Jerusalem Funeral of Murdered Frenchmen: Photos and Flags

Today the large French and Israeli flags were coming down.

flags FRance

They had been hung for a show of unity with France,

as Israeli leaders,

along with French Ecology Minister Segolene Royal,

joined thousands of mourners in attending the funeral yesterday

at Givat Shaul Cemetery in Jerusalem, Israel.

closed Highway

The road leading to the cemetery was closed

 and traffic was backing up with unhappy drivers.

police motorcycle

But the special free shuttle buses had a police escort

and went around the stopped vehicles.

female solders

Security lined the roads


and much of the cemetery.


Free water bottles were piled high in several locations.

photo media

International media and TV cameras were set.

crowd at funeral

Crowds tried to get past guards to enter,

but only those with invitations were allowed to pass.

talit for funeral

Here a family member was carrying a talit,

which is used to cover the body before burial.

French signs

There were a few signs

image funeral crowd

in the crowd,

I am signs

one with the faces and names of four men murdered,

because they were Jews,

Yohan Cohen,

Yoav Hattab,

Philippe Braham,

Francois-Michel Saada,

Israeli flag at funeral

and Israeli flags.

people inside funeral

Immediate mourners and dignitaries were behind barriers,

Frenchmen funeral

inside other barriers.

Sephardi rabbi kiss hand

Everyone rose when the Chief Rabbi entered,

and many stopped him to kiss his hand.

scene of Funeral

One by one Zaka members carried in the men,

murdered in terror attack in Paris, France on  erev Shabbat.

funeral speaking

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat escorted a family member,

who lit a flame and spoke.

The Chief Rabbis,

Israel President Reuven Rivlin

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin,

funeral French security

French Minister Segolene Royal,

Benjamin Netanyahu speaking behind bullet proof glass

and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

spoke in a protected area where only a special photographer

could get a photo without distorted reflections.

funeral French crowd

It was a sad day,


for all involved.

Inside the main area it did not seem like so many people came,

crowd at Givat Shaul cemetery

but upon leaving it was obvious that thousands could not get in.

They filled the streets as they filed out slowly.

I am Charles

Waiting shuttle buses returned us to town,

where more signs lined the Jerusalem, Israel streets.

Sadly, Jerusalem has had large funerals before

and has learned how to prepare for the huge crowds.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this was the last one

for innocent people murdered by terrorists?

10 thoughts on “Jerusalem Funeral of Murdered Frenchmen: Photos and Flags

  • January 14, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Yes it would be wonderful if this was the last one…sadly I am afraid we are only at the beginning of the madness….

  • January 15, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Thank you Sharon for your very moving photos. You give us the feeling that we were there and could participate in the sadness.
    Shifra and binyamin

  • January 16, 2015 at 6:29 am

    Though I “liked” your post, I do not really “like” photos of a funeral. I’m sure you know what I mean. You have brought the tragedy to us who are not there. Barriers behind barriers…
    When will the killing end? When will the world cry out for the spilling of Jewish blood?

    • January 17, 2015 at 10:29 pm

      Sorry to have to post funeral photos, but that is what was really happening this past week. Hope to have much better news to share this coming week.

  • January 17, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Thank you for giving us a window into where many of us cannot be. You just show us, without any private interpretation of the events, and that is also very much appreciated.

  • January 17, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    This post is among the many that have been included in Shiloh Musings: Havel Havelim, וָאֵרָא Va’era, And I Appeared…. this week’s edition of the international Jewish bloggers carnival, a weekly round-up of interesting and varied posts.
    Please look at the other posts, too, comment and share. Also, you’re invited to get more involved in our blogging community.
    Shavua Tov, Have a Wonderful Week!


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