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After Attack, Owner of Paris Kosher Market Plans Move to Israel

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Last week’s terror attacks in Paris were certainly shocking for the world. But one cannot imagine the trauma endured by those who actually experienced the horrific violence. The Times of Israel reports that the owner of the kosher market where four Jews were killed is planning to make aliyah (immigrate to Israel) with his family, once he is released from the hospital:

Three days after a terrorist attack in a kosher supermarket in Paris left four Jewish men dead, the owner of the beleaguered store voiced his intention to immigrate to Israel.

Patrice Walid, owner of HyperCacher kosher mart in Porte de Vincennes, was injured in the attack and said that the moment he is discharged from hospital, he wants to move to the Jewish state.

“He is planning to take his five kids and to board the plane [to Israel] as soon as possible,” Walid’s brother Yoel told Army Radio Monday, and noted that his brother is still recuperating from bullet wounds to his hand and stomach.

“He is in trauma, he is still unconscious. But at least he’s alive, that’s the most important thing,” Yoel Walid said …

Yoel Walid recalled the initial moments of the Friday-afternoon attack and claimed that Coulibaly had a distinctly anti-Semitic agenda in targeting the store.

“[My brother] was supervising his staff when, at around 1:30 p.m., the terrorist abruptly burst into the shop. One of his employees was standing at the entrance and he was immediately shot and killed,” said Yoel.

“[Patrice] confronted him and the man responded: ‘You are a Jew, you will die! Everyone here will die.’ My brother then said, ‘There are children here.’ But the terrorist didn’t care, he began shooting,” continued Yoel.

“[Patrice] was shot, but he managed to escape and alert the police,” he added.

Coulibaly apparently phoned the French media at the height of the siege and said he had deliberately chosen the supermarket in order to harm Jews.

Yoel Walid praised the conduct of France’s police force and said that the Jewish community would not bow to terror, even as an increasingly acerbic strain of anti-Semitism sweeps through Europe.

Tags: Israel , Terrorism , Europe

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