Screenshot from the video of Lassana Bathily receiving his citizenship

Screenshot from the video of Lassana Bathily receiving his citizenship

British Jews are being urged to sign an online petition calling on Benjamin Netanyahu to honour a kosher store’s Muslim worker who saved the lives of several Jewish customers during this month’s terrorist attack in Paris.

It comes as French authorities awarded Mali-born Lassana Bathily, 24, with a French passport, after he turned off the stockroom’s freezer and hid a group of shoppers inside before sneaking out through a fire escape to help police.

At the ceremony this week, Interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Bathily’s “act of humanity has become a symbol of an Islam of peace and tolerance”.

Bathily responded, saying: “People are all equal to me and skin colour isn’t a matter.”

In the UK, a mixed-race black and Jewish woman from St. John’s Wood, who said she identified with Bathily, began a petition calling on the Israeli prime minister to recognise his bravery, moral courage, and intellectual honesty in reinforcing the principle that the human right to life trumps all other rights”.

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