Some readers here and elsewhere have asked, fairly, why I discuss anti-Semitism as a somewhat consistent theme in my writing. Granted, I don't return to it as often as I do other themes yet I do have a commitment to raising it up. If anti-Semitism had in some fantastical way died with the Third Reich, I wouldn't write about it. Few would, absent historical research and analysis. Yet there continues to be good reason to raise up this ugly business, as when several months ago we learned of a German neo-Nazi gang' murderous rampage...
House bombed in Germany by a neo-Nazi gang that had also killed Jewish and Muslim business owners. There is evidence that government officials knew of the gang's crimes and remained silent.
...and, as with Monday's attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse, France.
Miriam Monsonego, 8; killed, along w others, Monday
I write about anti-Semitism because seventy years on from the overwhelming evidence and the sentences and the hangings at Nuremberg, anti-Semitism is news.
--from the NYT web site, March 19, 2012:
"TOULOUSE, France — A man opened fire outside a Jewish school in southwest France on Monday morning, killing four people, three of them children, and wounding another, officials said.
Last week, in the same region, a man on a motorbike killed three French paratroopers and critically wounded another in two separate shootings, using a pistol of the same caliber as one of two weapons used in the Toulouse killings, police officials said." [The gun has now been determined to have been the same gun used at the school.]
The Israeli press identified Monday’s victims as Rabbi Jonathan Sandler and two of his sons, Arye, 6, and Gabriel, 3.
The fourth person killed was Miriam Monsonego, 8...years old, who is the daughter of the school principal, Yaacov Monsonego. Rabbi Sandler came to Toulouse from Jerusalem with his family last September.... Another student, 17, a boy, is said to be in critical condition at a local hospital. France has some 300 Jewish schools."
UPDATE (from HuffPo)