A new French assault on Prophet Muhammad renews tensions in the Muslim world
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A new French assault on Prophet Muhammad renews tensions in the Muslim world

Paris : France | Sep 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM PDT
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As tensions are already high in many Muslim countries over an American film insulting Islam and Prophet Muhammad. French weekly magazine comes to pour oil on fire!

Wednesday, the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, published cartoons mocking the film and caricaturing the Muslim prophet. The magazine cover showed an Orthodox Jew pushing the Muslim prophet Muhammad in a wheel chair, while in another image prophet Muhammad is shown naked.

The magazine's editor, Stephane Charbonnier, originally a cartoonist who uses the name Charb, told reporters that the images would shock those who will want to be shocked.

"Muhammad isn't sacred to me," he said. "I don't blame Muslims for not laughing at our drawings. I live under French law; I don't live under Quranic law," he said

"One gets the impression it's okay for Charlie Hebdo to criticise the Catholic extreme right. But one isn't allowed to poke fun at Muslim fundamentalists. It's clearly a new rule that we will have to take note of. But we won't respect it," he added

Meanwhile, the head of the Paris Mosque, Dalil Boubakeur, told a news conference that the Charlie Hedbo magazine rejected suggestions not to publish the cartoons satirizing the prophet Mohammed.

For his part, in an interview with French radio network, French prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said, stopped short of asking the magazine not to publish the latest cartoons but expressed his disapproval of all excesses. ''We are in a country where freedom of expression is guaranteed, including the freedom to caricature. Anyone offended by the cartoons could take the matter to the courts," he said on a French radio network.

Moreover, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius admitted he feared a backlash over the cartoons and said embassies and other French institutions in around 20 countries will be closed from today, for fear of being targeted in protests after Friday's prayers.

"I've given instructions, after discussing it with the Prime Minister, to reinforce the vigilance in all our representations abroad, where there could be some problems and also advised French nationals to be very careful."

In a positive step that was appreciated by Arabs and muslims, the Vatican's official daily, the Osservatore Romano newspaper, wrote Wednesday that the debatable initiative by the French magazine threatens to add more fuel to the fire after the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Opinion:

Well, French people are talking about freedom of opinion, why then Iran would be punished by Western countries for denying the Holocaust?

Is freedom supposed to be fully implemented in the Western countries and if the Arabs or Muslims deny something such as Holocaust, they are considered to be anti-Semites??

French people have seen, a week before, the Muslims' angry reaction towards the film, which insulted prophet Muhammad. Nobody is able to control the Islamic reaction. Repeating the same mistake despite knowing its results in advance is called stupidity and the reaction by Muslims might be more aggressive.

France has to learn that, even if its embassies are closed for a year, it is certain that angry Muslims will take revenge, and we do not know how will it be!

I always ask myself, why aren't there cartoons violating the Jews or Hindus? Could any Western country violate any religion other than Islam?

Finally, do not ask Muslims to be calm and wise at the time when the prime minister of France requested the French people to practice their right of liberty, which was an insult to 1.5 billion Muslims.

Therefore, Muslims will be "free" to choose the suitable response.

Sources:

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=285497

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/09/19/238898.html

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saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor for Allvoices.
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