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Thousands commemorate victims of Toulouse shooting


Members of the Jewish community in Toulouse held a special service on Monday evening in memory of the victims killed in the heinous shooting attack on a Jewish school that claimed the lives of a teacher and three children, Yedioth Ahronoth reported.

Several high ranking French military officials along with French Interior Minister Claude Gueant attended the commemoration service and paid their respects to the victims' families. Gueant pledged that the security around Jewish sites will be ramped up while the investigation into the attack continues.

"These are dangerous times," said Aryeh Ben-Simon, president of the Jewish community in Toulouse.

Meanwhile, dozens gathered in prayer Monday evening at a Jerusalem synagogue serving former residents of Toulouse, in order to commemorate the victims of the horrifying attack.

"Our enemies know that injuring one Jew affects all Jews but they are mistaken if they think that this is our weakness. The killing of our children will unite us," said Michelle Ben-Shooshan, one of the synagogue's founders.

Sabin Atias, a relative of Ozar Hatorah's schoolmaster Yaakov Monsonego, whose seven-year-old daughter Miriam Monsonego was killed in the shooting, said that "it is hard to believe that in 2011 Jewish children are being murdered in France. It is unforgivable."
  
George Levy, a relative of Rabbi Yonatan Sandler and his two children who were also killed in the devastating shooting, said that as soon as he heard of what happened he rushed to the synagogue in order to pray for the
casualties.

"The Jewish communities in France are insecure – schools and synagogues have turned into bunkers. This attack will make Jews understand that the only safe place for them is Israel," he said.

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