The victims of the dreadful shooting attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse have been identified as Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, a teacher in the school and an Israeli national, his two small children and Miriam Monstagno, the 8 year old daughter of the headmaster.
Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 30, was on his way to drop off his kids at the Gan Rachi kindergarten, adjacent to the Ozar Hatorah school where he teaches, when he was gunned down along with his two sons Gavriel and Aryeh, 6 and 3 years old. Miriam Monsonego, 8, the daughter of the head of Otzer Hatorah, was shot as well and died of her wounds shortly after.
The article has more details about the shooting attack
“The drama occurred a bit before 8 a.m. A man arrived in front of the school on a motorcycle or scooter,” prosecutor Michel Valet said, adding that the man got off his scooter outside the school and opened fire.
“He shot at everything he had in front of him, children and adults,” he said. “The children were chased inside the school.”
The shooting victims are to be brought to Israel for burial. The bodies will apparently be flown out still tonight (Monday night) according to Israel Radio station Reshet Bet.
France 24, the English language French TV station, reports that the gun and the motorbike involved in the attack are the same as those used in earlier attacks which killed 3 off-duty French paratroopers. Since those soldiers were all from ethnic minorities, suspicion is beginning to fall onto Neo-Nazi terrorists as opposed to the “usual suspects” of Moslem terrorists.
On Monday afternoon, judicial sources confirmed that the bullets fired at the school had been fired from the same weapon used in last week’s deadly shootings in Montauban and Toulouse.
The shooting on March 15 in nearby Montauban saw two soldiers killed by a gunman riding a scooter.
The soldiers, of the 17th Parachute Engineering Regiment recently returned from operations in Afghanistan, were killed outside their barracks.
Four days before, a soldier from another airborne regiment was killed in Toulouse.
“All the soldiers who were killed were from ethnic minorities,” said Bockman. “So this is looking like a series of racist killings.”
Sarkozy had earlier said, “We are struck by the similarities between the modus operandi of today’s drama and those last week.”
It also emerged late Monday that the same scooter has been used in all three attacks.
Ynet brings reports from other news sources that it is possible (though obviously still not confirmed) that the suspected neo-Nazi attackers were demoted French soldiers:
French police investigating the fatal shootings of a teacher and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday are hunting three soldiers who were expelled over claims they were neo-Nazis, the local Le Point newspaper reported.
The men were all axed from their elite paratrooper regiment in 2008 after a photo surfaced of them giving Nazi salutes in front of a Swastika flag.
The shooting attack has been condemned across the board worldwide. Only the execrable Catherine Ashton, EU Policy Chief, couldn’t bring herself to make a simple statement of condemnation but had to compare the victims to the children of Gaza and Syria.
“When we think about what happened today in Toulouse, we remember what happened in Norway last year, we know what is happening in Syria, and we see what is happening in Gaza and other places,” Ashton said on the sidelines of a meeting of Palestinian youths in Brussels.
She seems incapable of any empathy with either Jews or Israelis. Only Palestinians can be victims according to her. Will not someone rid us of this horrible woman?
Update: Elder of Ziyon eloquently addresses the problematic statement by Catherine Ashton.
Once again I send condolences to the families of the victims, may Hashem avenge their blood, and wish refuah shlema to the wounded.