The Jewish Agency will bring the remains of Ilan Halimi, a young Jew murdered last year in Paris in an anti-Semitic attack, to be reburied in Jerusalem this Friday.
Halimi will be buried in a special section of the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem on the first anniversary of his burial in France.
The 23-year old Halimi was brutally murdered on February 13, 2006, the day of Tu B’Shvat according to the Jewish calendar, by a gang of Muslim immigrants. The kidnapping and murder of the youth created shock waves throughout the Jewish world particularly among the French Jewish community.
Halimi’s remains will arrive in Israel on an El Al flight this Thursday. The coffin will be accompanied by Halimi's mother, Ruth Halimi, other family members and David Roche, head of the Jewish Agency’s delegation in France.
Chairman of the Jewish Agency Zeev Bielski said: “The reburial of Ilan Halimi in Israel is the closing of a Zionist circle. The family’s decision to tie their fate with the State of Israel, especially in such tragic circumstances, is a message clearly felt, one which expresses the unity of the Jewish People."
"The hideous murder, motivated solely by anti-Semitism, is emblazoned in the heart of the Jewish people, the State of Israel and the Jewish Agency, which has placed as a goal the struggle against this repugnant manifestation of hatred which is raising its ugly head around the world,” he added.
Burial services will take place Friday February 9th at 11:30 a.m. at the Sephardi Burial Home on the Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Givat Shaul, Jerusalem.
Addressing the service will be the Chairman of the Jewish Agency Zeev Bielski, Rishon LeZion (Sephardi Chief Rabbi) Rabbi Shlomo Amar, France’s Chief Rabbi Joseph Sitruk, French Ambassador to Israel Jean-Michel Casa and the President of the European Jewish Congress Pierre Besnainou.