European Jewish Press reports that on February 22, a Jewish teenager was captured and tortured in France:

Six youths from the southern Paris suburb of Bagneux, aged 17 to 25, are accused of locking up 19-year-old Mathieu Roumi in a storage room on February 22, beating and sexually tormenting him.

Aged 17 to 25, the six youths — who knew the victim — had falsely accused him of stealing from them in order to lure him into a trap, judicial sources said.

Somehow, I don’t think we’re dealing with a bunch of young South of France suburbanites. For starters, these mischievous kids are pretty much men. Second, Bagneux is the same Muslim ghetto in which a gang kidnapped, tortured, and killed 23-year-old French Jew Ilan Halimi in 2006. Here’s more on the February attack:

With a pen, the aggressors scrawled “dirty Jew” and “dirty faggot” on the face of their victim. Later they forced him to swallow down cigarette butts and to suck a condom on a stick. The man’s ordeal reportedly lasted nine and a half hours.

From the Halimi case:

 . . . For three weeks, the “Barbarians” detained and tortured Ilan Halimi. When he was found on February 13, he was naked, handcuffed after being dumped near railway tracks in a Parisian suburb. He suffered from severe burns covering 80 percent of his body. Traces of cigarette burns, iron burns, and various cuts (made by knives and scissors) covered his body. He passed away in an ambulance before reaching the hospital…

In 2006, Ilan Halimi was one of four Jews potentially targeted for the attack. The gang that killed him called his family and read them Koranic verse while he was in captivity. But apparently we shouldn’t necessarily concern ourselves with that or consider the larger implications of French “youth” culture and environs like Bagneux, because the city’s Communist Mayor, Marie-Hélène Amiable,  is quoted as saying “one should not make a confusion between the two cases.” Not only are the cases nearly identical–so is the French government’s dismissive response. So far, the only difference I see is that the recent victim was lucky enough to survive.

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