Monday, February 20, 2006

Jew tortured to death in France

EJP | France | Thousand people in Paris demand justice for Ilan Halimi. ** UPDATED **

A gang of Islamic terrorists in France abducted Ilan Halimi - using pretty girls as bait - and tortured him, and then dumped his burned, mutilated body in the street. He died on the way to the hospital.
While three of the 13 people arrested have been indicted, French police were still hunting for Youssef Fofana, the 26-yar-old black Muslim African man, considered as the mastermind of the kidnapping ring suspected of using charming women to lure Ilan Halimi to his death.
They tried five or six times before they kidnapped Mr. Halami. The Washington Post reports that he was "tortured for weeks," three weeks.
Until now, police have publicly denied any anti-Semitic link, saying the gang led by an Ivory Coast immigrant with a Muslim name had also attacked non-Jews.
But now the French justice ministry is admitting that this was an anti-Semitic attack, seven of the suspects are under investigation for murder linked to the victim's religion. [Hat tip to The will to exist]

Update Feb. 21, 2006: It seems some of the MSM is begining to report the story

The Chicago Tribune managed to omit the fact that people who kinapped and tortured Ilan Halimi were Islamic. (Though they did make mention of the recent Paris riots being by "mostly Muslim" youth.)

The LA Times, does a little better, mentioning that the kidnappers read verses from the Koran to Halimi's family whenever they called to discuss ransom demands. But they did have to say that the suspects were "not tied to the extremist community." If torture doesn't qualify as extreme....

The story is still not widely reported.

Update: More information on the Halimi case can be found here.

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