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Published on 5 March 2016

Paris remembers Ilan Halimi on 10th anniversary of murder

The Halimi slaying a decade ago sent shot shock waves through the French Jewish community and French society as a whole.

By Rina Bassist, published in the Jerusalem Post, February 16, 2016
 
This year the "Haverim" Jewish activist group organized a modest ceremony at the Paris public garden in Halimi’s name.
 
"Heads covered or not, rain or shine, we will meet at the 12th Arrondisement Rue General Michel Bizot garden to read texts and poetry chosen by Ilan’s sisters and relatives. Singers and actors will perform songs which Ilan loved," said a post on Facebook inviting the French Jewish community to join in.
 
Hundreds of people responded to the call, as well as the CRIF and other Jewish institutions.
 
A more formal ceremony took place on Saturday night by a memorial erected some years ago in Bagneux, where French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said: "Ten years after the murder we still feel this collective regret of hesitating to call the act by its true name – anti-Semitic hate." Cazeneuve mentioned other anti-Semitic acts perpetrated since Halimi’s murder, such as the murders at the Toulouse Jewish school in 2012, the shooting at the Brussels Jewish museum in 2014, and the massacre at Hyper Cacher last year.
 
France’s Chief rabbi Haim Korsia said that "10 years ago Ilan Halimi was a victim to horror and anti-Semitism; tonight we honor his memory so that the silence that followed that drama, will not repeat itself"... Read more.

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