PARIS (Sep. 8)
A mass demonstration against terrorism and the countries and organizations which back it will be held here Tuesday. Jewish organizations have called for a protest march from the Memorial to the Unknown Jewish Martyr to Bastille Square, once a symbol of terror and oppression.
French Jews, who traditionally have close links with Turkey’s Jewish community, were shocked and dismayed by the Saturday morning attack on an Istanbul synagogue which left at least 21 worshippers dead and wounded several others.
The Central body of French Jewry (CRIF) cabled a message of solidarity and sympathy to the Turkish Chief Rabbi. CRIF president Theo Klein called on the French government and the governments of all democratic nations “to take all the necessary measures to prevent the reoccurrence” of such outrages.
The government has issued an official statement condemning the murder and expressing its shock.
Special security measures were visible near Jewish and Israeli institutions in Paris and throughout France. Eight hundred members of the national police have been brought to Paris. Most of them are assigned to patrol near synagogues, Jewish community centers and other threatened sites.