6:30 p.m., August 6, 2022, amended to 1:25 p.m., August 7, 2022
GRANDSTAND. The four lawyers for the families of victims of the attack on rue des Rosiers, Ariel Goldmann, Alain Jakubowicz, David Père and Francis Szpiner, call for the Palestinian and Jordanian authorities to take a stand soon and for concrete action by France in favor of of the extradition of suspects who are still escaping justice, forty years after the tragedy.
Here is their platform: Forty years ago, on August 9, 1982, a heavily armed commando opened fire in the restaurant run by Jo Goldenberg, rue des Rosiers in Paris, leaving behind six dead, 22 injured and as many families scarred forever. That day, the perpetrators of this anti-Semitic attack fled; they remain unpunished. Forty years ago, French justice was seized of this cowardly attack. She has since identified four suspects as members of the commando. They are Mahmoud Khader Abed Adra (alias Hicham Harb), a refugee in Ramallah; Nizar Tawfiq Mussa Hamada (alias Abou Nizar) and Souheir Mohamed Hassan Khalid al-Abassi (alias Amjad Atta), refugees in Jordan; and finally, Walid Abdulrahman Abou Zayed (alias Osman), a refugee in Norway. Years have passed and, despite the tenacity of the investigating judges who have recently succeeded in this case, only one of these suspects has been handed over to France. In December 2020, more than thirty-eight years after the events and six years after an arrest warrant was issued for Walid Abdulrahman Abu Zayed, Norway finally authorized his extradition. He is now in pre-trial detention in France, pending a possible trial that all the victims hope for.
First victory, this unexpected extradition cannot make us forget that the three other suspects, also targeted by arrest warrants since 2015, have still not been extradited. In doing so, they benefit from the complicit passivity of the authorities of the territories in which they have found refuge. How can we tolerate it? Why have these three people, sought by French justice to explain their involvement in the attack of August 9, 1982, still not been extradited? Jordan refuses to hand over the two men on its soil and the Palestinian Authority considers itself incompetent to carry out the mandate which concerns it, for lack of recognized state status. The victims cannot be satisfied with this and expect their country, France, to take strong and persuasive action towards Jordan and the Palestinian Authority.
The victims call for concrete action by France in favor of the extradition of the suspects to our country
One can only deplore the absence of acts going in this direction which harms unnecessarily an old investigation of tens of years, in which the search for the truth remains the only objective. The victims are calling for a forthcoming stand by the Palestinian and Jordanian authorities and concrete action by France in favor of the extradition of the suspects to our country where they can finally be heard. The President of the Republic repeated on July 17 in Pithiviers his determination to fight against anti-Semitism. The trial of the assassins in the rue des Rosiers is one of them. The fight against anti-Semitism is confirmed every day in action, not just on commemoration day.
It is also essential that the victims of this attack can be recognized in their status as victims of an act of terrorism, which, for legal reasons, is not the case so far. A few weeks ago, the special assize court in Paris closed the so-called trial of the November 13 attacks that had mourned France in 2015, in the midst of a wave of other terrorist attacks that left a lasting mark on people’s minds. in France and abroad. This trial, unique in the nature of the facts and its scale, allowed justice to pass, both for the accused and for the victims. We hope that the same will be true in the months to come for the victims of the attack of August 9, 1982, known as “rue des Rosiers”.