Israel shocked by Jewish school attack

2012-03-19 16:13

Jerusalem - Israel on Monday said it was "deeply shocked" and "horrified" by a shooting attack at a Jewish school in France, in which an Israeli-French dual citizen and three children were killed.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman was "deeply shocked" over the incident, a statement from his bureau said.

"Only a person possessing demonic evil could conduct such a terrible murder of small children at a school," it quoted him as saying.

French authorities said at least four people were dead in the shooting attack at the Ozar Hatorah school in the southwestern city of Toulouse.

An Israeli relative of a deceased man named him as Jonathan Sandler, originally from Jerusalem, who had left to France last year.

The gunman shot a man outside the school before one of his weapons jammed and he then entered the school grounds where he sprayed the area with bullets, a local prosecutor said.


Israeli Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin said the attack was against Jews and Israel and, as such should alert the international community.

"Jewish children and a teacher were murdered this morning because they were Jewish," he said in remarks broadcast by military radio.

"This just shows the horrors of anti-Semitism, which also manifests in anti-Israeli (acts)... This should be a warning signal to the world."

Earlier, Israeli Foreign ministry spokesperson Yigal Palmor told AFP that they Jewish state was "horrified" by the attack.

"We trust the French authorities to shed full light on this tragedy and bring the perpetrators of these murders to justice," he told AFP.

The incident came just days after two previous shootings in the region by a man on a motorbike who killed three soldiers.

Police in southwestern France launched a major manhunt last week after the killing of three paratroopers and the wounding of another in two separate, but connected incidents.

  • Peter - 2012-03-19 16:32

    Very sad that children are targeted. I'm confused - he's the relative of "a" deceased man? Aren't most of us related to somebody who is dead?

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-19 18:37

      Apparently the gun used last week in the slaying of 3 French serviceman of Afro background is the same gun used today in the attack on these Jewish school children!!! Its very clear that someone is targeting ethinic minorities in France. We cant afford a situation were by there is mention of these Jewish victims only. What about the 3dead troops? they all human beings & equal coverage should be given to everyone. If this turns out to be a racist killer,then what now for the French ruling politicians who have been whipping up ANTI-Immigrant sentiment during this election season in France? The French president has been on record saying some pretty xenophobic things. Considering his own Jewish background, will people ask, did he get his own people in danger by his reckless election strategy????

  • zaakiro - 2012-03-19 16:33

    Every single life whether it is Muslim, Jewish, Christian or of any other faith, no one has a right to attack or take responsibility to take that life. This attack is another needles attempt by whosoever carried it out. But the fact that Israel has the oddacity to question such actions is mind boggling since they continually attack and kill innocent Palestinian children and women. Minister Avigdor Lieberman said "Only a person possessing demonic evil could conduct such a terrible murder of small children at a school," Is he serious? These attacks are what Israel are known for.. I won't be shocked if some "Muslim" is blamed or charged with these attacks...

      Jaba - 2012-03-19 16:49

      O please - you and your propaganda machine aren’t turning anymore... every death in the last 'who knows' is blamed on Hamas for the simple reason that they have declared a religious holy war on Israel until Israel is destroyed. These attacks are what Hamas is known for... firing missiles from the backyard of Palestinian schools into Israeli schools hoping for Israeli reprisals so that Israel could look bad on TV. Children for Hamas are just an item that has no value in their (and your) propaganda war of lies and deception. Have UK policies in Malvinas, Afghanistan and Iraq made every Englishman a legitimate target? And what about Americans, are they legitimate targets due to Obama's policies in Libya, Egypt, Bahrain and Afghanistan? And would you agree that Arab policies pertaining to Jews in the Arab world have made every Arab a legitimate target for Israeli attack? Isn't it your 'sort' who are always pontificating about how they are not anti-semetic, but anti-Zionist, and how the Jews are entitled to exist in peace? Or are the anti-Zionists now admitting to being overtly anti-semetic and declaring it open season on Jews, irrespective of age. Your would have been useful to Hitler.

      Muhammed Bhyat - 2012-03-19 17:13

      @ zaakiro: I agree with you. Those were innocent lives that were lost and we should all condemn this act. I take note also of the negative comments about your posting. May I advise you to ignore it. The authors of these comments are pronounced racists and mischief makers. They are heedless to sound advices. We must continue propagating what is good and pure.

