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Netanyahu: Murder in French Jewish school a ‘despicable anti-Semitic’ attack

Rabbi, three children killed after man fires at Ozar Hatorah school in southern city of Toulouse; police say gun used was the same one used in murder of two soldiers last week.

by Yair Ettinger, Eli Shvidler and Olivier Fitoussi, Haaretz

March 19, 2012 | 3:47 pm

A man holds French and Israeli flags during a silent march at the Place de la Bastille in Paris on March 19. Photo by REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

A man holds French and Israeli flags during a silent march at the Place de la Bastille in Paris on March 19. Photo by REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that the shooting at a Jewish high school in the southern French city of Toulouse is a “despicable murder,” and that he is certain that French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his government “will do everything in their power to find the murderer, and I promise that Israel will help France in this task.”

The shooting on Monday – in which four people were killed and another seriously wounded - took place near a synagogue on the campus of the Ozar Hatorah school, where children and their parents usually wait for a bus that takes them to the various Jewish preschools in the community. The victim, Jonathan Sandler, a Jewish studies teacher at the school, was waiting for the bus with his two children when the shooting occurred.

According to reports, a man riding a motorcycle opened fire at the children and the parents at around 8:00 A.M. The gunman then abandoned the motorcycle, entered the school and began shooting at the students and faculty.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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