February 13, 2013, - 5:11 pm

Remember Ilan Halimi: Tortured to Death by French Muslim Gang for Being Jewish

By Debbie Schlussel

Seven years ago today, on February 13, 2006, Ilan Halimi, a 17-year-old French Jew, died after he was dumped on railroad tracks by a Muslim gang. He could no longer survive after his fingers and toes were cut off, he was repeatedly stabbed, his testicles were repeatedly beaten, his flesh, including his face, was subject to the flames of lighters and cigarette burns, and he was forced to endure other such torture. While he was still alive, his kidnapper-murderers called his parents on his cellphone and made them listen to his pained screams. His crime: he was a Jew. As federal elected officials from both parties get ready to foist upon us a “path to citizenship” and amnesty for 30 million aliens, ask yourself how many of those are no different than the Muslim immigrants who brutally murdered Ilan Halimi.


The answer: far too many. What happened to Ilan Halimi could happen here. It will happen here. It’s already happened here, though not in the exact characteristics. But we know that Fort Hood happened here at the hands of a Muslim Palestinian immigrant who was raised here and given every break, with even his medical school education funded by America. We know that the New York Times bombing nearly happened here at the hands of a Muslim Pakistani immigrant. And we know that 9/11 happened here at the hands of 19 Muslim immigrants. Some of them were here legally. None of them had any sense of the “American dream” Marco Rubio told us, last night, that immigrants have. All of them, though, had a jihadist dream which they tried hard to realize. Sadly, some of them were successful.

Ilan Halimi’s family, like many Jews in France, came from an Arab Muslim nation in North Africa. They came to France to escape the persecution of Arab Muslims and their hatred for Jews. Unfortunately, an escape to a Western nation is no longer a shield from that. That includes the United States.

That Was Then . . .


This Is Now . . .


On January 21, 2006, Ilan Halimi was kidnapped by the Gang des Barbares (the Gang of Barbarians), a Muslim gang in Paris-area housing projects of Bagneux. For three weeks, they tortured Halimi, while fellow Muslim residents heard his cries and screams and said nothing, did nothing. It was “see no evil, hear no evil” for the Muslim residents of the projects as 19 kidnappers went in and out of the apartment and repeatedly tortured Halimi. The gang was headed by Youssouf Fofana, the son of Muslim immigrants from the Ivory Coast. It included Iranian Muslim Sorour Arbabzadeh, one of three women who lured Halimi to his kidnapping, torture, and ultimate death.

When Halimi’s naked body was found on the railroad tracks, 80% of it was covered in acid and gasoline burns and he had multiple broken bones. They apparently tried to burn him to death, but he survived . . . barely. He died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.

As I told you seven years ago, just after this tragedy happened, the Muslim torturer/murderers were linked to HAMAS, and news reports noted this:

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.

Halimi was not the only Jew targeted by the Gang Des Barbares. In Febrauary 2008, Mathieu Roumi, was kidnapped by the gang and told he would die like Halimi. They tortured him for hours and wrote “Dirty Jew” on his forehead using correction fluid.

Again, the lesson here is not just that Muslims–when they reach critical mass, as they have in France–cannot live peacefully with others. It’s that it can happen anywhere and that Western Muslims are no different than Muslims anywhere else. Borders are without meaning to them. And they can–and they will–do this here.

As I noted, Ilan Halimi’s family fled North Africa’s Arab Muslim world to escape this kind of thing. But now, with unlimited immigration and open borders–and with illegal alien amnesty, they cannot escape that.

And neither can we.

Regarding the murder of Ilan Halimi, I wish I could say, as they do about the Holocaust, “Never again.”

But it will happen again because no one in the West has the guts and the basic courage to secure our borders and deport the invaders who are here illegally.

Ilan Halimi, Zichrono LiVrachah [Of Blessed Memory].

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“First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a communist; Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a socialist; Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out– because I was not a trade unionist; Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out– because I was not a Jew; Then they came for me– and there was no one left to speak out for me.”

