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Palestinians call for ‘day of rage’ to protest offensive cartoons

The call came as Palestinians continued to protest against French President Emmanuel Macron for his recent remarks about Islam.

Sheikh Ikrima Sabri, head of the Palestinian Islamic Supreme Council, has called for a “day of rage” on Friday to protest “attempts to harm” the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

 

The call on Thursday came as Palestinians continued to protest against French President Emmanuel Macron for his recent remarks about Islam.

 

On October 2, Macron spoke before a crowd gathered in the Paris suburb of Bois d’Aulne, where teacher Samuel Paty had been beheaded by a Daesh terrorist after he displayed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a lesson on freedom of speech.

 

“Islam is a religion that is experiencing a crisis today all over the world,” Macron clamied, adding that he had publicly defended cartoons of the prophet and pledged to tackle extreme Islamism in France.

 

At several protests in the West Bank, Palestinians burned French flags and trampled on pictures of Macron, accusing him of spearheading a campaign against Islam and Muslims.

 

Sabri, who also serves as preacher of al-Aqsa Mosque, said Muslims “reject the offensive drawings of the Prophet Muhammad and will express their rejection of these uncivilized transgressions.”

 

The “offensive cartoons contradict freedom of speech and expression” and are intended to ridicule and insult the prophet, he said.

 

Palestinian activists were planning to demonstrate during Friday prayers at al-Aqsa to protest against Macron and France’s treatment of Muslims, sources in east al-Quds said.

 

Sabri’s call came as Palestinian merchants announced a boycott of French products, and some have removed French-made items from sale.

 

According to the Palestinian daily Al-Quds, earlier this week, the Palestinian mufti of al-Quds and the director-general of the Wakf Department refused to meet with the French consul-general in the city unless France issued an apology.

 




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