The Murder of Ilan Halimi

Today begins the trial of the 27 people involved in the murder of French Jew, Ilan Halimi. You’re not likely to hear about this on the ABC, or hamaSBS, as it doesn’t fit their editorial designs. But it’s a story that needs to be told.

Two years ago, Ilan Halimi was kidnapped by a group of Muslims, in France. He was held captive for 3 weeks and tortured, while his parents were made to listen over the phone. The torture involved cuts to over 80% of his body, being covered in acid and being set on fire. He was left to die by the side of the road.

What’s significantly worse is that over 160 people in the local Muslim community were aware of this going on – and not one of them went to the police.

The list of accused include teenagers (minors), as well as older and more senior figures in the Muslim community. They claim their goal was to ransom him for almost a million dollars, however negations never went far and it appears their intended goal was simply to kill another Jew.

The accused ring leader, Youssouf Fofana, fled to the Ivory Coast after dumping the body, where he continued to ring the family and taunt them, gloating about how he murdered their son. Other members of the gang involved are accused of bragging about their actions to their friends – all of whom remained silent.

Six of the accused are also charged with the 2008 abduction and torture of Mathieu Roumi, who survived his ordeal.

This case highlights the extreme levels of anti-Semitism that exists today and as we celebrate 61 years of Israel, the case for our own state, where we can be safe from these vile monsters, has never been stronger.

Ilan Halimi’s body has been buried in Jerusalem, to ensure that his attackers never have a chance of desecrating the grave.

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