Muslims demonstrate in Paris: 'I am not Charlie. But I am against killing'

Haaretz, 13.01.15

Fouad Houcine, with the placard 'I am a Muslim. I have come to share our pain.' Photo by Danna Harman
Fouad Houcine, with the placard 'I am a Muslim. I have come to share our pain.' Photo by Danna Harman

Fouad Houcine, a 36-year-old engineer who lives all the way around the other side of the Périphérique loop road, left work early and showed up with a cardboard sign. “I am a Muslim. I have come to share our pain,” it reads. If one looks closely, it’s easy to see it was written twice, with great wobbly care – once in pencil to make sure all the words fit in, and then copied over again in bright green Magic Marker.

“The Israeli prime minister is wrong to get involved and tell Jews to come ‘home’ to Israel. This matter is between us in France,” Fouad says. “If the Jews of France leave – we will not be the same. http://www.haaretz.com/misc/article-print-page/.premium-1.636757We are together in this.”

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