Conference of Presidents Leaders Call for Full Justice in Prosecution For Brutal Murder of French Holocaust Survivor

New York, NY. . . Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations today called for vigorous prosecution of the suspects arrested in the brutal murder in Paris of Mireille Knoll, an 85-year old Jewish woman who survived the Holocaust.  The leaders noted that French law enforcement officials investigated the attack as an anti-Semitic hate crime under French law and quickly determined the vicious murder was related to the victim’s Jewish religion.

Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, of the Conference of Presidents, said, “In an atmosphere of rising violence against Jews in France and elsewhere around the world, the circumstances of this horrific crime against an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor clearly called for law enforcement to investigate whether anti-Semitism was a factor in the cruel murder.  Justice requires that the perpetrators of this sickening hate crime be prosecuted to the fullest extent under French law.

While President Macron and other French leaders have forcefully condemned anti-Semitism, the response of law enforcement and other authorities to expressions and acts of anti-Semitic hatred is particularly important to reinforce a sense of security for Jewish communities.

Prosecutors and judges have a responsibility to vigorously pursue every aspect of this crime to ensure that the consequences of committing a hate crime under French law will prevent others from violently acting on their hate, and will deter those who seek to use social media, houses of worship, schools and other venues to promote violence based on anti-Semitism, other religious based hatred, and racism of all kinds. 

We stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in France and have conveyed our support directly to the leadership of the CRIF. We offer our profound condolences to the family of Mireille Knoll." 

 

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