Victims of Paris, Copenhagen Attacks to be Remembered at Jewish Agency Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day) Ceremony


ftaThe Jewish Agency for Israel will hold a Memorial Day ceremony in the plaza of its Jerusalem headquarters building this Wednesday, 3 Iyar at 09:00. The ceremony will remember victims of anti-Semitic attacks outside Israel along with Israel’s fallen soldiers and victims of terror attacks within Israel – the only established ceremony to do so annually.

This year’s memorial ceremony will center on the violent anti-Semitic attacks that took place earlier this year at the Hyper Cacher supermarket in Paris and the Great Synagogue in Copenhagen and will memorialize Paris victims Phillipe Braham, Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, and Francois-Michel Saada, and Copenhagen victim Dan Uzan.

Valérie Braham, widow of Philippe Braham, and Sergeot (Mordekhai) Uzan, father of Dan Uzan, will address the event.

The ceremony is being organized by The Jewish Agency for Israel with the participation of its partners at the World Zionist Organization (WZO), the Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF), Keren Hayesod-UIA (KH-UIA), The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), and the Jewish Federations of Canada – UIA (UIAC).

Ambassador of France Patrick Maisonnave, Deputy Chief of Mission of Denmark Signe Biering Nielsen, Jewish Agency Chairman of the Executive Natan Sharansky, WZO Chairman Avraham Duvdevani, KH-UIA Director-General Greg Masel, JFNA Israel Executive Director Becky Caspi, KKL-JNF Chairman Efi Stenzler, UIAC Director-General Yossi Tanuri, and Jewish Agency Director-General Alan Hoffmann will be in attendance.

According to Jewish Agency data, some 200 Jews have been killed in anti-Semitic attacks outside Israel since the country’s establishment in 1948. Many of their names are inscribed on a memorial column that will be posted in the plaza for the event’s duration; the names of the Paris and Copenhagen victims will be unveiled during the ceremony.

The ceremony will take place this Wednesday at 09:00 in the plaza of the Jewish Agency headquarters building (the National Institutions Building), 48 King George Street, Jerusalem.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)