The events of the past few days in France shock the sensibilities of the civilized world. Individuals have been killed for doing their duty as law enforcement and security officers, for exercising their right to free speech, and for shopping on the eve of the sabbath in a kosher food market. These shocking events have occurred in a country which gave the world the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen in 1789.
The Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education of North Carolina expresses its solidarity with those French citizens who rightly condemn this assault upon the rule of law, freedom of speech, and freedom of religion. We express our condolences to the families of those innocent people who have lost their lives. May the mourners be comforted soon by sweet memories.
For those who have died, may their memories be for a blessing.These events reinforce the need of all citizens to play an active role in advocating for human rights, education, free expression, tolerance, and the rule of law - those wise restraints which make us free.