I wrote of this Eurabian moment here and here. Calling for death to America, death to Israel, that’s ok. Incendiary antisemitic cartoons that run on a daily basis against the Jews in the Arab Islamic press? Accusations of blood libel against the Jews? Part of the school curriculum.
All of this began when Danish author Kåre Bluitgen had difficulties in getting artists to illustrate his book about Muhammad due to fear of reprisals from Islamic extremists. Jyllandsposten, Denmark’s largest newspaper, responded by asking 40 illustrators to make drawings of Muhammad, and published twelve in this Saturday’s edition. Not all of them were good, but here’s the best one, made by Kurt Westergaard
Jihad Watch queried if the murderers of Theo van Gogh were seeking to deter other European artists from taking up Islam as a subject for artistic discussion, the Jamaat-e-Islami party in Pakistan is offering a reward to anyone who kills any of the artists.
And the Radical Islamists want the UN to sanction this?
Radical Islam’s intimidation campaign in Europe comes from Denmark, thanks to Filtrat.
CAIRO (AFP) – The Muslim world’s two main political bodies have said they were seeking a UN resolution, backed by possible sanctions, to protect religions following the outcry caused by publication in Scandinavia of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
Organisation of the Islamic Conference secretary general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu told reporters in Cairo Sunday that the international body would “ask the UN general assembly to pass a resolution banning attacks on religious beliefs.”
The deputy secretary general of the Arab League, Ahmed Ben Helli, confirmed that contacts were under way for such a proposal to be made to the United Nations.
“Consultations are currently taking place at the highest level between Arab countries and the OIC to ask the UN to adopt a binding resolution banning contempt of religious beliefs and providing for sanctions to be imposed on contravening countries or institutions,” he said.
Twelve cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed, published in Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten daily last September and reprinted in a Norwegian magazine earlier this month, sparked uproar in the Muslim world where images of the prophet are considered blasphemous.
Officials in Muslim countries and various religious bodies have expressed anger at the cartoons, while the editors of the newspapers have defended their publication on the grounds of freedom of expression.
Muslim wrath has spread rapidly in the Middle East with Gulf retailers pulling Danish products off their shelves and protestors gathering outside Danish embassies.
Syria and Bahrain were the latest Arab countries to join the chorus.
Consider this, Syria………..murderers, invaders………….outraged.
“Syria calls on the Danish government to take the necessary measures to punish the culprits. The dialogue of civilisations is based on mutual respect,” said an official quoted by the official Syrian news agency on Sunday.
The Bahraini cabinet, at a meeting on Sunday, condemned the cartoons “which are a deliberate attack against the glorious Prophet Mohammed and have angered Muslims the world over.”
State Minister for Cabinet Affairs Sheikh Ahmed Attiyatallah al-Khalifa said the government “warned against the negative repercussions” of the cartoons’ publication.
Sheikh Adel al-Mouwdah, a salafist member of the Bahraini parliament, also announced that Islamist organisations had set up a “committee for the defence of the Prophet Mohammed”.
Want to see all the cartoons, go to Further Adventures of Indigo Red here
Who needs defending? The victims of Radical Islam
“We demand an apology from the Danish government and from the newspaper that published the caricatures,” he told AFP.
“We are going to launch a campaign for the boycott of Damish products in order to send a message to the Danes and to the Danish government,’ he added.
“Regardless of all the acts of extremism and terrorism that are taking place, there are red lines,” said the official, one of the main radical Muslim leaders in Bahrain.
There you go.
A poll published on Saturday showed that a majority of Danes felt their government should not apologise over the cartoons.
If the UN even touches this, it ought to be disbanded. They are still dying in dying by the tens of thousands at the hands of the Sudanese Radical Islamic government and the UN is going to feign outrage over utter nonsense?
Solomonia has an interesting post on the Danish cartoon scandal with some pertinent comments about the insecurity it reveals about “a shockingly weak and fragile religion of over a billion people.”
UPDATE: January 31
Norwegians Told to Leave Gaza
Norway’s Foreign Ministry was heeding a warning Monday from Islamic groups that want all Scandinavians out of Gaza. The groups claim the Scandinavians have offended them by printing controversial caricatures of their prophet Mohammed. Armed members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade handed out pamphlets in Gaza encouraging Danes and Swedes to leave, and burned a Danish flag. Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store last week urged Norway’s embassies to apologize for the caricatures, but that has spurred counter-criticism that Muslim countries should respect freedom of expression. (Aftenposten-Norway)
See also Poll: Denmark Should Not Apologize for Cartoons
A majority of Danes feel their government and media should not apologize to Muslims for controversial cartoons published in the daily Jyllands-Posten last September and reprinted in a Norwegian magazine this month. In a poll for Danish Radio Saturday, 79% said Prime Minister Rasmussen should not apologize on Denmark’s behalf. (AFP/Yahoo)
See also Caricature of Mohammed Leads to Boycott of Danish Goods – Hassan M. Fattah (New York Times)
UPDATE: Going against the will of the people, the dhimmi newspaper apologized. Argh.
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