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Israel’s ZAKA Volunteers Join Paris Colleagues at Terror Site

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Two days following the deadly terror attack on the kosher supermarket in Paris, veteran ZAKA volunteers from Israel traveled to France to join their volunteer colleagues in the Paris Zaka unit. On Sunday evening, January 11, ZAKA International Rescue Unit head Mati Goldstein and veteran ZAKA volunteer Dano Monkotovitz immediately flew out to Paris to the site of the supermarket terror attack that left four Jewish hostages dead.

Volunteers from ZAKA Paris, under the command of Rabbi Tzemach (Serge) Ben Naim, had already been working at the scene for several hours, collecting remains and working to ensure a full Jewish burial for the victims; Yoav Hattab, 21, Yohan Cohen, 22, Philippe Braham, and Francois-Michel Saada.

Goldstein noted that the Israeli ZAKA volunteers were able to get special permission from the Attorney General of France to enter the attack scene and help collect remains. “After complex discussions and outreach of ZAKA Chairman Yehuda Meshi-Zahav, together with the Foreign Ministry and Jewish community leaders in Paris, we were able to get permission from the Attorney General of France to enter the scene of the attack,” he said.

“We went to the supermarket late at night under the security of the French police and we worked to gather all the findings at the scene,” added Goldstein.

The Parisian volunteers of ZAKA were trained one year ago at the initiative of the President of the Consistoire in France, Dr. Joel Mergui. “They were very professional in their response, despite the pain that comes with personal acquaintance with the victims,” described Goldstein.

ZAKA Paris commander Rabbi Ben Naim, who also serves as the President of the Jewish Burial Society (Chevrah Kadisha) further commented that “this is a very difficult attack for France as a whole and the Jewish community in particular.”

“At first, the French police did not understand why it is important for us to enter the scene and collect the findings of the victims in order to give them a proper Jewish burial. However, after we explained the religious significance to them, we received the necessary authorization,” explained Rabbi Ben Naim.

“What moved me is that when we arrived on the scene at the supermarket, there were hundreds of French Jews, religious and secular, standing there,” he said.

“When the crowd saw the ZAKA team go into the supermarket to do the holy work, they showed their appreciation, especially when they saw Jews from France and Israel coming together to perform true virtue – the holiest work of Chessed Shel Emet – with the blood of their brothers which was spilled like water,” added Rabbi Ben Naim.

“It was a very difficult scene inside the supermarket. It was as if time stood still, with shopping carts full of food in preparation for Shabbat in the cashier aisles and deliveries waiting to be sent to customers. But the floor was covered in the blood of the victims,” said Paris ZAKA volunteer Avraham Weinberg.

The ZAKA volunteers also worked at the scene of the terror attack at the Charlie Hebdo offices where, it has been discovered, there were three Jews among the victims.

On Monday, January 12, the ZAKA volunteers worked with the local burial society to treat the bodies of the victims and prepare them to fly to Israel for burial.

Also on Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the Paris supermarket, Hyper Cacher, to pay respects to the families of the victims, killed by Islamist extremist Amedy Coulibaly.

Netanyahu Rained on France’s Parade (Thank God)

Monday, January 12th, 2015

There’s indication and reports that the French government did everything it could to try and dissuade Israeli PM Netanyahu from visiting France and participating in their unity march, and when that failed, they insulted him with political snubs.

Security may sound like valid concern for not wanting Netanyahu there, but with 40 other world leaders present, that excuse sounds feeble.

The bottom line is that Hollande didn’t want Netanyahu raining on France’s parade.

Because France is different. France’s terrorism is not like Israel’s terrorism.

France’s terrorism is against liberté and equality and fraternity.

While in France’s eyes, as the French media pointed out, Israel’s terrorism stems from a political dispute.

And if France wasn’t sure Israel understood that message, if Bibi dared show up, France would condescendingly invite the head of the PLO to march next to Bibi just to make that point absolutely clear.

But to their dismay Netanyahu showed up, and he didn’t let them keep him in the second row, or put him on the second bus, and he didn’t stand next to the Munich Massacre financier Abu Mazen either.

And it was incredibly important that Netanyahu did all that.

Because while numerous countries around the world are dealing with Islamic terrorism, it is Israel that has faced it from the beginning, and has fought it, often quite alone, not just for Israel’s sake, but for the entire world’s.

Over the past few years so, the Jewish communities of France have been subject to terrorism and violent anti-Semitism. Terrorism because they were Jewish, not because they were French or drew some offensive cartoons.

The Islamic terrorist attacks in France last week were the natural evolution of those attacks on the Jewish people.

But when the Islamic terrorists murdered Ilan Halimi and the Jewish children in Toulouse, they weren’t just attacking some Jews, like the French perhaps thought. They were attacking France itself and the values it stands for. The Jews were just first in line.

Netanyahu’s participation at the front of the march, on the first bus, and in the Paris Synagogue were messages that France and Hollande need to hear – that Israel and the Jewish people are one, we stand together, and we lead the fight against Islamic terrorism for us and for you.