      Boaz - 2012-03-19 17:39

      Firstly Prayers for the deceased and injured. Secondly, Zaakirinho you have been duped by Opec and its anti-Israel propaganda. Third, Muhammed it is you that is most racist on these talkbacks I always read how you howl in protest over your "we can make the rules but we don't have to follow them" mentality. Always full of lies about Israel while you and your religion are so peaceful. Every time I read one of your anti-Israel propaganda libels I think of when the Soviets named the country's only legal newspaper Truth (Pravda). Soon enough, everyone knew you could find no truth in Truth. Anyways, back to the subject, the perpetrator must be found and apprehended as soon as possible. The three French soldiers murdered in the last two weeks in and around Toulouse were of North African origin, perhaps Muslim themselves, so this latest killing spree may have been done by a person or persons of the extreme nationalist bent. Of course before making suppositions more facts are required. time will tell

      nowicki1 - 2012-03-19 17:56

      I'm not sure where all these Zionists come from? Anti-Israel propaganda? HAHA you fools !

      Muhammed Bhyat - 2012-03-19 18:37

      @ nowicki1: I share your sentiments. We must support our ruling party for its stance against Zionism and we must work with our ruling party to introduce more anti-Zionist policies in South Africa. Luckily Zionism is in its last years of existence.

      Adam - 2012-03-19 19:13

      who the f$% are the muslims coming here and defenidng palestinina terror??? children are dead and all these low lives can do is come here and make a noise about the poor palestinins? this is something a palestinina group like black september is known for doing. but obviosly they dont teach them that at jihad school.... they taught what all mulims are tought... how to play the victimmm shammmmeeeeee

      Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-19 20:23

      Where ever there is Patrick, there is HATRED !!!!!

      Alfred - 2012-03-20 07:08

      @ Jaba & enrico & Kenny & Boaz Why don't you just check the statistics. Irraelis have killed at least ten times as many Palastinian children as Palastinians have killed Israeli children. When Hezbollah killed two IDF soldiers, Israel invaded Lebanon killing at least 1500 Lebanese and totally destroying the infrastructure and destabilizing the country. When Palestinian freedom fighter kidnapped that IDF soldier, Israel attacked and murdered over 500 Palestinians blowing up hospitals schools and powerstations totally destroying the West Bank. When Palestinian freedom fighters shot homemade rockets at Israeli settlers only killing 3 Israelis over a nine month period, Israel murdered over 1000 Palestinians totally obliterating Gaza in what according to the UN and Judge Richard Goldstone was a war crime and a crime against humanity. Gaza is now effectively a giant concentration camp. Most sane people would agree that killing children is a despicable crime and the more children you kill the worse the crime, yet the Israeli propaganda machine has managed to convince most of the western world that the Palestinians are the bad guys even though they have killed less than one tenth the amount of Israelis as Israelis have killed Palestinians. How is it that westerners think that strapping a bomb to oneself and detonating it in a crowd or grabbing a gun and shooting at Jews is more of a crime than dropping cluster and phosphorous bombs on schools and hospitals.

      lovenergy - 2012-03-20 08:42

      There is no justifying the MURDER of children, there is no justifying the MURDER of the innocent. I don't care who started it or who dropped the first bomb. Just because a few men have nothing to defend but their egos gives them NO right over the life of an innocent. The religious people on this post should hang their head in shame because you are showing the world that your religion holds nothing but hate and intolerance. It scares me that we have so many Muslims openly proclaiming their hate on a public forum and yet the image they are portraying of their religion doesn't shame them.

      Kerry - 2012-03-20 17:29

      @Alfred - Justifying killing Jewish children in France because of a conflict in Israel is disgusting. Specially if you coming in from a human rights POV. Also your facts are wrong. The rockets did not target settlers, they targeted civilians in the Negev.(never was Palestinain land) Also Goldstone retracted the report. Also rockets aimed at schools and civilian populations arent things anyone needs to deal with. Israelis dont die because they run to shelters, schools get shut - and they dont want to die. Why should they? Why is it okay to throw rockets at people? To target civilians? Why should Israel not be allowed to put a stop to it. It makes it even worse that the rockets are launched from civilian areas. and the only way for israel to put an end to it is to retaliate to those civilian areas. But then why am i having this discussion with you. You think its fine to go out and kill children outside schools if they're the wrong religion.

      Fred - 2012-03-21 06:47

      Muhammed, regretably your view is far from "good and pure". You're a hypocrite.

