French school targeted by gunman receives anti-Semitic messages

Posted Mar 28, 2012 by Arthur Weinreb
A little over a week after Mohamed Merah killed three children and an adult at Ozar Haftorah school in Toulouse, the school has received anti-Semitic calls and emails. There have been several acts of anti-Semitism in France since the shootings.
An undated framegrab shows a French national of Algerian descent   Mohammed Merah  who is suspected ...
An undated framegrab shows a French national of Algerian descent, Mohammed Merah, who is suspected of killing seven people in shootings in France
Via France 2
Today, Michel Valet, the local prosecutor in Toulouse, said he has received a complaint from the Ozar Haftorah school about anti-Semitic telephone calls and emails the school has received. The school was the scene of carnage on March 19, when gunman Mohamed Merah killed three small children and an adult at the school. Valet announced he has ordered a police investigation to attempt to trace the origin of the hate messages.
Marc Sztulman, the head of a Jewish group in Toulouse, was quoted by the Ottawa Citizen saying the school's email system was filled with messages "calling for the murder of Jews or drawing a vague link with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
The calls and emails follow the beating of a 12-year-old boy outside an Ozar Haftorah school in Paris. As he was leaving school Monday afternoon, he was accosted by two older boys. They called him a "dirty Jew", hurled other epithets at him, and punched him on the back of the head and other parts of his body. The 12-year-old was not seriously injured.
Although the school was being guarded by police, the attack took place about 100 meters away from the door, out of sight of the officers.
In response to the beating, Jean-Paul Amoyelle, the president of the Ozar Haftorah schools in France, was quoted by Haaretz as saying, There was a feeling of solidarity for our schools after this drama [the Toulouse shootings]. Now I fear that this has provoked a hostile reaction, shown by the attitude of these boys who called him dirty Jew and beat him up. We have to be vigilant, because this could lead to more aggression.
The BBC is reporting there have been several acts of anti-Semitism since Merah's shooting spree at the Toulouse school. A nightclub owner in Dijon reported he received death threats and demands for money by someone who purported to be from al Qaeda and who referred to Merah. And five bullet holes were put into the Yitzhak Rabin music school in Paris. The shots appeared to be aimed at a poster about a rally to be held outside a synagogue.
Anti-Semitic graffiti was found on a wall in Paris and pro-Merah graffiti was written on a message board outside a synagogue in Toulouse.
And last Friday, 31 Jewish graves in a Nice cemetery were found to have been desecrated.