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N.B. There are 2 PDF attachments at the bottom of this text.  I have not filed this record under "Restricted - Humour" because the 'offensive' parts were made by a very senior Muslim Imam.  So, if they have a problem, it is their internal Islamic disciplinary matter to sort out, with their own people.

The cartoon crisis is another tragic historic milestone – perhaps on a par with 9/11 and the Iraq war. Like these two earlier events, this one has escalated tensions between the Muslim and „Christian world‟ (better term „western civilization‟).
In the wake of the cartoon crisis, Muslims feel they are once again victims of western prejudicial attitudes. They believe that the principle of religious sanctity – particularly in relation to Muhammad – should be upheld in western nations. The grounds on which Muslims feel these caricatures of Muhammad are insulting, has a kernel of truth to it, nevertheless, there has been considerable dishonesty and hypocrisy shown by Muslim leaders who‟ve been integrally involved in this story.

Let me explain. Two months after the „insulting‟ cartoons were printed in Denmark, Ahmed Abu Laban, leader of the Islamic Society of Denmark, took the 12 offending caricatures and compiled them into a booklet – along with 3 fabricated cartoons – which were far more insulting than the genuine ones. He and another imam showed this booklet to three highly reputed Muslim leaders in the Middle East; Amr Moussa – Arab league Secretary Sheikh Mohammad Sayyad Tantawi – Grand Immam of Al Azhar, Yusuf al Qaradawi – Sunni Islam‟s most influential scholar. By showing these cartoons to these eminent leaders, Laban harnessed their support towards promoting a groundswell of spontaneous(?) Muslim protest against the Danish newspaper.
If Laban was a man of integrity, “Why did he resort to using 3 hoax cartoons to bolster his argument?” The fact is: Abu Laban believes “mockery against Mohamed deserves the death penalty.” 1 Convinced of this, it seems he rationalized it was insignificant to add some fake cartoons to his booklet. And, besides this, Islamists, like Abu Mazen, regard lying as a permissible tactic of war (Jihad).

Unfolding events have shown how effective Abu Laban‟s strategy was. It enraged Muslims so much that they attacked American bases in Afghanistan which had no real connection with the Danish newspaper and resulted in the deaths of 11 Muslims – most, if not all of them, killed by Afghani security forces.

Abu Laban and his colleague have been questioned about who gave them these 3 fabricated cartoons, but they have refused to identify the culprits. However, they claimed that the false cartoons were genuinely Danish and had been added to “give an insight in how hateful the atmosphere in Denmark is towards Muslims.”2 Subsequent research has revealed that one of these cartoons was fabricated and it is doubtful the other two are genuine Danish productions. The one allegedly portraying Muhammad with a pigsnout was from a photo of a pig squealing contest in France. 3 Holding this kind of contest at a carnival seems very strange to me, as I‟m sure it does to many other readers, nevertheless, that is exactly what it was.

The BBC notes “the „pigface‟ photocopy was later filmed in Gaza at the end of January when gunmen took over EU offices, and so somehow it had been lifted out and given importance.” 4This BBC report concludes that the „pigface‟ picture “does seem to have played a role in the raising of the temperature.” Bear in mind that this glaring example of dishonesty is not alone. The report that was circulated by Abu Laban purported to want “stable relations, and a flourishing Denmark for all that live here.” But it also maligned Danish people saying, “If you say that they are all infidels, then you are not wrong.” (BBC, ibid) It is inexcusable that Abu Laban has circulated inflammatory lies but there is something else Muslim leaders have also been guilty of. They have been hypocritical in how they responded to two different newspapers which published the same cartoons of Muhammad. They condemned the Danish editor while turning a blind eye to the Muslim editor of El Fagr who published six of the original 12 caricatures (October 17 2005).

Notice how intense has been the condemnation against the „offending‟ Danish editor and the ripple effects of these protests against the Danish embassies and exports, not to mention other countries. Why was the Muslim newspaper editor not rebuked, charged, shutdown (or whatever) for committing essentially the same wrong? Does this not smack of double standards and hypocrisy?

