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Son of Paris Victim: Don't Wait to Come to Israel

Yonatan Saada's father murdered by terrorist 5 months before making aliyah; 'don't wait for people to take decisions for you.'

Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar,

Francois-Michel Saada hy''d
Francois-Michel Saada hy''d
Courtesy of the Saada Family

Arutz Sheva paid a condolence visit to the family of 63-year-old Francois-Michel Saada hy''d, one of four Jews murdered last Friday in an Islamist terror attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris.

Saada's son Yonatan spoke about his father, noting he always "tried to unite people and gather people," patiently working to resolve any conflict between members of the family.

Yonatan chooses not to view his father's violent death as "tragic," remarking that in being killed for being a Jew his father's death was kiddush Hashem - a sanctification of G-d's name.

His death "will help a lot of Jews, not only in France but all around the world...maybe they will realize that sometimes in life you don't have to wait for people to take decisions for you, you have to take decisions for yourself and, you know, leave."

Elaborating, the bereaved son revealed his father and mother planned to make aliyah (immigration to Israel) this June, adding that his father was "completely in love with Israel" and felt "at home."

"I told them don't wait, come before, you don't have to wait even five months," said Yonatan, who himself made aliyah four years ago. Unfortunately his parents did not manage to make aliyah before the shocking attack, with things to finalize in France keeping them back.

Speaking about the anticipated wave of aliyah from France following the attack, Yonatan said "people who decide to come to Israel...even if they really feel that their situation will be better here, they need to know that they don't have to run away, they don't have to see it like that. I think that if they come to Israel it's because this country is amazing."

Particularly in this time of hardship and mourning, he revealed there has been a massive outpouring of support from the Jewish people, and that he has felt the embrace of the nation as one family.

Francois-Michel Saada was born in Tunisia, and was a retired senior manager. Both of his two children live in Israel.


Courtesy of the Saada Familiy