It should be a date like any other. There should be no mention of drama on January 20. The time should pass normally. Why is it that with each of our sufferings our hairs must stand on end? Why does it take an inner doorbell to wake us up? Why do we have to feel such a deep unease then? Why do we suddenly have to remember that the miserable, the mad, the obsessed, the little ones and the wicked want us dead?
Le 20 janvier 2006 #IlanHalimi était enlevé, séquestré, torturé et assassiné 24 jours plus tard uniquement parce qu’il était Juif. Son calvaire nous oblige. Je pense à sa famille et à toutes les victimes de #antisémitisme. Ni pardon ni oubli. pic.twitter.com/4wte7hPjrb
— Francis Kalifat (@FrancisKalifat) January 20, 2021
On January 20, 2006 , Ilan Halimi met in the evening with the young Emma, who approached him three days earlier in the telephone store where he was performing a replacement. The minor is bait "hired" by a criminal, whose plan is to kidnap a Jew "because they are stuffed with money." Emma leads Ilan into the basement of a building in Sceaux. There, his accomplices neutralize him, then take him to an empty apartment in Bagneux. During the following weeks, Ilan is tortured. On January 21, the criminal sends a photo of Ilan to his family from an internet cafe, in which the young man appears threatened by a pistol. He demands a ransom of 450,000 euros.
On February 13, at 5 a.m., the gang saw their leader driving away in a stolen car. His hostage is in the safe. Later, a passer-by in a car spots Ilan lying along a railway track in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois. He is naked, handcuffed and gagged. His body is covered with burns. He died during his transfer to hospital.