Berlin Landmark Lights Up With Israeli Flag in Solidarity With Victims of Jerusalem Truck-Ramming Attack
Berlin’s famed Brandenburg Gate was lit up with an Israeli flag on Monday in a show of solidarity with the victims of Sunday’s truck-ramming attack in Jerusalem, which left four IDF soldiers dead.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted a photo of the illuminated landmark with the caption, “Thanks, Germany, for standing with us in our common struggle against terrorism.” Israel’s ambassador to Germany, Avraham Nir-Feldklein, said in a Facebook post that he was “moved by the gesture of the Berlin Senate.”
“We are very grateful for the support of the German government and the people for the consoling words of solidarity,” Nir-Feldklein said. “We all see us faced with the same terror, from Nice over Berlin to Jerusalem, but together we will face evil and we will win. Today, the light of the Brandenburg Gate symbolizes the connection of our hearts.”
France’s i24News reported that the Brandenburg Gate memorial was the result of an online petition calling on the Berlin Senate to light up the landmark with the Israeli flag, the way it did with the flags of France, Poland, Turkey and Germany itself, in the aftermath of terror attacks against citizens of those countries. The petition said, “Anything else would be a damning indictment for Berlin and would give the impression that there are first- and second-class victims.” A mere 24 hours after the petition was started, it was signed by 4,173 supporters, according to the report.
The IDF soldiers, aged 20 to 22, were killed when a resident of east Jerusalem ran a truck into a group of troops waiting at a bus stop during an educational tour. Sixteen soldiers were wounded and four remain hospitalized. The terrorist, who was killed in the attack, is suspected of having been a member or supporter of ISIS.