Jewish leaders continued to reach out today to the people of France, following yesterday’s terror attack on the Charlie Hebdo magazine office in Paris.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a letter to French President François Hollande, in the wake of the terrorist attack that left 12 dead, including Jewish cartoonist Georges Wolinski.
“[inlinetweet prefix=”” tweeter=”@Jspace_News” suffix=”-Bibi”]This attack on France is an attack on us all[/inlinetweet],” Bibi wrote. “Free peoples everywhere must unite to confront radical Islamist terrorism and to protect ourselves against this threat to our common civilization.”
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin posted a message to his personal Facebook page, writing in French: “On behalf of the people of Israel, I present our sincere condolences to the French people and its leaders. We are all throughout the free world faced with the terrorist threat and we remain united in the fight against those who seek to stifle the freedom of thought and who continue to destroy so many lives. Unfortunately, I am no stranger to the horror and pain that accompany such deadly attacks. We are at the side of France in its determination to protect freedom of thought and freedom of the press, which are fundamental pillars of all democracies.”
And past Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres took part in a special commemoration ceremony, lighting a remembrance candle and holding up a sign that read “Je suis Charlie,” or “I am Charlie,” which has become a social media rallying cry following the attack.