France

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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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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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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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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Toulouse Jewish school killer dead after police break stand-off

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

The suspected murderer of four Jews at a school in Toulouse and three French paratroopers has been confirmed dead in gunfire with police.

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Toulouse stand-off continues 30 hours later

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

More than a day after French police surrounded a house in Toulouse the fate of the man suspected of up to seven murders is unknown.

Gunman Mohammed Merah may not still be alive, said Claude Gueant, France's Interior Minister. Police are understood to have entered the building, although Mr Gueant did not confirm that.

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Toulouse stand-off continues as more details about suspected killer emerge

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2012

It has now been around 17 hours since police surrounded a building in Toulouse in order to take a man, suspected of killing up to seven people, into custody.

Yet despite earlier reports, Mohammed Merah has not been arrested and remains holed up inside. Police are believed to be preparing to storm the building.

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