Anti-Semitic murder of woman in Paris: suspects charged

Arrest Police have arrested two men in connection with the death of Ms Knoll in her flat on this road in Paris and say that while they are investigating the possibility there is so far no evidence of anti-Semitism

Halimi's neighbor, 28-year old Kobili Traore, was arrested the next day, who, according to prosecutors, allegedly recited verses from the Koran before throwing her out of the window, shouting: "I've killed the Shaitan [devil in Arabic]".

Her son Alain Knoll told the broadcaster that she had lived all her life in the eastern 11th arrondissement (district) of Paris.

Mrs Knoll, who is now the mother of two grown-up sons living in Israel, was just nine when, in 1942, she escaped the so-called Vel d'Hiv Roundup in Paris.

Her murder, one year after a similar crime against Sarah Halimi, a 66-year-old Jewish teacher and physician, by her Muslim neighbor caused shock and emotion within the Jewish community.

The brutal murder, in which the 85-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times before her flat was burned down in Paris, has sparked outrage throughout the world and in Jewish communities.

Now police in France say she has been horrifically murdered in what they call an anti-Semitic attack.

French police directed by the occupying Nazis arrested 13,152 Jews, including more than 4000 children, and held them in the city's winter bicycle stadium.

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Knoll's mother was able to escape the roundup with her daughter because she had a Brazilian passport, according to The New York Times. It was placed on the fence surrounding her building in Paris on March 27, 2018, after she was found dead in her apartment on March 23 by firefighters called to extinguish a blaze.

French authorities said on Tuesday morning that the two suspects had been charged with the murder of Knoll facing charges of "murder related to the victim's religion, real or imagined" as well as aggravated robbery and destruction of property. However, anti-Semitic violence rose.

Responding to the prosecutor's recognition of the anti-Semitic nature of the attack, Knoll told i24NEWS that "it was what we lacked in this very hard, complicated puzzle".

"While France is still reeling from trauma after the [Islamic] terrorist attack in Trèbes, we discover today the shocking murder last Friday of Mireille Knoll, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor", French MP Meyer Habib, who represents France's overseas constituency, including in Israel, said on Sunday.

A woman who survived the holocaust has been murdered in a horrific attack that police believe was carried out because she was Jewish. "#RIP Mireille Knoll", wrote one woman on Twitter.

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". Traore is now in a psychiatric hospital awaiting trial. "Have we reached the point of no return?"

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