French police investigate possible anti-Semitic murder as elderly woman stabbed and burned

French police investigate possible anti-Semitic murder as elderly woman stabbed and burned

A French-Israeli MP Meyer Habib said he was convinced Mrs Knoll had become the victim of the "hatred and barbarism of an Islamist", who "stabbed her eleven times in her family flat".

Sources in the Jewish community said Knoll had complained about threats from her Muslim neighbor, saying he had even threatened to burn her.

Those detained were held at the Vel' d'Hiv cycling track in Paris before thousands were deported to the Auschwitz concentration camp in Nazi-occupied Poland.

France's chief rabbi described Knoll's death as a "horror". She managed to escape the deportation.

The two, born in 1989 and 1996, have both been remanded in detention, the source said.

Knobel went on to say that the difficulty of the recent murders of Knoll and Halimi is that they took place in their own homes, behind closed doors, where they should have been safe. "One of them had previously been convicted of molesting a 12-year-old girl who had been staying at Mireille Knoll's flat", according to BBC. "We can not yet say if the motive for the murder was anti-Semitism". One suspect is North African in descent. "My mother accepted everyone". The son said the suspect had visited her that day. The apartment was also located in the 11th arrondissement.

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French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, who is visiting Israel, said the theory that Knoll's death was anti-Semitic was plausible.

Only last month was the murder deemed anti-Semitic.

"There have been 11 anti-Semitic murders since 2000 and added to that there is all the everyday violence that the Jewish community goes through".

Jewish advocacy groups have decried the attack on Knoll as a hate crime, the Times of Israel reports, warning that it may indicate rising anti-Semitism in France.

Kobili Traore, Halimi's neighbor, was accused of killing her.

The watchdog called for authorities to "make every effort to find and bring the perpetrator to justice", and to determine "whether it was an anti-Semitic crime as everything suggests".

Social media filled with tributes to Mireille Knoll and condemnation of anti-Semitism in the world. We must #NeverForget and remain vigilant against Antisemitism.

Reacting on Twitter President Emmanuel Macron condemned the "dreadful" killing and reiterated his determination to fighting anti-Semitism. "Have we reached the point of no return?"

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