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article imageOp-Ed: New anti-Islamic publication gaining media attention

By Eliot Elwar     Jan 4, 2013 in World
Provocative French cartoonist Charlie Hebdo has published a new anti-Muslim comic strip titled "La Vie de Mahomet" (The Life of Mohammad).” It is likely that demonstrations against this anti-Islamic cartoon will occur in the Mideast soon.
“A French magazine’s publication of a “halal” cartoon biography of the Prophet Muhammad is “a provocation,” Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ stated recently, while urging Islamic populations not to give into such incitement that aims to defame Islam,” according to Hurriyet Daily News.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has slammed misrepresentations of the Prophet, published in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, saying it incites hatred and intolerance against Muslims. The OIC secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu expressed concern at the publication of the comic book series on the life of Prophet Muhammad,” according to Arab News.
"A French satirical magazine whose offices were firebombed after it published cartoons mocking the prophet Mohammad on Wednesday published a comic book biography of Islam's founder.The editor of Charlie Hebdo weekly has insisted that the new book, titled "The Life of Mohammed", is a properly researched and educational work prepared by a Franco-Tunisian sociologist," according to Al-Akhbar English news.
Charlie Hebdo is an attention seeker and many innocent people may die because of his insensitivity to the concerns of the Islamic community. Why create such an anti-Islamic publication that will potentially trigger the deaths of many? The comic book continues to gain media attention as it proliferates throughout the Mideast and many Muslims are condemning it as anti-Islamic propaganda. Hebdo’s last cartoon on the Prophet Mohammad reaped worldwide condemnation and public outrage resulting in riots across the Mideast, North Africa, Indonesia, Europe, and elsewhere. There have been many posts viewed by numerous readers worldwide since the anti-Islamic cartoon’s publication. The violent Muslim reactions to past anti-Muslim publications will likely trigger more demonstrations against this cartoon and they could occur in the Mideast within the next few days.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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