“I Helped Jews. We’re All Brothers. It’s Not a Question of Jews, Christians or Muslims, We’re All in the Same Boat”

On 7 January 2015, Muslim extremists attacked the Charlie Hebdo satirical weekly headquarters in Paris, France, and murdered 12 people, including two police officers. Other attacks followed, including one on 9 January 2015 at a kosher Jewish supermarket in Paris. The Islamist gunman killed four Jewish hostages, but shop attendant Lassana Bathily, a 24-year-old Muslim from Mali, saved the lives of fifteen people by hiding them in a cold-storage room. Mr. Bathily escaped and went to the police and gave them information. The police succeeded in killing the gunman. Mr. Bathily said afterward, “I helped Jews. We’re all brothers. It’s not a question of Jews, Christians or Muslims, we’re all in the same boat.”

For Further Information: “Muslim employee who saved Jews in kosher supermarket attack to get French citizenship.” Haaretz (Israel). 15 January 2015


For Further Information: “Porte de Vincennes hostage crisis.” Wikipedia. Accessed 16 January 2015


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