JERUSALEM — 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.”

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.

Here’s a closer look at the victims:


Cohen worked at the kosher grocery store that was attacked by Amedy Coulibaly. The 22-year-old was friends on Facebook with his colleague Lassana Bathily, a Muslim who saved the lives of shoppers by turning off the stockroom’s freezer and hiding them inside before sneaking out through a fire escape to brief police on the hostage-taker upstairs. Cohen loved rap music. His parents left North Africa in the 1960s to settle in the northern Paris suburb of Sarcelles.


Hattab finished high school in Tunisia before moving to Paris to seek a business degree in marketing. He was killed while attempting to snatch one of Coulibaly’s weapons, according to witnesses quoted in various French news media. The 21-year-old Hattab was the son of the Tunis chief rabbi.


Saada, a pensioner in his 60s, was killed while buying goods for the Sabbath. Born in Tunis, the former senior manager was married to Laurence, a teacher. Their two children, Jonathan and Emilie, both live in Israel.


Braham, a sales manager in his 40s, attended services at the synagogue of Montrouge and was the brother of the rabbi at the synagogue of Pantin, according to French daily Le Parisien. Both synagogues are in the Paris suburbs.