French attack: Bodies flown to Israel

2012-03-21 08:11

Paris - An El Al plane left Paris for Israel early on Wednesday, with the bodies of three Jewish children and a rabbi gunned down in southern France, amid fears that a suspected serial killer will strike again.

The plane also flew French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe to Tel Aviv along with 50 relatives and friends of the victims who were shot dead in a cold-blooded attack at a Toulouse school on Monday and will be buried in Israel.

The Israeli flag-carrier plane was expected to land in Tel Aviv at 05:35, an airport source said, confirming that it had taken off from Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport shortly after midnight.

Jonathan Sandler, a 30-year-old Frenchman, his two sons Arieh, 5, and Gabriel, 4 as well as 7-year-old Myriam Monsonego will be buried later on Wednesday morning at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem, according to the Israeli embassy in France.

President Nicolas Sarkozy paid silent homage to the victims on Tuesday at a school in Paris close to the city's Holocaust memorial, and afterwards admitted that authorities had as yet no clue as to the identity of the killer.

"Anti-Semitism is obvious. The Jewish school attack was an anti-Semitic crime," Sarkozy told reporters at the Paris school after meeting children.

French investigators fear the same gunman also killed three soldiers in two recent separate attacks and may strike again.

The soldiers were French citizens of North African origin, while another who was critically wounded in the attack was black and from the French West Indies.

The bodies of the four victims of the Toulouse rampage were first flown to Paris from southern France with their families on Tuesday.

Sarkozy and Prime Minister Francois Fillon paid their respects to the bodies as they lay in Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport.

The region around Toulouse was placed on maximum alert amid fears that the gunman will strike again.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-21 08:20

    EL-AL israeli of the most notorious airline i've travelled with in my whole life...have you ever been taken into questioning just for booking a jew airline when you are not a jew...that day my whole trip was ruined.

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-21 08:22

      Anyway may their souls rest in peace...they don't deserve what happened to them...

      mandsnj - 2012-03-21 09:03

      Next time don't fly El Al if you don't want to be questioned. You can see why they need tight security . . . Look what happens to innocent children just because they are Jewish.

      cameronrh1 - 2012-03-21 09:35

      With good reason... Would you like to know why they have questioning? Because they have just caught one of the killers and there is currently a standoff to get the 2nd... Radical Islamic extremists! Thats why they give intense screenings to anyone they deem a threat.

      Alaina Erasmus - 2012-03-21 09:54

      Your comment is a little irrelevant, don't you think? I mean, children have died. Awoman has lost her husband and two kids and some other family has lost their child and you're complaining about the airline? Put it into perspective, dude.

      Rolene - 2012-03-21 10:08

      A Jew Airline? Please explain yourself.

      Fred - 2012-03-21 19:28

      It was good for you Azanian. It might have helped melt that pseudo-victim baggage you've been hauling around.

      Fred - 2012-03-22 04:18

      You're a disgusting anti-Semite Patrick. You're on record as saying, "the world would be a better place if Jews were removed from all walks of life".

  • " - 2012-03-21 08:40

    I wish to express my heartfelt disgust at the indiscriminate shooting of three innocent children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in France. The recent killings are against divine and human laws and need to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. Terrorizing innocent people and shedding blood constitute a form of injustice that cannot be tolerated and accepted. Every conscience driven human being should be unified against all those who terrorize innocent children, woman and men, and those who permit mass murder and destruction. Murder, other forms of violence like wars, oppression and occupation are an evil of our species and are totally unacceptable. It is an obscenity, the evil of our time that all conscience driven people must work to eradicate. My sympathies and thoughts go out to the bereaved families, their friends and to the French people at this very distressing time and also to all those affected by these brutal acts of cruelty and satanic behaviour.

      Adam - 2012-03-21 10:17

      if your name really is abdulla ure a 1 in a million. thank you

      Fred - 2012-03-21 19:30

      This should be echoed one hundred million times at least by Muslims around the world. The image of Islam would be corrected in an instant. Right now it is being hijacked by a relatively few Jihadists for their own, narrow, largely non-Muslim aims.

