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THE MURDERS AT THE JEWISH SCHOOL
(Paris, France — March 19, 2012) — StandWithUs France condemns High Representative of the European Union, Catherine Ashton for her statement regarding the brutal, anti-Semitic murders of four people at a Jewish school in Toulouse today.
As France reels in horror at this attack, together with the global Jewish community and all people of conscience, High Representative Ashton, the EU’s top diplomat, chose to compare the situation of those murdered today to Palestinians in Hamas-run Gaza, from a meeting with Palestinian youth she attended in Brussels.
“This was an insensitive comment which was pandering to the Palestinian group Ashton was with, and it is incredibly hurtful to the victims and to the French Jewish community”, said Laurent Preece, Director of StandWithUs France, who heard her comments while participating at a 50,000 strong silent rally in Paris in memory of the victims. “Her record regarding diplomacy and the Israeli-Arab conflict has been checkered at best, but these comments are beyond the pale. She should apologize immediately or resign her position.”
StandWithUs CEO, Roz Rothstein commented: “The attack that took place in Toulouse is in no way similar to the situation in Gaza. Since Israel pulled out of Gaza, Palestinian terror groups have fired tens of thousands of rockets on Israeli cities indiscriminately killing and maiming children and adults.”
Adds, Preece, “In recent weeks, Israeli schoolchildren have been cowering from attacks by Palestinian missiles fired deliberately at them from Gaza, so it is incredible that Catherine Ashton chose to compare the anti-Semitic murder of a Rabbi, his two young children and another child to children in Gaza. In Gaza, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other terror groups use Palestinian children as human shields while firing with impunity at Israeli children.”
StandWithUs France will be taking part in a memorial rally in Paris, led by the CRIF on Sunday.
StandWithUs (SWU) is a ten year-old, international, non-profit Israel education organization that supports people around the world who want to educate their own local campuses and communities about Israel. SWU hosts speakers, programs and conferences in cities around the world, offers website resources and creates brochures and materials about Israel in a variety of languages and on a variety of topics that are distributed globally.
Based in Los Angeles, the organization now has 15 chapters throughout the U.S., Israel, France and the UK including New York, Chicago, Pacific Northwest, Detroit, San Francisco, San Diego (CA), Orange County (CA), Santa Cruz (CA), and Davis (CA).
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In Brussels, top European Union diplomat condemns Monday’s shooting attack on French Jewish school, but also mentions killings in Syria, Gaza and Norway
European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton compared the children who were murdered in Monday’s shooting attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, France with children who are killed in Gaza.
“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.
Ashton hailed the young Palestinians, who “against all odds, continue to learn, work, dream and aspire to a better future.”
When speaking of Norway, Ashton was referring to Anders Behring Breivik’s shooting spree last year, which left 77 people dead.
Monday’s shooting attack on the Ozar Hatorah School in Toulouse claimed the lives of Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, 29, his 3-year-old and 6-year-old sons Gabriel and Arieh and 8-year-old Miriam Monsonego, daughter of school headmaster Rabbi Yaacov Monsonego. A 17-year-old has been seriously injured.
According to police, a man riding on a scooter opened fire on the school at around 8:10 am, as the students were arriving for the school day, and then fled the scene. A local police official said the shooter fired 15 shots at the school and its students.