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Charged With Anti-Semitic Murder Of Elderly French Jewish Woman: Judicial Source

Charged With Anti-Semitic Murder Of Elderly French Jewish Woman: Judicial Source”

French police are investigating whether the death of an elderly Jewish woman stabbed and burnt to death in her Paris apartment last week was an anti-Semitic murder, a judicial source said on Monday.

France is home to western Europe's biggest Jewish population and many in the 400,000-strong community have complained for years of a rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes.

Mireille Knoll was stabbed at least 11 times before her Paris apartment was set ablaze Friday, report the Local and the BBC.

French authorities have arrested two suspects in the murder of Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll and are planning to charge them with premeditated murder motivated by anti-Semitism.

"And she was extremely kind", Daniel Knoll, son of Mireille Knoll said in an interview with i24NEWS.

A police source said the suspect had a previous conviction for sexual assault. Just past year, a elderly Orthodox Jewish woman, Sarah Halimi, was beaten and thrown out of her window in France.

A Jewish woman who survived the Nazi horrors or World War II was brutally killed in Paris during an anti-Semitic attack that authorities say a perpetrator justified on the grounds of excessive Jewish wealth.

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On Sunday, investigators said they were "not excluding any hypothesis" as to the motive for the attack. One suspect is a 29-year-old neighbor who had known the victim since his childhood.

"The bad thing is that one of the attackers told the other: "She's a Jew, she must have money", Interior Minister Gerard Collomb told parliament on Tuesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron said that he was emotional after the "appalling crime" and vowed to fight anti-Semitism, which France's Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia said Monday was robbing the country's Jews of "a human face".

"In 1942, she escaped the notorious Vel d'Hiv round up of some 13,000 Jews in Paris, who were then deported to Nazi death camps", BBC reported. After the Holocaust, she continued to live in Paris and married a Holocaust survivor.

The CRIF commented on the incident saying that the organisation "expects from the authorities the utmost transparency in the ongoing investigation so that the reasons for this barbaric crime are known to all as quickly as possible".

Halimi's murder reignited the debate over anti-Semitism in working-class districts in France, where Jews have been targeted in several deadly jihadist attacks in recent years. In 2012 Mohamed Merah killed four people, including three children, outside a Jewish school in Toulouse.

The Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France called for a "white march" in Knoll's memory on Wednesday as an expression of compassion not just from the Jewish community, but from all of France.



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