Home Add to Favorite Contact Submit  
           07 May, 2021

Category:  Press » Politics & Government


AJC Applauds Convictions and Harsh Sentences for Halimi Killers

         Views: 1665
2009-07-12 05:34:40     
American Jewish Committee

AJC today applauded a French court for the conviction and sentencing of the gang responsible for the anti-Semitic kidnapping, torture, and murder of a young Jewish man, Ilan Halimi, in 2006. Ringleader Youssouf Fofana received the maximum life sentence with no possibility of parole for 22 years.

"Justice has been served," said AJC Executive Director David Harris. "These thugs kidnapped a Jew because they believed the anti-Semitic myth that all Jews are rich, and they brutally tortured Ilan to death because they hated him. We are grateful to the court for sending a strong message that such monstrous hate crimes have no place in French society."

In January 2006, the 23-year old Halimi was lured from the store where he worked in suburban Paris and kidnapped by Fofana's gang, who attempted to extract a ransom. Fofana said he wanted to kidnap a Jew because "they're loaded with dough," and had told Halimi's family that, if they could not afford the ransom, they should "go and get it from your synagogue." Halimi was held captive for weeks, brutally beaten and burned with cigarettes and acid, and then dumped at a train station, dying of his injuries soon afterwards. At the trial's opening in April, Fofana reportedly shouted, "Allah will prevail."

"Since February 2006, French authorities have correctly labeled this a crime of racial hatred," Harris said. "While this sentencing cannot relieve the terrible pain of Ilan's family, we hope that it can help to prevent such a brutal act from ever taking place again."

AJC France, directed by Valerie Hoffenberg, has closely followed the proceedings and worked to support the Jewish community's efforts to pursue justice for Halimi's family.

Specialized in: American Jewish Committee
URL: http://www.ajc.org
Print press release      Bookmark this page
Related Press releases 
Winning Freedom Super PAC Formed to Back Newt Gingrich Presidential Bid (Popularity: ): AUSTIN, Texas, March 2, 2012 -- Brandon Todd, a prominent Texas entrepreneur and Tea Party Leader, today announced the formation of a new Super PAC (Political Action Committee) to support the Presidential bid of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.Mr. Todd stated: "This is the most important election of our lifetime. It will have a profound impact on man's quest to rule itself and live in this world as ...
British Council Conference Addresses Women's Rights in Middle East and North Africa (Popularity: ): STEYNING, England, November 23, 2011 -- Influencers and decision-makers from across the Middle East and North Africa will discuss the unprecedented opportunity to improve women's rights in the region at a 4-day conference organised by the British Council. The event will take place at Wiston House in Sussex from 24 - 27 November.With national constitutions being drafted or revised across the region following the Arab Spring, the conference will look ...
National Coalition of Individuals with Mental Health Conditions Calls for Reasonable Response to Arizona Tragedy (Popularity: ): The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR), http://www.ncmhr.org, an organization of statewide networks of persons in recovery from mental health conditions as well as individual members, joins the nation in grieving the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and other Arizonans. "We especially understand the impact of violence because, contrary to popular belief, research has shown we are no more violent than the general population and in fact are 11 ...
National Survey Reveals Trepidation in Ukraine Towards Current Political Affairs (Popularity: ): Public opinion regarding Ukraine's political situation is tepid at best, finds a survey by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). This 18th survey conducted in Ukraine by the world's premiere election-assistance and democracy promotion NGO reveals that six months after President Yanukovych's election, 44 percent of Ukrainians feel the country is on the path toward instability while 21 percent say that it is on the path toward stability, and ...
Saudi Arabia Emphasizes Limited Time Left for Peaceful Two-State Solution (Popularity: ): The official statement of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the General Debate of the Sixty-Fifth Session of the United Nations was distributed on September 25. The statement, issued by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal called for continued humanitarian aid to Pakistan following the devastating floods. In addition, it spoke to a number of security issues, including Saudi Arabia's aggressive counterterrorism program and the need for a nuclear-free Middle ...

Press release home snapshot 

Related Business 
Victims of Death Row Inmates (Popularity: ): A database of 600 victims of death row inmates, along with information on the killers, and the disposition of the killers.
AJC Trailers Ltd (Popularity: ): UK and worldwide suppliers of catering and exhibition trailers, equipment and accessories.
Christie, Adam J - AJC Internet Consultancy (Popularity: ): Freelance web designer specialising in sites ready for search engine submissions and website marketing. Based in Scotland, UK.
The Film Society of Lincoln Center (Popularity: ): The annual Gala Tribute recognizes and applauds the extraordinary career of a distinguished film artist.
Berton Braley Cyber Museum (Popularity: ): The bard of individualism and capitalism, who applauds productiveness and a pioneering spirit. Texts, biography, bulletin board, chatroom, and tools for buyers and sellers.
Remember Me Christian Devotional (Popularity: ): Bible sentences with reflection, both on-line and e-mail.
Grammardog (Popularity: ): Grammar, style, and proofreading exercises using sentences from literary works.
Mockok.com (Popularity: ): A collection of palindromes, focusing on palindromic single sentences. Currently over 2,000 archived.
AJC Roof Tools (Popularity: ): Manufactures roofing hatchets, tear off tools for shingles, rolling magnetic sweepers, knives, and blades for the roofing professional for over forty years.
Stuart G. Friedman (Popularity: ): Plymouth attorney, concentrating on appeals from criminal convictions and parole violations.