Brother of owner says that terrorist screamed ‘You are a Jew, you will die!’ before opening fire on shoppers
Three days after a terrorist attack in a kosher supermarket in Paris left four Jewish men dead, the owner of the beleaguered store voiced his intention to immigrate to Israel.
Patrice Walid, owner of HyperCacher kosher mart in Porte de Vincennes, was injured in the attack and said that the moment he is discharged from hospital, he wants to move to the Jewish state.
“He is planning to take his five kids and to board the plane [to Israel] as soon as possible,” Walid’s brother Yoel told Army Radio Monday, and noted that his brother is still recuperating from bullet wounds to his hand and stomach.
“He is in trauma, he is still unconscious. But at least he’s alive, that’s the most important thing,” Yoel Walid said.
Friday’s attack was perpetrated by Amedy Coulibaly, a French-Senegalese national who worked in tandem with the Kouachi brothers who stormed the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices Wednesday, killing 12.
The incidents sparked increased calls by Israeli officials for French Jews to emigrate, amid already record numbers of Jews leaving France for Israel.
Yoel Walid recalled the initial moments of the Friday-afternoon attack and claimed that Coulibaly had a distinctly anti-Semitic agenda in targeting the store.