Muslims Stage Angry Protests over Charlie Hebdo’s Mohammed Cartoon

Simon Tomlinson, Daily Mail, January 15, 2015

Muslims have staged angry protests across the world from Turkey to the Philippines over Charlie Hebdo’s decision to depict the Prophet Mohammed on its latest front cover.

Around three million copies of the French satirical newspaper hit the stands this morning for the first since the terror attack on its office which killed 12 people.

The front cover showed a weeping Mohammed, holding a sign reading ‘I am Charlie’ with the words ‘All is forgiven’ above him.

Such was its immediate popularity, the print run has since been increased to five million after issues sold out within minutes.

Copies have since been changing hands on eBay for three-figure sums as customers rush to get their hands on the edition.

But many Muslims believe their faith forbids depictions of the prophet and reacted with dismay–and occasionally anger–to the latest cover image.

Some felt their expressions of solidarity with Charlie Hebdo after last week’s attack had been rebuffed, while others feared the cartoon would trigger yet more violence.

‘You’re putting the lives of others at risk when you’re taunting bloodthirsty and mad terrorists,’ said Hamad Alfarhan, a 29-year old Kuwaiti doctor.

In the Philippines, there were angry protests at the front cover and also the perceived double standards by the West.

Protest in the Phillipines

Protest in Phillipines

Placards by demonstrators in Marawi were held aloft which accused the West of remaining silent over the deaths of Muslims and that said ‘You are Charlie, I love Mohammed’.

In one rally a picture of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, was set on fire and banners waved that declared there would be no apology from the Islamic world for the Paris massacre.

Mr Netanyahu became a central figure in the response to the attacks after four Jewish shoppers were killed by one of the Islamic fanatics at a kosher deli the day after the Charlie Hebdo shootings.

It came as Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram hailed the Paris massacres.

‘We are indeed happy with what happened in France,’ the group’s leader Abubakar Shekau said in a video posted online.

‘We are happy over what befell the people of France . . . as their blood was shed inside their country as they (try to) safeguard their blood,’ he said.

Meanwhile, Abbas Shumann, deputy to the Grand Sheik of Cairo’s influential Al-Azhar mosque, said the new image was ‘a blatant challenge to the feelings of Muslims who had sympathised with this newspaper.’

But he said Muslims should ignore the cover and respond by ‘showing tolerance, forgiveness and shedding light on the story of the prophet.’

An angry reaction, he said, will ‘not solve the problem but will instead add to the tension and the offense to Islam.’

In Jordan, the Muslim Brotherhood said it would stage a protest after Friday prayers in Amman in response to the paper’s Mohammed cartoon.

Spokesman Murad Adaileh said the brotherhood strongly condemned both the killings and the ‘offensive’ against the prophet.

That was a widely expressed sentiment.

Ghassan Nhouli, a grocer in the Lebanese port city of Sidon, said the magazine and the killers ‘are both wrong.’

‘It is not permitted to kill and also it is not permitted to humiliate a billion Muslims,’ he said.

The Iranian government has strongly condemned the killings, but Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said that in a world of widely differing cultures, ‘sanctities need to be respected.’

He said: ‘I think we would have a much safer, much more prudent world if we were to engage in serious dialogue, serious debate about our differences and then what we will find out that what binds us together is far greater than what divides us.’

Egyptian cartoonist Makhlouf appealed for peace with his own spin on the Charlie Hebdo cover, replacing Mohammed with an ordinary Middle Eastern man carrying a placard reading ‘I am an artist’ in French.

‘I am for art and against killing,’ he added in Arabic. ‘May God forgive everyone.’

The image was widely circulated on social media. Turkey was rare among Muslim-majority nations to have publications running Charlie Hebdo images. But the decision has raised tensions in the officially secular country.

Police stopped trucks leaving the printing plant of newspaper Cumhuriyet after it said it would reprint some of the cartoons.

The vehicles were allowed to distribute the paper once officials had determined that the image of the Prophet Mohammed was not shown.

The paper printed a four-page selection of cartoons and articles–including caricatures of Pope Francis and French President Francois Hollande–but left out cartoons likely to offend Muslims.

However, two Cumhuriyet columnists used small, black-and-white images of the new Charlie Hebdo cover as their column headers.

A small group of pro-Islamic students staged a protest outside the paper’s office in Ankara, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

The police intensified security outside Cumhuriyet’s headquarters and printing center as a precaution.

Meanwhile, Al Qaeda in Yemen claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on Charlie Hebdo, saying it was ordered by the jihadist network’s global chief to avenge the French magazine’s cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

In a video entitled ‘A message regarding the blessed battle of Paris’, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) said that it had financed and plotted the assault on the weekly that left 12 people dead and shocked France.

But it said the orders had come from the very top of the global jihadist network–Ayman al-Zawahiri, the Egyptian doctor who succeeded Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden after his death in 2011.

‘We, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, claim responsibility for this operation as vengeance for the messenger of Allah,’ Nasser al-Ansi, one of AQAP’s chiefs, said in the video.

