PARIS: “Je suis Charlie” and the Jewish Home in Israel

PARIS IN SHOCK and so are the French and most Westerners. Islamists attacked a well-known satirical weekly magazine, Charles Hebdo, killed ten of its journalists and cartoonists and wounded  another ten, some news say even twenty, of which four were reported to be in critical condition. Two police officers were also killed and a third one, a woman, later the same day, when she was attacked with a kalashnikov in a Parisian suburb.

The following day two other islamists attacked a popular Jewish Kosher supermarket, taking six people hostage of which four were killed, all Jews. Later that third day all these islamic jihadists were killed by the Police except two of which one, a woman, is still on the run. One of them had claimed that they were sent on a mission by the Islamic State ISIS in Syria, by al Quaeda in Yemen according to another report. The jihadists in Paris had been in contact with each other and according to the media reports the attacks had been coordinated and well planned.

Before the terrorists fled in their car, they shouted “Allahu Akbar” which is an informal Muslim creed, meaning that their God Allah “is greater”. The terrorists also shouted that revenge had now been done on Muhammed, the Muslim prophet, who founded Islam in the early 7th century A.D.

Obviously the Charles Hebdo magazine had published some satirical articles and drawings, describing Muslims provocatively and in a less honourable way, among them the leader of the so called Islamic State or ISIS. Of course one shouldn’t insult people whoever they are. On the other hand, a joke or two said in the right moment could really be the word which everyone had been waiting for. But these cartoons seem to have been, what triggered the islamists to go on attack or jihad, something that is permitted in Islam.

The islamist attack on the Charles Hebdo newspaper is no doubt an attack also on the free word, a foundation stone of Western democracy (more on e.g. ABC News). “Je suis Charlie” (I am Charlie), referring to the name of the magazine, has quickly become a motto showing compassion and support for the victims, as The Telegraph reports, but also support for the free word and Western democracy.

Not only a newspaper and the free word was attacked by the Muslim jihadists, but also Jews at the Kosher shop in Paris. One of the jihadists told a TV-station that he deliberately targeted Jews, The Times of Israel reports. It is no doubt an attack also on the Jewish people as such being a minority group in Europe. In recent years anti-semitism in the EU has increased considerably why an increasing number of Jews have preferred to leave the EU for Israel. Last year 7000 French Jews emigrated to Israel, twice as many as in 2013.

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu once again welcomed Jews in France and elsewhere in the diaspora to come home to Israel: “To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, I would like to say that Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray, the state of Israel is your home.”

In Israel Jews can freely live as Jews, although under threat, there too, by fundamental Muslim organizations such as Hamas, Fatah, al Quaeda and ISIS. For the first time in almost 2000 years Jews have now got a country of their own. This is fulfillments of many prophecies in the Tanakh/Bible, such as Ezekiel (37:21): ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land” and Amos (9:14): “I will bring my people Israel back from exile. “They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit.” God is acting forcefully also in our time.