Unacceptable that Jews afraid in Europe - Israeli president

2015-01-13 17:28
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. (Gali Tibbon, AFP)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. (Gali Tibbon, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Jerusalem - It is unacceptable that Jews fear to walk the streets of Europe seven decades after the Nazi Holocaust, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said on Tuesday at a funeral for victims of an Islamist attack in Paris.

"We cannot allow that in 2015, 70 years since the end of World War II, Jews are afraid to walk in the streets of Europe with skullcaps and tzitzit," he said of the traditional headcovering and prayer garments worn by religious Jews.

The Friday attack by an Islamist gunman on a kosher supermarket, which killed Yoav Hattab, aged 22, Philippe Braham, aged 45, Yohan Cohen, aged 23, and Francois-Michel Saada, aged 64, has left the Jewish community in both France and Israel badly shaken.

"While the last weeks and months have proven that terror does not discriminate between blood, we cannot escape the fact that this terrorism explicitly targets the Jewish people," Rivlin said.

Rivlin stressed however that while Israel was the ancestral home for all Jews, returning to it "need not be due to distress, out of desperation, because of destruction, or in the throes of terror and fear."

"We want you to choose Israel, because of a love for Israel," he added.

Read more on:    france  |  israel  |  paris shooting

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.