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Arab press fury over Prophet cartoons
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Cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published by a Danish newspaper - one of which pictured him with a bomb hidden in his turban - continue to provoke anger in the Arabic press, although the paper has apologised.

Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen's intervention - where he refused to apologise and instead defended the freedom of the press - has only served to intensify Arabic commentators' outrage.

Many say the banner of free expression is being used in the West to attack Muslims and their beliefs.

ABD-AL-BARI ATWAN IN LONDON'S AL-QUDS AL-ARABI

What happened in Denmark and Norway is part of the attack against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, and the wave of hostility against Islam, which started in the West on 9/11... Anti-Semitism in the West is regarded as a crime while attacks on Islam are commonplace, and are described as a part of free expression.

MUHAMMAD NAJI AMAYIRAH IN JORDAN'S AL-RA'Y

Nobody has the right to ask us to respect "freedom of expression" when the matter concerns our Prophet and the Prophet of all humanity, and the essence of our religious belief. They cannot cry "democracy and human rights" when the matters concerns us, us alone, while they ignore democracy and human rights when someone talks about the Jews, their religion and beliefs, or what is called the Holocaust.

MUHAMMAD HASAN AL-TALL IN JORDAN'S AL-DUSTUR

The pioneers of modern civilization have not found a way to express their freedom of expression other than through wronging the Prophet... What happened in Denmark is not different from the attitude prevailing in Western streets against Islam and its symbols.

HUSSEIN AL-RAWASHIDAH IN JORDAN'S AL-DUSTUR

We add our voice to those calling for boycotting Danish goods and those of other countries which wrong our religion and Prophet. We urge our merchants, our civil and Islamic establishments to adopt this boycott.

ABDALLAH SALIH AL-UTHAHYMIN IN SAUDI AL-JAZIRAH

What happened in Denmark was not merely the whim of a newspaper editor-in-chief, but a well-planned and deliberate act... As for the Danish prime minister, he claimed that what happened was merely a case of free expression, which is a fundamental principle in democratic Denmark.

AHMAD KHALIL IN QATAR'S AL-WATAN

The Danish government has committed a sin by provoking the Arab and Muslim streets, which resorted to the weapon of boycott, the most effective weapon in fighting the Israeli entity. The foreigner only moans when his economic interests are affected.

ABU-BAKR AL-HASAN IN QATAR'S AL-WATAN

It's clear that the publication of cartoons wronging Islam is premeditated and requires deterrent action, such as public and diplomatic boycott.

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SEE ALSO:
Danes face growing Muslim storm
31 Jan 06 |  Middle East
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20 Oct 05 |  Europe


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