Leading Algerian militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar, formerly a member of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), praised the ‘heroic and rare attack’ in France, hailing the Kouachi brothers as ‘two soldiers of Islam . . . who humiliated France.’

France ‘thought that it was immune to the strikes of the mujahedeen,’ he said in a statement.

Across Europe, there was high demand for scarce copies of the latest edition and several newspapers ran extracts from Charlie Hebdo.

Spain’s El Pais published two pages of the cartoons with Spanish translation, though it did not include any images of the prophet.

A small Italian newspaper, Il Fatto Quotidiano (The Daily Fact), published Charlie Hebdo as a 16-page supplement, in French with Italian translations of the captions.

`’Why are we doing it?’ editor Antonio Padellaro wrote in a front-page column.

‘Because last Friday, when we called the surviving top editor of Charlie Hebdo, we heard him say: ‘Thanks, you’re the only Italian newspaper who asked us’.’

Physical copies of the paper were hard to find, although newsagents in several countries said they hoped to have some in stock by the end of the week.

In Sweden, the 320-strong Pressbyran chain of newsagents said it would sell the issue, but only online, not in stores.

Spokesman Fredrik Klein said the decision was ‘as a security measure and out of concern for our staff.’

There was brisk bidding for copies of Charlie Hebdo on Internet auction sites.

On the Irish version of eBay, emailed electronic copies were selling at prices starting around 6.50 euros ($8), while hard copies attracted bids over 200 euros ($240).

On British eBay, bidding on one copy went above 95,000 ($145,000), though it was unclear whether the bids were genuine or an attempt to make mischief.

Michael Collingwood of Sgel, Charlie Hebdo’s Spanish distributor, said he normally received 40 copies but had been promised 1,000 this time by the paper’s French distributor.

He figured he could sell eight times that number.

‘I don’t know why they only printed 3 million,’ he said. ‘Everyone wants it.’

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  • “Help! We’re stuck in the seventh century, and we don’t want to get out.”

  • MekongDelta69

    Average muslim: “You are Charlie, I love Mohammed.”

    Average (normal) White person: “Get out of my country or I will light you up.”

  • Oil Can Harry

    At least these Muslims defend their faith from attacks by atheist Cultural Marxists.

    Meanwhile the slime behind Charlie Hebdo had front covers showing the Virgin Mary with her legs spread, the Holy Trinity having gay sex and other atrocities with nary a peep of protest from wimpy white Christians.

    • “With nary a peep of protest”

      Some would consider that a feature, not a bug. And I guess I’d be one of them, that we’re not so high strung that we can’t stand lascivious satire.

    • The Dude

      I wouldn’t want Christians to make mountains about that either. They have the right to demand one thing in this regard, which is to put offensive covers and publications out of their sight, on higher stands so they can only be seen for those by look for them. Kind of like Playboy and the likes.

      Believers have the right not to be imposed such blasphemous visions. If they deem them that offensive, that is. But they can’t prohibit it for others.

      • MannyR

        They can demand whatever they want… In their own countries! If they don’t like free speech get the f–k out of our nations!

      • Oil Can Harry

        Then what should Christians “make mountains out of”, if not that?

        It’s not that I think blasphemy should be illegal. I just see a disturbing trend whereby most whites no longer defend their faith, their race or their borders.

        OTOH if you told them sports were going to be banned from TV they might riot in the streets,

    • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

      They do nothing but expose their ignorance and doubt by being so hypersensitive.

    • MannyR

      That’s cuz we’re stronger than some childish cartoon drawing from a paper that’s the physical acivilant of an Internet troll.

    • Hammerheart

      That’s the thing about muslims. Islam is a warrior religion fronted by the radicals. They would feel the need to defend Mohammed’s good name against a collection of barnyard animals if they felt compelled to. Except aginst the pigs, I guess.

      As for the ‘moderates’, in my experience they are only moderate because:

      A) they have a personal, ancestral grivace with the radicals and are out gunned.

      B) waiting for the radicals to rendezveous with their virgins so they can become the next in line radicals.

      I did like a few Yemeni dudes I worked with in Sa’naa, but I later found out they were closet atheists.

      • I worked with an Algerian “Muslim” one summer. The way Fadhi drank could have put a university frat house to shame. His live-in girlfriend, also an Algerian “Muslim” (no head scarf) drank like a fish as well.

    • saxonsun

      But hey, Jesus and his 12 disciples!…! Oh yeah.

  • The Dude

    Jesus Christ! All of this for a cartoon?! They’re only showing how incompatible they are with Western culture.

    “‘It is not permitted to kill and also it is not permitted to humiliate a billion Muslims,’ he said.”

    Actually, it is. France repealed its blasphemy law in 1881. So it is, and deal with it!

    And who told you to buy that weekly anyway? I get offended at most of what Salon writes, but I have developed a surefire way to get around this: I don’t read that rag!

    • Oil Can Harry

      Now let France (and the rest of Europe) repeal their odious laws against questioning the Holocaust or criticizing gays, The Tribe and other “protected groups”.

