MOSCOW, January 13 (Sputnik) - On Tuesday, thousands of mourners crowded Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem, where the funeral of 4 Jews killed during a recent attack on a kosher shop in Paris took place, Haaretz reported on Tuesday.
People gathered to pay last respects to the victims of the incident - Yoav Hattab, 22, Philippe Braham, 45, Yohan Cohen, 23, and Francois-Michel Saada. The place had the feel of shock and sorrow; people prayed, holding banners “I have died because I am Jewish” and “I am Charlie, I am Jewish, I am Israeli, I am French, I’m fed up,” as reported by the New York Times.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also attended the funeral, both condemning the terrorist attack and calling on European countries to take the threat of radical Islam seriously.
“The leaders of Europe must act and take a strong hand to bring back the security of the Jews of Europe,” Mr. Rivlin said, cited by the New York Times.
Mr. Netanyahu also raised hopes that European leaders “are starting to understand that the terror of extreme Islam is a real threat.”
On January 9, Amedy Coulibaly took several people hostage at a kosher shop in eastern Paris. He demanded freedom for the Kouachi brothers, who were responsible for the notorious terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine and threatened to shoot down the hostages if police killed them. The attack claimed lives of four Jews, shaking the Jewish community across the world and awaking concerns about their security.
Israeli officials assumed that the violence is likely to increase emigration of French Jews to Israel, which already doubled in 2014.