The city of Paris will rename a town square after Jerusalem for the first time since 1883 in a symbol of France’s solidarity with the Jewish people and the state of Israel.
In a letter by the Central Consistory of France, a group that represents the Jewish community of France reiterated that “in honor of the friendship between the city of Paris and the State of Israel” the town square will be called Jerusalem. In a historic and symbolic move, President Donald Trump officially moved the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem early last year.
According a Jerusalem Post report, the square will be at the center of the 17th Arrondissement, which will be the future site of the European Center of Judaism (ECJ).
First time since 1883, the city of @Paris will rename a square after #Jerusalem "in honor of the friendship between the city of #Paris and the State of #Israel", announce Paris mayor @Anne_Hidalgo in a letter to @JoelMergui, president of the @ConsistoireFr. Chapeau! pic.twitter.com/xxLV2UOKZZ
— Elad Ratson 🇮🇱 (@EladRatson) June 14, 2019
Israel’s Special Digital Diplomacy Envoy Elad Ratson shared the news on Twitter Friday saying, “First time since 1883, the city of Paris will rename a square after Jerusalem “in honor of the friendship between the city of Paris and the State of Israel,” announce Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo in a letter to Joel Mergui, president of the Consistoire Central Chapeau!”
Ils avaient 8, 6 et 3 ans. Myriam Monsonégo, Arié et Gabriel Sandler ont été assassinés le 19 mars 2012 à #Toulouse, victimes du terrorisme et de la haine antisémite. Deux allées du square Sainte-Odile portent désormais leurs noms, dans le 17e arrondissement. N’oublions jamais. pic.twitter.com/ieMp9PI0kn
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) May 19, 2019
Last month, Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo dedicated a memorial to three children who were murdered in 2012 by an Islamist terrorist while attending Jewish school in Toulouse. In a tweet, Hidalgo said, “They were 8, 6 and 3 years old. Myriam Monsonégo, Arié and Gabriel Sandler were murdered on 19 March 2012 #Toulouse, victims of anti-Semitic terrorism and hatred. Two alleys of the square Sainte-Odile now bear their names in the 17th arrondissement. Let’s never forget.”
According to the World Jewish Congress, the country of France is home to the third largest Jewish community in the world, .