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Is Terrorism Becoming Official Islamic Policy?

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Anyone who has used Twitter in the past few days will have noticed the #Boycott_French_Products hashtag.  Many senior Islamic figures are backing the campaign to boycott French products. At the back of this campaign is the projection of Charlie Hebdo cartoons on French public buildings:President Erdogan of Turkey was incandescent with rage at the French.  “What is the problem of this person called Macron with Muslims and Islam?” Erdogan said during a speech to members of his political party on Saturday. “Macron needs treatment on a mental level.” This prompted the French to withdraw their ambassador to Turkey.The Kingdom of Morocco issued the following statement: “Freedom of expression cannot, for any reason, justify the insulting provocation and the offence of the Muslim religion,

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 Anyone who has used Twitter in the past few days will have noticed the #Boycott_French_Products hashtag.  Many senior Islamic figures are backing the campaign to boycott French products. 

At the back of this campaign is the projection of Charlie Hebdo cartoons on French public buildings:

Is Terrorism Becoming Official Islamic Policy?

President Erdogan of Turkey was incandescent with rage at the French.  “What is the problem of this person called Macron with Muslims and Islam?” Erdogan said during a speech to members of his political party on Saturday. “Macron needs treatment on a mental level.” This prompted the French to withdraw their ambassador to Turkey.

The Kingdom of Morocco issued the following statement: “Freedom of expression cannot, for any reason, justify the insulting provocation and the offence of the Muslim religion, which has more than two billion followers across the world. As much as it condemns all obscurantist and barbaric violence allegedly perpetrated in the name of Islam, the Kingdom of Morocco stands up against these abusive provocations of the sacredness of the Muslim religion,”

Iran also condemned France.  Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to Iran’s supreme leader on foreign policy, said “We should have seen … the obscene magazine insulting the Prophet prevented from printing, but implementing double standards caused this heretical and anti-religious thinking to also manifest itself in the country’s education system,”

It turns out that the beheading of Samuel Paty, a teacher who used pictures from Charlie Hebdo in his lessons on free speech, was the victim of an organised attack.   Seven people have been indicted in connection to the attack, including a parent who had launched the campaign against Paty over the caricature.

Macron announced on Wednesday that the Cheikh Yassine Collective, a Salafi pro-Palestinian organisation, was dissolved for being “directly implicated” in the attack, after its founder, Abdelhakim Sefrioui, was arrested for participating in the campaign launched by the parent. (See Middle East Eye ).

The "West" poses as so powerful and righteous that it can contain violently opposed worldviews within its own population.  This pose is maintained to continue global trade and the free movement of people but is looking increasingly out of step with the growing economic and military power of the Islamic World and China.

26/10/2020


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