#JeSuisJuif trending on twitter in solidarity with French Jews

Most of the users of the hashtag seem to be Jewish, and some are using the hashtag to express distress over a lack of solidarity for Jews.

January 10, 2015 03:02
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#JeSuisJuif trending on twitter in solidarity with French Jews. (photo credit: TWITTER)

On Friday, four hostages and four others were critically wounded as a result of a hostage standoff in a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris on Friday.

When it was known that a kosher supermarket was being attacked, a hashtag expressing solidarity with  French Jews began trending on Twitter.

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The hashtag, #JeSuisJuif (I am Jewish), was moddled after the #JeSuisCharlie (I am Charlie) hashtag, being used in solidarity for the 12 journalists killed in an attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday.

At the time of the writing of this article, according to topsy.com the hashtag has been used 19,024.
Some used the hashtag to express their anger over the danger Jews still face in Europe today. Other Jews used the hashtag to express their unease about the quality of international solidarity with Jews.
Scrolling through users of the hashtag, it is clear the majority of those using it are Jewish. The #JeSuisJuif hashatg is similar to the #JeSuisAhmed hashtag, the latter made in solidarity with Ahmed Merabet, a 40-year-old police officer who was killed by the terrorists during their attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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