Dozens of Muslim men in Algeria took the streets outside of a mosque to celebrate the murders of 17 innocent lives in France at the hands of fundamentalist Islamist terrorists.
Shouts of “strike France and the Jews,” “Allah is the greatest,” and “Charlie is dead” clamored throughout the streets in the Belouizidad district of Algiers, according to Haaretz. Celebrations of the deadly attacks also reportedly took place, in conjunction with a dance party, on the street outside of another Muslim place of worship in the region, the Djamaa Lihoud mosque.
Meanwhile, over 700,000 people poured outside the streets of France to rally and protest in solidarity against the brutal slayings.
Two cofounders of the Free Gaza Movement reportedly suggested the attack was not carried out by Islamists but rather that it was orchestrated by the Israeli Mossad spy agency in order to malign Muslims, Haaretz notes. On Thursday, WikiLeaks sent out a tweet which lashed out at something they called the “Jewish pro-censorship lobby” for “legitimiz[ing] attacks on Charlie Hebdo for ‘offensive’ speech.”
The infighting between followers of the Sunni and Shia sects of Islam has been fortified over the past few years, culminating with the current state of the religion in the world.
Charlie Hebdo has published satirical cartoons poking fun at Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, yet the only religious group to respond with violence has been Islam. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi recently called for a “religious revolution” and reformation within Islam; a call for modernization and assimilation into the modern day and times, while calling out fundamentalists who still follow in suit with Islamic law (Sharia) and tradition that were chiseled in stone centuries ago.
“Is it possible that 1.6 billion people should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants – that is 7 billion – so that they themselves may live? Impossible!” al-Sisi said in his speech.
The remaining staff of Charlie Hebdo will reportedly be publishing a special edition of the magazine next week exercising strength in light of the catastrophe that struck them. The special issue will be eight pages instead of the usual 16 pages, because nearly half of their staff is now dead or in the hospital. People from the United States and internationally have donated funds, computers, and even provided places for the publication’s editors to work. Google’s Digital Press Fund has also donated $300,000 to the magazine (that’s roughly €250,000 Euros).
Printing companies have also reportedly waived their fees in order to help Charlie Hebdo push its magazine out in defiance of the extremist Islamist terrorists who tried to silence their pens through death. A fund has also been set up for monetary donations for anyone who wishes to donate to the satirical magazine.
Adelle Nazarian is on Twitter @AdelleNaz.