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World IN IMAGES. Caricatures of Mohammed: demonstrations in Israel, photos of Macron burned in the Gaza Strip

01:50  25 october  2020
01:50  25 october  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Des manifestants devant la résidence de l'ambassadeur de France à Tel-Aviv, le 24 octobre 2020. © JACK GUEZ / AFP Demonstrators in front of the residence of the French Ambassador in Tel Aviv, October 24, 2020.

Around 200 people demonstrated on Saturday night in front of the residence of the French ambassador to Israel to denounce Emmanuel Macron's comments on the prophet Muhammad cartoons while demonstrators burned photos of the French president in the Gaza Strip.

Certains manifestants avaient le visage couvert par un masque sanitaire. © JACK GUEZ / AFP Some demonstrators had their faces covered by a sanitary mask.

"We will not give up caricatures, drawings, even if others retreat" . These words pronounced by Emmanuel Macron during the national tribute to Samuel Paty , do not pass for certain countries of the Middle East which called for a boycott of French products on Saturday.In Israel , nearly 200 demonstrators gathered on Saturday evening in front of the residence of the French ambassador in Tel Aviv to denounce the remarks of the French president on the caricatures of the prophet Mohammed.

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Des policiers israéliens postés devant la résidence de l'ambassadeur. © JACK GUEZ / AFP Israeli police officers stationed in front of the ambassador's residence.

The demonstrators called on banners written in Arabic in defense of the Prophet Muhammad, during this rally which began after evening prayers in Jaffa, a largely Arab city adjacent to the Tel Aviv metropolis.

The game of "the far right"

The prophet "is the most sacred thing in Islam and he who attains his honor, reaches a whole people" , declared to the crowd Amin Bukhari, a protester accusing the French president of playing the game of "the extreme right" .

"We must respect Moses among the Jews, we must respect Jesus Christ, who is also our prophet, and we must respect the prophet Mohammed (Muhammad, Editor's note), peace be upon him" , added this protester during this gathering in front of the residence of French Ambassador Eric Danon, who dispersed without incident.

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Protesters burned photos of the French president in the Gaza Strip , reports AFP

Boycott of French products

Calls for a boycott of French products increased on Saturday in several countries and territories in the Middle East.

The French head of state spoke Thursday during a tribute to professor Samuel Paty , beheaded by an Islamist assailant after showing his 4th year students drawings of Muhammad on the occasion d 'a course on freedom of expression .

Representation of prophets is strictly prohibited by Sunni Islam and ridiculing or insulting the Prophet Muhammad is punishable by death in some Muslim countries.

The Islamist movements Hamas, in power in the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian enclave of two million inhabitants, and Islamic Jihad have also denounced the words of the French president.

"Insulting religions and prophets is not a matter of freedom of expression but rather promotes a culture of hatred" , Hamas said in a statement, saying "to prevent" , without further details, of "consequences" that these statements could have.

For its part, the Islamic Jihad - the second armed group in Gaza, after Hamas - maintained "that to offend" Islam, and its prophet Muhammad, was a "red line" which "could not be tolerated ”.

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