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Murder of Sarah Halimi: "This denial of justice is a way of obscuring reality"

2021-04-15T09:38:11.461Z

FIGAROVOX / TRIBUNE - While retaining the anti-Semitic nature of the crime, justice yesterday confirmed the criminal irresponsibility of the murderer of Sarah Halimi. For the director François Margolin, who is preparing a film on the case, this decision is worrying at a time when a ...



François Margolin is a director, producer and screenwriter.

He directed the film Salafistes and is currently preparing a film on the Sarah Halimi Affair.

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So we can now murder a woman in France for the sole reason that she is Jewish and not even go to trial.

This is the lesson that everyone can (and will) learn from the judgment of the Court of Cassation of April 14.

This woman has a name, Sarah Halimi, and her only mistake was to be the neighbor of a young man, Muslim, of Malian origin, her neighbor.

A neighbor who had persecuted her for months every time he saw her in the building whose yard he shared.

She was afraid of him, he knew she was Jewish.

What the Jews undergo in France has no equivalent in other Western countries.

What better signal to give to all the anti-Semites that our country harbors?

As if anti-Semitism had not been growing exponentially for nearly twenty years, since DJ Sébastien Sellam was assassinated by his childhood friend, since Ilan Halimi was tortured and killed by the Gang of Barbarians, since Mohammed Merah attacked the very young children of the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse, since Amedy Coulibaly took hostage and murdered four Jews at the Hyper Cacher at the Porte de Vincennes, since Mireille Knoll been stabbed and burnt by a neighbor, ...

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The list is too long and we do not talk about all these attacks, all these insults, all these threats that the Jews of France undergo all day long, in the street, and, of course, on social networks. .

How can we be surprised when many of them choose to leave, to Israel or elsewhere, or, more discreetly, to change neighborhood or city, to no longer have to live in fear, to be French like everyone else? ?

Because what the Jews undergo in France has no equivalent in other Western countries.

In most European countries, synagogues do not need to be overprotected and schools do not need to be placed under military protection.

Could the terrorists who massacred at the Bataclan have found judges who declared them "irresponsible" by explaining that they were under the influence of psychotropic drugs?

Whether you live in New York or Budapest, Rome or Los Angeles, there is no fear of being Jewish.

So why in France?

So why do judges, sitting quietly in their ivory towers, ignore this context and take refuge behind legal quibbles, I mean legal quibbles, because irresponsibility had never been invoked? until then, in a court decision, when it was temporary.

When it was about a "

delirious puff

", when it was the result of the consumption of hashish on the part of a regular of this drug, condemned for it on many occasions.

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Justice is not a separate value.

It is the result of societal choices, of laws, which change very often.

And very often judges do not hesitate to invoke "

context

" in their judgments.

The examples are numerous but one of the most recent is the one who exonerated any defamation of the man she had wrongly accused, Sandra Müller, the woman who "

invented

" the hashtag #Balancetonporc.

If they had not been "

neutralized

", could the terrorists who massacred at the Bataclan have found judges who declared them "

irresponsible

" by explaining that they were under the influence of psychotropic drugs?

I do not think so, because the scandal would have been such that the whole of France would have risen up.

And the press, unanimous, would have cried denial of justice.

It is a question of saying that, of course, we are against but above all to do nothing concrete to fight against this anti-Semitism which haunts our cities and our suburbs.

So why is it not so for Sarah Halimi?

Why do we come back, for example, to an investigation, sloppy but yet approved by judges, like the one on the death of Adama Traoré?

Why do journalists and politicians then proclaim their indignation over this unexplained death - which is not the case for that of Sarah Halim - and say today that they "

respect a court decision

"?

Wouldn't there be double standards?

And above all a way of denying the issue of anti-Semitism.

To say that, of course, we are against it, but above all to do nothing concrete to fight against this anti-Semitism, which haunts our cities and our suburbs.

It is far too easy to regularly say “

never again

” and just let it go.

To hide behind

perfectly questionable

experts

” - psychiatry is far from being an exact science - so as not to judge.

So as not to let Justice, the true one, that of the Courts of Assizes and popular juries, do its work.

May the example of Sarah Halimi enable us to reform the laws and prevent assassins from escaping this law.

And to prevent judges from being able to consider that one is responsible for the anti-Semitic nature of a crime, but that one is not responsible for the same crime.

Source: lefigaro

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