Four people have been killed and five others wounded in a shooting at a Jewish school in Toulouse. Moreover, with the attack bearing similarities to the “ride by” shooting last week of three paratroopers, “of North African origin and Caribbean origin”, there is at least some evidence to suggest that the crime was racially motivated.
Nevertheless, be that as it may, did we hear the Moroccan or Tunisian foreign minister declaring himself to be “horrified” last week. No we didn’t, because although that is very probably where the families of the dead paratroopers are from, they at least realise that this if a French matter, involving French citizens. Yet, there we have Yigal Palmor, an Israeli foreign ministry spokesperson, saying; “We are horrified by this attack and we trust the French authorities to shed full light on this tragedy and bring the perpetrators of these murders to justice.” Yes Yigal, that is something we might all hope for and in hoping for it, we might just hope that the French authorities do a much better job, than the Israeli authorities do when it comes to investigating the crimes perpetrated by illegal settlers and its own army in the occupied territories.
Furthermore, it might be pointed out that not only does France have Europe’s largest Jewish community, with approximately 700,000, but, it also has both Europe’s biggest Muslim population, between five and six million, and other large minorities. The French problem is one of racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. However, we might be sure that France, in the treatment of its minorities and in pursuing racially motivated crimes needs no lessons from the Israeli foreign ministry.