Hizbullah Slams New Charlie Cartoon as 'Provocation' against All Muslims

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Hizbullah on Wednesday condemned as a “dangerous insult” the publication of new Prophet Mohammed cartoons by French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that was attacked by jihadists last week, describing the move as a “major provocation against the sentiments of more than 1.5 billion Muslims.”

In a statement, the party said the cartoons carried “an insult to the Prophet Mohammed, Islam, religions and the sanctities of humanity in general.”

The first issue of Charlie Hebdo to be published since the attack in Paris that decimated its staff and sent shockwaves around the world was sold out within minutes at kiosks across France. The issue features a cartoon of a tearful Prophet Mohammed on its cover, holding a "Je Suis Charlie" sign under the headline "All is forgiven."

“This act is certainly unacceptable and it cannot be justified under any consideration that the ones behind this heinous act might be hiding behind,” Hizbullah said.

“What the French magazine has committed once again is a major provocation against the sentiments of more than 1.5 billion Muslims, and against all the followers of monotheistic religions and those who are keen on dialogue and unifying common values,” the party added.

It warned that the move “directly contributes to shoring up terrorism, extremism and extremists.”

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah had on Friday said that Sunni jihadists have caused more offense to Muslims than any “book, cartoon or film.”

"Through their shameful, heinous, inhumane and cruel words and acts, (these groups) have offended the prophet, religion... the holy book and the Muslim people more than any other enemy," said Nasrallah.

He did not specifically mention Charlie Hebdo's cartoons, but said the "authors of offensive books and cartoons that were insulting to the prophet" are among Islam's enemies.

Nasrallah was indirectly referring to "The Satanic Verses" by Salman Rushdie, against whom Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or religious order, to have him killed.

Nasrallah also alluded to a video entitled "The Innocence of Muslims," which was distributed online in 2012 and caused an uproar among Muslim communities all over the world.

A series of cartoons showing Mohammed were published in a Danish newspaper in 2005 and Charlie Hebdo was among the media that reprinted them.

At the time, Hizbullah joined a string of other Islamist parties and movements and called for demonstrations against the cartoons.


Comments 44
Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 14 January 2015, 20:37

je suis Charlie
vive la liberte d expression et vive la democratie

Default-user-icon Charlie (Guest) 15 January 2015, 12:15

I thought you were + oua nabka + (Guest) ??

Thumb saturn 14 January 2015, 21:05

Real Madrid removed the cross from their logo, it's offensive to the Emirati owners.

Default-user-icon mourtad ella (Guest) 14 January 2015, 21:22

Badly drawn cartoons “directly contributes to shoring up terrorism, extremism and extremists.”

Assad murdering thousands of unarmed demonstrators during the first six months of the conflict does not “directly contributes to shoring up terrorism, extremism and extremists.”

how tight is that turban bub?

Default-user-icon del (Guest) 14 January 2015, 21:45


Thumb the_roar 14 January 2015, 21:50

once again the point is missed.....Freedom of speech & insulting others beliefs should not be put in the same category.

As a follower of Christ I will forgive & pray for those who insult my Lord.

But that does not mean I believe people should be able to insult my faith based on this new false claim of "freedom of speech".

The problem with all of this is some Islamists have given these people who mock freely more ammunition.

shame on both sides here.

Thumb the_roar 14 January 2015, 22:11

Lord Jesus believed in fair speech, not mocking or defiling another person or his beliefs.

For what comes out of a mans mouth defiles a man...Mathew 15:11
Mark 7:15

Respecting one another is what we should all be subjected to, tex..not mockery as you would have us believe.

Missing lebanon4ever 14 January 2015, 23:30

Roar Charlie Hebdo has mocked Jesus and the christian religion the same if not more so than Mohammed and Islam. These so called Muslim leaders that condemn with provocation are the ones that are leading their sheep to act out these heinous crimes.

