Twelfth-Graders from Toulouse Join 900 French High School Seniors in Israel

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High school seniors from Toulouse France visit Israel one year after tragic school shooting in their town

The arrival in Israel of these high school students is a massive demonstration of solidarity.

Ten months after the murderous terror attack on their school, 12th grade students from the Ohr Torah school in Toulouse are currently visiting Israel at the initiative of The Jewish Agency for Israel. The school principal's wife, Yaffa Monsonego - who lost her 8-year-old daughter Miriam Hanna in the attack - is accompanying the students.

In total, some 900 12th-grade students from 20 Jewish schools across France are participating in The Jewish Agency’s educational project “High school Seniors in Blue and White”. The program brings French Jewish teenagers to Israel to participate in educational tours.

The Toulouse students have so far toured the Galilee and the Golan Heights, visited high-tech companies in Haifa and learned about different study options in Israel. Last night, they joined hundreds of other French Jewish students for a Gala Event at the Jerusalem International Convention Centre.

Chairman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky, who attended the event, said the Toulouse students' visit reflects the solidarity within the global Jewish family.

“The arrival in Israel of these high school students is a massive demonstration of solidarity," Sharansky said. "It reflects the warm and special relationship between French Jewry and the State of Israel.”

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