Ilan Halimi

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Ilan Halimi
Born (1982-10-11)11 October 1982
Died 13 February 2006(2006-02-13) (aged 23)[1]
Paris, France
Cause of death
Injuries from torture
Occupation Cell phone salesman

Ilan Halimi (Hebrew: אילן חלימי‎) was a young French Jewish man of Moroccan descent [2] who was kidnapped on 21 January 2006 by a group called the Gang of Barbarians and subsequently tortured, over a period of three weeks, resulting in his death.

Personal life[edit]

Halimi was a cell phone salesman[3] in Paris. He lived there with his divorced mother and his two sisters.


Halimi was abducted and taken to Bagneux where he was held captive and tortured for three weeks. A demand for ransom was made to his parents. He was released and found in Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois. He died on the way to hospital.

Halimi was initially buried in the Cimetière parisien de Pantin near Paris. The funeral in Paris drew a large Jewish crowd.

Ilan Halimi garden in the Jerusalem Forest

He was reburied in Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem, Israel on February 9, 2007.[4] A garden in the Jerusalem Forest was named after him.


More than 1,000 persons marched through the streets of Paris, demanding justice for Ilan Halimi, on Sunday February 26, 2006.[5]

In May 2011, a garden in the 12th arrondissement of Paris was renamed after him. Halimi used to play in this garden as a child.

Paris, Jardin Ilan Halimi, Sign

His mother (Ruth) published a book (written together with Émilie Frèche) about his case: 24 jours: la vérité sur la mort d’Ilan Halimi (Seuil, ISBN 978-2020910286).


  1. ^ König, Yaël (March 20, 2006). "Entretien avec Ruth Halimi" (in French). Primo-Europe. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  2. ^ Fields, Suzanne (April 3, 2006). "The rising tide of anti-Semitism". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2008-12-30. 
  3. ^ Tale of Torture and Murder Horrifies the Whole of France, Michel Gurfinkiel, The New York Sun, February 22, 2006
  4. ^ Trials and Tribulations, by Brett Kline, (c) JTA, The Jewish Herald, July 24, 2009, pp. 20-23
  5. ^ Article on the European Jewish Press website