About 200 people demonstrated on Saturday against President Emanuel Macron outside the residence of the French ambassador, vowing “not to leave cartoons” depicting Prophet Mohammed in his country.
Protesters, some of them wearing surgical masks in accordance with coronovirus regulations, put up banners in Arabic in support of the prophet, AFP journalists said.
After the Muslim evening prayers, protests took place in the largely Arab neighborhood of Jaffa in Tel Aviv.
One of the protesters, Amin Bukhari, accused Macron of playing a game of “extreme rights”.
“Prophet Muhammad is the most sacred thing in Islam and anyone who attacks his honor attacks the whole people,” he told the crowd.
Macron said on Wednesday that a French teacher beheaded his school outside Paris earlier this month “because the Islamists want our future”.
The teacher, Samuel Patty, was killed when he showed cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad during a course he was leading for free speech.
“We will not give up cartoons,” Macron said, declaring that the Islamists would never have “the future of France”.
Speaking outside the official residence of French Ambassador Eric Danon, Bukhari said: “We should honor Moses among the Jews, we should honor Jesus Christ who is also our prophet, and we should honor Prophet Muhammad, whom the peace be upon him. ” There you are. “
The rally dispersed without incident.
Visual depiction of the Prophet is strictly prohibited in Islam and ridiculing or insulting Prophet Muhammad is a death sentence in some Muslim countries.
In response to Macron’s comments, calls to boycott French products are multiplying in Arab countries and beyond.
Among those who condemn the words of Hamas Macron, the Islamic ruler of the Gaza Strip.
Hamas said in a statement: “Insulting religions and prophets is not a matter of free speech, but fosters a culture of hatred.”
The small Islamic Jihad group, which similarly operates in the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, said that Islam and its prophet had crossed a “red line” and “could not be tolerated.”
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