Holocaust Survivor Murdered by Islamist in Paris

 In Foreign

An 85 year old Holocaust survivor was repeatedly stabbed and then set on fire in Paris last Friday by two men, one of whom was a Muslim neighbor she had known for years. Two men have been charged with robbery, damaging property, and murder with anti-Semitic motives.

Mirielle Knoll survived the Nazi round up of 13,000 Jews in Paris by fleeing to Portugal with her mother. Those 13,000 jews ended up at Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp. Fewer than 100 of them survived that ordeal. Knoll only returned to Paris after the war was over.

She survived the Nazis only to be horribly murdered in a government run apartment complex by a Muslim neighbor she had stated was “like a son.” She was stabbed a reported 11 times, and her apartment set on fire in a vain attempt to destroy evidence of the crime.

“In every generation, there are those who try to kill us.” The Pesach Hagaddah (Jewish Passover Meal Text)

Miriell Knoll had no money, and was living in a low income housing facility. She has two sons who are living in Israel.

The Daily Mail reported that one of the men screamed “allahu akbar” as he was stabbing her:

“The prime suspect is aged 29 and has convictions for sex crimes including attacking a 12-year-old girl. He lived next door to Mrs Knoll, and regularly used to visit her, after the pair first met when he was seven.

The second suspect is a 21-year-old homeless man who has convictions for burglary. Data related to both men’s phones place them at Mrs Knoll’s apartment last Friday evening, when the fire broke out. Both suspects deny the charges. 

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’.” 

According to NBC, anti-semitic crimes have risen by 26% in recent months, and damage to Jewish cemeteries and synagogues is up by 22%. Other communities across Europe are experiencing the same.

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