      Waleed - 2012-03-22 10:36

      @tt Kerry: You must be referring to these rockets Israel keeps telling the WORLD about hey? just like you swallowed hook line and sinker when they said the iranian president said he wants to wipe Israel off the map FACT: Jesus was a Palestinian, they're killing the people of Jesus, but in saying that i dont condone these killings whoever committed them, lets not hope this is not a false flag attack like Israel did to their own people in the Lavon Affair and the USS Liberty II israeli scandal

      Kerry - 2012-03-22 12:57

      @Waleed That's ridiculous Waleed.

  • ProfAndyZulu - 2012-03-19 17:17

    Whilst this is horrific and very sad, I can't help but get disgusted at how the Israeli's try to equate anything anti-Israel as anti-semitic... The sheer hypocrisy is what really gets to me: they, the Israeli army, have often shot children "in the line of their duty". What makes it any less horrific and abominable if it is perpetrated by them?

      BA - 2012-03-19 17:50

      These murders were perpetrated against Jewish kids living in France. What do they have to do with Israel? How can you possibly classify this attack as being anti-Israeli and not anti-Semitic. your second statement is a libel. It takes things totally out of context. Only the palestinians deliberately target schools and other civilians areas. Israel defends itself against attacks that hamas deliberately deploys from civlian areas, and uses children as shields. These are facts.

      Boaz - 2012-03-19 18:02

      Professor none are so blind... Hamas is to blame for the death of children as Hamas has Zero respect for human life, especially Children that it uses and abuses in the name of some foolish propaganda & holy war. The Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center accused Hamas and other armed groups of making extensive use of human shields as integral part of their war doctrine, in order to prevent the IDF to target them, during the Gaza War (2008-2009). According to the ITIC, tactics used by Hamas that qualify as using human shields include hiding military infrastructure in civilian buildings - including "mosques, hospitals and educational institutions", firing rockets and mortar shells from civilian population centers, "summoning civilians to come to operatives’ houses to serve as human shields for terrorist operatives in danger of being attacked by the IDF" and using children as human shield by "surrounding operatives with children to facilitate their escape from combat zones

      Muhammed Bhyat - 2012-03-19 18:31

      @ ProfAndyZulu: I support your point. Thank you for having the courage to point this out at the risk of harsh and malicious criticism.

      Larry - 2012-03-19 19:16

      Muhummed You are pathetic. Pure and simple. You cloak yourself in the veneer of superior knowledge but you are nothing but a snake. disgusting human being. You will be first.

      Nolan - 2012-03-19 19:16

      I'm pretty sure that the Jewish children in France were not launching rocket attacks on their neighbours. That's the difference.

      Fred - 2012-03-21 06:48

      Muhammed, you're a very self-righteous, arrogant young man who is in for a big fall.

      Waleed - 2012-03-22 10:41

      you referring to these rockets that Israel keeps telling you about right Nolan?

  • ckauderer - 2012-03-19 17:23

    I cannot believe that this horrible act still goes on today in France; History is repeating itself and everyone should be on alert again. No one has the right to take a life of innocent people!

  • Jacques - 2012-03-19 17:27

    "Only a person possessing demonic evil could conduct such a terrible murder of small children at a school," - or treat people the way that you treat the Palestinians...

      Boaz - 2012-03-19 17:41


      BA - 2012-03-19 17:45

      So Jacques - you think that these murders are justified. The Jewish kids living in France deserve this, do they?

      Larry - 2012-03-19 19:30

      Palestinians are Arabs who oppose the existence of Israel. Under the circumstances, they are very well treated.

      Sharon - 2012-03-19 22:56

      you are also one of the pr-cks who support farm murders or dont you see them in the same light as the attacks on these kids

      lovenergy - 2012-03-20 08:48

      Wow glad that it wasn't one of your own kids because obviously these kids deserved to die hey Jacques. An eye for an eye hey?

      Alfred - 2012-03-20 10:07

      Boaz is probably an Israeli agent, a well known tactic employed by Zionists, along with likebots which one can clearly see have been employed on this site. BA, Sharon and Lovenergy are semiliterate, lacking comprehension skills. Just to clarify, Jacques does not condone the shooting, he just points out that the killing of Palestinian children is equally evil to the killing of Jewish children. And Larry is just completely delusional, totally oblivious or in complete denial of the overwhelming evidence of Israeli human rights violations, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Larry, read the Goldstone report if the zionists haven't managed to expunge it from the internet.

      Boaz - 2012-03-20 15:29

      So Alfred, from all the rubbish you wrote I can conclude that at least my comprehension skills are not lacking. You are a fool Alfred, your conspiracy theories are just sad. Ps. I wish I got paid telling people the truth; and if I was I would use a fake alias like so many of the anti Semites here… you on the other hand only have 16 friends on FB which explains a great deal.

