90-year-old Jewish French man allegedly pushed to his death from apartment block

Neighbour has been arrested but police are said to have ruled out antisemitism


French police officers stand guard close to a building in the Duchere district of the city of Lyon on October 26, 2021. - French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin on October 26, 2021, deplored the absence of surveillance cameras in the district of Lyon where police officers from the anti-crime brigade (Bac) came under fire on October 25, and sent a letter to the mayor of this city inviting him to install them. There were no injuries. (Photo by PHILIPPE DESMAZES / AFP) (Photo by PHILIPPE DESMAZES/AFP via Getty Images)

French police are said to have ruled out an antisemitic motive after a 90-year-old Jewish man in Lyon was allegedly pushed to his death from an apartment block on Tuesday night.

A 51-year-old neighbour was arrested over the death of Rene Hadjaj.

According to JTA,  prosecutors told a local newspaper, Le Progres the suspect had pushed Mr Hadjaj out of the residential building after an argument between them. While police investigated a possible antisemitic motive, they have since excluded it and said the dispute was unconnected to Mr Hadjaj’s Jewish identity.

Five years ago a retired Jewish doctor, Sarah Halimi, was attacked in her third-floor apartment and her body thrown from the window. Her killer, Kobili Traore, was heard to have called her a “Satan” and cried “Allah Akhbar” during his attack.

The authorities took their time before ruling it to be an antisemitic crime. But Traore was regarded as unfit to stand trial because he was under the influence of cannabis.

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