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Otzar HaTorah Reopening Wednesday

The Otzar HaTorah Jewish school in Toulouse will open two days after the murder of four Jews there; police manhunt underway.
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 3/20/2012, 9:01 PM

Otzar HaTorah survivors
Otzar HaTorah survivors
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The Ozar Hatorah Jewish school in Toulouse will reopen on Wednesday, just two days after the murder of one of the school's rabbis, his two young sons and the principal's daughter.

"The children are still in shock, but they need to come together here [at the school], to face catharsis," the leader of Toulouse's Jewish community, Arie Bensemhoun, said

Bensemhoun added, "while the blood has not yet dried."

France's largest Jewish association CRIF confirmed for reporters that the school would reopen Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, French authorities have launched a major manhunt for the murderer, who they believe may be a neo-Nazi – and who they fear may be a serial killer after ballistics linked Monday's attack to two other shootings.

On March 10, a motorbike-borne gunman shot and killed a paratrooper in Toulouse. And last Thursday, a gunman on a motorbike opened fire on three uniformed paratroopers of Arab extraction in Montauban, about 30 miles from Toulouse.

French media reported the paratroopers targeted in the second attack were of Arab extraction.

Monday's attack in Toulouse claimed the lives of 30-year-old Rabbi Jonathan Sandler and his sons Arieh, 5, and Gabriel, 4, as well as seven-year-old girl Miriam Monsonego. The three children were Franco-Israeli citizens.

All four were transported to Israel for burial on Tuesday.