Tag Archives: Paris

Civil war in France?

Following the release of a record-setting new edition of Charlie Hebdo, some Muslims in France told NBC Nightly News they were not happy with the satirical weekly’s images of their Prophet.

I think they will bring civil war,” one Muslim man told NBC’s Bill Neely.


more on french jews, islamic extremism, & terrorism:

The Exodus

Jewish Community President in Paris compares his situation to German Jews under Third Reich

Even after its offices were bombed in 2011, Charlie Hebdo kept its sense of humor


‘The Exodus’ — NBC Nightly News airs follow-up to last night’s comparison of French Jews with WWII-era German Jews

Yesterday, NBC Nightly News aired a report by Richard Engel in which a Jewish Community President in Paris made the shocking comparison between today’s French Jews living with the threat of radical Muslims and German Jews living under the Third Reich.

Tonight, NBC’s Bill Neely filed a follow-up report from Paris. As anchor Brian Williams introduced the report, the title for the segment evoked a striking biblical image: “The Exodus.”

Bill Neely:

France has the largest Jewish population in Europe, half a million. It also has the largest Muslim population, 5 million. Many Jews feel under threat. Some feel radical Islamists want to wipe them out.

Then the report goes to Neely’s interview with a Jewish woman on the street:

Woman: “I want to leave France.”

Neely: “You don’t feel safe.”

Woman: “I don’t feel safe.”

Another Jewish woman, inside a shop, tells Neely (through a thick accent), “We feel in a war here, when you go in the street and you see all the police.”

Then Neely lists reasons for their concerns.

In 2012, seven people killed when a Muslim extremist attacked a Jewish school in France.

In 2014, a French Muslim murdered four people at a Jewish museum in Brussels.

Neely says 2014 was “a year when Jews were attacked more in France than anywhere else in Europe, the year Israel took in more Jews from France than from any other country.”

In the report, Nathan Sharansky, director of The Jewish Agency for Israel, says, “In Paris, with this feeling, they have to be very careful not to draw attention to themselves as the Jews.”

Please also see:

Jewish Community President in Paris compares his situation to German Jews under Third Reich

Even after its offices were bombed in 2011, Charlie Hebdo kept its sense of humor

Islamic State using cult brainwashing techniques


Jewish Community President in Paris compares his situation to German Jews under Third Reich

Roger Krieman, identified by this evening’s NBC Nightly News as the “Jewish Community President” in Paris, tells reporter Richard Engel:

You know, many people are very attached to French culture. But on the other hand, you think about the German Jews. The optimists went to Auschwitz, and the pessimists went to New York.

In his report, Engel introduced that segment of his interview with Krieman by saying the leader thinks “many” Parisian Jews might leave France.

Then, sitting across from Krieman, Engel asked, “Can you survive this wave of anti Semitism, of targeted anti-Jewish violence?”

Engel was referring to the recent terrorist attack on a kosher grocery store not long after the terrorist attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Krieman’s response was to mention the German Jews.


U.S. officials were not in Paris

World Leaders march in solidarity following Paris attacks. The Daily News says the Obama Administration "let the world down."

Even after its offices were bombed in 2011, Charlie Hebdo kept its sense of humor

The Charlie Hebdo cover immediately after the 2011 bombing of its offices.

If your offices had been bombed by Islamic extremists, what would your choice of cover be?

The first cover after the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris were bombed by Islamic extremists in 2011? “LOVE IS STRONGER THAN HATE.”

The cover included, as you might have noticed, a Charlie Hebdo satirist and a Muslim man engaged in a very juicy kiss. You might not have noticed the background, where apparently the remains of the office smolder.

That’s devotion to satire as a cause.

Today’s attack on Charlie Hebdo‘s offices brought nausea to my stomach and tears to my eyes. In the minds of some, the only response to a satirical attack of paper and ink is a violent claim of authority made with bullets and bloodshed.

A violent, horrific, murderous claim of authority.

France hasn’t always been the best example of a free society, but perhaps the existence of Charlie Hebdo shows a reasonable concern for freedom of expression and freedom of the press.

Freedom of expression and freedom of the press are barriers against overreaching authority. Satirists seem concerned with nearly all claims of authority — at least the social impact of authority.

For example, this morning, an analyst on MSNBC’s Morning Joe said Charlie Hebdo has targeted everyone with its humor: not only Muslims, but Catholics, Jews, and atheists.

That “equal opportunity joking” won’t hold value for some people, and that’s reasonable and OK because satire doesn’t make Truth claims.

Instead, satire looks at social realities and social experiences — and blows them out of proportion so we can more easily see them.

Or, inverts them so we can more readily confront them.

Satire is a cause, and I might go so far as to say it’s  a noble cause, despite the crude and offensive covers on Charlie Hebdo over the years.

A free, pluralistic, democratic society depends upon satire that tells us when the emperor has no clothes.

Satire is brave. Satire is a corrective. Satire is the best way to tell the truth about some matters.

Satire can even tell us “LOVE IS STRONGER THAN HATE” — and show us an unlikely scenario in which a wronged character is loving his enemy.