The Central Consistory of France, the body that represents French Jewry in matters of religion, confirmed Wednesday the city of Paris will name a square in honor Jerusalem.
“I would like to thank the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, the Paris Council and the 17th Arrondissement Council for their decision to establish a Jerusalem Square in Paris,” the President of the Consistory Joel Mergui said.
The proposal to dedicate a square of the city to the Israeli capital was advanced by the consistory in January, on the occasion of the visit of Israeli president Reuven Rivlin.
The historic move was confirmed in a letter written by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. She said:
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
The square will be established in the central 17th Arrondissement, in the site of the future European Center of Judaism (ECJ), which is currently under construction, the Jerusalem Post reports.
Just a few meters away, in the Sainte Odile Square, two alleys were named after the three children killed in the 2012 Toulouse terror attack; 8-year-old Myriam Monsonego, and brothers Arie and Gabriel Sandler, 6 and 3, who are buried in Jerusalem.
All three were murdered by an Islamist gunman and local street signs note the children were “victims of antisemitic terror and hatred.”