Monday, January 12, 2015

12-Jan-15: France, the day after

Jewish school in France, today: a new reality [Image Source]
No one should minimize the power and impact of millions of pairs of feet standing together on France's streets and expressing powerful feelings of unity and solidarity. But here's what it boils down to: was announced by the Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve that around 5,000 police officers, gendarmes and soldiers will be sent to guard the 717 Jewish schools in France [The Independent UK, today]
All those slogans and all those colour pencils have tremendous symbolic significance. But the arms borne by those service personnel have their place too. As the Jewish community of Toulouse learned to its sorrow nearly three years ago, that's how it is in war.

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