Bodies arrive in Israel ahead of funeral; Thousands expected to attend; Security and traffic patrol heightened
The bodies of the four victims of Friday’s terror attack, Yoav Hattab, 21, Yohan Cohen, 20, Philippe Braham, 40, Francois-Michel Saada, 64, arrived in Israel Tuesday morning, their funerals scheduled for noon in Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Netanyahu, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and several Israeli Members of Parliament are scheduled to attend the funeral, Netanyahu , Rivlin and Opposition leader Isaac Herzog to participate in the ceremony. Head Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef will speak at the beginning of the funeral. French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy Ségolène Royal will give a eulogy.
The funeral is open to the public, thousands expected to attend and mourn. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld stated on Tuesday morning that security measures have been heightened as well as traffic patrol ahead of the funeral. He stated that, “Additional police units will be at the entrance of Jerusalem, the cemetery and in and around nearby neighborhoods from the early hours of the morning, and remain in place throughout the day to make sure the thousands of people expected in the area will arrive safely.”