It is important to note that the editor of El Fagr criticized these 6 cartoons - as printed - “but it did not incite hatred protests” according to the Freedom for Egyptians blog6. No „spontaneous‟ outrage broke out until 3 months later when Abu Laban‟s efforts at stirring up widespread protest had taken effect. Apparently the people organizing the riots did not know of El Fagr‟s article or if they did they overlooked it. However, as this hypocritical story is being publicized more widely I fear there may be serious consequences for the editor. As of this writing, the „offensive‟ issue of El Fagr (#21) has been removed from the website but all the other issues up to early February 2006 can be seen.

What is clear from all this is that a double standard has been applied to editors of papers that published the „offending‟ cartoons. Several editors operating in Middle East or Muslim countries have been shut down and punished, while others seem to have escaped the wrath of Islamists. The dishonest reporting and lobbying of certain Muslim leaders has certainly fanned the flames of these raging protests, precipitating a global crisis that is causing destruction and death.
Speaking to fellow Muslims who are responsible for provoking violent protests, senior cleric Mohammed Usman of the Ulama Council in Kabul, Afghanistan, declared, “these rioters are defaming the name of Islam.” This rebuke from a leading Muslim calls to mind the opening question of this article, and provides a profound answer: violence discredits and defames the reputation of Muslims.

In conclusion, “How should Christians and Muslims behave in this crisis?” “How should we respond when a revered leader is mocked?” Indeed we might do well to ask, “How did Muhammad and Jesus Christ respond to mockery?” The following articles provide valuable background information to help you explore these vital implications.


Another article which provides useful background information to this cartoon crisis is available at;

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Replies to This Discussion

Reply by Joe on May 5, 2012 at 12:11

I think it is incredibly important that this story receives as wide circulation as possible. How can all these years have passed and neither me nor my friends knew that this incident was fabricated.

It shows how the media will not even fully research subjects were muslims get angry and start killing people over trivial issues (i.e. it shows the media's pervasive "racism of low expectations").
I have never been a believer that it served much use for freedom fighters to point out the islamic doctrine of Taqqiya. But this incidence serves superbly to show how muslims will lie on a spectacular level in order to further their domination.

Reply by shiva 

Joe said:

I think it is incredibly important that this story receives as wide circulation as possible.  How can all these years have passed and neither me nor my friends knew that this incident was fabricated.

Yo Joe,

It doesn't surprise me, you not knowing all the facts.

While all British and American mainstream media refused to print the cartoons "out of respect for Muslims," one of Egypt's largest papers Al Fagr printed them last October, during Ramadan. There was no outrage, no protests, nothing in the way of a Muslim reaction

The arrows point to the date and one of the cartoons - The text says in Arabic that a special report is inside.

So they were actually printed in the Egyptian Newspaper Al Fagr back in October 2005, during Ramadan, for all the egyptian muslim population to see, and not a single squeak of outrage was present, Not a single Egyptian stormed the paper's offices to burn it down, not a single Jihadist threatened to assassinate its journalists. And not a single Egyptian embassy was torched in neighbouring countries. French supermarket chain Carrefour Egyptian products either.

The instigator Ahmad Abu Laban born 1946, Jaffa, British Mandate of Palestine, grew up in Egypt. He fled to Denmark in 1984 and lived there for the rest of his life. He publicly denounced terrorism and the use of violence to further the Islamic cause. Moreover, he was known to fight for social justice and help alleviate social ills, by preaching that Danish Muslims had a responsibility to better the society in which they were a part

Ho Ho, Abu Laban was persona non grata in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt because of his Islamist views.[4] He was a well-known character in the Danish media for his often radical statements about Islam and the integration of immigrants into the Danish society.