      Fred - 2012-03-22 04:23

      Patrick, truly you are racist and bigoted. You're on record as saying, "the world would be a better place if Jews were removed from all walks of life". So what are you saying now? Having yourself attacked and demeaned Jews, this event is not an attack on Jews, but Israel? Truly you're confused.

  • anwar.daniels - 2012-03-21 08:49

    No justification for such cowardly attacks. May their souls rest in peace.

  • Cosmos O'Ndebele - 2012-03-21 09:03

    Apparently there is an ongoing seige at a shooting suspect s home in France right now. He is French born Mohamed, according news wires , He says he shot the Jews in revenge for the senseless killing of Palestinian children by Israeli troops

      Jaba - 2012-03-21 09:58

      Unfortunately you are correct, the murderer turned out to be a Muslim. "ABDULLAH" and anwar.daniels above have also lost three members of the Muslim community in France because of this terrorist, proof that terror is blind! Its time for the vast majority of the good Muslims on earth to fight for Islam! Islam has been hijacked by a minority of fundamentalists and are giving Islam a bad name. Truthfully we (non Muslims) know that Islam is the religion of peace even though sometimes its hard to accept this fact. Its up to the Muslim world to take their religion back! If it was not for fundamentalism there would be peace in the Middle East. Stop the violence. Time to love one another.

      Fred - 2012-03-21 19:31

      And you agree with that?

  • mandsnj - 2012-03-21 09:06

    Next time don't fly El Al then. You can see why such tight security is needed. Look What happens to innocent children just because they were Jewish. What a revolted file story

  • samuel.weller - 2012-03-21 09:34

    To the victims of this cowardly shooting, may your souls rest in peace , G-d bless you and your family. May G-d comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem

  • Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-21 09:38

    Sounds like they are French...why they being buried in Jerusalem?

      Jaba - 2012-03-21 09:59

      They were members of one family with dual (Israeli-French) citizenship – the Mother chose to bury them in Israel.

      Adam - 2012-03-21 10:18

      people under estimate the connection jews and judasim hold with israel. they are one and the same

      Se-a Spencer Ikeremm - 2012-03-21 11:52

      Oh, thanx Jaba.

  • Alex - 2012-03-21 10:20

    This unending conflict between Israel and Palestine is very troubling. Just out of interest, who pulled the trigger first when it all began?

      BJ - 2012-03-21 11:28

      The brits, during their 'mandate'. Limey scum always good at meddling in other countries and starting wars between other countries. Same story in India-Pakistan, Cyprus-Turkey...

      Jaba - 2012-03-21 12:01

      I trust you understand that the TRUE Palestinians are the Jews. The Arabs co-opted the name (and the identity) in 1966. I remind you that during the Mandatory period, the British referred to Jews as "Palestinians." The Arabs were just always referred to as "Arabs." During World War Two, when the call went out to form a Palestine Brigade, the only people who signed up were -- you guessed it -- Jews. The Arabs were aligned with the Nazis, in case you didn't know. That said, the ersatz "Palestinians" prompted six wars -- all started by the Arabs and won by Israel -- and have engaged in seven decades of unrelenting terror, visited both against Jews in Israel and in the Diaspora. They come from the Hejaz in the Western Arabian Desert. Their stories of lush orchards and olive groves are just so much fantasy. If you want to know what Israel looked like before the Jews of the First and Second Aliyot came and made it verdant, just read Mark Twain's "Innocents Abroad." He speaks of a Palestine that was desolate and abandoned, a bleak and horrible place. It was not until the Jews came and fought back the desert in the south and drained the swamps in the north that the Arabs decided to invent a history to which they have no right. They're still inventing themselves. They are not "Palestinians." The TRUE Palestinians are the Jews. The record is replete with this fact

      BJ - 2012-03-21 12:49

      Jabba, you should acquire some general knowledge before psoting propaganda. Palestine is a geographical region, first mention of which is found in Egyptian texts dating in the 2nd millenium BC.

