At funeral, Netanyahu says Paris supermarket victims ‘killed solely for being Jews’

The bodies of the four victims of the Paris kosher supermarket attack arrive in Israel. Credit: GPO.

( On Tuesday, thousands of people attended the funeral of the four Jewish victims of last Friday’s Islamist terror attack on a Paris kosher supermarket at Jerusalem’s Har HaMenuchot Cemetery.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the funeral that the victims—Yoav Hattab, 22; Yohan Cohen, 22; Philippe Braham, 45; and François-Michel Saada, 55—were “killed solely for being Jews.”

“Their lives were cut short in an attack of hatred by a lowly murderer. … I have been saying for many years and I say it again today: [Islamist terrorists] are not only enemies of the Jewish people, they are enemies of all mankind. It is time for all people of culture to unite and uproot these enemies from our midst,” said Netanyahu.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said, “Yoav, Yohan, Philippe, and 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 and we wanted for you, life. At moments such as these, I stand before you, brokenhearted, shaken and pained, and with me stands and cries an entire nation.”

Posted on January 13, 2015 .