2015 began with heinous attacks in Paris by Islamic extremists directly targeting Jews and those perceived to be treating Islam inappropriately. Two gunmen, brothers Chérif and Saïd Kouachi, attacked the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on January 9, killing 11 members of the staff and a policeman. Two days later, on January 11, a friend of the Kouachis, Amedy Coulibaly, went into a HyperCacher supermarket – at the height of pre-Shabbat shopping - and took those in the shop hostage, killing four.
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February 14, 2015 - Copenhagen - A gunman opened fire at the Great Synagogue, killing Dan Uzan, 37, a member of the Copenhagen Jewish community who was guarding a celebration at a Jewish community building near the synagogue, and wounding two police officers. Earlier in the day, the same gunman shot up a cafe hosting a free speech forum, killing filmmaker Finn Nørgaard and wounding others. The gunman, later identified as Omar El-Hussein, was killed by police.
February 2, 2015 – Buenos Aires – Posters reading “A good Jew is a dead Jew. A good Jew is Nisman” were found in the Villa Crespo neighborhood.
January 9, 2015 - Paris - Four Jewish men were killed by terrorist Amedy Coulibaly after Coulibaly stormed a Kosher supermarket and took shoppers hostage. French police eventually killed Coulibaly, and rescued the remaining hostages. Coulibaly was an accomplice of brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi who carried out the terrorist attack at the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, killing 12 people. The Kouachi brothers were also killed by French police.