Four Jews killed in Paris hostage crisis to be buried in Israel
Four Jewish hostages killed in the terror attack on a Kosher supermarket in Paris will be laid to rest at a cemetery here on Tuesday, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed to French Jews to immigrate to Israel and promised a "warm" welcome.
Jerusalem: Four Jewish hostages killed in the terror attack on a Kosher supermarket in Paris will be laid to rest at a cemetery here on Tuesday, even as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed to French Jews to immigrate to Israel and promised a "warm" welcome.
Robert Ejnes, the director of the CRIF, an umbrella organisation of French Jewish communities, who is coordinating the transfer of the victims' bodies to Israel told Ynet news portal that the four victims will be laid to rest in the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem.
The four victims have been identified as -- Yoav Hattab, 21, Yohan Cohen, 20, Philippe Braham, 45, and Francois-Michel Saada, 64.
Four dead hostages were found at the market killed by Amedy Coulibaly. The attack on the kosher market came before sundown on the Jewish Sabbath, when the store would have been crowded with shoppers.
In all, 17 people and three attackers -- Coulibaly, Said and Cherif Kouachi -- were killed after three days of bloodshed at the offices of a satirical newspaper, the kosher supermarket and other sites around Paris.
Meanwhile, Netanyahu?was in France today to take part in an anti-terror march alongside world leaders, something he said he "has been calling on for a long time."
Ahead of the visit, Netanyahu told Jews in France that Israel is their home and his government wants them to immigrate.
"To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, I would like to say that Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray, the state of Israel is your home," Netanyahu said in a statement.
"All Jews who want to immigrate to Israel will be welcomed here warmly and with open arms. We will help you in your absorption here in our state that is also your state," he said.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky accompanied Netanyahu to France with Israel's Economy minister Naftali Bennett also expected to be there.
The families and friends of the deceased are said to be in a state of shock at the incidents of past three days.
"You took a part of me, I have no words to describe my sadness. I am destroyed for all of my life. All of our futures plans, all we had promised, how am I going to do this without you?" Yohan's girlfriend, Sharon Seb was quoted as saying after learning about his death.