South African Jews shocked by French shooting

The Jewish community is shocked at the murder of four people outside a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, the SA Jewish Board of Deputies said on Tuesday.

“This tragedy has demonstrated how frighteningly vulnerable innocent people can be when pitiless killers driven by irrational hatred target them for attack,” national chairwoman Mary Kluk said.

In a statement, she called the murder on Monday of a rabbi, his two sons, aged five and four, and a young girl, aged seven, cold-blooded.

Kluk extended the Jewish community’s heartfelt sympathy to the affected families and to the French Jewish community.

“We commend the French government for the seriousness with which they are responding to this atrocity and hope that the perpetrator will soon be brought to justice.”

On Tuesday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy admitted that authorities did not know the identity or motivations of the killer.

“Anti-Semitism is obvious. The Jewish school attack was an anti-Semitic crime,” he told reporters in Paris.