First Published: 2008-02-22

 
Gazans protest against Mohammed cartoon
 

Around 200 Palestinians including children demonstrate against Danish newspapers’ reprinting of cartoon.

 

Middle East Online

Ire



RAFAH, Gaza Strip - Around 200 Palestinians demonstrated in the Gaza Strip on Friday against Danish newspapers that reprinted a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed deemed offensive by Muslims.

They gathered in the southern town of Rafah on the Egyptian border in response to a call from the so-called mini-parliament, an organ of the Fatah party of moderate Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

Children burned Danish, American and Israeli flags and a banner read "to hell with Denmark. We will accept nothing less than an apology and a trial."

Last week, a number of Danish newspapers published the cartoon, vowing to defend freedom of expression a day after Danish police foiled a plot to murder the cartoonist.

The caricature, featuring the prophet's head with a turban that looked like a bomb with a lit fuse, was one of 12 cartoons published in September 2005 by the Jyllands-Posten newspaper that sparked bloody riots in the Islamic world.

Hamas, the Islamist group that ousted Fatah from power in Gaza in June, held a demonstration of its own last week.

Speaking to the crowd in the northern town of Jabaliya, Hamas MP Yussef Sharafi called on the Danish government to "apologise to Muslims for the offence to the prophet."

Hamas condemned the newspapers and called for those responsible to be put on trial, saying publication of the cartoon was an "offence to the feelings of tens of millions of Muslims.

"We call for the trial of those responsible for publishing these drawings in the Danish newspapers," Hamas said, demanding that "official apologies be made" to Muslims.

Danish police arrested a Dane of Moroccan origin and two Tunisians suspected of plotting to kill the creator of the turban cartoon, Kurt Westergaard.

 

Turkey denies truce with Kurdish forces in northern Syria

Who killed ISIS top strategist: US Predator drone or Russian Su-34?

UN envoy to Security Council: Return to ceasefire 'critical' for Yemen

Italy rescues some 6,500 migrants off Libya

Fight against sexual harassment in Egypt bearing fruit

Iran arrests dual national for ‘acting against national security’

Kurdish activists call Turkey hunger strike over fate of Ocalan

US ‘horrified’ at South Sudan child soldier recruitment reports

Coalition raids kill 16 in Yemen: rebels

Fatal road accident leaves Tunisia in shock

One year after Merkel migrant offer, EU remains deeply divided

Israel police chief criticised for comments on minorities

Bomb kills woman in eastern Lebanon

Israel okays 466 settlement homes in occupied West Bank

Russia claims killing of ISIS top strategist in Syria

Turkey does 'not accept' truce with Syria Kurds

Retired Iran general killed in northern Syria

Two jihadists killed in Tunisia nighttime raid

Migrants race to Libya before end of summer

Iran urges Turkey to end Syria intervention

IS spokesman killed in Syria's Aleppo

Turkey, Syria Kurds reach agreement to stop fighting

Sweden jails Syrian refugee for setting fire to hostel

Turkey arrests editor from top daily in post-coup crackdown

Qaeda-linked group claims deadly ambush in Western Tunisia

France criticizes Turkey’s intervention in Syria

Turkey risks getting bogged down in Syria's war

Shabaab suicide car bomb targets Somalia hotel

US drone strike kills Qaeda suspect in Yemen

Qatar-Turkey relations continue to build upon strong alliance

Libya says last chemical weapons stocks shipped out

World Vision calls for transparent trial in 'Hamas aid' case

UN aid going to Assad-linked companies

Iran to cover infertility treatments

Top UN official calls for response to South Sudan refugee crisis

Obama to meet Erdogan on Syria over weekend

Libyan forces corner IS fighters in last Sirte holdouts

Tunisia's new unity government takes office

3 Saudi children killed in Yemen cross-border shelling

18 killed in suicide attack in Iraq oasis town

60 killed in suicide bomb attack on Yemen army camp

Turkey's bombings kill civilians in northern Syria

Iran arrests 'nuclear spy'

Egypt frees renowned rights lawyer, Malek Adly

In Saudi city of Najran, Huthis commit war crimes with indiscriminate rockets