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    French School Targeted by Gunman Gets Hate Mail

    Women pay respects outside the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school, in Toulouse, France, March 23, 2012 where three children and a rabbi were gunned down.
    Women pay respects outside the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school, in Toulouse, France, March 23, 2012 where three children and a rabbi were gunned down.

    The French Jewish school where a gunman killed three children and a rabbi this month has been receiving hate mail since the attack.

    French authorities said Wednesday they had launched an investigation to determine the source of the threatening mail, after receiving complaints from administrators at the school in the southern city of Toulouse.

    The school attack and shootings that also killed three French soldiers in the Toulouse region earlier this month were carried out by Mohamed Merah, a Frenchman of Algerian origin who authorities say claimed to have ties to al-Qaida. He died in a gunbattle with police.

    In another incident, teenagers reciting anti-Semitic slogans beat a 12-year-old Jewish boy outside his school in Paris on Monday. The boy's school and the school where the Toulouse attack occurred are both part of the Ozar Hatorah network of Jewish schools.

    France is home to at least a half-million Jews, who represent Europe's largest Jewish community. The country has been sensitive to the plight of Jews since the World War II-era roundup and deportations of Jews from occupied France to Nazi camps.

    On Tuesday, a ceremony in the Paris suburb of Drancy marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the deportations from the region to the Auschwitz concentration camps. More than 1,100 Jews were deported. Only 19 survived.

    Merah said he carried out the attacks to avenge the deaths of Palestinian children in the Middle East and French involvement in Afghanistan.

    In another development, family members of Merah are planning to bury his body in Algeria. The French News Agency, AFP, says his body is due to arrive in the country on Thursday.

    Some information for this report was provided by AP and AFP.

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    by: Amalia
    March 31, 2012 11:27 PM
    Just because Arab-Muslim (grandchildren of 1880s'-1930s' immigrants who, since the 1960s' go by the name of) 'Palestinians' use their civilians population to cause their deaths in order to tarnish Israel's name, does not make them a "victim," as Arab racism tries to comvery.
    The root of the Arab Vs Israel conflict is both forms of bigotry, ethnic Arab racism and religious Islamic bigotry.

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