IJC Statement on Horrific Antisemitic Attack & Murder of Mireille Knoll, 85 Year Old Holocaust Survivor in Paris
The Israeli-Jewish Congress (IJC) expresses our most profound shock and sadness at the horrific murder of 85 year old French Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll, in her home in Paris.
Knoll was stabbed to death a dozen times and her body set on fire in her Paris apartment last Friday night, on Shabbat. One of the perpetrators was a Muslim neighbor, whom she had known over 20 years, since he was a child.
There are not sufficient words to fully convey the evil and barbarism of this act. It should shock and jar everyone to their core, and serve as a clarion call to act against the rising Antisemitism we are seeing in France, as well as many parts of Europe today.
Knoll had managed to escape the Vélodrome d’Hiver (Vel’ d’Hiv) roundup of Jews by French police during the Holocaust, to live a full life in France and raise a beautiful family, only to end in such horrific and barbaric manner.
First and foremost, our deepest condolences are extended to the family of Mireille. May her memory and life be a blessing, always!
We also extend our thoughts and total solidarity with the Jewish community of France, who have seen an alarming rise in violent Antisemitic attacks this year, but who shall defiantly and proudly hold a ‘White March’ in Paris tomorrow, in memory of Mireille and as a powerful expression of compassion with the French people and nation.
We acknowledge that the French leadership, including President Macron have unequivocally and without reservation condemned this horrific attack, and that the authorities have since taken into custody the two assailants. We expect to see the full force of the law applied without delay and real, tangible steps taken by the French leadership to combat this disturbing rise in Antisemitism.