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Netanyahu visits Paris synagogue, crowd breaks into national anthem

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 01:16

Packed crowd in Paris Grande Synagogue breaks into spontaneous rendition of French national anthem after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finishes remarks. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: French Jews inside the Grande Synagogue in Paris broke into a spontaneous rendition of the French national anthem on Sunday (January 11) after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finished his remarks to the packed assembly. Earlier, Netanyahu had received loud cheers as he entered the place of worship alongside French President Francois Hollande. Both men were among the dignitaries to visit the synagogue an the end of an unprecedented march by world leaders through Paris streets earlier in the day along with an estimated one million people. The so-called "unity march" was in response to the deadly Islamist militant assaults in Paris over three days; one assault was on a satirical newspaper known for lampooning Islam and the other was at a kosher Jewish supermarket. Three gunmen left 17 people dead before being killed in standoffs with police. The attacker who took hostages at the kosher market said he was targeting the Jewish community. France has the largest Jewish population in Europe, having grown by nearly half since World War Two to total some 550,000 according to CRIF. Anti-Semitic threats and incidents more than doubled last year, according to the Ministry of the Interior. Israeli officials, including Netanyahu, have long encouraged French Jewish emigration. In a statement late on Saturday, Netanyahu said an Israeli governmental committee would convene in the coming week to find ways to boost Jewish immigration from France and other European countries "which are being hit by terrible anti-Semitism".

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Netanyahu visits Paris synagogue, crowd breaks into national anthem

Monday, January 12, 2015 - 01:16