Gaza graffiti protest over Charlie Hebdo cartoon


Protest graffiti was sprayed outside the French cultural centre in Gaza before dawn Saturday following the publication of a new cartoon of Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

“You will go to hell, French journalists,” read one of the slogans daubed on the walls of the cultural centre compound, which has been closed since it was damaged in a fire last October.

“Anything but the prophet,” read another.

Police were deployed outside the compound’s main gate as well as on the adjacent main road, an AFP correspondent reported.

The cover cartoon carried by Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, in its first edition since an attack on its Paris offices claimed by al Qaeda killed 12 people on January 7, has sparked angry protests across the Muslim world.

Last month, a bomb attack claimed by small ultra-conservative group Jund Ansar Allah caused minor damage to the compound’s walls.


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday condemned the decision by French magazine Charlie Hebdo to show a cartoon of Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) on its cover.

Ghani blasted the cartoon as “an insult to the sacred religion of Islam and the Muslim world”, a statement from the presidential palace said.

The satirical magazine’s new cover has angered many Muslims worldwide, sparking protests from Pakistan to Niger.

“President Ghani on behalf of the Afghan nation condemns this insulting act, and termed it desecrating the religious values,” the palace said, describing the magazine’s decision to publish it as “irresponsible”.


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    Now Muslim world Angry so WE do best of way Peace & Mercy
    ISLAM – Right prospect Humankind – infect all of as
    My opinion World politician have a miss calculation 4 solution Jules – funny !

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