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March 20, 2012 12:12 pm

Victims of French Shooting Buried in Israel

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Three of the victims, 6 Year old Aryeh Sandler 3 Year old Gavriel Sandler and their father Yonatan. Photo: Facebook.

Israeli Foreign Ministry Spokesman Yigal Palmor said Israel was honoring a request by the families of those killed in Monday’s shooting at Ozar Hatorah Jewish day school in Toulouse, France, that the victims be buried in Israel.

Palmor identified the four victims as Yonatan Sandler, 30, his sons Gavriel, 3, and Aryeh, 6, and 8-year-old Miriam Monsonego, the school principal’s daughter. There had been a disagreement in Israel over whether to pay for the flight and burial of their bodies, as Sandler was not a resident of Israel. The three children, however, had dual French-Israeli citizenship.

National Insurance Institute Director-General Esther Dominissini said on Tuesday said that despite original objections to the idea of paying for a non-citizen’s burial, the institute would pay for all four victims’ burials. Sandler and his family moved from Israel to France last year.

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