Revulsion and anger have been the dual responses from the international community to the murders in France.
With the victims all having Israeli connections Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was among the first to condemn the killings.
“We can’t rule out that there was a strong murderous anti-Semitic motive here. I am sure that Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France, and his government will do their utmost to find the killer and we in Israel will do everything to help them in this task.”
UN chief Ban Ki-moon sent his condolences to the victims’ families saying he was saddened by the tragic deaths. And the UK’s foreign minister said: “such a calculated act of cruelty would unite all decent people in condemnation.”
Fearing there being a wider aspect to the attacks, the authorities in the US have taken measures to protect the substantial Jewish community in New York, tightening security outside synagogues and at all Jewish institutions in the city.