In November, after the Islamic State attack in Paris, the U.S. secretary of state distinguished it from the attack the previous January on the magazine Charlie Hebdo. The more recent one, he said, was “absolutely indiscriminate,” while the older one at least had a “rationale.” He pointedly omitted any reference to the murderous jihadist assault, two days after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, on the kosher supermarket in Paris. And now, writes Elliott Abrams, Kerry has done it again, with an official statement on the anniversary of the earlier attacks that mentions the targeting of journalists and cartoonists but says nothing about the targeting of Jews:
Kerry’s magic here: he made the Jews disappear. Once again he refers only to Charlie Hebdo and “journalists around the world.”
But on January 9, one year ago, four hostages at the kosher grocery were killed. They had been shopping before the Sabbath began, on a Friday afternoon.
It should not be too much for our secretary of state to take notice of them, too: people who became victims because they were Jews. The Paris attacks in January 2015 were not attacks against journalists and others; they were attacks on journalists and on Jews who were killed because they were Jews. That Kerry continues to make them disappear is disgraceful.