Family of Hyper Cacher victim blasts British press over publishing attack footage

A cousin of Yohan Cohen lashed out against a decision by the Daily Mail to publish security camera footage of the Hyper Cacher attack.

January 15, 2015 19:32
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kosher supermarket in Paris

Police raid a kosher supermarket in Paris . (photo credit: COURTESY OF BFMTV)

The British media have acted in an insensitive and hurtful way, a spokesman for the family of Yohan Cohen – one of the four victims of last week’s terrorist attack at a kosher grocery store in Paris – told The Jerusalem Post Wednesday evening.

Yaakov Simah, a cousin of Cohen, lashed out against a decision by the Daily Mail to publish security camera footage images of the inside of the Hyper Cacher store during last Friday’s standoff between Islamic extremist Amedy Coulibaly and French police. While the tabloid blurred the victims’ features, their bodies can clearly be seen on the floor of the supermarket in the images published online.

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While Cohen’s parents did not view the pictures, his uncle did, Simah said.

“He is in shock that you cannot understand, because he was the one needed to identify his nephew, so he is very nervous and [the family] asked me to do whatever I can to take off the pictures from the [Inter]net,” he said.

It was irresponsible for the media to publish such pictures, he added.

“We buried, all the family, our son, our brother, a part of our family. So one day after the burial they put [up] pictures of the crime scene? I cannot imagine how they don’t have any scruples. I don’t understand it. It’s just unbelievable.

“It’s a shame what they did. It’s like they are taking our wounds and putting a knife inside and turning it.”

“EXCLUSIVE: First chilling footage from inside Paris deli shows jihadist killer herding terrified customers and forcing them to deactivate security cameras as corpses lay around them,” read the headline on the Mail Online website above images from the security camera.

Friends on Facebook described Cohen, who worked in the store, as strong and smart with a “heart of gold,” as well as a calm person who rarely got angry and “always had a smile on his face.”

He was shot in the head after attempting to wrest away one of Coulibaly’s guns.

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