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France to Deploy 5,000 Police to Protect Jewish Schools

In the wake of last week’s terror attacks in Paris – particularly the shootings that occurred at a kosher market, leaving four Jewish men dead – France’s Jewish community is concerned of further anti-Semitic violence. The Times of Israel reports that the French government is deploying 5,000 soldiers and police to protect the nation’s Jewish schools and the children who attend them:

France will deploy nearly 5,000 security forces and police to protect the 700 Jewish schools in the country, its interior minister said Monday, after last week’s attacks, one of which targeted a kosher supermarket.

Bernard Cazeneuve said soldiers would also be posted as reinforcements, as he addressed parents of a Jewish school to the south of Paris, near where an Islamist gunmen shot dead a policewoman on Thursday, one of 17 people killed in a three-day bloodbath.

Four Jewish men were killed Friday at the HyperCacher supermarket, prompting concerns of further attacks on Jewish targets …

On Sunday, following a meeting with President Francois Hollande, a leading figure in the Jewish community said the French army may protect Jewish sites.

“He told us that all the schools, all the synagogues will be protected, if necessary, on top of the police, by the army,” said Roger Cukierman, president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France, of his meeting with Hollande.

Tags: Terrorism , Europe

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