  • MBlanc46

    And yet the elites in Europe and North America blithely continue importing these people by the thousands and tens and hundreds of thousands.

    • Oil Can Harry

      And yet Charlie Hebdo ran cover stories demanding the French gov’t outlaw the National Front, the only party that wants to cut back on Third World immigration.

  • The Dude


  • superlloyd

    These muslim idiots are giving the lie to the weasel assurances uttered by traitorous, western politicians that this has nothing to do with mainstream Islam. The transparent mendacity of our ‘leaders’ is beneath contempt.

    Only today that marxist cretin Hollande stated that the primary victims of Islamic terrorism were muslims. Try telling that to the victims of 9/11 and all the other attacks on western civilians before and since. you dishonest coward.

    • IstvanIN

      He is just another treasonous “leader” of the West.

  • Chip Carver

    Who opened the gates of Constantinople? The gates of Toledo? George Soros’ ancestors, that’s who. They have done it again via different means. History repeats itself.

    • IstvanIN

      Traditionally they have always gotten on well with the Muslims, it has only been post-war that their have been disagreements.

  • italian guy

    Il fatto quotidiano is a lefty newspaper, they are pro-mass immigration and anti-racists, they often do smear campaigns against nationalists especially of the Northern League, they wouldn’t protect OUR right of free speech, bunch of hypocrites.

  • Caucasoid88

    Black American gangs resemble Muslims in quite a few ways. Notably, “What set you represent, yo?” If the person in question doesn’t represent their own set, then they are beaten or killed.

  • Luca

    SO, this is how the ‘moderate’ Muslim world reacts to cartoons. Nice to know. They may not all be terrorists but they are all cultists and will follow orders.

    • Does this mean that you, too, are on the search for the Great Moderate Muslim of 2001 2002 2003 …. 2014 2015? I bet we’ll be able to find him on the same golf course where O.J. was looking for the real killer.

    • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

      How moderate muslims treat their women says it all about that degenerate religion.

  • KevinPhillipsBong

    Westerners keep saying, “You are our brothers!”
    Non-westerners keep saying, “The hell we are! We hate you.”
    To which Westerners reply, “You are our brothers!”

  • The Dude

    I don’t know what you mean exactly by “porno obscenity laws”. But if you mean that pornographic pictures shouldn’t be displayed publicly, then yes. They’re clearly very offensive to most people, and therefore should be kept out of sight for those who do not seek them.

  • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

    All this just because Muslim children are not taught “Sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me”. Muslims have the emotional maturity of five year olds.

    • TCA

      Reputation is sometimes critically important.
      Muslims (and Jews) understand this.
      Whites don’t, because we are functioning with a child’s view of the world.
      We’ve been fat, dumb, and happy a little too long.

      • disqus_Xz3UA6obwj

        Muslims sure know how to destroy their reputation then. They are emotionally stunted idiots.

      • The reputation they have established for themselves is as emotionally unstable murderers who freak out at the drop of a hat. If this is what they think other nations consider a desirable trait in immigrants, they are completely mistaken. We produce enough of our own psychopathic criminal lunatics like Dennis Rader, Jeffrey Dahmer, Wayne Williams and John Wayne Gacy without needing to import them.

  • dd121

    They don’t seem to understand that ultimately they are guests in France, and remain there at the pleasure of the French.

  • SentryattheGate

    “All is forgiven”? Really? Twelve people were murdered over cartoons and the Muslims are forgiven already?

  • IstvanIN

    It seems Muslims in Europe and blacks in America are increasingly on the rampage or am I being needlessly concerned?


    “a member of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), praised the ‘heroic and rare attack’ in France, hailing the Kouachi brothers as ‘two soldiers of Islam . . . who humiliated France” – No, no, no! The Kouachi brothers did not humiliate France. France humiliated France! And it did so when it imported millions of freedom crushing muslims. Who instantly set upon confiscating huge swaths of their country. And transforming those areas of the historical French Nation into “No Go Zones”. “Zones” where the indigenous men and women of France are barred from entering. By who? You guessed it. The very muslims the French were both kind and stupid enough to allow into their country in the first place. So no. No one can humiliate the French any more than the French have humiliated themselves. Not even the Kouachi brothers.

  • I wonder what these crybabies would do if they understood that some of us think it is funny when they throw their temper tantrums.

    Muslim: “I’m offended.”

    Normal person: “Good. Good if you’re offended. Eff you!”

    One Saudi imam recently issued a fatwa against the building of snowmen. This wouldn’t normally be an issue in Saudi Arabia, but apparently they had some snow in the north there last week. In a sane country, the nut-job would be detained on a 72-hour mental health hold and forcibly medicated. Not there, though: “I’m offended by snow men” is what passes for public discourse.

  • Conrad

    Muslim’s kill people.
    White’s draw cartoons.
    I wonder which will win?

  • Joe Moore

    These people have a right to protest but not to harass, threaten, and intimidate people. Grab a lawyer and start suing these groups and people. They are great at protesting and trying to impose their religion on others. They need to be taken to court to stop them from infringing on others rights – one of which the power to sue for any reason.