French Jews and Muslims refusing to be enemies
The organizers behind Israel-Loves-Iran, a social media project combating hatred between Jews and Muslims, bring us some much-needed heartwarming in the aftermath of the terrible attacks in Charlie Hedbo magazine and a kosher market in Paris. Reposted with permission, here are evidence that Jews and Muslims are friends and heroes to each other.
As one of the captions says, “these crazy killers have one agenda: for us to start pointing fingers, for us to hate each other. separate and conquer. Our answer is simple: we ♥ each other” [sic]. Like their Facebook page here and visit their Peace Factory here.
Above: Lassana Batily, a 24-year-old Muslim from Bali, saved the lives of 15 people at the kosher market by hiding them in the freezer room and escaping to inform the police. His video interview here.
Above: Ahmed Merabet is the Algerian French Muslim policeman who was killed while responding to the attack at the Charlie Hedbo offices. The eulogy by his brother is inspiring: “I address myself now to all the racists, Islamophobes, and anti-Semites: One must not confuse extremists with Muslims. Madness has neither color nor religion. I want to make another point: stop painting everybody with the same brush, stop burning mosques or synagogues. You are attacking people. It won’t bring back our dead, and it won’t appease our families.”
Above: Two French citizens marching in the Paris parade with signs reading “I am a Muslim, I love Jews” and “I am a Jew, I love Muslims.”
Above: Israel-Loves-Iran’s satire of Netanyahu and Abbas marching in the Paris parade and some unfinished business.