A gunman opened fire at a crowd of parents and children outside the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse, France on Monday morning, killing four people.
Among the dead were a teacher and two of his children, authorities said."I saw two people dead in front of the school, an adult and a child... Inside, it was a vision of horror, the bodies of two small children," a distraught father whose child attends the school told RTL radio.The gunman fled the scene of the crime on a scooter.
French Interior Minister Claude Gueant ordered increased security at Jewish schools throughout the country and President Nicolas Sarkozy was en route to the southern French city to overlook the police investigation.
Gil Taieb, a vice president of the CRIF, France's Jewish umbrella group, told The Jerusalem Post he had no doubt the attack was a hate crime.
The murder of a Jewishand three children at the entrance of the Ozar HaTorah Jewish day in Toulouse flashes a “red light” for Jews in the Diaspora, Likud Knesset Member Danny Danon said Monday.The killer was identified by eyewitnesses as a Muslim, who was riding a motorbike and shot two revolvers. Two of the children who were murdered were the sons of theteacher. It was the third shooting by a motorcyclist in France in the past week, and racism is assumed to be the motive of the murderer.MK Danon, chairman of the Knesset Aliyah and Absorption Committee, said he is initiating an emergency discussion in the Knesset.
“We will not allow the pogroms of the early 20th century to return to Europe,” he said. “The attack on a Jewish school sets off a red light to all of the People of Israel. Every nation in the world must unite against actions against the Jewish People and act to eliminate terror and anti-Semitism that has been planted around the world."
Gaza terrorists fired a Kassam rocket on the Western Negev Monday morning, causing no damage orbut showing Israel they do not intend to keep the “calm.”Rocket on rural areas are a favorite tactic by Hamas and allied terrorists to harass Israel and draw the IDF into a retaliation that foreign media usually portray as “disproportionate.” Occasionally, a Kassam rocket explodes at a building and causes injuries or even death, in which case the media judge that Israel has more of a right to respond.Despite the success of the Iron Dome system in Be’er Sheva, Ashkelon and Ashdod, its 80-90 percent rate of success still leaves one million residents open to a lethal missile attack, the noted.
A two-day lull in Gaza rocket fire came to an end on Monday morning when a Qassam exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council. No injuries or damage were reported.
The Color Red alert sounded in several area towns around 9:50 am, and residents were urged to seek shelter. The rocket hit shortly after.
Iranian military experts are active in the Gaza Strip and in Sinai, according to a high-ranking official in Jerusalem. The official said the Iranians entered the areas via Sudan and Egypt, and added that some of the rocket-launching systems in Gaza were manufactured under Iranian supervision.The senior source also claimed that Islamic Jihad continued to fire rockets at Israel even after the recent cease-fire was announced because the Iranians pressured that organization, and the popular resistance groups, to continue acting against Israel.Several terror groups are now at large in Sinai, the source explained: local Bedouin, who are adopting the ideology of the Global Jihad; groups supported by Iran, who are trying to recruit and train militants not only in Sinai but throughout Egypt; and Palestinian organizations. Joining them are Global Jihad militants from Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, said the official, adding that Israel and Egypt have a common interest in combating these terrorist elements.
At least 80 people were killed in heavy clashes Monday between the opposition Free Syrian Army rebels and forces loyal to President Bashar Assad on the outskirts of Damascus, activists said.
"Some 50 members of the government forces were killed, among them an officer," Haytham al-Abdullah, an activist in Damascus told dpa.A resident in the capital said Monday that a heavy deployment of government troops was taking place across the capital. "The city looks like a barracks," he said.