A 12-year-old boy was beaten outside his Jewish school in Paris by youths reciting anti-Semitic slogans, school officials said, amid high security and tensions in France following killings of Jewish children and a rabbi last week. The boy did not suffer serious injuries.
The situation in France is really quite troubling. The anti-foreigner/ anti-Muslim/ anti-Semitic sentiments of many in the country is just inexplicable. Hate isn’t natural- it’s a learned behavior.
Both the school shooting and this week’s beating involved the Ozar Hatorah network of Jewish schools. … The 12-year-old boy was hit and punched in the back of his head Monday afternoon as he left the Ozar Hatorah School in southeast Paris, the school’s human resources director, Katia Normal, said Tuesday. She said the aggressors were two boys a couple of years older than the victim who recited anti-Semitic slogans. It happened about 100 meters from the entrance and therefore out of sight of the police officers guarding the school.
Victimizing children… it sounds like France has turned into Florida.
The Associated Press reports of the Toulouse butcher-
Just a few weeks ago, Mohamed Merah partied at a nightclub, and an acquaintance noticed nothing out of the ordinary about the former car body shop worker who another friend said liked to talk about “cars, bikes, girls and sport.” … Prosecutor Francois Molins told reporters that Merah was a self-taught Salafi who had been to Afghanistan twice and had trained in the Pakistani militant stronghold of Waziristan. He also had a long criminal record, the prosecutor said, adding that the suspected gunman’s brother had been implicated in a 2007 network that sent militant fighters to Iraq.
Self taught is he? He had the world’s worst teacher.
UPDATE: Here’s a second, clearer photo (from the Times of Israel)
Al Arabiya tweets
French school gunman named as Mohammed Merah, Afghanistan’s Kandahar Prison Director tells Reuters #AlArabiya
According to the news on the tv box, the gunman did it to ‘avenge’ the Palestinians… Perhaps he didn’t learn one of life’s basic lessons: two wrongs don’t make a right.
And as always with cowards, he’s holed up in his apartment. These terrorists are never willing to man up and take the legal consequences of their despicable and vile acts.
A gunman shot four people outside of a school in Toulouse, France today.
Four people, three of them children, were killed when a gunman opened fire outside a Jewish school in southwest France on Monday, the local prosecutor said, raising a previous toll of three dead. “He shot at everything he could see, children and adults, and some children were chased into the school,” Michel Valet, the local prosecutor, told journalists, saying the death toll stood at four dead, including three children. He said the children were aged three, six and 10. Witnesses and parents of pupils said earlier that a teacher and his two children were among the victims in the city of Toulouse, in the third gun attack in a week in the region by a man who fled on a motorbike. Interior Minister Claude Gueant ordered security to be tightened around all Jewish schools in France after the attack at Ozar Hatorah school in Toulouse.
France has become increasingly xenophobic and the madness of this shooting reminds me of the dangers of institutionalized racism the sort of which we’re observing presently in that country. It isn’t merely Muslims who are targeted when xenophobia rears its ugly head, it’s every ‘outsider’. This is a disturbing trend.
Mind you, race might not have been the motive in this sick crime- but chances are pretty good that it’s a safe bet it was.