      Waleed - 2012-03-22 10:44

      I dont see Jacques condoning the killings anywhere in his statement, he is simply pointing out the hypocrisy

  • Mike - 2012-03-19 17:34

    How sad and callous people can be. Whoever was responsible for this atrocity must be dealt with in the harshest manner. Yes, Israel has retaliated against the rockets and bombs that Hamma has sent into Israel, but only because the coward Hammas use the soft targets to fire from. How dare anyone ignore this? The cowards who kill children openly without reason cannot be justified by anyone, unless they too are disgusting sick cowards. Its become a chicken and egg situation. Hammas fires rocekts at Israel from schools, hospitals, playgrounds etc, and then when Israel fires back at the same targets, it results in innocents being killed and maimed. Why then do the Hammas authorities permit their so called 'freedom fighters' to do this? They must get their house in order,stop using civilian targets to use against Israel, Israel will not shoot at inoocents. Finish and Klaar. Anyone who disagrees with this, must be filled with hatred and be completely mad. Your choice really. Very sad day that children have to be used by anyone. Condolences to the families of the deceased and may the guilty parties all burn in the misery of hell.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2012-03-19 19:07

      Religious minorities and issues of race have emerged as a prominent issue in France's current presidential campaign. The soldiers killed and injured were of North African and French Caribbean origin.

      Dar - 2012-03-19 22:16

      Firstly, Hamas was established to fight Israel’s “government sponsored terrorism”. The rockets being fired into Israel comes as a reaction to the Zionist brutally uprooting and exiling thousands of innocent Palestinians, unleashing a tsunami of racially motivated laws aimed at demoralising Palestinians an depriving them of their basic human rights. Do you think you can steal someone’s land, imprison and torture their leaders, bulldoze their houses destroy their religious sites and get away with it Scott free? The rockets being fired is in-fact miniscule in comparison to the atrocities carried out by the Zionist regime on a daily basis. Stop and think before making it sound as if Hamas just woke up one morning and decided to shoot rockets into Israel for no apparent reason.

      Dar - 2012-03-20 15:28

      check out the above link and read how Israel attacked the Al Quds Hospital in Gaza City and the adjacent ambulance depot with white phosphorous shells. The attack caused fires which took a whole day to extinguish and caused panic among the sick and wounded who had to be evacuated. No warning was given at any point of an imminent strike.There was no fire was directed at Israeli forces from within the hospital.

      Kerry - 2012-03-20 16:27

      @Dar Dar Hamas and the Palestinians may have valid reason to protest and demand their own country etc. However what people are saying is that the way they do it is not right. By using violence they are confusing the agenda about who are the perpetrators and victims. Killing kids outside a school is not miniscule. The rockets they fire are also not miniscule, they are fired from civilian areas into schools and other civilian populations. As you are aware if Israel retaliates the Palestinian children will get killed because they are being used as human shields - in order to manipulate the media. It's pretty clear that if Israel wanted to kill all the Palestinian children in Gaza they could. But rather its Hamas who wants Israel to kill their children so they can show those pictures on TV. Why dont they rather focus on a civil rights movement like the ANC did, instead of ways to kill as many people (on both sides) as possible.

      Dar - 2012-03-20 22:12

      @kerry Palestinians is not asking for their own country, they Have their own country called Palestine (they are demanding it back) secondly Palestinians are retaliating, not the other way around as you have it (Israel is the real aggressor) thirdly the myth of Hamas using Human shields has been proved as rubbish, read the goldstone report point 34. The same report found that Israel was guilty of targeting hospitals and mosques with white phosphorous bombs and no, Hamas was not using them (hospitals) as a base to bomb Israel see point 35 and 36, And yes the ANC had to resort to violence (bomb churches etc.) when talks failed to bring about any change. Hamas is not perfect but they are definitely not the devils you wish to portray them to be!

      Kerry - 2012-03-22 10:06

      @Dar Fathis Hammad has admitted that Hamas uses human shields. (He is the Hamas MP) I do think Palestinians have a right to resist and change their situation. But I dont believe targeting civilians is right. And I think using their own children as human shields is insidious. By the media (and perhaps some bloggers) constantly denying this fact inorder to portray Israel as a bloodthirsty state who wants to kill as many Palestinian children as possible, you are indirectly supporting this tactic - and encouraging more life to get lost as apposed to supporting reasonable people looking for solutions,not violence.

