Can Charlie Hebdo's spirit include Israel?

The best response to Islamist attacks on the only Mideast democracy, Israel, is to increase support for it.

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January 11, 2015 12:20
Charlie Hebdo

Shooting at Charlie Hebdo's news office. (photo credit: screenshot)

 
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The Islamist massacre at Charlie Hebdo has understandably captured global attention because it was a barbaric attack on France and freedom of expression. In a moment of defiant moral clarity, "je suis Charlie" emerged as a popular phrase of solidarity with the victims. Hopefully such clarity persists and extends to those facing similar challenges every day in the Middle East.

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