The terrorism that France faces is the same exact terrorism that Israel fights, and when that terrorism in France was primarily directed at Jews, when the French didn’t yet comprehend that it was also directed at them and at their liberté and democracy, we in Israel, we the Jewish people understood it completely.

Upon entering the Paris synagogue, Netanyahu was greeted with cheers and song, not because he is the Prime Minister of Israel, but because he is viewed as the Prime Minister of the Jewish people.

By snubbing Netanyahu, France wasn’t just snubbing Israel, it was snubbing France’s own Jewish citizens, it was belittling the previous terror attacks against France’s Jewish communities, and showing that France doesn’t yet fully comprehend the magnitude of its latest encounter with Islamic terror.

One hopes that Hollande and France will understand Netanyahu’s message, and realize that France must unconditionally stand with Israel against Islamic terror, just as Israel and the Jewish people stand with France in their hour of need, at the front of the line.

 

El Al Flying French Jewish Victims to Israel for Burial

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

The bodies of Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada are being transported to Israel by El Al for their funeral.

El Al will be flying then in tomorrow, along with their families. They will arrive in Israel on Tuesday morning.

Yoav Hattab, 21, is the son of the Chief Rabbi of Tunis.

Nearly 4 Million People March in France Against Terror

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Upwards of 1.5 million people participated in the anti-terror march in Paris on Sunday.

World leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, linked arms as they marched 1.9 miles through France’s capital from Place de la Republique to Place de la Nation.

Many of the family members of the victims led the march alongside the world leaders.

A minute of silence was held before that march began for the 17 victims murdered over the past 3 days.

5500 French police and military personnel have been called out to protect the city.  2200 of them just to protect the route of the march.

The presence of PA President Mahmoud Abbas was out of place at an anti-terrorism rally, considering Abbas’s role in the Munich Massacre, his decision to name streets and plazas in the Palestinian Authority after terrorists, and his paying salaries to terrorists in jail.

Update #1: LeMonde says that up to 2 million people are at the march.

Update #2: Up to 3 million people are at the march throughout France.

Update #3: Estimates now say that close to 4 million people across France marched in solidarity against terrorism.

 

PM Netanyahu and President Hollande at Grand Synagogue of Paris Memorial Ceremony

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Following the Paris anti-terror march, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President François Hollande went to the Synagogue de Paris (Grand Synagogue of Paris) for a memorial ceremony. Minister Naftali was sitting behind them.

Hollande is wearing a Kipa for the ceremony.

Some people are saying that the French haven’t shown this much respect to the Jews and Israel in decades.

Israeli Opera Refuses to Honor Paris Victims; Conductor Strikes

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

The Israeli Opera refused to commemorate the victims of a terrorist attack in France on Friday, leading French-Israel conductor Frederic Chaslin to pull out of a planned performance, Haaretz reports.

On Friday, a terrorist murdered four Jews in a kosher butcher shop in Paris, and held several others hostage. Police ultimately shot and killed the terrorist and freed the hostages.

Chaslin asked the Israeli Opera to play the Israeli anthem, Hatikva, before a performance Saturday of La Rondine. He also asked to speak briefly in memory of the victims of Friday’s attack.

According to Chaslin, the opera’s management refused his request, arguing that it would violate opera policy and ruin the mood for viewers.

Chaslin was upset by the answer. “What policy? Where am I? Is Israel not the country that declares itself to be a refuge for persecuted Jews?” he wrote in response.

The Israeli Opera defended its policy in a statement to Haaretz. The opera has always stuck to its normal schedule “even in the painful days when there were dozens of terrorist attacks, even during wartime,” the statement said. “This is the opera’s way of not letting terrorism win and disrupt our routine.”

Maps of Paris Jewish Schools Found in Terrorist’s Car

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

It has been revealed that terrorist Amedy Coulibaya, who murdered four people in a kosher supermarket in Paris on Friday, may have planned to attack a Jewish school just one day earlier.

Maps with the locations of Jewish schools on them were found in his car.

On Thursday, Coulibaya shot and murdered a female police officer who was responding to a car accident. Investigators now suspect that he had been planning to attack a Jewish school located a short distance beyond the site of the crash.

The policewoman’s death had caused confusion, as it was not clear why Coulibaya would have traveled from his own neighborhood to the district of Mountrouge to shoot a random police officer.

“Everyone thinks he was on his way to the school,” an employee at a bakery near the site of the shooting told the British Guardian.

In 2012, a terrorist attacked a Jewish school in Toulouse, murdering four people. The victims were a father and his two young sons, and an 8-year-0ld girl.

In a video apparently recorded after the Thursday attack, Coulibaya states that he “went out a bit against the police so that it has more impact,” in order to synchronize his attack with the attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be in France on Sunday to attend a unity rally to protest terrorism. Many world leaders plan to attend the rally, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister David Cameron, King Abdullah II of Jordan and his Queen, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

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