Four French Jews killed in the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris were buried in Jerusalem on Tuesday a week ago.
A night vigil was announced for our French brethren Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, 22, Philippe Braham, 45, and Francois-Michel Saada, 64, slaughtered because they were Jews. I attended the vigil at Paris Square with a candle in one hand and a flashlight in the other and stood silently with five other s. A thousand attended the commemoration ceremony at City Hall. The next day, I returned and painted the Mural below to express my pain. A photo of it was selected as the photo of the day, (see red printed link above my photo.)
Pain for the loss of Dr. Elsa Cayat 54, the only woman korban among the twelve at the Charlie Hebdo office. She was born in 1960, the daughter of Georges Khayat, a native of Tunisia ( Sfax), who settled in France. A psychiatrist and writer, she authored “Jeunesse”, the first volume of a trilogy on Jewish life in Tunisia under colonial rule and the magazine’s Charlie Divan (English: Charlie’s couch) column.Her column wandered from subjects such as parental authority to the roots of the Holocaust.
Indeed, Tunisian Jews have paid a heavy price in the massacres at Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Casher in Paris. As well as Elsa Cayat, Tunis-born Georges Wolinski, a cartoonist for Charlie Hebdo, was murdered. Three of the murdered hostages in the kosher supermarket were from Tunisia: Yoav Hattab, Johan Cohen and Francois-Michel Saada. I tried to express the French Jews total collapse.
Of the dozen killed at Charlie Hebdo by Koulibali’s collaborators, the Kouachi brothers, Said and Cherif Kouachi, there were 11 men and one woman. Her name was Elsa Cayat. Other women on the premises, also held at gunpoint, were permitted to go on living. One of the murderers told Sigolène Vinson, a Charlie freelancer who had gone to the morning meeting: “I’m not going to kill you because you’re a woman. We don’t kill women, but you must convert to Islam, read the Quran and cover yourself.” Then he cried out: “Allah hu Akbar.” Now here’s the thing. The killers must have known that Elsa Cayat was Jewish. There is no likelier explanation for the chilling fact that of the women on the scene, Cayat was the one singled out for murder. Nor, outside the CNN report, has the point been much noted in the Anglo-American media. But there it is. In the eyes of the killers, male cartoonists were enemies of Allah. Women who were not otherwise cursed were deemed salvageable. After all, Allah is merciful. But a Jewish woman is unsalvageable.
In 2015, Elsa Cayat forfeited her right to live by virtue of being a Jew.
There were so few signatures to the large sign the Municipality erected. Sadly only a handful of people were there at the vigil. No mark of the end of Jewish life in France after 200 years as citizens and after 2000 years in various cities. Do we criticize the police? GK Chesterton described the French Foreign Legion, as having “Victorious Failures” and “Successful Suicides”. I take that to mean ineffectual.
Returning to Paris Square the next day, Monday, my determination was in high gear.Within two hours, I painted a seven meter Mural. Use the link below to view a partial representation of:
We Remember Khaybar Artist Ida Farkash
Bibi did not go to the funerals for four rabbis and a Druze policeman killed by Palestinian militants at a Jerusalem synagogue in November. He also did not attend the funerals of four French Jews killed in Toulouse in 2012, all of whom were buried in Jerusalem. Asked why Netanyahu had chosen to go to Tuesday’s ceremony, his spokesman said there was nothing to add beyond the prime minister’s comments at the funeral.
I invite Prime Ministers of France Manuel Valls and of Israel, Bibi Netanyahu, to view the mural that I painted at Paris Square to commemorate this tragic massacre.
The following is a link to that 7 meter mural that I call “We Remember Khaybar” after the Muslim siege of Khaybar, Saudi Arabia. Muhammed’s army conquered the Jewish city, decimating the Jewish population and banished the remaining Jews. My Mural is named for them and is dedicated to the slaughtered ones in Paris.
You will not see all of the painting. However, the photo, containing the mural won for best photo of the day. I didn’t post the photo. Below is my photo.
That message was reiterated by French Energy Minister Segolene Royal, who attended the funeral ceremony.
The victims were being posthumously awarded the Legion d’honneur, France’s highest decoration.
“France without its Jewish community is not France.”
Carrot Soup for the Soul, because Jews mourn and move on
2 tablespoons unsalted butter or extra-virgin coconut oil
1 onion, chopped
scant 1 tablespoon red curry paste, or to taste
2 pounds carrots, peeled and chopped – 1/2-inch chunks
1 14-ounce can full-fat coconut milk
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
1 1/2 cups / 360 ml of water, or broth to cover
1 lemon or lime
to serve (topping ideas): micro greens / cilantro, chopped, toasted almonds , chile oil