Sri Lankan researcher Rohan Gunaratna, author of the book Inside Al Qaeda, has characterised Ahmed Abu Laban as an Islamic extremist. Rohan Gunaratna also accused Abu Laban of giving political and economic support to al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya, an Egyptian radical group that is part of Osama bin Laden's network.

At his Friday prayer April 5, 2002 Abu Laban called on his congregation to offer their lives in a jihad for the Palestinian cause.

On August 21, 1994 Abu Laban was interviewed in Jyllands-Posten following a massacre committed by the Algerian terrorist organisation GIA that led to the murder of among others seven Christian Monks and a number of foreign tourists. Asked if he could condemn the massacre he replied: "Perhaps the tourists are spreading AIDS in Algeria just like the Jews are spreading AIDS in Egypt. "
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Curiously enough, this man who held Muslim thought and culture so dear to him turned to the, undoubtedly first-class, Danish medical facilities during his last illness cancer which he died of.

His partner Ahmed Akkari, was born in Lebanon in 1978. In 1985 the Akkari family came to Denmark, where they obtained asylum, but returned to Lebanon in 1990. Upon their return to Denmark a year later they found they did not qualify as refugees again, because the Lebanese Civil War was over. With the support of some Danish local media, which featured young Ahmed as a model immigrant, they were granted a humanitarian residency permit in 1994. Ahmed Akkari subsequently went to high school and trained as a teacher in Århus. He became a Danish citizen in 2005

In 2001 Ahmad Akkari was sentenced to 40 days in prison for beating an 11-year old schoolboy on 3. November 2000 because the boy had allegedly been bullying Akkari's little sister. The sentence was suspended because Akkari was a first time offender. Akkari, who was studying to be a teacher at the time, was present that day at Muslim private school Lykkeskolen in Aarhus where he was working as an apprentice teacher. According to sources at the school quoted in Ekstra-Bladet, his 11-year-old sister was playing with a boy from her class and the boy accidentally pulled her headscarf off. Akkari sought out the boy, pulled his ear drawing blood, and threw him to the ground kicking him several times

Israel Bombs Beruit

Israel is attacking Hezbollah in Lebanon and the civilians are getting worried. Strangely, a large proportion of the Lebanese population turns out to be Danish (5,000 people), Swedish (6,000) or Canadian (30,000). Apparently lots of people, who have received asylum, are now on vacation in the very country from which they have ostensibly fled.

Luckily, the Danish embassy which was burned down in February is functioning again. But it turns out that one of these people with Danish passports Danes is none other than Ahmed Akkari - one of the lying imams, who travelled the Middle East with their fake Mohammed cartoons and thus were directly responsible for the embassy burnings.

One of the Danish Muslims who spearheaded the rallies against the prophet drawings, Lebanese-born Ahmad Akkari, was among those evacuated from Beirut on Thursday.

So Akkari and his family are going to Denmark. This time Akkari is neither burning the Danish flag - nor trampling on it - but hiding behind it.

Here he is, the rabble-rousing imams who went around the Middle East a few months ago shouting “Death to Denmark” and passing out xeroxes of the Jyllands-PostenMohammed cartoons isn’t that keen on holy war after all.

In fact, when he found himself in Lebanon with real bullets and bombs and stuff flying around, well, he scampered right up the gangplank of the nearest ship heading back to Dear Old Denmark.

In looking at a recent book by Giles Keppel (one of France's premier experts on Islam) I saw there was a chronology in the back that listed the attacks on France.  I immediately saw that the first attack on Charlie Hebdo was missing (their offices were bombed in 2011).  I was amazed that such an expert could have omitted that attack from the list of significant events (the attack followed the announcement that Mohammed was editor-in-chief for the next edition).

Then on the same BBC page where I checked up the facts about that attack on Hebdo, I saw this timeline for the Motoons crisis.  Of course, that Danish Imams had manufactured the crisis was not in the timeline.  Nor was the initiating event - that a liberal Danish author writing an honorific book on Mohammed couldn't find any artist brave enough to illustrate the book.  So, the two original motivating events of this entire crisis are written out of the BBC narrative.  Typical half-truths from The Ministry of Truth.

