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Eva Sandler, wife of Rabbi Jonathan and mother of young boys Aryeh and Gavriel - 3 of the 4 Jews murdered in a shooting attack by Mohammed Merah in Toulouse on March 19 - has issued a public letter responding to the thousands of people seeking ways to support her in her time of suffering.
It has been widely reported that Merah, the young Islamist terrorist who killed three French soldiers two weeks ago, and four Jews at the Otzar HaTorah school in Toulouse, murdered Jews “to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children.” But NPR went one better, reporting — in the words of “All Things Considered” host Robert Siegel — that “the gunman told officials that he killed his victims in part to avenge slain Palestinian children.”
Friday's French newspapers want an answer to one simple question: How was a known Islamic extremist allowed to murder seven people, including three children, in three separate attacks? And the founder of France's elite police unit asked "How come the police's best unit did not manage to arrest a lone gunman?"
My heart is broken. I am unable to speak. There are no ways for me to be able to express the great and all-consuming pain resulting from the murder of my dear husband Rabbi Jonathan and our sons, Aryeh and Gavriel, and of Miriam Monsonego, daughter of the dedicated principal of Ozar Hatorah and his wife, Rabbi Yaakov and Mrs. Monsonego.
The street thugs, fanatics, and mentally-twisted may be pulling the trigger, but the distinguished, the powerful, and the honored are providing the ammunition.
Mohammed Merah, suspected of killing seven in Toulouse, died after resisting Police who were advancing on his apartment Thursday. French Interior Minister Claude Guéant told reporters that Merah was hiding in the bathroom when Police entered his place. The moment the policemen came in, Merah stormed them, shooting wildly and injuring three, and then jumped out a window. He was found dead on ground.
Gunshots have been heard at the apartment of Mohammed Merah, the Toulouse killer, according to Fance 24 News. This comes amid unconfimred reports that...
Three explosions were heard around midnight from the apartment building in Toulouse where the Muslim gunman suspected of murdering Jewish children and their father has been holed up. reporters described seeing Police moving the gunman Mohammed Merah under a blanket to a waiting car and driving away. But then French Interior denied the news.
Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of four Jews murdered in the shooting attack at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe, Interior Minister Eli Yishai, and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin were among those that arrived at Givat Shaul's Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning to lay the victims to rest.
French Police and the French Interior Minister have denied that the the 15-hour standoff is over. Instead, they say, hundreds of police have surrounded the building as they prepare to storm the complex in which he lives.
Images from the Burial of Rabbi Yonatan Sandler, his sons Aryeh and Gavriel, and Miriam Monsonego
VIDEO OUTSIDE STANDOFF. The suspect's brother was arrested in an early dawn raid by the Toulouse police. The suspect's mother, an Algerian, is refusing to participate in attempts to coax him out. Police fear for the lives of civilians in the building. The morning standoff is in its 8th hour.
France's interior minister Claude Gueant told reporters at the scene that the suspect has links to Jihadist and Salafist groups. Two French police officers have been hurt during a shoot-out with the suspect. The elite officers were injured during a Wednesday pre-dawn raid in Toulouse.
Catherine Ashton was castigated for her remarks by officials from across Israel's political spectrum. PM Binyamin Netanyahu lambasted her, saying that it was absurd to compare the "intentional massacre of children and an execution-style killing of an 8-year-old with the IDF's defensive and surgical actions meant to harm terrorists who use children as human shields."
Surveillance footage from the security cameras at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse indicate that a video camera may have been strapped to the chest of the shooter, who calmly killed a rabbi, his two children, and the daughter of the school’s principal on Monday. The murderer then escaped on his scooter. He is still at-large.
Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who is currently on a state visit in China, attacked the controversial remarks made by EU Foreign Minister Catherine Ashton, who equated Monday's brutal murder in Toulouse with, presumably, the killings in Syria and Israeli preventive attacks on rocket launchers in Gaza.
The French magazine Le Point reports that police are investigating the possibility that three soldiers, who had been forced out of the French army because of their neo-Nazi beliefs, committed the shocking murders of Arab French soldiers and Jewish French school children. Their description matches an eyewitness report of a facial tattoo.