Israel buries 4 Jewish victims of Paris attack

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JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli leaders gathered with the families of the four Jewish victims of a Paris terror attack on a kosher supermarket for an emotional funeral procession in Jerusalem.


Relatives of the victims each spoke briefly and lit a torch in memory of their loved ones before stepping off the stage with a huge Israeli flag in the background to embrace Israel's president, the prime minister and his wife.

Yohan Cohen, Yoav Hattab, Francois-Michel Saada and Phillipe Braham died Friday during a tense hostage standoff at the market on the eastern edge of Paris. The bodies were brought by plane to Israel early Tuesday morning.

"Yoav, Yohan, Phillipe, Francois-Michel - this is not how we wanted to welcome you to Israel," President Reuven Rivlin said, his voice quivering. "We wanted you alive, we wanted for you, life. At moments such as these, I stand before you, brokenhearted, shaken and in pain, and with me stands and cries an entire nation."

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Mourners react in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015 during the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners gather in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015 for the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
The bodies of two victims are placed on platform at a cemetery in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015 during the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
The body of a victim is placed on platform at a cemetery in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015 during the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
The body of one of the victims is carried into a cemetery in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015 during the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
The body of one of the victims is carried into a cemetery in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015 during the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
The body of one of the victims is taken out of an ambulance and carried into a cemetery in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015 during the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners carry pictures of the victims as they gather at a Jerusalem cemetery on January 13, 2015 to attend the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, Francois-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
The body of one of the victims is carried into a cemetery in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015 during the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli man wrapped in a national flag joins family members and other mourners at a Jerusalem cemetery on January 13, 2015 to attend the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, Francois-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners gather at a Jerusalem cemetery on January 13, 2015 to attend the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, Francois-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. French slogan on placard reads: 'I'm Charlie, I'm Jewish, I'm Israeli, I'm French, I'm fed up.' AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners carry pictures of the victims as they gather at a Jerusalem cemetery on January 13, 2015 to attend the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, Francois-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
French Minister of Ecologie Segolene Royal (in blue-C) joins mourners gathering at a cemetery in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015 for the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
French Minister of Ecology Segolene Royal (in blue-C) comforts a mourner as peoople gathered at a cemetery in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015 for the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
French Minister of Ecologie Segolene Royal (in blue-C) joins mourners gathering at a cemetery in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015 for the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners wearing T-shirts bearing the picture of a victim arrive at a Jerusalem cemetery on January 13, 2015 to attend the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen (portraits), Philippe Braham, Francois-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners gather in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015 for the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners gather in Jerusalem on January 13, 2015 for the funeral of four Jews killed in an Islamist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week. Crowds of mourners were attending the funeral of Yohan Cohen, Philippe Braham, François-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab after their bodies of were flown to Israel from France early in the mourning for burial in the Jewish state. The four Jews were among 17 people gunned down in Paris during three days of bloodshed that convulsed France and sent shock waves through its Jewish community, the third-largest in the world. AFP PHOTO/ JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Family and relatives of French Jew Yoav Hattab, a victim of the attack on a kosher grocery store in Paris, gather around a symbolic coffin for his funeral procession in the city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Israel geared up on Tuesday for the solemn funerals of four Jewish victims of a Paris terror attack on a kosher supermarket amid rising concerns over increased anti-Semitism in Europe. Hattab will be buried in Jerusalem along with other victims of the attack. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Family and relatives of French Jew Yoav Hattab, a victim of the attack on kosher grocery store in Paris, gather around a symbolic coffin for his funeral procession in the city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Israel geared up on Tuesday for the solemn funerals of four Jewish victims of a Paris terror attack on a kosher supermarket amid rising concerns over increased anti-Semitism in Europe. Hattab will be buried in Jerusalem along with other victims of the attack. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
A relative of French Jew Yoav Hattab, a victim of the attack on kosher grocery store in Paris, attends his funeral procession in the city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Israel geared up on Tuesday for the solemn funerals of four Jewish victims of a Paris terror attack on a kosher supermarket amid rising concerns over increased anti-Semitism in Europe. Hattab will be buried in Jerusalem with the other victims. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
The mother of French Jew Yoav Hattab, a victim of the attack on a kosher grocery store in Paris, is comforted during his funeral procession in the city of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Israel geared up on Tuesday for the solemn funerals of four Jewish victims of a Paris terror attack on a kosher supermarket amid rising concerns over increased anti-Semitism in Europe. Hattab will be buried in Jerusalem with the other victims. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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The four were among 17 people killed in a wave of terror attacks carried out over three days last week by militants claiming allegiance to al-Qaida and the Islamic State extremist groups.

The killings shocked France's 500,000 strong Jewish community - the largest in Europe - and deepened fears among European Jewish communities already shaken by rising anti-Semitism and threats from Muslim extremists.

The attack sparked calls from Israeli leaders for European Jews to immigrate to the Jewish state, a call repeated by Rivlin.

"However, returning to your ancestral home need not be due to distress, out of desperation, amidst destruction, or in the throes of terror and fear," he said. "Terror has never kept us down, and we do not want terror to subdue you. The Land of Israel is the land of choice. We want you to choose Israel, because of a love for Israel."

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