After #JeSuisAhmed, #JeSuisJuif hashtag goes viral on Twitter

People hold a placard which reads “I am Muslim, I am Jewish, I am Catholic, I am Charlie” at a vigil in Paris January 8, 2015. (Reuters)

After social media users stood in solidarity with slain French police officer Ahmed Merabet with the #JeSuisAhmed tag, users are rallying in support of the country’s Jewish community with the #JeSuisJuif hashtag on Saturday.

“Je Suis Juif,” or “I am Jewish” has been tweeted more than 23,000 times in the wake of an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris on Friday, days after Islamist gunmen stormed satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo killing 12 people.

“#JeSuisJuif is trending on twitter in the wake of the Paris attacks on a kosher store. Long live these moments of empathy,” Lee Weissman, a Jewish scholar based in the U.S. tweeted.

As France mourned the loss of 12 people the Charlie Hebdo attack, gunmen stormed a supermarket in Paris that serves Kosher products. The man, identified as Amedy Coulibaly, took hostages, four of which were killed before police managed to storm the building.

The #JeSuisJuif hashtag mirrors that of #JeSuisAhmed. The latter one trended after it was revealed that Merabet was a Muslim.

French police said the two attacks were related as the Charlie Hebdo assailants, Said and Cherif Kouachi, were linked to Coulibaly.

Intelligence sources revealed that the Kouachi brothers had pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen.


 

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