Thumb the_roar 14 January 2015, 23:32

I already posted as much,..shame you guys are too lazy to read properly

Thumb Mystic 15 January 2015, 01:59

A cartoonist employed by Charlie Hebdo, got fired for mocking jews.


Freedom of expression? Double standards.

Missing humble 15 January 2015, 12:09

The roaring lion
I fully agree that - as a Christian - I ought to love others and behave accordingly. But do I really do it? There is room for improvement.
By the way, let me remind you that as a Christian you have obligations to safeguard Christians of Lebanon and the Middle East. To that end you must - absolutely must - stop supporting traitors who are destroying the Christians of Lebanon. Trust me the Caporal is a traitor beyond anything you can imagine. Just think about it.

Thumb Machia 14 January 2015, 22:14

The cartoons are only offensive to people because deities and prophets cannot get offended, either because they are in heaven and are too busy with more important matters that are happening in the universe or because they do not exist.
And if the subjects of cartoons don't mind, (did you see any fire and brimstone coming down from heaven to destroy Charlie Hebdo?), why are believers offended?
Very simply: lack of education, culture, critical thinking and a serious inferiority complex.

Thumb Machia 14 January 2015, 22:19

Nasrallah or Baghdadi: head and tail of the same extremist coin.

Thumb the_roar 14 January 2015, 22:24

but you have so much education, critical thinking & a serious complex that allows you to mock whoever & whenever you see fit?

yep that's so educated & so superior to everyone who has beliefs.

Thumb Machia 15 January 2015, 07:23

Education never stops. Having time to reviewing and criticizing your ideas and deeds makes you a better person. Extremists think that they own the truth and that there is nothing else beyond it.

Thumb kanaanljdid 14 January 2015, 23:18

For some "Muslims" (Hizbullah or Al Qaida extremists for instance), everything is a pretext to be angry against others and wage useless wars.

But when people are killed they just don't care. It's ok to kill non-Muslims but they get angry for a caricature. Very sad. Charlie Hebdo's drawing actually put these words in the mouth of the Prophet, and I am sure he would have said those if he was living nowadays: "c'est dur d'être aimé par des cons" (it's hard to be beloved by heblen).

Thumb the_roar 14 January 2015, 23:19

thanks for confirming what I already posted...please take care in reading peoples posts before you launch into it.

First thing I said is I would forgive & pray for those who committed such acts.

whats your point again?

Thumb the_roar 14 January 2015, 23:25

again you have only reinforced what I posted earlier....whats your point again that you called me out?

Thumb thepatriot 15 January 2015, 15:52

I would like to add tex, that Charlie mocks ... with no hatred... with provocation yes... but they send no message of hatred or violence...and mock all religions, colors, and above all the French right wing (Front National):
"Parmi les 52 dernières "Une" de Charlie Hebdo Officiel, il y avait :
- 35 "Une" sur les affaires de politique intérieure
- 10 "Une" sur le FN
- 2 "Une" sur les catholiques
- 1 "Une" sur Israël
- 1 "Une" mettant en scène Mahomet" ...

Thumb the_roar 14 January 2015, 23:30

No veritas..you're mistaken....thats not freedom of speech...thats insulting ...

yes Islam has become too extremist & taken the wrong path towards insults directed at them...I already posted that.

But demeaning or insulting other humans is no longer freedom of speech.
This is a lie & distortion to keep people at each other.

If this is freedom of speech, why is the truth not considered freedom of speech? why can't a writer provide the reader with information that shows corrupt Governments? yet insulting & demeaning other humans publicly is freedom of speech?

Thumb the_roar 14 January 2015, 23:42

veritas, when you start insulting a sect, religion or culture...you start dehumanizing & a snowball effect is inevitable.

Take the Germans & the Jews in the early 20th century.
first it started with big nose pictures etc....no one stood up to it & before long the world was looking down on jews as the big nosed fanatics......there is no place for this type of freedom of speech as you put it.

