Being Charlie 8

In the country of the third biggest Jewish community and having a huge Islam community as well in the midst of many other religions and atheist groups, people came together to show their unity to the world.

Television stations all over the world broke the news of the attack on Charlie Hebdo 7 January 2015

Television stations all over the world broke the news of the attack on Charlie Hebdo 7 January 2015

The intention of last week’s jihad-prompted massacre at Charlie Hebdo
magazine might have been to bring more hate under the French citizens. France did not have an easy relationship with its African Muslim population which has found more Europeans joining this faith and bringing the Catholics in the diminishing category.

In the past France has seen several bloody struggles in its former North African colonies and got enough interior problems with those who came to live in some of the country’s poorest districts.

Long decades of insurgency against French rule in Algeria in the mid-twentieth century, followed by a spate of Algerian terrorist attacks in France in the 1990s created difficulties for communal relations — which reawakened with the rise of global jihadism after 9/11.
This week’s jihad-prompted massacre at Charlie Hebdo magazine has further stoked fears of Islamophobia in a country that has struggled to integrate its millions-strong Islamic minority.
Algerians, whether by nationality or origin, are the biggest and oldest Muslim group in France and are estimated at more than 1.5 million. They come ahead of Moroccans who number around one million and Tunisians at 400,000. Sub-Saharan Africans, mainly from Senegal and Mali, represent several hundred thousand, along with Turks and Asian Muslims.
The country has between 1,500 and 1,800 mosques and prayer rooms, the biggest and oldest of which is the Paris mosque built in 1922 in homage to the Muslims who fought for France during World War I.
France’s Muslims have been represented since 2003 by the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), a national elected body, which serves as an official interlocutor with the French state in the regulation of Muslim religious activities. {France is home to Europe’s biggest Jewish and Muslim communities}

Growing racist anti-Jewish community movement performing the quenelle salute, pointing the right arm downwards at 45 degrees and placing the opposite hand on the arm.

Growing racist anti-Jewish community movement performing the quenelle salute, pointing the right arm downwards at 45 degrees and placing the opposite hand on the arm.

The last few years the Jewish community had to face several attacks and got to face the growing extreme right movement of the family Le Pen. Several not blind seeing the similarity with the 1930ies preferred this time not to wait such a long time or to have so much ‘confiance’ or trust in the society as their ancestors. For many it is still printed in their mind what happened during World War II, having the number of Jews living in France, estimated at 300,000, diminished by 76,000 Jews being deported from France by the Nazis with the help of the Vichy regime. It is not so that they expect gas-chambers to be re-introduced, but to be killed in this part of the world has become the same reality as becoming victim of the Palestinian attacks in the promised country. for many the danger in these regions seems to have become much higher than the treat to be killed in the Holy Land. At a time of mounting anti-Semitic attacks, more than 7,000 of France’s Jews emigrated to Israel in 2014, more than double the previous year, according to the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Lots of people (Jews but also others) in France and Belgium worry for those who have  “extremist interpretations” of their faith that seek to justify such violence, be it Muslims but also evangelicals or very conservative Christians.

Expression of the fear, many looking at the Jewish community controlling the world-leaders

Lots of people do think the Jews govern the world and can have all politicians jumping to their wishes. Nothing like it.

But the actions of Muslims also frightens the population and after the gunmen were killed by French forces in a raid on a printing plant outside of Paris, a source from within al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) it had become clear that further atrocities could come over Europe. Through AQAP’s official media wing, Sheikh Harith bin Ghazi al-Nadhari, from the Yemeni branch of al Qaeda (AQAP) said:

“As for the blessed Battle of Paris, we, the Organisation of al Qaeda al Jihad in the Arabian Peninsula, claim responsibility for this operation as vengeance for the Messenger of God.” praised the attack.

“Some of the sons of France showed a lack of manners with Allah’s messengers, so a band of Allah’s believing army rose against them, and they taught them the proper manners, and the limits of freedom of speech.”

Nadhari declared

“How can we not fight the ones that attacked the Prophet and attacked the religion and fought the believers?”

They also placed a video on Monday of the Sunday marches with al-Ansi saying:

“Look how they gathered, rallied and supported each other. Strengthening their wounds.”