      Jaba - 2012-03-21 14:01

      BJ puff puff pass plz

      BJ - 2012-03-21 14:14

      hey jaba, stop running around the computer lab thumbing up your comments from every machine

      Dar - 2012-03-21 16:02

      The earliest recorded history shows a group of coastal cities and heavily forested mountains inhabited by a Semitic people, the Canaanites They were not Jews, These early inhabitants (around 4000 BC) called their nation Canaan. Israelis only entered The Palestinian area 3000 years ago, 1000 years after it was inhabited by the Canaanites. There are also some records that show some Assyrian settlers inhabited the region. The area was invaded many times after that by the likes of the Babylonians (who exiled the Jews), the Romans, the Arabs, The Christian Crusaders and Ottomans to name but a few. Palestinians are therefore made up of Phoenicians, Greeks, Samaritans, Romans, Assyrians, Babylonians, Jews and Arabs.

      Dar - 2012-03-21 16:03

      The greater majority of the inhabitants of Palestine converted to Islam and therefore they were classified as Arabs, Jews went through the different Diasporas, however maintaining a population in Palestine. The Christians if not converted by mainstream Islam maintained their Christianity, but were classified as ‘Arabs’. European Jewish settlers began to steadily arrive in 1882. This was when the problems started.

      Dar - 2012-03-21 16:03

      Like in any rainbow nation (Apartheid in South Africa for example), when one ethnic group claims sole ownership of the region, treats the rest like squatters, demolish their houses steals their land, kills their children imprison their sons and daughters deprives entire communities of their basic human rights the result will be Radical and it will give rise inevitably to “suicide bombers, rockets and terrorism”.

      Dar - 2012-03-21 16:04

      There were no suicide bombers and terrorist attacks before the region was hijacked by the Apartheid Zionist Regime. Hamas was created as a response to Zionist Brutality, the rockets and suicide bombs came as a response to Zionist Brutality and their Apartheid style rule.

      Fred - 2012-03-21 19:35

      BJ, the Israelites were in the area as long as the other tribes. This is recorded fact. You should be opposing the UNELECTED dictators in the region, who are abusing the Palestinians by inciting them to attack Israel, in their attempts to hold onto power, by presenting their populations with a false external enemy. Why have these dictators not given the Palestinians the few neighborhoods they need, out of the vast lands they control, when they say they care so much about them? Why have they funneled arms to them by the billions of dollars instead, and incited them to violence that has cost the lives of many Palestinians and caused them so much suffering?

      Fred - 2012-03-22 04:29

      The Israelites were in the area as long as the other tribes. This is recorded fact. To an anti-semite like you Patrick, that doesn't matter. All that matters is that violence against Jews continues. Everybody with a clear understanding knows the UNELECTED dictators of the Middle East have been using the Palestinians to hold onto power. But you fall for their lies hook, line and sinker. And you convert your misunderstanding into hateful bigotry. Just awful. At least everyone can see what you say for what it truly is. Awful.

      Dar - 2012-03-22 07:55

      @fred why doesnt America give new york to the Zionist? (oh i forgot they already own it), Rather ask why cant these ethnic groups live in peace and Harmony? uproot the cause of the dispute! solve the problems ! why should the bulk of the population of Palestine be relocated? this Idea of yours sounds like APARTHEID all over again. Palestine does not belong to JEWS or MUSLIMS or CHRISTIANS only, they all have a claim to the LAnd is that so hard to understand?

      Richard - 2012-03-22 08:29

      The real problem is the blind, unthinking hatred of the Islamist towards other religions, Israel and the Jewish people particularly. It angers me that people who have contributed nothing but death and hatred to humanity take it on themselves to cowardly murder those who are building and improving their lives and those of other people. Compare living standards in the West to those in the middle East.

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