French Jews say car attack shows indifference to anti-Semitism
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French Jews say car attack shows indifference to anti-Semitism

CRIF questions if authorities will accept insanity plea from suspect in Paris car ramming as they did for killer of Sarah Halimi

Police gather at the scene of a suspected car-ramming attack on French soldiers on patrol in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret on August 9, 2017. (AFP Photo/Stephane De Sakutin)
Police gather at the scene of a suspected car-ramming attack on French soldiers on patrol in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret on August 9, 2017. (AFP Photo/Stephane De Sakutin)

Amid outrage in France over a suspected terrorist attack against police officers, the CRIF umbrella group of French Jews suggested the incident highlights indifference to anti-Semitic violence.

CRIF on Wednesday posted on Facebook a tongue-in-cheek statement, questioning whether authorities would place under psychiatric evaluation a suspect who fled after ramming six police officers with his car in the Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret. Two officers sustained serious injuries and the rest suffered moderate ones in the Wednesday morning attack.

“What do you think, should this insane person be put in a psych ward while we contemplate the reasons for his actions?” CRIF posted in French on Facebook about the attacker in Levallois-Perret.

It was a provocative reference to the handling by authorities and the media of the slaying of a Jewish woman, Sarah Halimi, in April by a Muslim man who was sent to observation as per his insanity plea even though he has no record of mental illness. He shouted about Allah while killing Halimi, his neighbor, whose daughter he allegedly once called a “dirty Jewess.”

A votre avis, est-ce déséquilibré qui va être mis en unité psychiatrique jusqu'à ce que l'on puisse l'interroger sur les raisons de son acte ?

Posted by CRIF on Wednesday, 9 August 2017

CRIF has campaigned vigorously for the inclusion of an aggravated element of a hate crime into the murder indictment against Halimi’s killer, Kobili Traore. The judiciary’s omission of this element is a “cover up” of the anti-Semitic character of the crime, CRIF President Francis Kalifat has said.

Sarah Halimi (Courtesy of the Confédération des Juifs de France et des amis d'Israël)
Sarah Halimi (Courtesy of the Confédération des Juifs de France et des amis d’Israël)

Mainstream French media began covering the controversial issues involving Halimi’s death more than two months after it happened.

Speaking about the Levallois-Perret attack, Mayor Patrick Balkany told French radio the incident appears to be a “deliberate attack” and that French security forces are conducting a massive manhunt for the suspect.

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