ADL Commemorates First Anniversary of Terror Attacks on Charlie Hebdo Magazine and Hyper Cacher Supermarket in France

Jerusalem, January 10, 2016 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) commemorated on Sunday (Jan. 10th) the first anniversary of the terror attacks on Charlie Hebdo magazine and the Hyper Cacher supermarket in France. The event was organized in cooperation with Qualita, an umbrella organization of French immigrants to Israel headed by Michael Ben Sa’adon, and was held in the presence of French Ambassador to Israel H.E. Mr. Patrick Maisonnave, who said that “Radical Islam is our common enemy. Terror is terror, wherever it may be, and its criteria are clear and uniform worldwide.”

ADL Israel Acting Director Carole Nuriel opened the event, saying that “It is important to understand that anti-Semitism hurts not only Jews, but the entire society in which it exists. Winning the fight against anti-Semitism is thus a victory for the French Republic as a whole”.

Also participating were Former Israeli Ambassador to France Mr. Daniel Shek, cartoonist   Mr. Michel Kichka, Rabbi Yaakov Sitruk and Mr. Patrice Oualid, former manager of Hyper Cacher supermarket who was wounded in the attack. He provided his account of that day’s events and said that “The terrorist instilled fear in us and he came to kill us only because we’re Jewish and I wear a Tzitzit. I didn’t immigrate to Israel out of fear; I returned home.”

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.