Thumb the_roar 14 January 2015, 23:48

I love how people quote Lord Jesus according to how they see fit.

Lord Jesus spoke of one thing only...to love your enemy...to dehumanize another human being is the ultimate insult as he is created in the image of God.

where do you get this nonsense that he told us to do as we pleased & will be judged later on?

Default-user-icon PEACE (Guest) 14 January 2015, 23:56

Why Many normal behaviours are considered "OFFENSIVE" ?
The answer is simple: behind the word offensive there is the will of
It is time for the rest of the world to understand it and act accordingly.

Missing canadianadam 15 January 2015, 00:51

I usually agree with you Texas but couldn't disagree more with you here, albeit respectfully.

The actions of those in Paris don't reflect Muslims, and unfortunately everything linked to Muslims is a global event despite multiple other forms of terrorism and atrocities. See Edward Said's work on the continual misrepresentation of Islam in western politics and media.

Freedom of speech comes with a measure of responsibility, and insulting religions to prove free speech is plainly irresponsible in any society. If it wasn't, we could all stand in Brooklyn with signs saying we hate nigg..s or in Paris saying the French fell to Germany in a day, or the viche regimes common throughout France during world war 2 were as bad as nazis.

My point, I think most Muslims agree that the finer details we follow shouldn't be enforced on others, but you cannot trivially equivocate them with a cartoon that offends a religion, promotes hatred, and is irresponsible free speech.

Thumb Mystic 15 January 2015, 01:54

Still funny, how you guys claim to be supporters of free speech.
Where was the freedom of expression, when this cartoonist got fired for drawing greedy jews?


Missing helicopter 15 January 2015, 02:52

Are you equating being fired to being Murdered?
All outspoken M8 politicians are walking freely and feeling safe because M14 believes in free speech. All outspoken M14 politicians are either dead or in hiding because of people like you.

Default-user-icon funny how (Guest) 15 January 2015, 12:40

Freedom of speech was in hiding along with salman rushdie in fear for it's life from the Iranian fatwa's blood lust and nasrallah, is that funny to you Mystic?

Missing wonderer 15 January 2015, 02:24

Flamethrower's favorite TV series is "Mesih". It's an Iranian epic productions about the life of Jesus Christs from the Ayatollah's perspective. It is based mostly on the original Barnabas Bible, a tome Iran's Basij Press nonprovocatively claimed "will bring down Christianity and shake world politics" certainly an acceptable and justified claim. Very respectful of the sentiments of the more than 2.4 billion Christians worldwide! So much Al Manar and NBN were anxious to share it with all the Lebanese population at large in the name of respecting sentiments and freedom of speech. It's not like there was a comedian in a Hassan Nasrallah getup in it, right?

Default-user-icon google (Guest) 15 January 2015, 20:01


Missing helicopter 15 January 2015, 02:49

I always said ISIS and HA are two sides of the same coin. Replace the yellow with black and they look the same.
"HA describing the move as a “major provocation against the sentiments of more than 1.5 billion Muslims.”
Wrong HA, the only ones offended deeply are you and ISIS (1.5 Million not Billion).

Thumb _mowaten_ 15 January 2015, 11:21

only for narrow minded binary people like you. is it you either support islamophobia or you support terrorism? ever heard of a middle ground?
nasrallah condemned the attack on charlie hebdo, saying it was worse than any caricature could be. that doesnt mean he has to endorse charlie hebdo's continued provocation and insulting.
these provocations are what feed extremism, and those caricatures only contribute to antagonizing people, to what end? a laugh? i dont really see what is so funny about it..

Missing people-power 15 January 2015, 05:50

You really have a pathetic life Taqiya thrower! You spend your entire existence insulting people, no less on a website that you claim is unfair and biased against you.

