French Anti-Semitic Attacks Up By 40 Percent
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- 2012 Aug 31
Anti-Semitic attacks against Jews in France have risen by 40 percent in the past five months, since an Islamic terrorist murdered a rabbi and three children at a Jewish day school in Toulouse, CBN News reports. French Interior Minister Manuel Valls confirmed "an increase of 40 percent in anti-Semitic and anti-Jewish crimes" since the March 19 attack, when Mohammed Merah gunned down 30-year old Rabbi Yonatan Sandler, his 3- and 6-year-old sons, and the school principal's 8-year-old daughter. Valls called it a "shocking number" because "French authorities on both sides of the political aisle" immediately took the right steps in response to the murders. France has the world's third-largest Jewish population (about 500,000), behind Israel (close to 6 million) and the United States (about 6.5 million).