الإثنين , يونيو 15 2020

Jerusalem funerals for Paris victims


Relatives of Yoav Hattab, a victim of the attack on the Paris kosher supermarket, gather for his funeral near Jerusalem, 13 January 2015Mourners at the funerals of victims of the supermarket killings have begun gathering in Israel

The funerals are getting under way in Jerusalem of four Jewish victims killed during last week’s attacks in Paris.

The four men were shot dead at a kosher supermarket in three days of terror which began with a deadly attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

The funeral ceremony will include an address by the Israeli prime minister.

This week’s edition of Charlie Hebdo is to show a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad – which is said to have prompted the attack by Islamist gunmen.

The cartoon shows the Prophet holding a “Je suis Charlie” sign and the words “All is forgiven”.

It has been previewed in numerous other publications internationally.

On 7 January, Islamist gunmen raided the magazine’s Paris office, killing 12 people.

A total of 17 people were killed in three days of terror attacks in the French capital last week.

A memorial ceremony attended by President Francois Hollande is taking place in central Paris to remember the three police officers killed.

Eulogies

The four Jewish victims of the supermarket attack – Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada – will be buried at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem.

Their bodies arrived before dawn on a flight from France for the ceremony.

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From left: Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, Yoav Hattab and Francois-Michel Saada

  • Yohan Cohen, 22, worked at the kosher supermarket
  • Philippe Braham, 45, was a business manager for an IT firm
  • Yoav Hattab, 21, was a student and the youngest supermarket victim
  • Francois-Michel Saada, 64, was a former pension fund manager

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The victims’ relatives will recite a traditional prayer and read eulogies. The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the families had asked for the burials to take place in Israel.

Mr Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will speak at the funerals – a measure of the connection Israel feels with events in Paris, the BBC’s Kevin Connolly in Jerusalem reports.

Their challenge is to find words to address the sense in Israel that the dead were victims of a mood of anti-semitism as well as an act of Islamist extremism, our correspondent adds.

‘Not giving in’

The latest cover of Charlie Hebdo has been published in advance by French media. Outside France, the Washington Post, Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine, Corriere della Sera in Italy and the UK’s Guardian are among publications to show the cartoon.



Magazine staff

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Staff at the magazine have been busy working on the new edition

The slogan in French “Je suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) was widely used following the attack on the magazine, as people sought to show their support.

Three million copies of Wednesday’s edition are being printed. Normally only 60,000 are sold each week.

Charlie Hebdo’s lawyer Richard Malka told France Info radio: “We will not give in. The spirit of ‘I am Charlie’ means the right to blaspheme.”

Survivors of the massacre have been working on the magazine from the offices of the French daily newspaper Liberation.

Five of Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonists – including the editor – were killed in the attack.

The new edition will be created “only by people from Charlie Hebdo”, its financial director, Eric Portheault, told AFP news agency.

Contributions from other cartoonists were declined.

New footage

The three days of violence in Paris began after brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi attacked the magazine’s office. Witnesses said they shouted “we have avenged the Prophet Muhammad” after the shootings.

The brothers were later killed by French security services after a stand-off north of Paris.

Separately, Amedy Coulibaly – whom investigators have linked to the brothers – had killed four people at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris on Friday before police stormed the building.

Coulibaly is also believed to have shot dead a policewoman the day before.

His partner Hayat Boumeddiene is now believed to be in Syria. She has been identified as a suspect by French police, although she left France before the attacks.

Six people suspected of belonging to a cell behind the Paris attacks are still thought to be at large, French police have told AP news agency.

It quotes police as saying they are searching the Paris region for a Mini Cooper car registered to Boumeddiene.

Newly-released CCTV footage appears to show her arriving at an Istanbul airport in Turkey on 2 January.

About 10,000 troops are being deployed across France after the attacks, and a huge unity rally was held in Paris on Sunday.

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How the attacks unfolded (all times GMT)

Map of Paris showing the locations of three deadly attacks in January 2015

  • Wednesday 7 January 10:30 – Two masked gunmen enter Charlie Hebdo offices, killing 11 people, including the magazine’s editor. Shortly after the attack, the gunmen kill a police officer nearby.
  • 11:00 – Police lose track of the men after they abandon their getaway car and hijack another vehicle. They are later identified as brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi.
  • Thursday 8 January 08:45 -A lone gunman shoots dead a policewoman and injures a man in the south of Paris. Gunman later identified as Amedy Coulibaly.
  • 10:30 – The Kouachi brothers rob a service station near Villers-Cotterets, in the Aisne region, but disappear again.
  • Friday 9 January 08:30 – Police exchange gunfire with the Kouachi brothers during a car chase on the National 2 highway northeast of Paris.
  • 10:00 – Police surround the brothers at an industrial building in at Dammartin-en-Goele, 35km (22 miles) from Paris.
  • 12:15 – Coulibaly reappears and takes several people hostage at a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris. Heavily-armed police arrive and surround the store.
  • 16:00 – Kouachi brothers come out of the warehouse, firing at police. They are both shot dead.
  • 16:15 – Police storm the kosher supermarket in Paris, killing Coulibaly and rescuing 15 hostages. The bodies of four hostages are recovered.

Three days of terror

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