From the November 19 edition of NBC's NBC Nightly News:
LESTER HOLT (HOST): Finally tonight, a story that really caught our attention here in Paris that's connecting with a lot of people around the world. There is a lot of fear and suspicion over what happened here last Friday, but our Kelly Cobiella has a story tonight of two Muslim men who are trying to heal the tensions one hug at a time.
KELLY COBIELLA: In the Place de la République, stranger after stranger embraces. Young and old, women and men. This woman is saying, “don't you see? I'm Jewish, he's Muslim.” This man stands blindfolded with the sign, “I'm a Muslim and I'm told I'm a terrorist. I trust you. Do you trust me? If yes, hug me.” One by one, Parisians approached and wrapped their arms around him.
In this city where emotion is still so raw, a simple hug can help with healing and understanding.
While Paris is the city of light and of love, people here aren't normally in the habit of hugging strangers. But there's a new normal on these streets, finding strength and support in a simple gesture.