Times of Israel: Jewish man killed by Muslim roommate in France; community questions official silence

A Jewish man was killed in France by his Muslim roommate, who told police he committed the crime over 100 euros he was owed and because the victim was Jewish, a French Jewish antisemitism watchdog group reported Monday.

Eyal Haddad, 34, was murdered in Longperrier, just northeast of Paris, on August 20, the National Bureau of Vigilance against Antisemitism (BNVCA) said in a statement.

The victim is believed to be from Djerba, Tunisia, and his family lives in Beersheba, Israel, BNVCA said.

There has been no official confirmation of the incident from French authorities, Algemeiner reported, but members of the Jewish community have raised the issue on social media and questioned the lack of official responses.

“The homicide was allegedly committed by a Muslim suspect. Concern is heightened by the silence surrounding this case,” the BNVCA said.

“The alleged perpetrator turned himself in to police, was arrested and placed in detention,” it added.

He was identified as Mohamed Dridi.

The BNVCA said that the suspect declared during his arrest that the victim, who lived with him, owed him 100 euros and had not returned them. He later also confessed that he had killed Haddad because he was Jewish.

It noted that it had “requested that the facts be examined by considering the antisemitic character, and not dismissing it a priori.”

Yonathan Arfi, president of Jewish community umbrella group CRIF, tweeted that his organization “expresses its solidarity with the family of [Eyal] Haddad, killed on August 19 in Longperrier.”

Arfi said he hoped information will quickly be made available and urged that “all avenues be explored at this stage, including the possibility of the aggravating factor of antisemitism.”

The European Jewish Congress called on French authorities “to investigate and shed light on the true motives of [Haddad’s] attacker.”

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