The two sieges that transfixed France and much of the world on Friday epitomize the problem Islamic radicalism poses in the heart of Europe: It's a danger to civilized society generally, but especially to Jews.
Now it's time for the authorities to wake up to the problem and confront it, French Jewish leaders said Friday, in the wake of a hostage crisis at the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket at Porte de Vincennes in Paris' 12th arrondissement. A gunman believed to have killed a Paris policewoman a day earlier killed four people and holed up in the store with at least 20 hostages. Five people were wounded in the attack, sources familiar with the investigation told JTA.
Meanwhile, the two brothers, Cherif and Said Kouachi, whom French police identified as having carried out Wednesday's attack at the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, which left 12 people dead, were cornered at a printing shop north of Paris.