Why Am I Charlie Hebdo? Pourquoi je suis Charlie Hebdo?

Many people argued over using the term “Je suis Charlie”, they condemn the massacre, yet, they reject for a moment to represent Charlie, even with few words on social networks. Others said they don’t care because what happened in France is incomparable to what’s happening to Syrian Refugees, Palestinians, Egyptians etc.

Unfortunately, the majority of Arab Media either justified the terrorist inhumane act as a reaction against ridiculing Prophet Muhammed, and those who chose to be neutral presented Charlie Hebdo as the magazine which ridicules Prophet Muhammed. Justifying in disguise.

The most common question was “What’s with all the fuzz about Charlie Hebdo?” I will to explain in my humble words, why did this incident grab global attention. Most importantly, why did I, chose to scream out loud “Je suis Charlie.”

I didn’t identify myself by “Je suis Charlie” because I have the Arab Muslim syndrome, and I want to apologize for  brutal act, and not because I care more or less about polishing the image of Arabs to the Western world. I don’t give a flying fuck, because sweethearts our image is not to be polished regardless- as those who speak of conscious are minority in this side of the world–Mideast.

Je suis Charlie, because ink on paper should not kill me.

Je suis Charlie because freedom of expression is unconditional; if you are against an ideology or artwork kindly fight against this with words, art etc. Don’t be dragged blindly in the prison we live in today. Don’t be part of the global slaughter that is controlled by the leaders, the very same leaders who will participate in the global march against terrorism in Paris.

Je suis Charlie, because I was born and raised in a country where freedom of expression could put you in jail, where people are sadly too blind to equate few words with treason and infidelity.

Je suis Charlie, because even if I oppose Charlie’s Cartoons. I applause for a country where freedom of expression is granted, because if their publications hurt you, you can simply ignore. Because it’s published in France, mainly for the French, with French language, not with your language. ARABIC.

If you oppose Charlie’s work, if you find them racist or even extremists. Remember that the Arab world raised many questions. When Muslims protest all over the world for ridiculing Prophet Muhammed, yet they did no single act to oppose ISIS brutality,for destroying a nation, for enslaving women, for rape, for murdering humans!

If Charlie’s work seem extreme, remember that its ink against extremism, against terrorists, against massacres. Let’s say they opened the talk about Islam, what did you do? How did you react? What was your tools to deliver a real image? Did you dedicate few hours a day to translate few verses from Quraan to English and French, and deliver what you believe is the peaceful message about Islam. Do you even believe that Islam is a religion of coexistence? I highly doubt that… Otherwise, you won’t justify murder. You are not God’s hand on Earth.

If you are wondering about the global reaction and uniting under “Je suis Charlie” slogan, it’s simply because the French people put all their differences aside, their concerns about Charlie Hebdo and chanted for humanity. It’s the French people who ignited the global consciousness. Subsequently, let’s compare the situation in the Arab world:

  • Saudi Arabia issued a statement condemning Charlie Hebdo’s attack, yet on the very same day Raif Badawi, blogger and activist, was flogged 50 times and that will last 19 weeks for a total of 1000 lashes. Not to mention that he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and a fine of $US266,600. WHY? For creating an online forum “Liberal Saudi Network”
  • Egypt condemned the attacks as well, ironically youth are detained for the very same reason, opposing the protest law and the regime PEACEFULLY.
  • ISIS are brutally expanding every day over the blood of innocents, and sweethearts you barely condemn or speak about it. Sometimes, I feel that ISIS must expand to our homes for us to understand how it’s like to live under terrorists marketing their authority over Islam.
  • Last but not least,  Netanyahu,, Liberman, Benett, Mahmoud Abbas, Mehdi Jomaa, Ramtane Lamamra and Sameh Shoukry are participating in the global march against terrorism in Paris. How ironic, yet let’s thank the French people for forcing false leaders to unite under peace slogan.

Charlie Hebdo burst global attention, because they come from a country where freedom of expression is granted and brutality is not tolerated. A country where atheists and nonbelievers support the right of Muslims to wear veil at schools. A country that is constructing the basis of coexistence.

Don’t compare this to the Syrian and Palestinian tragedy, because those who speak about it are the minority in Mideast. Me, you and few others. Don’t wait for foreign savior, oppose Arab governments for corruption, hypocrisy and lack of humanity. WE ARE OPPRESSED BECAUSE OUR OWN LEADERS ENSLAVED US, ARAB LEADERS WOULD SELL THE WHOLE NATION FOR POWER AND MONEY.

Maybe we are not Charlie Hebdo, but in this very moment, we unite for Charlie Hebdo. For humanity, because this inhumane act is an episode from a series of massacres against conscious fighters. those who use ink, images and words as their ultimate weapons.

Ahmed Rabet died defending freedom, he represents us.. The outcasted minority in the distorted side of the planet.

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” 

Je Suis Charlie.. Je Suis Ahmed Rabet.. Je Suis Raif Badawi..je suis un être humain… VIVE LA LIBERTÉ!











  1. And let’s not forget that the young muslim guy who was working in the kosher shop, he hid some people when the terrorists arrived then managed to leave and helped the police giving them the plan of the shop. So yes you can be a muslim and work in a kosher shop what’s the big deal about it?
    Freedom of speech, even to shock, is what we need to fight for not only for France but everywhere.

    1. Dear Mchan, Thanks a lot for your comment. I was just reading about this incident and I was overwhelmed and regained hope. I completely agree with you that freedom of speech opens the door for coexistence. Lets all hope that these events bring awakening to humanity.

      1. Yes I hope we can coexist I was happy to read your post since I was saddened to read some “I am not charlie” posts on wordpress. Some people seem to consider that we should mind our speech, say only nice things, not anger religious people but I think that as a woman even working, walking blogging freely is probably already angering some so …
        I understand that some of our students in France who are of Arab origin are angry, afraid, misinformed but I agree with you about the lack of empathy.

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