The Court of Cassation – France’s highest court for all criminal and civil cases – ruled on April 14 that Kobili Traoré, a migrant from the Muslim-majority West African nation of Mali, would not stand trial or be held criminally responsible for allegedly killing 65-year-old Sarah Halimi, a retired physician and Orthodox Jewish woman, in Paris in 2017. In doing so, it upheld a lower court decision. According to The Guardian, “French courts have recognised the killing as an antisemitic crime but declared that 32-year-old Traore, currently in a psychiatric hospital, could not be tried as he was in the grip of a drug-induced ‘delusional fit’ and not in control of his actions,” even though neighbors report that Traoré was yelling “Allahu akhbar” while murdering his victim.
Amid the understandable outrage generated by this blatant miscarriage of justice, a few media outlets also raised the issue of the nexus between mass migration and the murder of Sarah Halimi, which, “stoked debate over a new strain of anti-Semitism among radicalised Muslim youths in predominantly immigrant neighbourhoods,” according to France24.
The French news network then continued, demonstrating that the Malian migrant’s heinous act was part of a disturbing pattern, rather than an isolated incident: “French Jews have been repeatedly targeted by jihadists in recent years. In 2012, Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah shot dead three children and a teacher at a Jewish school in the southern city of Toulouse. Three years later, a jihadist gunman gunned down four people at a Jewish supermarket in Paris in an attack that coincided with a deadly raid on satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.”
One might also mention the kidnapping, torture, and murder of 23-year-old Ilan Halimi (no relation to Sarah Halimi) in early 2006. The perpetrators were part of the self-described “Gang of Barbarians,” a group of young criminals – consisting mainly of people of Middle Eastern or African Muslim immigrant descent – who, believing that all Jews are rich, were driven by both extortion and anti-Semitic hate. Another infamous case that shocked France was the murder of 85-year-old Mireille Knoll in her Paris flat in March 2018. Knoll – who had managed to survive the Holocaust by escaping the transports to the death camps in Nazi Germany – was stabbed 11 times in a robbery attempt and her apartment was set on fire. One of the two perpetrators (who had initially met in prison), and most likely the initiator of the gruesome crime, was of Algerian descent and was sympathetic to radical Islamist terrorism.
What the above murders show is that mass immigration – mixed with “woke” cultural relativism (a phenomenon that troubles French President Emmanuel Macron) that is afflicting the West – belies the pro-mass-migration crowd’s assumption that introducing ever more “diversity” will lead to a more tolerant and open-minded society. Unfortunately, Sarah Halimi, Ilan Halimi, Mireille Knoll – and many others – paid the price for this utopian social experiment.