France

Toulouse killer was no lone wolf

By Jason Burke, March 29, 2012

As ever, as the dust settles, the facts become clearer. In the case of Mohamed Merah, the killer of three Jewish children, a rabbi and three soldiers in France earlier this month, the questions have become sharper too.

Though local authorities have been praised for their handling of the bloody dénoument of Merah's short-lived terrorist career, many doubts remain.

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He destroyed my family but Jewish unity helps me cope

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, March 29, 2012

Support from around the world and the unity of the Jewish people are helping Eva Sandler cope with the murder of her husband and two young sons in Toulouse last week.

"God gives me the strength; without it, I would not be able to stand," she told Israel's Channel 2 on Sunday. "The truth is that I see the unity of the Jewish people, and that strengthens me the most.

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Jewish child attacked outside Ozer Hatorah school in Paris

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

A Jewish boy has been attacked and verbally abused outside his school in Paris, just a week after four people were killed by an Islamist gunman outside a Jewish school in Toulouse.

The boy, 12, was outside a Jewish school in the French capital when teenagers shouting antisemitic chants set on him and hit and punched him. He escaped with only light injuries.

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Al Jazeera sent video footage of Merah Toulouse killings

By Jennifer Lipman, March 27, 2012

Footage of Mohammed Merah's shooting attacks in Toulouse has been obtained by the Paris branch of Arabic-language satellite news channel Al Jazeera.

The channel gave the memory stick, said to contain two clips of up to 25 minutes of video footage, to investigators on the case.

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Jewish graves in Nice vandalised

By Jennifer Lipman, March 26, 2012

Vandals have desecrated Jewish graves in a cemetery in Nice.

Thirty graves were targeted, with stars of David ripped off yarzheit candles on some of the graves,

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Rabbi Sandler: 'He was a wonderful teacher'

March 22, 2012

The rabbi who lost his life at the age of 30 on Monday morning was a much-loved teacher who touched the lives of those he taught.

Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, who was murdered alongside his two sons and another young girl, had returned to France to teach at the Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse last year.

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Jews and Muslims must show unity against jihadists

By Ed Husain, March 22, 2012

"God forbid that the recent killer of Jewish children and a rabbi in France be a Muslim or of Arab descent," I tweeted a day before the French authorities named Mohamed Merah as the prime suspect in last week's terrorist atrocity. People on Twitter responded to me saying: "He also killed Muslims".

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France's Jewish community faces another attack

March 22, 2012

There was no shortage of up-to-the-minute - and sometimes incorrect - information circulating about the Toulouse killing as events unfolded.

However what was often missing from TV, web and radio reports was the history of antisemitic attacks in France - and even in Toulouse itself.

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Toulouse horror is the latest spawn of radical Islam

By Stephen Pollard, March 22, 2012

The familiar headlong rush with which the culprits of a terrorist attack are pronounced with certainty barely minutes after it happens has rarely been more decisively skewered than on Wednesday morning.

France woke up to the news that it was not, as the media had spent two days insisting, a crazed fascist who had murdered three North Africans and four Jews in two separate attacks.

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Toulouse tragedy: questions over Jewish school security provision

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

There were surveillance cameras and a tall fence around the Otzar HaTorah school in Toulouse. But the cameras were not manned and there was no guard.

The tragedy was "an accident waiting to happen" according to a British member of the city's Jewish community.

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