Thanks for speaking out Debbie

ebayer on February 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Amen, ebayer.

    JeffE on February 13, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    exactly, that’s the way – actually, who said this ?

    drklimczak on February 14, 2013 at 4:19 am

      Martin Niemöller

      In November 1945 German Pastor Martin Niemöller visited the former Dachau concentration camp, where he had been imprisoned from 1941 to April 1945. His diary entry about that visit and some subsequent speeches he gave imply that that visit triggered the thought that became this famous quotation.

      ebayer on February 14, 2013 at 2:05 pm

“…while fellow Muslim residents heard his cries and screams and said nothing, did nothing. It was “see no evil, hear no evil” for the Muslim residents of the projects as 19 kidnappers went in and out of the apartment and repeatedly tortured Halimi.”

This is how the Moooooslims of the not so Salafi “sort” (or maybe they really are but clandestinely…) act and will act when the trouble hits. Someone once pithily said here “Some Mooooooslims may not want to kill you but they DO want the “extremist” sorts to kill you”. It was like in “Star Wars” when they destroyed the Death Star with ONE direct hit. It computed nicely in my head. COMPLETELY.

If you don’t believe me reference the “Silence of the Moooooslims” since 9/11. Yeah, that’s the ugly truth! WAKE. UP.

Or watch and look for heaps of stories (even in the LSM) on the evil of Moooooslims. I tweet many every day. The only other topic that gives that subject a run for it’s money (and not even by half!) is the amount of FEMALE school teachers molesting and corrupting young male students.

You bet I am proudly anti-Mooooslim. Not ashamed and don’t care if anyone thinks that’s baaaaaaaad. Call a Waaaaaaambulance for your sorry keester if that bothers you. I’m clued in and you’re not. Sucks to be you.

Skunky on February 13, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Just another story that falls into the media’s acoustic shadow.
Can you imagine the headlines if there was a similar situation involving a Muslim who was targeted because of his religious affiliations?
Goes without saying it would be front page news around the world and we’d all have known about it.

The muted tones of the media echo the silence of the fine Islamic “community” of Bagneux.
This is not a story that fits the social narrative they want to follow. The only angle they can play is to say that it demonstrates the marginalization of Islamic immigrants but they can’t do that without addressing the horror of the event so they bury it.

This is no freedom without courage but unfortunately they won’t remember that simple lesson until it’s been lost.

Frankz on February 13, 2013 at 6:47 pm

This is why all muzzies are suspect. Every muzzie is a potential murderer. Let us not forget those Jews that have died by the hand of Islam. We Jews shall one day crush all the skulls of every single muzzie, and burn out this evil once and for all.

FrenchKiss on February 13, 2013 at 7:49 pm

“Unfortunately, an escape to a Western nation is no longer a shield from that.”

How ghastly the power of political correctness.

DS_ROCKS! on February 13, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Also, so much for Islamic modesty:

“It included Iranian Muslim Sorour Arbabzadeh, one of three women who lured Halimi to his kidnapping, torture, and ultimate death.”

The modesty stuff disappears when you get the opportunity to become one of Allah’s Whores. When you see a Muslima in her full burka, think of Sorour Arbabzadeh. There is nothing pious or modest beneath that garbage bag. The fully covered Muslima, if in friendly company, would almost certainly have fully approved of what happened to that Jewish teenager.

Worry01 on February 13, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    That’s why I don’t care about the plight about muslim women. They are just as hateful and murderous as their male counterparts.

    Tenaia on February 14, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Moslem women can’t help it if their whole culture is hate and lies and propaganda. I don’t hate them. The ones I hate are the left-liberal pro-Hamas, suckers for propaganda about the poor, oppressed (now-so-called)”Palestinians” EUROPEAN women. They’re supposed to be educated. They’re supposed to be civilized. They have access to facts. Yet they align themselves with the people who want Israel destroyed and don’t seem to realize or care that if, G-d forbid, the Arabs ever succeed in finishing off Israel, the Arabs will then come FOR THEM.

