Netanyahu: Israel Only Place You Can Proudly Proclaim 'I Am a Jew'

In wake of Paris attack, Israeli prime minister calls on thousands of young Jews at Birthright mega event to make aliyah.

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at a Birthright mega event in Jerusalem, Jan. 14, 2015. Credit: Olivier Fitoussi
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on thousands of young Jewish adults to move to Israel at a Birthright mega event in Jerusalem, Repeating a message that he has said repeatedly since the Paris attack on a kosher supermarket.

"I call on all the Jews around the world; come to Israel,” Netanyahu told the crowd, “this is your land, this is your birthright and the only place you can proudly proclaim 'I am a Jew.'"

Speaking after his return from France during which he attended the massive memorial rally for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, Netanyahu said: “French citizens rightfully proclaimed 'Je suis Charlie' But the relevant question remains: can Jews everywhere march in the streets and proclaim 'Je suis Juif"?' “In Israel every Jew can say 'I am a Jew', without any fear or hesitation and with great pride.”

During the event, which marks Birthright Israel's fifteenth anniversary, a moment of silence was observed for the victims of the Paris kosher supermarket attack.

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