      Waleed - 2012-03-22 10:50

      124 Israeli children have been killed by Palestinians and 1,463 Palestinian children have been killed by Israelis since September 29, 2000. Source:

      Kerry - 2012-03-22 12:21

      @Waleed If Hamas deliberately puts children in harms way (as they admit to) then those are the stats one would expect.

  • lleminade - 2012-03-19 22:13

    i am a proud zionist - i follow Jesus Christ and support the nation of Israel as God promised they would return - if you have an issue with it - take it up with God

      Dar - 2012-03-21 13:51

      I dont have a problem, but Jesus will,if he should ever read this post!

      Waleed - 2012-03-22 10:55

      and also a small problem of Jesus actually (factually) being a Palestinian, i wonder if Jesus would support you view point knowing that Israel are killing his (Jesus's) own people aka the Palestinians

  • Anneck - 2012-03-19 23:14

    @Muhammed, I encourage you to go back onto the article "Islamic Jihad Rockets can hit Tel Aviv" and read some more of what I have to say! I challenge you to call me a liar after that!

      Waleed - 2012-03-22 10:52

      I encourage you to look at these facts: and

  • Anneck - 2012-03-19 23:24

    @Dar I also encourage you to go back onto the article "Islamic Jihad rockets can hit Tel Aviv" and read the real FACTS that I have posted!

      Dar - 2012-03-20 07:40

      There was never a Jewish majority in Palestine until very recently, Palestinians(The region was inhabited by non-Jews, the recorded history shows a group of coastal cities and heavily forested mountains inhabited by a Semitic people, the Canaanites which are regarded as the first known inhabitants of this area, around 4000 BC. These early inhabitants called their nation Canaan. Note “Palestinians come from mostly Phoenician blood which is a mix of the original Canaanites and the blood of invading armies that occupied that part of the world”.) lived in Palestine for thousands of years. Palestinians are mainly made up of Muslims (The religion most of the inhabitants of Palestine adopted willingly and which later on caused them to be classified as Arabs) a minority of Christians, Jews (The ancient Israelites moved in around 3000 years ago), and Druze. European Jewish settlers began to steadily arrive in 1882 but there was never anything other than an overwhelming Arab majority until a few weeks before the “Nakba” (Arabic word for catastrophe) otherwise known as the establishment of the state of “Israel”

      Dar - 2012-03-20 07:44

      when I say jewish majority I refer to the occupied Palestine known to you as Israel

      Anneck - 2012-03-20 08:22

      @Dar, WRONG!

      Garth - 2012-03-20 08:44

      @dar - One question for you: Where does the name Palestine originate from?

      Anneck - 2012-03-20 09:11

      @Garth, put up some more facts under that rockets can hit tel aviv article.

      Kerry - 2012-03-20 17:13

      @Dar in 1948 right or wrong the UN declared Israel a state. Their are solutions and should be solutions for the Palestinians who got displaced in the wars that followed. But more violence isn't the way forward.

      Dar - 2012-03-20 22:24


      Kerry - 2012-03-22 10:11

      @Dar So I say Israel exists due to legitimacy from the UN and I say there needs to be a solution that respects both people. And I say violence isnt the answer. You protest. What is your solution Dar?

  • lovenergy - 2012-03-20 08:26

    Wow, it sounds like someone is pushing really hard for the start of WWIII by the sounds of things. This is disgusting that innocent children had to pay with their lives for the hate of between the adult "human" beings. I have a feeling there is MUCH more to this.

  • ProfAndyZulu - 2012-03-20 18:35

    @Boaz Well said, I think your comment should apply to yourself as well? And insulting others, whilst accusing them of insult, is exactly what I am so against- hypocrisy. The facts are fairly well recorded. Israel is a de-facto facist, apartheid state who routinely kill innocent women and children. For them to equate this senseless and barabaric killing as an attack on them is simply a diversionary tactic. They think that they can somehow claim a higher moral ground. But, as with any type of bully, they are simply pointing their fingers at others to diffuse their own guilt. This attack was most likely anti-Semitic but the same person shot 2 Arabs earlier so I would suspect that it is a very confused, psychotic mad-man and wouldn't draw much more from it than that. What has this event got to do with Israel? Simple really: they consider anti-Semiticism to be anti-Israel and they will milk every single event where a Jew is killed as an opportunity to justify their own outrages against humanity. And I could carry on about state-sanctioned murder a lot longer, as applying to all your favourite super-powers but I'm even more nauseated by people who will sanction killing of any sort, be it government or group or lone-nutcase... Whatever your ideals. And I don't care if what your race, creed or colour is.

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