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article imageEgypt newspaper launches campaign against Charlie Hebdo cartoons

By Layne Weiss     Sep 26, 2012 in World
Cairo - Secular Daily Egyptian newspaper al-Watan has launched a 13 cartoon campaign devoted against offensive and obscene cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad published last week by French magazine Charlie Hebdo.
The cartoons prompted French embassies and schools to be closed in 20 countries as a precautionary measure against likely protesting and violence, CNN reports.
The magazine's director Stephane Charbonnier said his staff was simply reporting the news in a "satirical way," and that their intention was not to "fuel any fire" or cause any sort of uproar.
Al-Watan newspaper, however, doesn't quite see things that way, so they have chosen to retaliate.
On Monday, the paper published 13 cartoons under the slogan "Fight Cartoons With Cartoons," BBC News reports.
One cartoon shows a pair of glasses with the burning World Trade Center burning through the lenses. The captions reads: "Western glasses for the Islamic world."
Another cartoon shows a white man accusing an "angry bearded man" of being a terrorist. Once the angry white man learns that the "terrorist" is really an Israeli, he offers him a flower.
The newspaper published a 12 page section dedicated to the Charlie Hebdo cartoons. The sectio included a 2-page cartoon spread, and articles by well know writers such as Amr Hamzawi, the former researcher director at the Carnegie Middle East Center. Egyptian Islamic scholars and preachers, such as the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Ali Gomaa, also contributed.
The Al-Watan newspaper is known for being critical of President Muhammad Mursi's Islamic Brotherhood. Readers of the papr have reacted positively to the campaign against Charlie Hebdo.
Last week, protests in Pakistan killed at least 19 people and wounded 160 in clashes over protests over an anti-Muslim video that depicts the Prophet Muhammad as a sex crazed violent fraud.
In Benghazi, Libya, where US Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed along with 3 other Americans in an attack on the US consulate on September 11, an estimated 10,000 protestors rallied together to call for peace and the disbandment of extremist groups, The Guardian reports.
On Sunday, Libya's interim government ordered all militias to fall under government control or disband within 48 hours.
Some militas such as the Abu Slim Brigade announced plans to dissolve and leave their base in Derna, east of Benghazi.
Another militia group called Ansar al-Sharia, suspected in the attack that killed Ambassador Stevens also said they would be leaving Derna.
Meanwhile, in Syria, a rights group said forces targeted and killed a videographer in Hama, The Guardian reports. A total of 117 people were reportedly killed in Syria Friday. This was all part of the uproar caused over the anti-Muslim film.
An Israeli soldier soldier was killed Friday while another was wounded by 3 men who stormed into Israel from the Sinai Peninsula. This incident may also be connected to the film.
According to Fox News, there has also been rioting and protesting over the film in Greece. Police had to use tear gas and pepper spray to clear up the insanity.
According to Ace Showbiz, Iran has officially decided to boycott the Oscars in protest of the film.
In his address to the UN General Assembly Tuesday, US President Barack Obama condemned the film as "disgusting", calling it "an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well."
He also said, however, that the violent backlash over the film was unjustified.
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