The Halimi murder [Jerusalem Post]
The discovery of the dying Halimi near rail tracks in the Paris suburb of St. Genevieve on February 13 sent shock waves throughout France. The cell phone salesman was found handcuffed, gagged, battered, slashed and with burns over most of his naked body. He had obviously been tortured to death.
The interrogation of the since-apprehended gang, which abducted and then for three weeks held Halimi for ransom - before, as French police report, dousing him with flammable liquid and setting him alight - indicated that greed wasn't the sole motive.
アリミさんは、勤務先の店に客を装ってやってきた女性に呼び出され、誘拐された。そして身代金400,000 ユーロ(£273,500; $475,000) を要求する E-Mail が家族に送信された。
Paris public prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin told a press conference that the presumed leader of the organised gang was still on the run, but that he had been identified and was "extremely dangerous".
Aged 26, he calls himself the "brain of the barbarians" and is thought to have had a number of "run-ins" with the law.
The kidnapping has alarmed France's Jewish community, since the victim worked in a Jewish neighbourhood in Paris, and he and several of the others targeted were Jewish.
Killing in France Seen as 'Wake-Up Call' [WashingtonPost]
Ruth Halimi, the victim's mother, told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, "If Ilan hadn't been Jewish he wouldn't have been murdered."
Among those at Sunday's rally were members of the government and the opposition, Jewish and anti-racism campaigners, and leaders of the Jewish and other religious communities.
Roger Cukierman, the head of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France said: "It's important for French society to realise that little anti-Semitic and racist prejudices can have terrible consequences."
Police estimated that about 33,000 people marched in Paris, while organizers said the crowd included as many as 200,000.
It included politicians of all stripes – including several cabinet ministers and former prime minister Lionel Jospin – as well as prominent Jewish and Catholic religious leaders.
"Today, we must march, we must stand up, to say that in France each of us has the right to live in dignity whatever his God, his religion, the colour of his skin," Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told demonstrators.
One of the Jewish protesters, Olivier Barbe, carried a handmade placard reading "If only I were rich!"
"Ilan's murder was based on anti-Semitic prejudice," Barbe told CBC News in French.
After initial reluctance, the French authorities earlier this week said they too believe anti-Semitism was part of the gang's motives. On Tuesday the investigating magistrate heading the case opened the way for aggravated charges of racial hatred against gang members.
また『テレグラフ』のブログでは、この事件を扱った Colin Randall 氏のコラムに対し、いくつかのコメントが寄せられ、議論になっている。
The suburban prejudice [Telegraph]