The entire Muslim world has gone up in arms
against Denmark and boycotted all Danish products since a newspaper in Denmark
published cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohamed that some people found
offensive. See my post here on the blackmailing of the Danish people.
The outcome of their outrage culminated in attacks on Danes in Saudi,
the bombing of churches in Iraq, and a declaration by an Iraqi terrorist group
of Jihad on any Danish or Norwegian target in the world, despite the fact that
the Newspaper has apologized over and over again. Actually, despite the apology,
the boycott is still in effect, and it seems that the movement now aims to
continue it indefinitely. IMHO, they never should have apologized.
ambassador from Denmark over cartoons
-Syria has recalled its ambassador
from Denmark over cartoons that have caused uproar among Muslims who deem them
offensive to Islam's Prophet Mohammad, the state news agency said on Wednesday.
Boycott the Boycott! Anti-Boycott so to speak, or a boycott the boycott
movement (We got web-banners and everything). We are mostly doing it for our
love for Danish cows, who have never gone crazy on us like their british
counterparts. And we would love to have your help to get the word out about it
and encourage them to buy Danish to counter the boycott.
The Egyptian blog, Rantings of the Sand Monkey has the post on the anti-boycott. We would really appreciate it if
you helped supporting us by mentioning it on your blog ,or by putting a banner
up on your website.
In other words, encourage people to not to have a cow and to buy danish.
Cartoon Rage vs. Freedom of
Speech Robert Spencer
Muslim anger over cartoons of Muhammad threatens a basic freedom of Western
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
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
"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
Syria and Bahrain were the latest Arab countries to join the
Consider this, Syria………..murderers,
"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
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'
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".
UPDATE: February2: A lesson in Courage from Copenhagan
COPENHAGEN In a remarkable escalation of a dispute over cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, newspapers in several European countries reprinted the images on Wednesday, supporting a Danish newspaper that triggered a huge outcry in the Islamic world by publishing them initially.
The newspapers' action fed into a sharpening debate here over freedom of expression, human rights and what one Danish editor, Flemming Rose, called a "clash of civilizations" between secular Western democracies and Islamic societies.
Indeed, said Rose, culture editor of Jyllands-Posten – the newspaper which first published the cartoons last September – "this is a far bigger story than just the question of 12 cartoons in a small Danish newspaper."
"This is about the question of integration and how compatible is the religion of Islam with a modern secular society – how much does an immigrant have to give up and how much does the receiving culture have to compromise," he said in an interview.
In support of the Danish position, newspapers in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland reprinted some of the cartoons on Wednesday. A small Norwegian evangelical magazine, Magazinet, also published the cartoons last month.
Robert Menard, secretary general of Reporters Sans Frontières, a Paris-based body that monitors media developments, said: "All countries in Europe should be behind the Danes and Danish authorities to defend the principle that a newspaper can write what it wishes to even if it offends people.".
On Wednesday, Syria became the latest Arab country after Saudi Arabia and Libya to withdraw its ambassador from Denmark, saying publication of the cartoons "constitutes a violation of the sacred principles of hundreds of millions of Arabs and Muslims," according to SANA, Syria's state press agency.
The decision by France Soir to publish the cartoons drew a sharp response from French Muslims. Dalil Boubakeur, head of the French Council for the Muslim Religion, called the publication of the cartoons a "provocation" and an abuse of press freedom, adding that it reflected "Islamophobia" and was disrespectful of the world's more than one billion Muslims. "The publication of the cartoons can only revive tensions in Europe and the world at a time when we are trying to unite people," he said.
In Germany, the conservative Die Welt daily printed one image on its front page and declared in an editorial: "The protests from Muslims would be taken more seriously if they were less hypocritical. When Syrian television showed drama documentaries in prime time depicting rabbis as cannibals, the imams were quiet."
And a lesson in dhimmitude in France
Fired: Editor of French publication that reprinted Muhammad cartoons
February 01, 2006
Jihadwatch: After a heady day of freedom, European dhimmitude reasserts itself with a rush — at least in France. Still, if the other editors don't get fired, we're still ahead of where we were 24 hours ago. "Muhammad cartoon row intensifies," from the BBC, with thanks to the Constantinopolitan Irredentist:
France Soir originally said it had published the images in full to show "religious dogma" had no place in a secular society.
But late on Wednesday its owner, Raymond Lakah, said he had removed managing editor Jacques Lefranc "as a powerful sign of respect for the intimate beliefs and convictions of every individual".
Mr Lakah said: "We express our regrets to the Muslim community and all people who were shocked by the publication."
The president of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), Dalil Boubakeur, had described France Soir's publication as an act of "real provocation towards the millions of Muslims living in France".
Other papers stood by their publication. In Berlin, Die Welt argued there was a right to blaspheme in the West, and asked whether Islam was capable of coping with satire.
I am very sorry that Jacques Lefranc lost his job. I hope he gets a new one soon — say, as President of the European Union.
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