Imagine that the editor of one of France's premier newspapers was sacked for publishing the cartoons. The French intelligentsia (like the British) had already submitted by 2006).

Muslim cartoon row timeline
The BBC News website outlines key events in the escalating row over the publication of cartoons satirising the Prophet Muhammad.


19 February: Police use tear gas to disperse demonstrators who stage protest in defiance of ban, in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Tens of thousands of protestors chanting slogans against Denmark, Israel and the United States, rally in Istanbul, Turkey.

18 February: Sixteen people are killed in attacks against Christian targets in the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri.

The Italian reform minister who wore a T-shirt with the cartoons resigns. Libyan Interior Minister Nasr al-Mabrouk is suspended and referred for investigation into police actions during the Benghazi rioting.

In Pakistan, four protesters are wounded after police reportedly open fire demonstrators in the eastern town of Chaniot.

17 February: At least 10 people are killed and several injured in the Libyan city of Benghazi in clashes during a protest outside the Italian consulate. Pakistan detains more than 100 people to stem protests.

Denmark temporarily closes its embassy in Pakistan because of the security situation. Pakistan recalls its ambassador in Denmark for consultations.

15 February: Three people die in the Pakistan cities of Peshawar and Lahore.

Italian government minister Roberto Calderoli says he is distributing T-shirts displaying the controversial cartoons.

14 February: Pakistani security guards shoot dead two protesters in Lahore. In Islamabad, police use tear gas to disperse students who entered a diplomatic area.

Crowds attack British and German embassies in Iran and Basra city council in southern Iraq calls for the withdrawal of Danish troops from the country.

13 February: A leading Iranian newspaper, the Hamshahri Daily, launches a competition asking people to submit cartoons about the Holocaust, which the paper says is to test the boundaries of free speech for Westerners.

12 February: Denmark's foreign ministry urges all Danes to leave Indonesia over intelligence fears they may be targeted. Indonesia describes the move as "hasty".

10 February: Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi tells a conference in Kuala Lumpur a huge chasm has opened between the West and Islam, fuelled by Muslim frustrations over Western foreign policy. Thousands outside protest over the cartoons.

9 February: Hundreds of thousands of Shia Muslims in Lebanon turn a religious ceremony into a protest over the cartoons.

8 February: French magazine Charlie Hebdo publishes the cartoons along with other caricatures. French President Jacques Chirac condemns decisions to reprint the cartoons as "overt provocation".

7 February: Several hundred Iranians attack the Danish embassy in Tehran as the country announces it is cutting all trade ties with Denmark.

6 February: Protests claim lives - at least five people are killed in Afghanistan, and a teenage boy dies after protesters attack police in Somalia.

5 February: Lebanese demonstrators set the Danish embassy in Beirut on fire. Interior Minister Hassan Sabeh resigns over the violent protests.

4 February: Syrians attack Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus, prompting UN chief Kofi Annan to call for calm.

2 February: The editor of the French newspaper France Soir is sacked for printing the cartoons.

1 February: Papers in France, Germany, Italy and Spain reprint the caricatures, defying Muslim outrage.

31 January: The Danish paper apologises. The Danish prime minister welcomes the apology but defends the freedom of the press.

30 January: Gunmen raid the EU's offices in Gaza, demanding an apology over the cartoons.

26 January: Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador to Denmark, while Libya says it is closing its embassy in Copenhagen.

10 January: A Norwegian newspaper reprints the cartoons.


20 October: Ambassadors from 10 Islamic countries complain to the Danish prime minister about the cartoons.

17 October 2005: Egyptian newspaper al-Fagr reprints some of the cartoons, describing them as a "continuing insult" and a "racist bomb".

30 September: A series of cartoons, some depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a terrorist, are published by Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten.


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