Hundreds Attend Jerusalem Reburial of Ilan Halimi

Amiram Barkat
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Hundreds of people attended a reinterment ceremony for Ilan Halimi in Jerusalem on Friday. Halimi, a 23-year-old French Jewish man, was kidnapped and fatally tortured by a gang one year ago.

Halimi was laid to rest at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem. When Halimi's kidnappers were arrested, they told French police they had selected a Jewish victim because they believed Jews were wealthy. The case shocked the 500,000-strong Jewish community in France and the general public.

Halimi's mother, Ruth, made the decision to reinter his body in Israel after speaking with Jewish Agency Chairman Ze'ev Bielsky.

The funeral was held on the anniversary of his murder, according to the Hebrew date. His mother and two sisters attended, as did Immigrant Absorption Minister Ze'ev Boim, Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the Chief Rabbi of France, Yosef Sitruk, and senior officials from the Jewish Agency and Jewish organizations in Europe and the U.S. French Ambassador to Israel Jean-Michel Casa represented the French government.

Halimi was lured out of his shop in Paris last January by a woman and then kidnapped by a gang of youths, most of them immigrants. The abductors held Halimi hostage for three weeks and tortured and burned him.

Once the kidnappers concluded that Halimi's parents were unable to pay the ransom they demanded, they dumped him along a railroad track in a Parisian suburb. Halimi died of his wounds on his way to hospital.



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