Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee Chairman MK Danny Danon (Likud), held an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the attack outside a Jewish school in Toulouse on Monday, which killed three children and a rabbi. Those who attended the special session stood in silence for one minute to honor the four victims of the attack.
Danon opened the session by saying, “Anti-Semitism has once again struck the Jewish people, but this time things will be different. Israel’s long arm can and will reach anyone, in any part of the world, who tries to harm us.”
Yehuda Sharf, head of the Jewish Agency’s special mission department, was present at the session and said security measures at the Toulouse school were removed a year ago due to lack of funds.
French Ambassador to Israel Christophe Bigot spoke at the meeting as well, saying, “Despite the barbaric murders, the level of anti-Semitism in France is dropping. Last year saw the lowest amount of anti-Semitic incidents in France in the past decade. Compared with 900 such incidents in 2002, there were only 380 incidents reported in 2011.”
In a show of support for the Jewish communities throughout the world, the Jewish Agency launched a new lobby on Tuesday called the “Lobby to Strengthen the Jewish People.” The lobby is headed by MKs Zeev Elkin (Likud) and Nachman Shai (Kadima). The new lobby will not raise funds for Jewish communities abroad, for example, to pay for security at Jewish institutions, but will coordinate between bodies that do, a Jewish Agency spokesman told Israel Hayom.
Marking the launch of the new lobby, Jewish Agency Chairman, Natan Sharansky said, “Jewish children were attacked simply because they and their parents wanted to maintain a connection with their Jewish heritage and the Jewish state. The attack proves to us in the most tragic way that the enemies of Israel and the enemies of the Jewish people are one and the same.”