Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

Jewish school shooting victims buried in Israel

The rabbi and three children gunned down at the Jewish school in France were buried in Jerusalem today.

At the funeral ceremony, Eva Sandler, his widow and mother of two of the dead children, and Yaffa Monsenego, the mother of the third, burst repeatedly into tears as speaker after speaker remembered the victims.

The women had flown to Israel to bury their loved ones.

The dead members of the Sandler family were wrapped in white prayer shawls while the body of Mrs Monsenego's daughter was draped in black velvet. Mrs Sandler is pregnant and arrived in Israel with her remaining child, a toddler.

About 400 people gathered at the cemetery, including relatives who arrived from France, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe and leaders of the French Jewish community.

Israeli parliament speaker Reuven Rivlin said the Jewish people "once again find themselves facing beasts ... driven out their minds by hatred."

Mr Juppe said "an attack on a Jew in France is not only an issue for French Jews. ... Anti-semitism is against all French values."

Earlier an Israel Airlines flight from Paris brought the bodies of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, his sons Arieh, five, and Gabriel, three, and eight-year-old Myriam Monsenego to Israel. The children held dual Israeli-French citizenship; the rabbi had lived in Israel for years and the families had asked to bury them in there.

After the plane landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport before dawn, memorial prayers were read over the plain pine coffins bearing Stars of David before they were placed in four ambulances for transport to the Har Menuchot cemetery.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph