Victims of French School Attack Buried in Israel (WSJ) WALL STREET JOURNAL) By JOSHUA MITNICK JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 03/21/12)
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JERUSALEM—Under a withering early spring sunshine, thousands gathered
Wednesday to bury the victims of a cold-blooded attack on a French
school, as police were locked in a standoff with the suspected killer
two thousand miles away in Toulouse.
The speaker of the Israeli parliament, Reuven Rivlin, French Foreign
Minister Alain Juppé, Israel´s two chief rabbis, and members of
Israel´s French community spoke at the Givat Shaul cemetery in
Jerusalem, with eulogies alternating between French and Hebrew.
Choking back tears, Avishai Monsonego made "one last request"´ of his
younger sister Myriam, the eight-year old girl who was hunted down
and killed on Monday in the yard of the Ozar Hatorah private school
in Toulouse, where her father is the director. Mr. Monsonego implored
his sister to pray for their parents to have the strength to go on.
Rabbi Jonathan Sandler was also killed, along with his two young sons
Gabriel and Arye, in an attack by a lone gunman on a scooter.
Prosecutors said all of the victims were shot at point-blank range in
a brutal onslaught by a merciless killer.
Mr Juppé called the attack a national tragedy and vowed to ensure
that it wouldn´t happen again. He said the perpetrators would be
arrested and brought to trial. "Don´t doubt our determination to
fight anti-Semitism," Mr Juppé said. He added that all of France is
being targeted when Jews are attacked.
Israeli President Shimon Peres met with Mr. Juppé ahead of the
funeral and said his visit underscored the deep relations between the
"The expression of all the French people and President Sarkozy was
for us a moving voice, very dear, very important," said Mr. Peres
after the meeting. "For us as a Jewish state, for us as Israel, a
state that is still under threat, and especially because children are
the dearest thing we have. Terror is the biggest threat we face."
Mr. Rivlin, the Israeli speaker, compared the shootings to "evil"
terrorist strikes against Jewish targets in Mumbai in 2008, in Buenos
Aires in the early 1990s and in the West Bank settlement of Itamar
last year. "This is evil, the hate of Israel for its own sake," he
said. "We won´t let them defeat us."
Police have been stuck in a standoff for hours with a 24-year old
Frenchman Wednesday, who is holed up in a Toulouse apartment
building. France´s Interior Minister Claude Guéant said the man has
told police he attacked the Jewish school to avenge the deaths of
While waiting for the funeral to begin, mourners listened on mobile
phones to French radio reports about the siege in Toulouse and to
interviews with presidential candidates.
The school shootings, which followed two separate but linked attacks
on soldiers that left three dead in the southwest of the country,
have stunned the French public and interrupted France´s presidential
election campaign. (Copyright © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.) 03/21/12)
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