Two years after the deadly shooting spree at a Toulous Jewish day school killed four youngsters, the Jewish communities of Europe remain fearful that extremist sentiment could trigger the next tragedy.
Moshe Kantor, the head of the European Jewish Congress, said that communities on the continent remain targets for potential terrorists.
“There remains a huge motivation by extremists to harm or murder Jews regardless of their age or beliefs,” Kantor said. “There is no reason why the most mundane acts of going to school or attending a synagogue should cause Jews or any European citizens to fear for their very lives.”
“Unfortunately, since the savage murders in Toulouse, there have continued to be physical attacks against Jews in Europe, as well as many very real threats which were thankfully averted.”
“As we saw in the recent report by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency, most Jews in Europe fear to visibly identify as Jews and parents are afraid to send their kids to school in the morning. Society and governments must fight back with the full force of the law and by providing the necessary security for Jewish communities,” Kantor said.
A gunman opened fire at a crowd of parents and children outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France two years ago today, killing four people.
Eyewitnesses said the assailant, Mohamed Merah, drove up to the Ozar Hatorah school’s entrance on a black scooter around 8:00 a.m. and fired at the gatherers with a heavy-calibre firearm and a pistol.
Yonathan Sandler, a 30-year-old teacher from Jerusalem; his two children Aryeh, 6, and Gavriel, 3; and 8-year-old Miriam Monstango, the daughter of the school’s principle, died in the attack and several others were wounded