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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-06-04

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Paris Killer Of Jew Confesses
Paris/JTA — The head of a gang accused
of murdering French Jew Ilan Halimi con-
fessed, but it is still unclear who inflicted
the fatal injuries. "You know very well I
was the one who did it," Youssouf Fofana
told a French court May 28, in reference
to the kidnapping, torture and murder of
Halimi, 23, in 2006.
His statement was reported to journal-
ists by judicial sources, since the press is
not allowed access to the trial due to the
juvenile status of two suspects at the time
of the crime.
Fofana headed a gang called the
Barbarians, accused of capturing and tor-
turing Halimi for three weeks until he was
found near-death Feb. 13, 2006. Some of
the 27 suspects, including Fofana, are also
charged with acting out of anti-Semitic
In coming weeks, judges will try to
determine which suspects dealt lethal
blows to their captive. Fofana said dur-
ing his court appearance that he covered
Halimi with a flammable liquid before
lighting him on fire, in addition to stab-
bing him over the course of the kidnap-

ping, according to news reports. However,
the next day a contrasting version of
events told by police officers suggested
that two other suspects may have been
responsible for taking the bound Halimi
to a nearby wood, burning him alive and
leaving him for dead, according to a report
in the French daily Liberation.
Halimi was found barely alive, naked
and bound, near a southern Paris subway
rail line. He died hours later.

and Zimmerman promoted an atmo-
sphere of "hostility, incivility and intimi-
dation."York imposed sanctions and a
reprimand on both students.
In light of the "very damaging assess-
ment" of Saravanamuttu's behavior and
his contribution to the Feb. 11 incident,
Hillel@York and Hasbara@York are
demanding that he step down as president
of the student body.

the rise in costs.
The jet, manufactured by Lockheed
Martin, may cost Israel closer to $130 mil-
lion per plane, and the Israeli Air Force
has received U.S. approval to buy as many
as 75 fighters. The Post says it is not clear
whether the cost overruns and delay in
delivering the planes would affect Israel's
interest in the purchase.

Anti-Jewish Students Rebuked

Israeli Stealth Jets Delayed

Washington/JTA — A stealth fighter jet that
Israel wants to buy from the United States
is going to cost more and take longer to
complete than expected. A report issued
by Congress' General Accountability Office
states that the Joint Strike Fighter, or F 35,
will cost 40 percent more than initially
thought, according to the Jerusalem Post.
"Total development costs are projected
to increase between $2.4 billion and $7.4
billion, and the schedule for completing
system development extended from 1 to 3
years',' the report states.
Delays in manufacturing test aircraft
and cost overruns on the contracts to
build the aircraft and engine account for

Tehran/JTA - Iran's president says the
country has increased its ability to enrich
uranium. "Now we have more than 7,000
centrifuges and the West dare not threaten
us," Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the
government-run Islamic Republic News
Agency, according to the Associated Press.
Ahmadinejad did not give a specific
number of centrifuges, but his comments
indicated that Iran has increased its ura-
nium enrichment capacity from the 7,000
centrifuges he announced last month and
the 6,000 he trumpeted in February.
Ahmadinejad has made the Iranian
nuclear program a key part of his re-elec-
tion campaign. Iranian elections will be
held June 12.

Toronto/JTA — York University repri-
manded two students who took part in a
mob that barricaded Jewish students in a
Hillel lounge while yelling anti-Jewish and
anti-Israel slurs.
In findings not made public, the uni-
versity named Krisna Saravanamuttu, the
incoming president of the York Federation
of Students, and Jesse Zimmerman as hav-
ing violated the York Student code of con-
duct for their participation in February's
mob, which contributed to Jewish students
"feeling intimidated, frightened, tense and
The report found that Saravanamuttu


Iran Nuclear Enrichment Up

Thanks to our J111 we know about so many

great things to do right here in Metro Detroit,

we are going to vacation in our own back yard

this year. We can spend more time enjoying

ourselves and keep our money here too.



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