100,000 Protest Halimi Murder In Paris

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100,000 people, including leading politicians, demonstrated in Paris Sunday to protest the murder of Ilan Halimi, the French Jew recently murdered by a Muslim gang.

In the first significant American coverage of this story, the Wall Street Journal ran a detailed piece (not online) Thursday.

Our coverage by Dr. Jerome Soller can be read here.

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The yellow hand signs at the demonstration (seen in the above photo) most likely read "Keep Your Hands Off My Buddy." The yellow hand with that slogan is the symbol of SOS Racisme, a group of Parisans of all faiths and backgrounds founded by my friend, French novelist Marek Halter in the early 1980’s.

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3 responses to “100,000 Protest Halimi Murder In Paris

  1. Jerome Soller

    I am posting these comments here in and in the other spot for the article.

    Some people mentioned I should show the following links from international Jewish newspapers. Note some of the articles say 33,000 (by groups wanting to downplay the number of people protesting an antisemitic murder), but independent sources put them as much as 200,000, so Shmarya’s figure of 100,000 is a conservative estimate.

    33,000 in Paris march against racism
    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1139395493853&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

    Israel’s non-reaction to the antisemitic murder of Ilan Halimi
    http://www.israpundit.com/2006/?p=243

    However, the most reliable source is the European Jewish Press (EJP) which has the following two recent articles

    Tens of thousands denounce racism and anti-Semitism in France
    http://www.ejpress.org/article/6315

    Jewish community pushes inquiry on Ilan Halimi murder
    http://www.ejpress.org/article/6297

    This second article is very disturbing, as it discusses that some other French protests were not allowing signs that protest antisemitism (antisemitic literature OK?, protests against antisemitism censored).

    Tonight, I am sending Shmarya the interview with Howard Copelan on the parallels of the French treatment of Halimi’s murder and the treatment of his brother in law’s murder (also a Sephardic Jew) fifteen years ago.

    Jerome

  2. Dr. Joel Dubow

    Great Pictures. In many ways a picture is worth a thousand words. I can read about 100,000 people demonstrating, but it takes a picture like the second one, with the life affirming yellow hands stating keep your hands of our brother to make me feel a little less alone. Keep up the good work.

  3. MONA PEYMAN

    I CANNOT STAND THAT IN THIS LIFETIME PEOPLE ARE STILL WAISTING THEIR TIME AND ENERGI OVER THESE THINGS .WE ALL ARE HUMMAN .
    LETS EXEPT IT, AND GET ON WHIT OUR LIVES.

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