Brother of Toulouse Jewish school killer will spend 30 years in jail

Abdelkader Merah was found guilty of being an accomplice in the murders.

April 22, 2019 02:56
1 minute read.
Mourners at funeral of Toulouse shooting victims

Mourners at funeral of Toulouse shooting victims 390 (R). (photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The brother of the gunman who killed four at a Jewish school in France in 2012 will spend 30 years in jail after being found guilty of being an accomplice in the murders.

Abdelkader Merah, 36, on Thursday received the three-decade jail term from a Paris appeals court after being found guilty of complicity in the slayings by Mohammed Merah at the Toulouse school, as well as three soldiers.

In 2017 he had been ordered jailed for 20 years being part of a terrorist conspiracy but had been cleared by a lower court of having a direct hand in his brother’s shooting attack. The appeals court determined that he was complicit in the slayings. The prosecution had asked for a life sentence.

Mohamed Merah killed Rabbi Jonathan Sandler and two of his children as well as another girl in March 2012 at the Otzar Hatorah school in Toulouse. Days earlier, Merah killed three French soldiers in two attacks in the suburb of Montauban, France. He was killed in a shootout with police in his Toulouse apartment where he hid after the school killings, which he said in a video he perpetrated as part of jihad and to avenge the suffering of Palestinian children.

Born to a family of four children, Mohammed Merah was “raised to be an anti-Semite because anti-Semitism was part of the atmosphere at home,” his youngest brother, Abdelghani, said in 2013

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

European Union and Poland's flags flutter
May 22, 2019
Poles' fears shared across continent