French police are investigating the death of a Jewish woman believed to have been thrown from a window by an Arab neighbor.
A Jewish woman in Paris, pushed to her death from the window of her third-floor apartment in the 11th arrondissement Monday night, was found dead on the street the following morning.
It is suspected that the victim, Lucy Halimi, 67, was murdered by an Arab man.
The suspect, 27, was arrested by the police. He is the victim’s neighbor and familiar to French authorities.
Neighbors reportedly testified that they had heard the suspect shouting that he wanted to kill Halimi just before the incident.
He was sent for a psychiatric evaluation to rule out the possibility of a condition that could have impelled him to commit the murder.
The suspect’s motive has not been determined, and police have yet to define the incident as a hate crime. They are investigating several options, including a robbery that went bad and a dispute that got out of hand.
Halimi may be buried in Israel.
The incident brings to mind the murder of Ilan Halimi, a young Jew who was tortured and killed by young radical Islamists in Paris in 2006.
Halimi’s death stunned many in France, especially in the Jewish community, Europe’s largest. Driven in part by anti-Semitism, a gang held him captive and tortured him for weeks before leaving him naked and handcuffed near railroad tracks. The 23-year-old Halimi died en route to the hospital.
It is unknown whether the two victims were related.
By: World Israel News Staff