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Jewish School Evacuated in Paris on Anniversary of Toulouse Killings

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Students walking together in the aftermath of the 2012 attack on a French Jewish School where 4 were murdered. Photo: screenshot via IrishTimes.

A Jewish  school in Paris was evacuated on Thursday — three years to the day after the brutal massacre at a Jewish school in Toulouse, French news website JSS News reported. The evacuation follows disturbing instances of increased antisemitic violence throughout France and Europe.

Police searched the classrooms and common areas at the Ecole Alliance Gustave Leven in the 16th arrondissement of Paris using bomb-sniffing dogs. Though the report did not indicate whether the police found any explosives, sources did tell JSS News that it was a fairly serious threat.

One source told the website that the evacuation “was a source of intense stress, especially on that terrible day of remembrance of the massacre of the Jewish school in Toulouse.”

The evacuation at the French school occurred on the third anniversary of the horrific killings in the southern French city of Toulouse, where Islamic terrorist Mohammed Merah opened fire in the Ozar Hatorah school, killing a teacher and three children.

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According to reports, Merah claimed to be an “Islamic warrior” and said that he was taking revenge on behalf of Palestinian children. Merah died following a long stand-off and shoot-out with French authorities. Merah’s terror spree left seven dead in total.

Last week, numerous outlets revealed that the man and child featured in a chilling ISIS child terrorist video were possible relatives of Merah.

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