Toulouse Memorial: Chief Rabbi Urges French Aliyah

Israeli Sephardic Chief Rabbi makes call at 3rd anniversary of anti-Semitic mass-murder; 'The rabbis should leave at the end.'

Yoni Kempinski ,

Israeli Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
Israeli Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef
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Arutz Sheva was in Toulouse Thursday for a memorial service commemorating three years since a terrorist attack killed three children and a rabbi at the Ohr Torah Jewish elementary school.

The service took place at the synagogue within the school complex, under tight security, and was attended by dignitaries including Israel's Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef.

Rabbi Yosef called on French Jews to "strengthen themselves" through Torah study, and also issued a call for French Jewry to make aliyah to Israel en-masse.

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef at the Toulouse memorial Conference of European Rabbis

Rabbi Yosef emphasized, however, that he was not making the call to move to Israel because of the spate of deadly Muslim terrorist attacks against the community, but because it was the right thing to do.

"The rabbis should emigrate at the end - after everyone has left, they should come," he said.

23-year-old Al Qaeda terrorist Mohammed Merah murdered his four Jewish victims at the end of a killing spree in which he also murdered three French policeman.

He was eventually shot dead in a gunbattle with police.

Outside the Ohr Torah School Conference of European Rabbis