This evocative Washington Post Magazine article includes some comments from brave visiting Americans. Among them were my oldest granddaughter Arielle and her father, my son Harold. Arielle, junior at Northwestern University, was in Paris for the fall term attending a joint program run in conjunction with SciPo.
Harold and some members of the extended family had planned a trip over Thanksgiving week to visit her and tour some museums. That was prior to the ISIS shahids murderous massacres and battle with French police. After much discussion the group decided to go, despite State Department travel advisories and warnings from friends and some other family members.
Their visit came just days after the November 13th massacres by ISIS operatives that saw 130 killed, 352 injured, 99 seriously, and the November 18th battle at the St. Denis safe house that saw the shootout with French police resulting in the deaths of the alleged Belgian Moroccan mastermind, his French born female cousin and a third, as yet to be identified jihadi suicide bomber.
Doubtless the Gordon entourage will have anecdotes about what they saw and experienced there on this adventure. They return to the United states tomorrow. Arielle returns the following weekend after what must have been an experience she’ll remember vividly.
Harold and I spent 9/11/2001 together in the company of his law firm partners and associates in Manhattan viewing and experiencing first hand another Islamic jihad slaughter of the innocents by Al Qaeda shahids from Egypt, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
These close encounters with Islamic terrorism by the Gordon family was experienced by Arielle’s younger sister Amanda who spent a month in Israel on a teen tour during the summer 2014 Hamas rocket and terror tunnel 50 day war, IDF Operation Protective Edge.
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EDITORS NOTE: The featured image of a building in Paris lit up with the French flag was taken by Harold Gordon.