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January 9, 2019 4:12 pm

‘Our Anger Is Still Strong,’ French Jewish Leader Says on Fourth Anniversary of Paris Kosher Supermarket Attack

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French President Emmanuel Macron attends a memorial ceremony at the Hyper Casher supermarket in Paris, Jan. 7, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Christian Hartmann.

Memorial ceremonies were held in Paris this week to mark the fourth anniversary of a deadly terror attack at a kosher supermarket there.

On Jan. 9, 2015, Amedy Coulibaly — who had pledged allegiance to ISIS — burst in to the Hyper Cacher at Porte de Vincennes in the city’s 20th arrondissement and took more than a dozen hostages.

A multi-hour standoff with police ensued, at the end of which the heavily-armed Coulibaly was killed in an exchange of fire. Four hostages — all Jews — were found murdered inside the store.

The attack occurred two days after 12 people were massacred by a pair of Islamist gunmen at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in the French capital.

“Our pain is always present, our anger is still strong,” Francis Kalifat — the president of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF) — said on Wednesday.

A number of US-based Jewish groups also commented on the anniversary.

“The four victims were murdered solely for being Jewish,” the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said. “We will not stop fighting against antisemitism in Europe and around the globe.”

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) said, “We honor the lives of the innocent victims murdered four years ago today at the Hypher Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris. May their memories be a blessing.”

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) said, “Four years ago today, four more people in Paris became victims of terror. Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, François-Michel Saada. They were killed in a kosher supermarket on a Friday. They were targeted for one reason: They were Jewish. May their memory be a blessing.”

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