A major Jewish group expressed shock on Sunday after vandals in Paris desecrated a plague in memory of Ilan Halimi, a French Jew who was kidnapped in 2006, tortured and ultimately killed.
“Outrage!” the American Jewish Committee (AJC) wrote on Twitter, adding, “1st they tortured & killed Ilan Halimi, a French Jew, in ’06. Now the plaque in his memory has been destroyed in a Paris suburb.”
The memorial plague was found smashed on Saturday night in Bagneux, a southern suburb of Paris, and has since been removed for repairs, according to French daily Le Figaro. The vandals have yet to be identified.
Bagneux mayor Marie-Hélène Amiable on Sunday said she was “extremely shocked” by the incident and described the vandalism as “outrageous” and “unacceptable.”
Halimi was kidnapped in Paris on January 21, 2006 by an antisemitic Muslim gang that called itself “The Barbarians.” He was lured into a trap from his cellphone store on Boulevard Voltaire by a 17-year-old female gang member. Halimi was held captive for 24 days in an apartment building where he was tortured while bound with his head entirely masked in duct tape except for a small opening for his mouth, Le Figaro reported. The gang demanded 50,000 Euros as ransom from his family.
Three weeks after his capture, Halimi was found handcuffed and tied to a tree. More than 80 percent of his body was burned with acid and gasoline. He died on the way to the hospital from the wounds he sustained.
Boulvard Voltaire in Paris’ 11 arrondissement was the site of another antisemitic attack on Friday, The Algemeiner reported. Two Jewish residents in their 20s were assaulted on the street by a gang of about 40 people. The attackers were associated with the anti-Israel groups Gaza Firm and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.