In the wake of attack, a new solidarity hashtag: #jesuisjuif

Anthony Weiss

In the wake of Wednesday’s attack on the offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, the hashtag #jesuisCharlie swept the internet in solidarity. Then came #jesuisAhmed, to honor Ahmed Merabet, the Muslim police officer murdered during the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and who has become a symbol of inclusion and solidarity with non-Islamist Muslims.

Now, after today’s attack on a kosher supermarket in eastern Paris has come #jesuisjuif, to show solidarity with the beleaguered Jews of France.


According to an analytics graph posted by, the tweet took off around 7 am EST, and peaked at around 9 am, with just under 4,000 tweets per hour. According to, #jesuisjuif has been tweeted over 20,000 times.

However, it isn’t entirely clear that it’s making the same impact as some of the other solidarity hashtags. For one thing, it’s numbers remain miniscule to #jesuischarlie, which, two days after the original attack, and far below its peak, still posted some 676,000 tweets in 24 hours, according to

More significantly, as the Jerusalem Post noted, while some of the tweets have been by non-Jews, a significant majority seem to be tweeted by Jews, making it more an emblem of Jewish pride than a display of ecumenical solidarity.

Some of the tweets also took on a notably defensive, or even combative tone.  

Still, others worked to maintain a sentiment of unity.  

Anthony Weiss is a Los Angeles-based staff writer for JTA.