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January 11, 2015 4:30 pm

Sole Woman Killed in Charlie Hebdo Massacre Targeted Because ‘She Was Jewish,’ Cousin Says

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Charlie Hebdo columnist Elsa Cayat was targeted because she was Jewish, her cousin said. Photo: Twitter

The sole woman killed in the massacre at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday was targeted because she was a Jew, her cousin has asserted.

Speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett, Sophie Bramly, the cousin of Jewish Charlie Hebdo columnist Elsa Cayat, was asked whether she believed that Cayat had been “specifically targeted.”

“Yes, I do,” Bramley responded. “They spared all the women, and she was the only one killed, and she was the only one Jewish.”

Bramley added that Cayat’s brother had told her that the columnist had been receiving threatening phone calls for “a while.”

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“Anonymous phone calls, obviously, and I can’t say that it was the same team of people,” Bramley, a film producer, said, “but the calls were saying basically, ‘Dirty Jew, you should stop working for Charlie Hebdo, otherwise we’re going to kill you.’ So if you put two and two together, it seems like, yeah, she was definitely killed because she was Jewish.”

That realization, Bramley continued, “makes it even worse, because the press hasn’t really talked about it that way here. It was only about freedom of speech that was attacked, and my feeling was that religion was there too.”

The deaths of the four Jewish hostages at the HyperCacher market siege “unfortunately proved that I wasn’t totally wrong,” Bramley observed.

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  • In my view, the French government,having disarmed it’s peaceful citizens, should be ashamed of itself. As for the terrorists, and the AUTOMATIC WEAPONS they had and used, laws didn’t much bother them. Ordinary handguns might not have been of much use against automatic weapons, but being completely disarmed, the journalists had no chance. One of the journalists, being late for work that day, escaped the “festivities”, lucky fellow.

    • jeremy

      You’re scary man. American I suppose? One mass shooting a day in average I heard, lucky fellow

  • charlie johnson

    She was killed for two reasons.1 She was Jewish. 2 because she was not trained nor equipped to defend herself.You really don’t have to die just because you are a Jew.Unless you opt out on self defense. Leave the job to a guy paid to do the job you should feel obligated to do for yourself.Nobody cares more for you than you do.

  • Hello

    OK — so when we say “never again” what the !@#$%^&* are we talking about? The 20th century is filled with incident after incident of armed humans in uniforms slaughtering unarmed civilians.

    Are you an unarmed (helpless) Jewish civilian? SHAME ON YOU. You either do not know or do not understand your history. Stop thinking about Sandy Hook and think about real threats.

    I saw a movie once where only the police and military had guns — it was called Schindler’s List.

    Looking for someplace SAFE to live? Gun friendly VERMONT is the safest place to live in the US. Lots of Jews in my gun club.

    Uzi does it.

    EEJ
    Member GOVT & JPFO

    • Cele Yingling

      well Said Edward Jaffee!

  • BDF

    Il dure devant le temps pour les Citoyens français pour avoir leur propre Deuxième Amendement, le droit de porter des bras pour se protéger. Vive la France!

  • Dante

    Correction: “…even more than the PEGIDA is said to be”.
    Although the movement contains many people of the extreme right, by far not all its followers are so.

    • Shalom-Hillel

      The mainstream media like to portray the right as the “far-right” and the left as “centrist”. The PEGIDA people in Germany are not far-right. There are hangers-on who are, but the organizers take pains to let people know they are not racist. Despite the media fog, the majority of the population know what is going on. Liberals may decry Marine LePen in France, but I don’t believe she would be bad for French Jews. She would be good for France because she wants to stop unbridled immigration. Too many Jews vote “progressive” to their own detriment.

  • victoria brandeis

    I WILL NOT MOURN THE DEATH OF ‘PARIS’…….THIS DOMAIN SHOULD HAVE BURNT CENTURIES AGO………BUT, I WILL MOURN AND SAY A PRAYER FOR THIS JEWISH SOUL……

    AS PASSOVER COMES CRAWLING ALONG I CAN ONLY HOPE THAT THE WORLD’S EARTH WILL OPEN UP AND SWALLOW THESE LOWLY
    SOULS…….

    AND THEN THERE WILL BE NO MORE…EBONY TREES WILL GROW FROM THIS SITE.

  • Lauren Goldman

    To the world at large, whose undertone of anti-Semitism is always present, our blood is cheap. Had these atrocities been carried out against muslims, there would have been massive rioting around the world, and the media would be screaming for the heads of the perpetrators. It is not so much a case of double standards as it is a continuation of how we are valued (or not valued) by the world at large.

    • racy

      Jews around the world should have marched in thousands, in ten thousands, in hundred thousands
      against the murders, against the terrorists, against the countries that sanction them, and their cries should have been loud enough to echo around the world.

  • steven L

    Europe remains antisemitic and the French Jews must be aware of it. Therefore the appeal from BB to the French Jews is totally pertinent.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    A Jew–a man or a woman–is a Jew. Radical Islamists do not make a distinction in their hatred toward all Jewish people–men, women, and children.

  • Fred

    The press is without guts they have lost their integrity since the came under the power of the petrodollar their Arab paymasters. Honesty, truth & integrity true reportage has been chucked into the bin.

  • Wm. J. Levy

    Jews! Aren’t you tired of being murdered again and again.

    Why Jews in Germany, 600,000, ever allowed a Hitler to grow instead of killing them in the 1920’s.

    Now Jews are being killed all over in Brussels, in France, in the U.S. and the Jews do nothing but cry and moan instead of organizing and fighting our haters.

    If I was God I wouldn’t be pleased right now.

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