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Mireille Knoll: Killer of French Holocaust survivor jailed for life

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A man who murdered an elderly Jewish woman in her Paris apartment has been sentenced to life in prison.

Yacine Mihoub, 32, was convicted in March 2018 of stabbing 85-year-old Mireille Knoll 11 times and then setting her body on fire during a botched robbery.

Her assassination sparked a public outcry in France about anti-Semitism.

Knoll, who narrowly avoided being deported to Nazi death camps as a Parisian Jew during WWII, was suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

Alex Carrimbacus, 25, an accomplice, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for robbery motivated by anti-Semitism.

Knoll lived next door to Mihoub’s mother, and the court heard that as a child, she acted as a surrogate grandmother to her killer.

According to the court, the attack was motivated by a “context of anti-Semitism” and “prejudices” about Jewish people’s alleged wealth. This led Mihoub to believe Knoll’s home contained “hidden treasures.”

Carrimbacus claimed he heard Mihoub yell “Allahu Akbar,” which translates to “God is greatest,” while stabbing her.

Mihoub and Carrimbacus both blamed the other for the murder.

Knoll’s murder shocked France’s Jewish community and sparked outrage over the country’s anti-Semitism.

Tens of thousands of people, including government ministers, marched silently in honour of Knoll.

The trial took place against the backdrop of an increase in violent attacks on French Jews by radical Islamists.

Knoll’s death came just a year after Sarah Halimi, a 65-year-old Jewish woman, was thrown from her Paris apartment by a man yelling “Allahu Akbar.”

Her killer, Kobili Traoré, was deemed not criminally responsible in April because his mind was affected by regular consumption of cannabis.

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