On the night of April 30, 2021, in the midst of the celebration of the Lag Baomer festival, a giant stampede occurred causing the death of 44 people and leaving dozens injured. Crif shares the grief and pain of the Israeli people.
Sunday April 25, on the Place du Trocadéro in Paris, in many cities of France and around the world, we were thousands to pay tribute to Sarah Halimi and demand justice. Citizen gatherings took place everywhere with solidarity and fraternity.
Crif President met with Sophie Wiesenfeld, president of the Support Committee for Fabien Azoulay, as well as with Carole-Olivia Montenot, Fabien Azoulay's lawyer. Indeed, for three years, Fabien Azoulay, a 43-year-old French Jew and gay, has been subjected to abuses in Turkish prison. A petition has been launched to allow him to come back to a normal life, with his family, in humane conditions.
Sunday April 25, on the Place du Trocadéro in Paris, we were thousands to pay tribute to Sarah Halimi and demand justice. During this gathering, Crif President Francis Kalifat spoke to denounce this denial of justice.
The Chief Rabbi of France, the presidents of Crif, the Consistory and the FSJU call for a massive participation in the popular rally which will take place on Sunday, April 25 at 2 p.m. on the Human Rights Square, place du Trocadéro, following the decision of the Court of Cassation concerning the murder of Sarah Halimi.
On Wednesday April 14, 2021, the Cour de Cassation (the highest French court of law) delivered its verdict, but did not do justice to Sarah Halimi and her family. Crif President Francis Kalifat expresses his dismay.