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September 16, 2018 5:39 pm

Ceremony Honoring French Terror Victims to Be Held on Yom Kippur

avatar by Benjamin Kerstein

A wreath left outside the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris on Jan. 16, 2015, to pay homage to the Jewish victims of an Islamist terror attack. Photo: US Department of State.

Despite the disturbingly high number of terror attacks on French Jews in recent years, there will be little or no Jewish presence at this year’s ceremonies marking a national day of mourning for French terror victims, because it falls on September 19 — Yom Kippur.

Chief Rabbi of France Haim Korsia told Makor Rishon he has participated in previous such ceremonies, at one of which he heard “the emotional and sad testimony of my good friend Shmuel Sandler,” a father and grandfather of victims of the 2012 massacre at a Jewish school in Toulouse.

This year will be different, but “I asked the rabbis to add a special prayer for the victims of the terror attacks that struck our country. This is our way to connect with the events that take place on a national level.”

The chief rabbi indicated that the national ceremony will be held in the future on March 11, the European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism, which coincides with the 2004 Madrid train bombings by Islamic extremists.

The president of the French chapter of B’nai B’rith, Philippe Meyer, tweeted, “It is unacceptable to us that they will not allow Jewish families, who are victims of French terror, to participate in the national ceremony for victims of terror because it takes place on Yom Kippur.”

An anonymous source in the French-Jewish community was quoted lamenting the community’s inability to assert itself over such issues, saying, “The Jewish community proves once again that it is not capable of standing up for itself.”

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