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Friday, 27 January 2017

Ilan Halimi Day 3

How much have you packed into the last 3 days and nights? 

Here is a little background of Ilan Halimi: 

Some Background Information about Ilan Halimi,  taken and translated from the book by Alexandre Lévy, published in 2009: "Le Gang des Barbares". pp 17 - 20. 

Ilan Halimi, born in 1982, is the youngest of the family; He has two sisters, born like himself, in Paris. His mother, Ruth, comes from a family of Sephardic Jews from Morocco; His father, Didier, comes from a mixed marriage: a mother of Armenian origin, a Jewish father. Ilan's two parents separated when he was only two years old.

Like all children of divorced parents, Ilan lives in both of these two worlds, with a clear preference nevertheless for that of its mother, to whom he is very close.

His friends remember Ilan as someone very kind, uncomplicated  and generous: "he was crunching life to the fullest," said one of them. Handsome guy, seducer, it was  easy to get along with, loved girls and to party...[...]...

From the beginning of 2006 Ilan works in a mobile phone shop, the "5 Com" Boulevard Voltaire, near (Place de la) République. There are about twenty of this type on this artery, each  just a few square meters big, mainly managed by young people from the Jewish community ...[...]... "It was a bit like the Jewish Street" remembers Jeremy, who also worked there and knew Ilan since the earliest  school days at the École Ozar-Hathorah. "We felt at home there. We could make between 2000 and 2500 euros a month. But we were working like crazy ...[...]... among our customers, many Africans ... "

It is in this environment that Ilan evolves, while increasingly interested in Israel to where he made at least one trip the year before his death. According to his mother, he was saving up to make his aliyah, like some of his French coreligionists. 

...[...]... He was an ordinary young man, a little macho too, but with a "heart big  like that", say  those who knew him." 

Ilan has now been held and tortured for 3 days, 72 hours, 4320 minutes.....like this: 

by the gang of this Barbarian, as he looks now: 

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