Jewish Federations Shocked at Terror Attack in France

19 Mar
 

The Jewish Federations of North America is shocked and outraged at today’s tragic terror attack on a Jewish school in southern France that has left at least four dead, including three children.

Early news indicates that a terrorist on a motorcycle carried out a fatal shooting outside Ozar Hatorah, a Jewish school in the southern French city of Toulouse. Recent updates report that four have been killed, including a teacher, Rabbi Sandler, his two children Aryeh, aged 6, Gavriel, aged 3 and Miriam Monstango, aged 8, daughter of the school principal. Others remain in critical condition.

Kathy Manning, Chair of JFNA’s Board of trustees stated, “We at Jewish Federations are devastated by the terrible news of an attack on Jewish school children in France. We send our deep and heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, while wishing a speedy recovery to the injured. At the same time, we embrace the entire Jewish community of France and stand with them at this very difficult and tragic time.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for those responsible to be brought to justice. “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.” Netanyahu also criticized the UN Human Rights Council for supporting attacks on the innocent by inviting a representative of Hamas to address that body today.

Jewish communities across the globe, including in North America, are stepping up their security procedures. In Israel, the Knesset Aliyah and Absorption Committee (which also has responsibility for international Jewish communities) will meet in emergency session tomorrow, and JFNA Israel will be in attendance.

According to JFNA’s CEO and president, Jerry Silverman, “Words cannot describe the shock and outrage – and deep mourning – that result from a terror attack that is specifically directed at children. We have long known that Jews can be targets of vicious attacks wherever they are in the world. And it is clear, that even today, in 2012, that statement remains true. Jewish Federations stand with the Jews of France at this time of sorrow.”

Jewish Federations will continue to monitor the situation closely with our partners at the Jewish Agency and JDC.  Additionally we will assess any needs and stay in close touch with SCN and other relevant security agencies going forward.

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One Response to “Jewish Federations Shocked at Terror Attack in France”

  1. davidsmith4002 March 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    “…shocked and outraged…”

    Outraged? Yes, we should all be outraged.

    Shocked? No one should be shocked, nor even surprised.

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