A week after the massacre at the office of Charlie Hebdo where ten people armed with unpopular ideas, a sense of humour, and pencils, as well as two Policeman, lost their lives, Charlie Hebdo again issued a magazine displaying on its cover an image of Muhammad, the very cause of the massacre.
Some news outlets and political leaders – in the Middle East and all over the world, including the Vatican – have either outright condemned this as a provocation and incitement to further violence (the Pope demonstrated how), or more subtly, insinuated it is insulting and should be stopped.
Sky News, The New York Times, NPR, CNN, Reuters and many other media outlets were no longer Charlie by Wednesday. Charlie Hebdo’s cover they concealed. They are concerned not to offend, insult or provoke any of their readers, viewers, followers and etceteras.
It remains to be seen what will happen this Friday.
This Friday, marks the one week anniversary of the murders at Hyper Cacher, the kosher market where four Jewish people were murdered a week ago. They too were killed for provoking Jihadists, in their case, by being Jewish.
Will the provocation continue? Will Jewish individuals in Paris, in Europe – wherever they may be, continue to insist on their right to exist? If so, can we expect consistency from those same media outlets, public figures and religious leaders who call out against the incitement of Charlie Hebdo’s latest cover? Will they call out against the Jews of France too this Friday, when they continue to incite murderous violence by shopping in Kosher markets? Will the media cover it?