French police are refusing to call a self-evidently anti-Jewish attack a hate crime, raising questions about France’s disturbing tolerance of Muslim violence. Indeed, the French media appears complicit in a coordinated campaign to downplay the anti-Semitic hallmarks of an April 4 attack, in which a young Muslim man, praising Allah, threw an elderly Jewish woman out of her apartment window.
“Before he threw Sarah Halimi to her death from a window of her third-story apartment in Paris, 27-year-old Kobili Traore called his Jewish neighbor ‘Satan’ and cried out for Allah,” reports The Jerusalem Post. “Years before the attack, Traore called a daughter of his 65-year-old victim, whom he beat savagely before killing, ‘a dirty Jewess,’ the daughter said.”
All evidence points to the fact that Halimi’s brutal murder was motivated by Islamist-inspired anti-Semitism. This was a hate crime against Jews, pure and simple. But French authorities have shied away from labeling the crime as such.
“Prosecutors presented a draft indictment against [Traore] for voluntary manslaughter that contains no mention of the aggravated element of a hate crime,” notes The Jerusalem Post.