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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Prime Minister Netanyahu's Response to Jewish School's Attack in Toulouse, France

Nadene Goldfoot
The populaton of France is 65,821,885.  Of these, 19% are foreign born with 42%  of the 19% coming from Africa.  About 550,000 Jews are living in France, which is the largest Jewish population in Europe today.  Jews make up only less than 1% of the world population.  There has been a lot of anti-Semitism in France  lately. The largest religous group are Roman Catholics with Islam  numbering as the 2nd highest religion there today with the Pew forum estimates of 4.7 million Muslims in 2010.

 A man on a motorbike had been killing and terrorizing the city and surrounding area in SW France 3 days before an attack Monday morning on a Jewish school.  Three of the 4 killed there were children and was the 3rd attack on unarmed people in the past week.  In 1982 there was an assault on a Paris kosher restaurant, and this is the deadlist attack on Jews since then. 

Rabbi Yonatan  "Jonathan" Sandler, 30,  of Kiryat Yovel, Jerusalem, Israel and his sons, Aryeh, age 6 and Gavriel 3 1/2 were murdered.  Also, an 8 year old Miriam Monsonegro, daughter of the director of the school, was killed when the killer chased her into the concrete courtyard and stopping her by pulling her hair, then shooting her in the head.   Rabbi Sandler was serving as an Israel shaliach (emissary) at the school.  Two other children were shot and are seriously wounded. 

The killer fired on people waiting at a school drop-off point, then fled on his motocycle.  Surveillance around Jewish schools has been ordered to be increased by France's Interior Ministry.  The Chief Rabbi of France said he was horrified. 

Three days earlier 3 French paratroopers were shot dead 30 km away from this city.  The method and person seemed to be the same in the Jewish killings.  The paratroopers were either all Arab or black and it looks like they were targed on purpose. 

Monday, March 19, 2012
Statement by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Following the Terror Attack

in Toulouse, France Today (Monday), 19.3.12(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

“Today we had a savage crime in France that gunned down French Jews, among
them children. It’s too early to say what the precise background for this
act of murder is, but I think that we can’t rule out that there was a strong
murderous anti-Semitic motive here. I’m sure that Nicolas Sarkozy, the
President of France, and his government will do their utmost to find the
killer and we, in Israel will do everything to help them in this task.
I haven’t heard yet a condemnation from any of the UN bodies but I have
heard that one such body, the UN Human Rights Council, invited on this very
day a senior representative of Hamas – on this day, when we had the savage
murder, they chose to invite a member of Hamas. This particular individual
condemned the United States for disposing of the arch-murderer Bin Laden,
and he represents an organization that indiscriminately targets children and
grown-ups, and women and men. Innocents - is their special favorite target.
They kill Jews anywhere – that’s their constitution – kill Jews wherever you
find them – that’s what tey do. And this is what the Human Rights Council
decided to do today – to bring in to its quarters a member of Hamas. So I
have one thing to say to the UN Human Rights Council: What do you have to do
with human rights? You should be ashamed of yourselves.”

What Netanyahu is referring to is the charter of Hamas that calls for the death of all Jews, the same message that the Muslim Brotherhood has and Qaradawi, religious leader of Qatar as well as other places. 

Resource: Oregonian newspaper March 20, 2012  page A6 Motorbike gunman kills 4 at Jewish school
Bibi's Response to Outrage in France-IMRA Statement,  forwarded from Tamar Boussi
Toulouse: Rabbi Yonatan Sandler and his Children among the Dead by Gil Ronen

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