03/19/2012 12:43 pm ET Updated May 19, 2012

Responding to Murder at a French Jewish Day School

A statement from the Simon Wiesenthal Center on the murderous outrage at Jewish Day School in Toulouse, France that left four dead, a seriously wounded teenager and a community plunged into mourning:

All the House of Israel mourns the heinous, cowardly, anti-Semitic murders of a young rabbi, his two small children and another 10-year-old child, who were gunned down outside of a Jewish day school in Toulouse this morning.

In light of the incessant anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric worldwide, we urge that all Jewish institutions review their security procedures in conjunction with local law enforcement.

Dr. Shimon Samuels, Simon Wiesenthal Center Director for International Relations, who is based in Paris, is closely monitoring developments in France as authorities strive to identify the perpetrator and apprehend all those involved in this horrific crime.