made by knives and scissors) covered his body. He passed away in an ambulance before reaching the hospital.
Police arrested about a dozen suspects so far. The gang leader’s was finally arrested in the Ivory Coast where he went into hiding two days after Ilan’s death. The “baits” used to trap Ilan, three women, are also among the suspects.
However, there must have been many witnesses to the crime, which spread over weeks. The shrieks and screams brought on by torture must have been heard by some of those living in the building where the horrific scenes were taking place. Yet not one soul, not even one anonymous caller, alerted the police in the suburb of Bagneux.
Halimi’s killers had ties to HAMAS, and they’ve tried to do the same thing to other Jews:
The items found in the torture chamber included extremist Islamic literature and leaflets of a pro-Palestinian charity blacklisted by the United States and Israel. The charity, the Comite de Bienfaisance et de Soutien aux Palestiniens (CBSP), a Hamas-affiliated fund, is still active in France despite the exposure of its members and financial support tying it directly to terrorist activities in the Palestinian Authority.
What happened to Ilan is not the first attempt of this kind. The gang tried to pull off similar crimes before with four of the six previous victims being Jewish. Similar stories are only now surfacing.
If it can happen in France, it, of course, can and will happen here. Last year, a Jewish doctor in my own city was nearly killed with a knife by his Muslim patient, who called him a “dirty Jew.” The Muslim was charged with a hate crime. I, myself, have gotten death threats from Muslims for the sole reason that I am Jewish. I take those threats very seriously. It is only a matter of time for more Halimi-style violence on our own soil. It is already here.
ILAN HALIMI, Z”L–Zichrono Li’Vrachah (Blessed Be His Memory.)
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