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NEWS - News of B'nai B'rith

January 22, 2015

French Jewish Leaders

Joel Margi, president of the Consistoire, the umbrella organization of Jewish congregations in France, was part of a meeting of 20 European Jewish leaders at the Knesset Tuesday afternoon following the funeral of the four Jews killed during last week's hostage crisis at Paris' Hyper Cacher market.

Margi told the group that the support from other Jewish communities gives French Jewry strength.

"We are in a difficult situation, and it is hard to describe how afraid our children are to go to Jewish schools in France," he said.

"In the past, we said we don't need Israel's help. The opposite was true; we supported Israel. The situation changed and today the Jews of France need the State of Israel's help."

In response to Margi's remarks, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said that Israel helps the Diaspora with great support from Israelis.

"This is a visit of solidarity," Edelstein said, "that proves again, unfortunately under tragic circumstances, that 'all of Israel is responsible for one another.'" The world must understand that terrorism is terrorism, no matter who perpetrates it, Edelstein added.

"We were all shocked by what happened and disturbed why what it means," he said.

"I am happy that Jewish communities felt solidarity, which I know all citizens of Israel feel."

Sources: http://www.jpost.com/Diaspora/French-Jewish-leader-says-his-people-need-Israels-help-387646