• I hope the reason there were more “Je suis Charlie” than “Je suis Juif” is the former reflects the desire to be united and the latter the need to be divided. If we want healing between humans we be can begin by discarding our religions. http://www.thelastwhy.ca/poems/2013/1/25/religion.html

  • Doc Anthony

    And if the Jews refuse to “discard” their religion at your insistence? What then? They deserve whatever happens next?

  • DeaconJohnM.Bresnahan

    “Je suis Juif

  • Agreed. This has been bothering me why no one mentioned the Jews killed. I hope this creates bonds, hope is the key. In the meantime I have no plans to ever visit France.

  • Amy Lambert

    Haaretz, the leading newspaper in Israel, wonders why “Thousands of candles did not burn in front of the orphaned Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket.” It speculates: ” Maybe it was the shock, maybe the fear, maybe an infinite number of other reasons. But after the murders of Yoav Hattab, Philippe Braham, Yohan Cohen and François-Michel Saada — France stayed home.”

    Haaretz staff and publishers are responsible for inventing and spreading the charges against Israel of Apartheid, genocide and calling the state a Nazi state. And now they wonder why the French are not showing sympathy to the Jews, who are presumed to support Israel. They must be mentally ill.

  • Amy Lambert

    Re: “French Jews first invented the idea that Judaism was passe. After the French Revolution, the Jews were offered full citizenship in France — with just one little hitch. They would have to backburner their Jewish practices.”
    1. Napoleon was not a Jew, so the first sentence is absurd.
    2. Which specific Jewish practices were required to be “backburned”–and precisely what does “backburned” mean in this context?

    I am aware that many Rabbis were against having the Jews freed, after millenia of discrimination and ghettoization, because they would lose a measure of control over their flocks as the Jews assimilated into French society. I was unaware of the specifics that were required for that assimilation, although I now seem to recall that the Jews were required to use last names so they could be added to the tax rolls, right, Rabbi? Is tax-avoidance one of the backburned practices of the Jewish community that Napoleon sought to abolish?

  • David Allan

    Here’s why people are sticking to ‘Je suis Charlie’:

    The attack was against an idea as much as people.

    It was the first event, and in reasonable people’s minds is associated with the supermarket attack. When they speak for one they speak for both.

    ‘Je suis Charlie’ is not a statement of race, or creed. If you wanted to specifically state defiance regarding the supermarket attack, the name of the supermarket would seem more consistent.

    People are also hesitant the flood of ‘Je suis…’ in order to prevent the dilution of the message.

    It is shameful to suggest that Tim Willcox’s point was that ‘Jews deserve it’ when he was trying to highlight the unheralded suffering of others – ironically the very point of your article. The speed at which he was condemned only serves to fuel the conspiracies that you refer to.

    Dreyfus affair? A single miscarriage of justice from the earliest years of the 20th century is somehow of relevance here. I don’t think so.

  • koxh

    je suis ‘Moslem’, le débuit de votre ‘fin’ est commencé