The family of a Jewish woman pushed to her death after being stabbed have said the incident was a terror attack and blames police for trying to silence the murder for political reasons related to elections in France.
Paris police are checking suspicions that a 27-year-old Muslim man, currently under arrest, murdered his Jewish neighbour, Sarah Lucy Halimi, following a confrontation in her apartment.
News reports have been unclear over details of the attack, however according to a report in Ynet News, 66-year-old Halimi was attacked by the terrorist as she slept in her bed. He stabbed her and pushed her from her third-story apartment to her death while shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
During the police investigation, the terrorist asserted that the Koran had commanded him to murder her. He was sent for psychiatric evaluations.
According to Arutz Sheva, relatives of Halimi said that she had previously experienced anti-Semitic harassment by a relative of the man under arrest.
Halimi was found lifeless on Monday night outside her apartment in Paris. Neighbours told police that, at a late hour of the night, the terrorist ascended to the third floor of the apartment complex, yelled “Allahu Akbar” and acted wildly before pushing Halimi to her death.
Halimi was laid to rest Thursday at the Har Hamenuhot cemetery in Jerusalem.
At the funeral, MK Michael Malchieli (Shas) said that Halimi had been murdered only because she was a Jew. “In every generation there are those who stand up and seek to destroy us,” he added, citing passages soon to be read at the “seder” ceremony of the first evening of Passover.
Sarah Lucy Halimi leaves behind a son who lives in Israel and two daughters who live in France. Her body was flown from Paris to Israel and is to be brought today for burial in Jerusalem.