Shalom Life | October 17, 2015

PM Netanyahu Visits Site of Toulouse Terror Attack

French President Hollande promises to fight anti-Semitism

By: David Shear

Published: November 1st, 2012 in News » World

It’s hard to believe that more than 7 months have passed since a horrific terror attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, took the lives of a rabbi and three young students.

On Thursday, November 1, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with French President Francois Hollande, visited the Ohr HaTorah School, the site of the brutal shooting by 23-year-old Frenchman Mohamed Merah.

"I came here from Jerusalem, Israel's eternal capital, to say, together with you, to all those who hate Israel, that the Israeli nation lives," said the Israeli PM during a memorial ceremony at the school, honouring the four victims. "The barbaric hatred of the murderers threatens not only Jews but all of humanity.

"During the dark days of the Nazis and the pogroms that preceded them, most of the governments in Europe did not lift a finger to fight the murderous anti-Semitism, and some governments even cooperated with it. However, today the French president is standing beside me, speaking firmly against anti-Semitism and acting against it with resolve," he said.

When PM Netanyahu concluded his address, several of the school’s young students joined him on stage, singing, “Israel will live!”

Meanwhile French President Hollande promised that there would be "no weakness" against terrorism and added that fighting anti-Semitism is "a national cause."

“Anti-Semitism will be chased out everywhere ... in particular on social networks where anonymity is granted to hatred," said President Hollande, adding his promise to protect Jewish children and all others who are attacked for their religion.


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