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The European Union foreign policy chief drew criticism in Israel on Tuesday over what Israeli leaders said was her comparison of the killing of three children and a rabbi at a Jewish school in France with the deaths of children in the Gaza Strip.
Speaking at a conference on Palestinian refugees on Monday in Brussels, Catherine Ashton cited the tragedy of “young people who have been killed in all sorts of terrible circumstances.”
She then mentioned the Toulouse shooting earlier on Monday, along with a massacre last year in a Norway summer camp, a bus crash in Switzerland that killed 22 Belgian school children a week ago, the current violence in Syria and “what is happening in Gaza and in different parts of the world.”
Israeli leaders seized on her original remarks as an attempt to compare the events in Toulouse to those in the Gaza Strip, where children have…
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