Barkat: Jerusalem feels the pain of Paris

Jerusalem showed its solidarity with Paris Sunday night at a special rally held in Safra Square, outside City Hall.

Ido Ben Porat,

Safra Square at Sunday night's rally
Safra Square at Sunday night's rally
Jacky Levy

Jerusalem showed its solidarity with Paris Sunday night at a special rally held in Safra Square, outside City Hall, where Mayor Nir Barkat, Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Arye Stern, and other officials from Israel and France expressed their horror at the Friday terror attacks in Paris, and said that Israel would stand by France in her time of trouble.

“As the waves of terror cross oceans and continents, the world now understands what we experience here in Israel,” said Barkat. “We need to stand as a united, solid front against the terror groups. The blood drawn here by terror and blood drawn in Paris, in the Hevron Hills is all the same. The world must united and fight the terrorists, for the sake of our value.

“Today, from Jerusalem, we send our condolences and show our support to the people of France, and we have lit up the walls of the Old City with the tricolore, the colors of the flag of France, as a symbol of our solidarity,” said Barkat. “United, we send our condolences to the families of the dead and injured, as well as to the families of the dead and injured in terror attacks in Israel in recent weeks,” he added.

Speaking at the event, French consul Hervé Magro said that “France thanks Israel for its solidarity in the wake of this evil and barbaric attack. France will continue to fight for its values, the values of international humanism, as they are accepted by the nations of the world.”

During the event, memorial candles were lit for the victims, and prayers were recited for them. The Old City walls will remain lit in the white, blue and red of the French flag for the coming days.




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