(Paris) Tens of thousands of demonstrators, including a wide variety of ministers and politicians, joined in a show of solidarity against racism and anti-Semitism on Sunday.
This is in sharp contrast with the pathetic showing by 22 neo-Nazis in Orlando yesterday promoting racist ideology.
The Paris march was announced after a 23-year old Jewish salesman, Ilan Halimi, was kidnapped January 21. The man was hidden and tortured for three weeks in the southern Paris suburb of Bagneux. Halimi was found naked, handcuffed and covered with burn marks on February 13 near railroad tracks south of Paris, dying on his way to a hospital.
Youssef Fofana, a French citizen, has been arrested in Ivory Coast on suspicion of leading the gang that kidnapped him.
"There is no political connotation (to the march). This is a demonstration by the people of France who are more than outraged by what happened," said Joseph Sitruk, France's chief rabbi.
"We are here also to say that all racist crimes are unacceptable in our society and that we must be very vigilant because it is a situation which is starting to be worrying," said Jean-Michel Quillardet, head of the Grand Orient of France.
Roger Cukierman, head of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France, said that it is "important for French society to realise that little anti-Semitic and racist prejudices can have terrible consequences."
The same, I believe, is true in the United States.