The bodies of the four French terrorism victims lie before their grieving families, friends, dignitaries, and over a thousand mourners at a state funeral held in Jerusalem, on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Photo: Ch. 2 screenshot.
The four Jewish victims of last Friday’s terror siege in a Paris kosher supermarket were laid to rest in Jerusalem on Tuesday at a state ceremony attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin, and other dignitaries.
“I stand before you, brokenhearted, shaken and in pain, and with me stands an entire nation,” President Rivlin said in his eulogy at the Har Hamenuchot Cemetery, standing before the four biers upon which lay the bodies, wrapped in prayer shawls, of Yoav Hattab, 21; Yohan Cohen, 22; Philippe Braham, 40; and François-Michel Saada, 55.
“Yoav, Yohan, Philippe, Francois-Michel, this is not how we wanted to welcome you to Israel. This is not how we wanted you to arrive in the Land of Israel, this is not how we wanted to see you come home, to the State of Israel, and to Jerusalem, its capital. We wanted you alive, we wanted for you, life,” Rivlin said.
Addressing the grieving families and friends who accompanied the coffins on the flight from France, which arrived in Israel overnight, Rivlin said it was unconscionable that “Jews are afraid to walk in the streets of Europe with skullcaps and tzitzit.”
Noting that the victims “were murdered on the eve of the Sabbath, in a kosher supermarket in Paris, in cold blood, because they were Jewish,” Rivlin pointed to the fact that “the murderer made sure to be in a Jewish shop, and only then did he carry out the massacre.”
Characterizing the shooting attack as “pure, venomous evil, which stirs the very worst of memories,” Rivlin said, “This is sheer hatred of Jews; abhorrent, dark and premeditated, which seeks to strike, wherever there is Jewish life. In Paris, in Jerusalem, in Toulouse, and in Tel Aviv. In Brussels, and in Mumbai. In the streets, and in the synagogues. In the schools, and in the local market. In the train stations, and in the museums.”
Rivlin called on the French Jewish community to consider emigrating to Israel.
“Our land is your land, our home is your home, and we yearn to see you settle in Zion,” he said, but called on those weighing aliyah not to make the choice out of “distress, out of desperation, because of destruction, or in the throes of terror and fear.
“Terror has never kept us down, and we do not want terror to subdue you,” he stressed, stating, that “the Land of Israel is the land of choice. We want you to choose Israel, because of a love for Israel.”
Netanyahu, in his eulogy told the mourning families, “How great is your pain, how immense your grief,” adding that the victims were killed “only because they were Jews.”
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Source:: The Algemeiner