PARIS (Sep. 10)
Thousands of people marched through the streets here Tuesday to protest the terrorist attack on the Neve Shalom Synagogue in Istanbul Saturday and demand that the nations of the world take the strongest possible action against terrorism.
the march began at the Memorial to the Unknown Jewish Martyr, where a wreath was laid and “Kaddish” was recited for 21 worshippers gunned down by Arab terrorists. The march continued on to the Place de La Bastille, a symbol of oppression and tyranny before the French revolution.
The marchers chanted “Syria and Libya accomplices” and urged world opinion to back a policy of armed resistance to terrorists and never to give in to their demands. Marchers included Socialist and Gaullist political leaders and members of parliament.
Meanwhile, an urgent session of European Jewish leaders of 20 countries has been convened under the chairmanship of World Jewish Congress president Edgar Bronfman for Thursday in Paris, to implement measures for the security and protection of synagogues and Jewish institutions in Europe as the High Holy Days approach.
The Latin American branch of the WJC will meet in plenary session with representatives from 19 countries in Montevideo, Uruguay, on September 27 to coordinate increased security measures for Jewish communities in the region.