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Netanyahu visits site of Merah murders

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Francois Hollande have attended a memorial for the victims of Mohammed Merah, the gunman who killed seven people last March before being himself killed in a police raid on his apartment. The service was held at the Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse, which was the site of four of Merah's murders -- he took the life of young girl there, and also shot a rabbi and his two sons. The killings shocked France's Jewish community, which has been on edge ever since. France is home to Europe's largest Jewish population and Netanyahu's visit was designed to reassure French Jews that they are safe. President Hollande also used the opportunity to reaffirm his administration's commitment to rooting-out anti-Semitism, which he said would be "hunted everywhere including behind all the causes that it is using as a pretext or a mask." President Hollande has acknowledged shortcomings in the handling by French security forces of the Merah case. The Toulouse native of Algerian descent had been under surveillance at one time before his shooting spree and was also known to have travelled to Afghanistan and Pakistan, though it is not clear if the trips included visits to militant training camps. The families of Merah's victims have called for an inquiry into the failings of the French authorities. At the memorial Netanyahu offered tough talk to reassure Jews everywhere. He said, "Today the Jewish people have an army, today the ...
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