Victims of France shooting buried

2012-03-21 14:19

Jerusalem - Three Jewish children and a rabbi shot dead at a Jewish school in France were buried in Jerusalem on Wednesday in a funeral where one Israeli official said the attack was inspired by "wild animals made crazy by their hatred".

Their bodies were wrapped in burial shrouds in accordance with orthodox tradition after being flown overnight from France.

The funeral took place in a hill-top cemetery at the entrance to Jerusalem as police in the French city of Toulouse lay siege to a house where the suspected shooter, who claimed to be a member of al Qaeda, was holed up.

"The Jewish people face wild and insatiable animals, wild animals made crazy by their hatred," the speaker of parliament, Reuben Rivlin, said in a eulogy at the burial site.

The victims were 30-year-old Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, his children Gabriel, 4, and Arieh, 5, and the daughter of the school's principal, seven-year-old Miriam Monsonego. They were killed by the gunman who attacked the Jewish school on Monday.

"The entire house of Israel weeps over these murders," Rivlin said.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, who flew to Israel to attend the funeral, said at an earlier meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres that he had come to express "the solidarity of the French people with the Israeli nation" in its time of sorrow.

"The blood of both our peoples was spilled in this murder," he said.

  • Shirley - 2012-03-21 14:53

    Condolence to all the families and to all the little ones whose lives were brutally stolen-may this NEVER happen again! R.I.P. Such a sickening end to innocents just because of hatred and intolerence! I cry for humanity.

      phathuchicos - 2012-03-21 15:00

      even in palestine we also cry for humanity...

      Fred - 2012-03-21 15:36

      Azanian, grow a heart. This is about the incident in France, not Palestine. And as has been said many times, the Palestinians are attacking Israel, not defending itself. They are attacking because they're being used by the unelected dictators in the region to hold onto power by giving their populations an external enemy. Instead of giving the Palestinians the few neighborhoods they need to call home from the vast lands the dictators control, the dictators have been funneling them billions of dollars of arms over decades and inciting them to attack Israel.

  • Jaba - 2012-03-21 17:06

    Rest in peace

  • paul.maarman - 2012-03-21 18:08

    When I read reports like these, I always ask the question, what makes these killings different, then those in Iraq, Afghanistan, Tibet, South Africa...nothing, human life will never be valued with our continued narrow minded view of the world. Palestine bleeds, and educated arguments are used, to validate, the killing of children. Countries are invaded to remove "tyrants", societies are fractured and destroyed in the process and yet "victory" is claimed. Every human life has value, and should be celebrated, we are diminished, when one of us passes. Different hues we are, different gods we worship, but we are all part of the tapestry that is humanity.

      Fred - 2012-03-22 00:53

      I agree with much of what you say. However, THERE ARE tyrants in the world, unelected ones who ARE killing, maiming, detaining, torturing and raping innocent civilians to hold onto power and enrich themselves. You should not sit on the sidelines and lament. You must take a stand, demand change, and act. This is the ONLY WAY change happens. Unfortunately Islam, like other religions but more starkly, has a core belief that it is spiritual and holy to martyr oneself, that human life is NOT worth much. This is what you're seeing with the suicide attacks and car bombs that have killed HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of innocent civilians, mainly in Muslim Iraq and Afghanistan, but in Africa and elsewhere too.

      paul.maarman - 2012-03-22 10:20

      the change that you want to see in the world, begins with you.when more start to understand this basic truth, all evil in this world would be aborted at the nucleus. I lament for, all the pain and suffering - the hurt, that is perpetuated...over and over and over again....-Islam, Christianity, Judaism, - if their followers lived the true tenet of their religion, there would not be be a world in such pain. "The life of a man was to him of far less value than a numeral, especially when, by taking it away, he could increase the sum total of his own desires." The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas , so sad, but this is what human life equates to...

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