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Thousands of people demanded “justice for Sarah Halimi”



“Justice for Sarah Halimi! “ Thousands of people gathered in peace and under high security on the Esplanade du Trocadéro in Paris, Sunday, April 25, to show their solidarity with the family of the sexagenarian of Jewish faith killed in 2017, and their anger at the outcome. judicial review of this case. On April 14, the Court of Cassation upheld a judgment of the Paris Court of Appeal, which had found the murderer to be criminally irresponsible because he had been taken from a “Acute delusional puff” abolishing his discernment.

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This decision of the highest French court has rekindled emotion and incomprehension within the Jewish community. Among the personalities and organizations calling to gather were the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (Crif), the Chief Rabbi of France Haïm Korsia and the President of the Central Consistory Joël Mergui. All wanted to signify their “Astonishment”, because this crime recognized as anti-Semitic will not be judged in the current state of the texts.

“It’s just unacceptable in a country like France”

“We can only be indignant and be revolted”, estimates Mikaël Journo, chaplain general of hospitals, who says he perceives “A deep unease, a feeling of abandonment and injustice” within the Jewish community. “She often feels a little lonely”, he laments.

“This case is unacceptable for a country like France and I would have liked there to be more people, comments Jeremiah, 29 years old, came to shout his “Revolt” Sunday. ” The, he adds, at 90%, there are only Jews. “

Catherine, a 66-year-old Parisian, shares this feeling, regretting a “Lack of solidarity”. “I was on the march after the attack on Charlie, it should be the same for Sarah Halimi, she believes. All of this makes you feel even less secure. ” This sensitivity is sharpened by the two terrorist attacks that struck Jews in France in 2012 and 2015, with successively the massacre committed by Mohammed Merah in a Toulouse school and the attack on the Hyper Cacher in Paris. The 11the arrondissement of Paris, where Sarah Halimi was killed, was also marked by the assassination of Mireille Knoll a year later.

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“It is also in this district that Ilan Halimi was kidnapped in 2006, adds political scientist Jean-Yves Camus, who lives there. When I go to the synagogue, I wear a visible sign of my Jewishness and I cannot say that I feel in danger. It is all the more unsettling to learn that a particularly serious event has arisen where things are going well. “

“The case now exceeds the Jewish community”

Imam of Drancy, Hassen Chalghoumi participated in the Parisian rally, where he was greeted with applause. In The cross, Jean-Dominique Durand, president of the Judeo-Christian Friendship of France, reports his incomprehension of “Citizen concerned with justice”. “I have the impression that the case is now beyond the Jewish community”, analysis Sylvia Uzan, in charge of communication for the Jewish communities of Val-de-Marne.

Faced with the emotion aroused by the absence of a trial in this case, the law on criminal irresponsibility in the event of taking narcotics should also change, as Emmanuel Macron had requested. The Keeper of the Seals, Éric Dupond-Moretti, announced on Sunday April 25 that a bill to this effect would be tabled in May “To fill the legal void that appeared in the Sarah Halimi affair”, he said on Twitter.

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