He then warns:

“Those wounds have not healed and they won’t, be it in Paris, New York or Washington or in London or Spain, or in Palestine the legend of glory and pride.”

He describes the Charlie Hebdo gunmen Said and Cherif Kouachi as “heroes of Islam” – as pictures of their victims are screened in the background – before adding: “It was tawfeeq from Allah that the operation coincided with the operation Mujahid brother Ahmed Koulibali [Amedy Coulibaly] – may have Allah have mercy on him.”

While heaping passionate praise on the attack on Charlie Hebdo, Nadhari stopped short of making any claim that AQAP directed or was in any way involved with the planning. Though the main leaders of the fundamentalist Islamic State movement nor AQAP “directed” the attack, there is credible information to prove that both of the Kouachi brothers spent time with AQAP in Yemen. Said Kouachi reportedly made multiple trips to Yemen from 2009 to 2012 and spent time at Sana’a’s Iman University, which was founded by radical preacher Abdel Majid al-Zindani. The French magazine L’Express reported that French intelligence sources claim that Said Kouachi crossed into Yemen from Oman along with another unidentified French citizen in the summer of 2011. Reuters, meanwhile, reports that both Kouachi brothers received weapons training from AQAP in Yemen’s Marib province, an al Qaeda stronghold, citing two anonymous Yemeni officials. {Jeremy Scahill, The Paris Mystery: Were the Shooters Part of a Global Terrorist Conspiracy?}

In another message to the Western world, he adds:

“We have warned you before about the consequences of these deeds that your government collude with under the pretext of freedom of press’ or ‘freedom of ideas’.”

and remembered to what Sheikh Usama (RA) (Osama bin Laden) had said in his message to the West:

If there is no check on the freedom of your words, then let your hearts be open to the freedom of our actions.

Pope Francis I as leader of the 1.2-billion strong Catholic Church may at last have called to the religious communities to call for Muslim political, religious and intellectual leaders to vocally insist that Islam doesn’t allow such violence.

We as such do not need to look to see who is at fault or where it started to go wrong. In case it might be like Pope Francis said that the Paris attacks were the result of a “throwaway culture” in which human beings and even God are rejected outright, we have to show the total community that we want a world where every one of whatever religion or non-religious can live together in peace.

We do have to make work of those who have become “enslaved” by new fads and “deviant forms of religion” and should show how everything can be much better for everybody when everybody respects the other his way of thinking and his way of living. Nobody can demand that the other comes to believe the same things as he does. No body has the right to demand that the other comes to worship the same God or gods as he/she does. Nobody has the right to let others believe that religion is the cause of fighting, because it are human beings and their intolerance which make difficulties.

“Religious fundamentalism, even before it eliminates human beings by perpetrating horrendous killings, eliminates God himself, turning him into a mere ideological

Pope Francis I said, further denouncing the “abominable” kidnapping and
enslavement of young girls by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria and the slaughter of “unspeakable brutality” of more than 100 children by the Taliban in Pakistan.

As the Pope brought his New Years wishes, hoping 2015 would bring progress toward a new climate change agreement, saying in a brief deviation from his text that it was “urgent”, we do have to look at our environment, our relationship with nature, plants and animals, but also with our close neighbours, people whom we should show respect for whatever they believe or not believe.

The Pope condemned the attack and called

“on everyone to oppose every method of spreading hate” because it “radically undermines the fundamental good of peaceful coexistence of people despite national, religious and cultural differences”.

For that reason and to show the fundamentalists that we do not let us to be intimidated and prefer to live in a world where everyone whatever he or she may belief can live next to us in peace.

Though we clearly must rethink about our values and ideas of freedom of speech and press.
As Jonathan Rowson wrote:

the muscular liberalism in evidence in the response from the European press, feels painfully partial. I’ve noticed two questionable ideas in particular.

The uncompromising spirit that says that there are no limits to freedom of expression is something to believe in, identify and get behind. But in doing so, we shouldn’t believe in the notion that it is universally sacred. That would be another kind of ideological imperialism. {Charlie Hebdo: is nothing sacred?

France’s defense minister Manuel Valls said Monday the country is at war
against “terrorism, against jihadism, against radical Islam” and therefore mobilizing more than 10,000 security forces to protect the population. The deployment began Tuesday, and will focus on the most sensitive locations.

