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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Huge News: Jordanian Paper Publishes Mohammed Cartoons

What a wonderful day this is:


Meanwhile, a Jordanian gossip tabloid on defiantly published three of the cartoons that have triggered outrage in the Arab and Muslim world.

"Muslims of the world, be reasonable," said the editor-in-chief of the weekly independent newspaper Al-Shihan in an editorial alongside the cartoons, including the one showing the Muslim religion's founder wearing a bomb-shaped turban.

What brings more prejudice against Islam, these caricatures or pictures of a hostage-taker slashing the throat of his victim in front of the cameras or a suicide bomber who blows himself up during a wedding ceremony in Amman?" wrote Jihad Momani.

He told the AFP news service he decided to publish the offending cartoons "so people know what they are protesting about... People are attacking drawings that they have not even seen."

UPDATE - It looks as though the publishing of the Mo pics in Jordan didn't go down to well with some :

Going against the flow, a Jordanian tabloid defiantly published three of the cartoons. Its publishing company later pulled all copies from the newsstands and fired the paper's editor-in-chief.

"Muslims of the world, be reasonable," Jihad Momani, the editor-in-chief of Al-Shihan, had written in an editorial alongside the cartoons, one of which showed Mohammed with the bomb-shaped turban.

Before he was fired, Momani told AFP he decided to publish the offending cartoons "so people know what they are protesting about.... People are attacking drawings that they have not even seen."

A German national was also "detained" by "palestinian" terrorists believing they had captured a Danish/Frenchman :

Gunmen in the West Bank briefly detained a German national amid the Muslim furore over the cartoons, some of which depicted the prophet as a terrorist, a militant group said.

Two masked gunmen seized the German from a hotel in the Palestinian town of Nablus "thinking he was French or Danish, and handed him over to police after realising their mistake," said a source from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

"The two men were acting to protest over the cartoons," he said.

Earlier, two armed groups threatened to target Danes, French and Norwegians in the Palestinian territories after the cartoons were published in their countries and gunmen besieged EU offices in Gaza.

"All nationals and those who work in the diplomatic corps of these countries can be considered targets of the Popular Resistance Committee and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades," the two Palestinian groups said.
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5 Comments:

Blogger jonz said...

According BBC's newsnight program the editor got the sack, however I suspect this was a mistake and they was referring to the French editor.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 11:15:00 pm  
Blogger armed_and_christian said...

According to Yahoo news, the editor got sacked, the owners of the paper pulled that issue, and the Jordanian government is threatening legal action against the paper for having printed the comics.

So much for tolerance and being reasonable, huh?

Thursday, February 02, 2006 11:29:00 pm  
Blogger eyesallaround said...

Bets on how long before this guy is decapitated? I'm guessing 1 week.

Thursday, February 02, 2006 11:36:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

I guess we all ought to pray for the guy.

Take note, this guy, apparently, is one of those elusive moderate Muslims.

We need people like him.

Friday, February 03, 2006 12:32:00 am  
Blogger Beth said...

I doubt it'll take a week to behead him. Poor guy!

No surprise the French fired the editor of the French paper. That might be a record for even them in caving in to their enemies!

Friday, February 03, 2006 4:07:00 am  

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