Abbas to Attend Paris Rally in Memory of Terror Victims

January 10, 2015  

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas will attend a mass national rally in Paris on Sunday to pay tribute to the 17 victims of Islamist attacks there this week, including four people killed at a Jewish supermarket, a diplomatic source said on Saturday night, according to AFP.

Abbas will be joined by many world leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who changed his mind and announced he would attend the rally, after having earlier said he could not attend due to security concerns.

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman will also be representing Israel at the rally, which is expected to draw more than a million people.

Abbas on Wednesday condemned the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine that left at least 12 dead and which began the series of deadly attacks in France.

In a telegram addressed to French President Francois Hollande, Abbas said the PA “strongly condemned and deplored the heinous crime that is in contradiction of religion and morality.”

Meanwhile on Saturday, Netanyahu led calls in Israel for French Jews to “come home to Israel” in the wake of the terrorist attacks.

“To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, I would like to say that Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray, the state of Israel is your home,” he said in a televised statement, referring to the Jewish practice of facing Jerusalem during prayer.

“Unless the world comes to its senses, terror will continue to strike in other places,” he added in remarks on his official Twitter account.

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