      Miranda Rose Smith on February 18, 2013 at 6:31 am

Thank you for reminding us of this true memorial day.You are absolutely right regarding the immigration issue. We will be afflicted with a ‘non-people’. It happens in history every now and then…..looking more and more like its our turn.

Not Ovenready on February 14, 2013 at 12:25 am

Ilan Halimi, Zichrono LiVrachah [Of Blessed Memory].

No, Debbie: Ilan Halime, HaShaddai Yinkom Damo-May th Al-mighty avenge his blood.

Miranda Rose Smith on February 14, 2013 at 2:31 am

    No Miranda, may JEWS avenge this. Stop making demands on Hashem.

    skzion on February 15, 2013 at 11:39 am

Thank you Debbie for once again speaking out. I wish more of us were as courageous as you. G-d bless you and G-d bless the memory of Ilan Halimi. May his family never know from any more sorrow.

Naomi R. on February 14, 2013 at 9:28 am

So whatever became of the murderers? Were any of them caught and prosecuted? Where are they today?

Diver Dan on February 14, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Youssouf Fofana, the leader of the Muslim gang of Jew killers, is posting videos from prison, claiming he is a “war trophy” of New York Zionists. The Local (hat tip Atlas readers):

    Youssouf Fofana, the leader of a gang known as the Barbarians is suspected of posting anti-Semitic videos online. Fofana was jailed in 2009 for torturing and killing a Jewish man in the Paris suburbs.

    “I am Fofana, Youssouf, a young Muslim who has flaws and who has made mistakes,” says the man on the videos posted on YouTube. The man insists he is a “war trophy” taken by New York zionists, le daily L’Est-Eclair reveals.

    “It’s unacceptable to see something like that today,” said Emmanuel Gauthrin, an official working for the prison section of the trade union FO, in an interview with Le Monde.

    French prosecutors in the town of Troyes have opened a inquiry into how the videos were posted on the web. Le Monde reports that Fofana’s cell was searched and that no recording equipment was found inside.

    Fofana, the leader of a gang called the Barbarians, was handed a life sentence in 2009 for the murder of a Jewish man Ilan Halimi.

    lb on March 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

Obama’s comment?


Jack on February 14, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Savages that do this can’t be described. Their enablers are many. Poor guy had to suffer so much. Sickening.

samurai on February 14, 2013 at 1:06 pm

OT Deb (but similar..):


Nick Fury on February 14, 2013 at 2:59 pm

OMG Debbie, this is truly a heartbreaking story. I cannot get out of my mind the grieving family. . . . .

Rochelle on February 14, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I think Teheran would look very nice in Trinitite Green. Eventually, we wil wake up. What they did to this poor kid is what they want to do to all of us.

Occam's Tool on February 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Vengeance belongs to God – one day the perpetrators will have to stand before Almighty God ! Ilan will be avenged – my heart goes out to him and to his family – such unnecessary hatred and suffering .. words can’t describe it.

Maree Whitty on February 27, 2013 at 1:43 am

Ilan was not 17 years old …he was 26 years old. When I heard of the pain and torture he suffered it took a lot of strength to have faith in G-D. Blessings and peace for the family.

Alexandra on September 30, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    G-D whats that? How can you give God’s blessing when you are to ashamed to wright his name?

    Lee on November 12, 2013 at 7:24 am

Just need to correct the age of Ilan, he was not 17 or 26 he was 23 years old…so sad.

Alexandra on September 30, 2013 at 11:42 pm

meraba benim ismim sadie kendime ciddi arkadas ariyorum numaram 0037253383459

sadie on November 1, 2013 at 7:24 am

Islam is an ideology composed of six parts: 1) social 2) legal 3) economic 4) political 5) military and 6) religious. Allah is NOT our God, allah is the MOON gOD. Until the world learns these facts we will continue to loose because of religious freedom. Islam is no more of a religion than naziism was.

Phyler on August 20, 2016 at 12:33 pm

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