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August 29, 2012 9:16 am

Anti-Semitic Attacks in France up 40% Since March, Month of Jewish School Shooting

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French Jews have seen an uptick of 40 percent in anti-Semitic attacks since March, when Islamist terrorist Mohammed Merah killed three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse, Reuters reported.

According to Simon Wiesenthal Center Dean Abraham Cooper, French Interior Minister Manuel Valls confirmed in a meeting that “there was an increase of 40 percent in anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish crimes in France” after Merah’s murder, which was inspired by al-Qaida.

Cooper, who told Reuters that the increase in anti-Semitism is “shocking” because “the French authorities on both sides of the political aisle did exactly the right thing immediately after [the] Toulouse [attack],” said he asked Valls to implement further measures ensuring the security of French Jewry.

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  • Carlo33

    It is not to diminish the import of the crime and tragedy suffered by the Jewish community in Toulouse to wonder why this piece ignores Merah’s three earlier victims. Are the deaths and grieving relatives of non-Jewish Frenchmen not equally worthy of mention?
    Such blinkered ethnocentrism is not only abhorrent in itself but reinforces “communitarism” and serves to divide a public that should be united in opposition to all forms of terrorist violence.