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Preceding articles:

Being Charlie 2

Being Charlie 3

Being Charlie 4

Being Charlie 5

Being Charlie 6

Being Charlie 7

Where do we stand in the backdrop of Charlie Hebdo Massacre ?

Charlie Hebdo, offensive satire and why ‘Freedom of Speech’ needs more discussion

ISIL will find no safe haven

It’s beautiful to watch the spread of #JeSuisCharlie across the world

Continues with: Being Charlie 8


The Paris Mystery: Were the Shooters Part of a Global Terrorist Conspiracy?

Charlie Hebdo Paris attacks: Al-Qaeda chilling video claims responsibility for ‘Blessed Battle of Paris’

Anti-Semitism ‘on the rise’ in Europe

The Frightening Reality for the Jews of France

ZeroHedge: Why Don’t “Moderate” Muslims Condemn Terrorism ??!

  • Le Pen at the Elysée Presidential Palace (
    French President François Hollande’s decision to invite Marine Le Pen, the leader of the neo-fascist National Front (FN), to the Elysée Presidential Palace to discuss the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo marks a turning point in French politics with far-reaching consequences.
    The right-wing Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) is also promoting the FN, pressing for it to join the “rally for national unity” called for Sunday by Hollande’s Socialist Party (PS) and the UMP. After UMP leader and former president Nicolas Sarkozy met with Hollande on Thursday, the UMP’s political committee echoed Le Pen’s demands that the FN be allowed to participate.
  • French president receives fascist fuehrer at palace (

    France’s far-right National Front party has placed a Holocaust denier on its list of candidates for the municipal elections in Paris. The candidate, Pierre Panet, has said he “shares the analysis” of Roger Garaudy, a convicted Holocaust denier but that he doesn’t elaborate on his views because it is illegal in France.

    For decades, presidents of France did not receive Jean-Marie Le Pen, leader of the racist National Front party, at the presidential palace.

  • Paris Aliyah Fair Draws a Crowd (
    Tens of French Jews visited a fair encouraging Aliyah (immigration to Israel), run by the Jewish Agency and Ministry of Immigrant Absorption in Paris.
  • After terror attacks, hundreds attend Jewish Agency aliyah fair in Paris (
    Days after Islamist terror attacks killed a combined 16 people at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine and the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket, both in Paris, hundreds of French Jews attended a Jewish Agency for Israel aliyah (immigration to Israel) information fair on Sunday in the same city.
  • France Takes the High Road for Jewish Survivors (
    Once again, France has illuminated what Abraham Lincoln called “the moral lights around us.”
  • 1,100 French Jewish High School Seniors to Light Menorah in Jerusalem (
    Bac Bleu Blanc—”High School Seniors in Blue and White”—is the broadest effort by The Jewish Agency for Israel, supported by Keren Hayesod-UIA, to bring young French Jews on educational experiences in Israel. The program is operated by The Jewish Agency’s educational travel subsidiary, Israel Experience, Ltd., and each of the schools is a full partner in creating its own customized itinerary.
  • After Terror Attacks, Hundreds Attend Jewish Agency Aliyah Fair in Paris (

    According to the Jewish Agency’s statistics, France was the leading country for aliyah to Israel in 2014 with new 7,000 arrivals, up from 3,400 in 2013.

    On Thursday, after the Charlie Hebdo attack but before the kosher supermarket attack, Sharansky cautioned against strategically promoting terrorism in France as a reason for aliyah.

    “We’re not building our aliyah strategy on tragic events,” Sharansky told the Times of Israel. “We’re building it on the fact that there is this place in the world called Europe, where Jews are feeling increasingly uncomfortable.”

  • ‘The Hunt For Nazi Spies’ is Free eBook of the Day (
    From 1940 to 1942 Vichy France, collaborating with their Nazi occupiers, sent Jews to camps in Germany and executed members of the French Resistance. But the Vichy regime also arrested more than two thousand German spies and executed several dozen of them.
  • France is home to Europe’s biggest Jewish and Muslim communities (
  • Did the U.S. and Germany actually Fight on the Same Side in World War II? (

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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