France’s culture minister announces prize for fighting antisemitism
France’s Ministry of Culture has launched a new award for initiatives to combat antisemitism named in honor of Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old French Jew murdered in 2006.
Halimi was kidnapped by the self-styled “Gang of Barbarians,” a group of largely Muslim men, who tortured him to death because he was Jewish and thought his family or other Jews would pay for his freedom. Halimi’s burned and naked body was left for dead by a railway track outside of Paris. He died of his wounds just a few hours after being discovered.
The award in his honor was announced on Monday by French Culture Minister Françoise Nyssen, and will be awarded annually on February 13, the anniversary of Halimi’s death. Nyssen said the award “will reward projects run by young people under the age of 25 to fight racist and antisemitic stereotypes.”