Thumb Machia 15 January 2015, 07:38

Nasrallah: "a “major provocation against the sentiments of more than 1.5 billion Muslims.”"

let's see is it that Muslim militants killed 2,000 villagers in Nigeria...no
Oh it must be that Assad killed more than 100,000 Syrians ... no
Then it must be the Saudi blogger that is imprisoned and beaten for this liberal views...no
Surely it must be the acid attacks on women in the Islamic Republic of Iran...nope
Of course, it is the lack of scientific discoveries and lack of books published in Arab countries...nope
It is a cartoon published in a French publication...mmm
No wonder the Middle East is hopeless.

Missing humble 15 January 2015, 12:11

The roaring lion
I fully agree that - as a Christian - I ought to love others and behave accordingly. But do I really do it? There is room for improvement.
By the way, let me remind you that as a Christian you have obligations to safeguard Christians of Lebanon and the Middle East. To that end you must - absolutely must - stop supporting traitors who are destroying the Christians of Lebanon. Trust me the Caporal is a traitor beyond anything you can imagine. Just think about it.

Missing humble 15 January 2015, 12:16

I really pity you. You are a lost case. I do not see any chance for your recovery. However, I have no hard feelings against you. It is your comments that are illogic and wrong. Where do you get your disinformation from?
In all cases, God bless you.

Default-user-icon JeSuisCharlie (Guest) 15 January 2015, 12:16

There are moderate Muslims, yes but there is no such thing called moderate Islam, Islam is Islam wake up and stop letting them washing you with this propaganda. "If they don't concede to your faith, you have the right of their lives, their women, their possessions" it's in the Quran, so what they're doing around the world is simply following what their prophet told them.

Default-user-icon defacto al mareed (Guest) 15 January 2015, 12:16

nice indian movie;)

Thumb -phoenix1 15 January 2015, 13:58

This a time when one say things as they are: as it is, all this "Je suis Charlie" business is wrong to its core, almost everyone with a sane mind supports freedom of speech, yet the same goes, freedom of speech does not mean freedom to insult the sacred values of others. Charlie has insulted not only the holy Prophet Muhammad, (saws) and Islam, but also Jesus (A.S) and Christianity. No one should impose his will on others, hence that is the time when C.H's so called freedom of speech has lost all forms of responsibility.

Thumb -phoenix1 15 January 2015, 19:08

Veritas. I was a fighter in the Kataeb then the LF and I fought for years against Muslim leftist militias, got it? So I am Christian for sure. But nothing should prevent us from being respectful to the sacred values of other sects, if you don't have it in you, then too bad for you.

Thumb -phoenix1 15 January 2015, 14:05

DF, these sods are hypocrites, you should see what such people do when they go home for Iftar, they eat all the things they can lay their hands on. Still, there are good Muslims and damn hypocrite Muslims whose presence is only here to taint the good ones. Sad, but such is life.

Missing Je_suis@libonase 15 January 2015, 14:24

Anyone who beleives this attack on france was perpetrated out of the blue is a moron just look at all the freedom being taken away from the dumb french as we speak look at the US and britain how their freedoms have all but vanished i call it convenient terrorism it serves a higher purpose ie enslaving humanity further by limiting their freedoms.

Thumb -phoenix1 15 January 2015, 15:28

JSL, me too I long suspected these plots, it's truly scary. At first I refused to believe that such plots could be conceivable, but now it seems more and more obvious that as you rightly called it, "convenient terrorism" is being used more and more on nations for states to get to their ultimate goals. Masalan, all this Ebola business in West Africa, all of a sudden just like this?!

Thumb thepatriot 15 January 2015, 16:01

Congrats to all for a civil and passionate debate. It does not happen here often, and I blame myself first for that.

Thumb charlesmartel 15 January 2015, 20:57

tolerating (meaning being tolerant) the caricature of anything - sacred or not - after all it is plainly not true - is a sign of a superior intelligence, wiseness and philosophical mind.
Above all, it is legal in the country of origin of Charlie Hebdo... those who feel offended (simple minded or intolerants or bigots) can do one thing; not buy the newspaper, and not read the blogs or pages that refers to it.