Mourners at funeral of Toulouse shooting victims 390 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)
Among the throngs of people who accompanied the Toulouse terror victims as they
were interred were Magen David Adom volunteers from France and local Israeli
medics and paramedics, some of whom knew the families.
French Friends of
MDA had donated all of the ambulances and mobile intensive care units that were
present. The French volunteers arrived in Israel a few months ago to do a year’s
service as MDA staffers. “We came to save lives. We never thought we would have
to accompany the funerals of four of our French friends,” agreed the shocked and
About 30 people were injured during the funeral due
to heat and crowding. A man was hurt when a car tire went over his foot. Five of
all the injured were taken to the hospital.
Meanwhile, ZAKA rescue and
recovery organization chairman and founder Yehuda Meshi-Zahav said he had
personally ensured that Rabbi Yonatan Sandler – who was not an Israeli citizen –
was granted the status of an Israeli victim of terror. Official recognition by
the National Insurance Institute as a victim of terror meant that Sandler and
the three children were flown to Israel and given a burial plot by the state. In
addition, the family will now receive ongoing financial support as victims of
The ZAKA International Rescue Unit handled all aspects to
transfer the four bodies to Israel. A delegation from Israel, headed by ZAKA
International Rescue Unit commander Mati Goldstein, joined the volunteers from
the ZAKA France. The teams worked at the school, clearing the scene and
assisting in the forensic identification of the victims.
Tens of ZAKA
volunteers were on scene at Ben-Gurion Airport as the El Al plane carrying the
victims touched down. A short memorial service was held at the airport after
which the bodies were transferred in ZAKA ambulances to their final resting
place in Jerusalem.