The brutal murder of Sarah Halimi, a Jewish woman in Paris has been declared an “anti-Semitic attack”, following global outcry at French authorities’ refusal to condemn the murder as an anti-Jewish hate crime.
Orthodox Jew Sarah Halimi, 65, was beaten to death by her Muslim neighbor, 27-year-old Kobili Traoré, in April 2017. Neighbors said they heard Traoré shout “allahu akbar”, before throwing Halimi off a balcony.
“I’ve killed the demon,” he shouted in Arabic, according to French media.
Neighbors reportedly testified that they had heard the Muslim terrorist shouting that he wanted to kill Halimi just before the murder.
During the police investigation, the terrorist asserted that the Koran had commanded him to murder her.
In July 2017, a judge charged Traoré with murder, but declined to add anti-Semitic motivation to the charge.
Halimi’s family said that Muslim murderer should have been charged with “murder with antisemitism as an aggravating circumstance.”
The judgment sparked fury across France and was widely reported on by the international media. Following the international furore, French President Emmanuel Macron called for a thorough investigation into the murder.
On Wednesday (28 February), a French judge ruled that the killing should be categorised as an anti-Semitic hate crime.