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'Killing a Dog Is Worse Than Murdering a Jew': The Antisemitic Injustice of France's Sarah Halimi Trial

Flora Cassen
Flora Cassen
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During the night of April 4, 2017, Kobili Traoré, a French citizen in his 20s, was, according to psychiatrists who examined him later in jail, in a state of delirious rage brought on by cannabis.

At 4 A.M. Traoré broke into the apartment of Sarah Halimi, the  65-year old Jewish woman who was his upstairs neighbor. She took her phone to call the police, but he grabbed it out of her hands and started beating her savagely while screaming, "Allahu Akbar," "This is to avenge my brother," "Dirty whore," and "I killed the demon."

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