Canada Call for a boycott in the Arab world after Macron's words on Islamic separatism

21:10  25 october  2020
21:10  25 october  2020 Source:   challenges.fr

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BOYCOTT DE PRODUITS FRANÇAIS AU KOWEÏT À CAUSE DES CARICATURES © AHMED HAGAGY BOYCOTT OF FRENCH PRODUCTS IN KUWAIT BECAUSE OF CARICATURES Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again attacked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, whose recent comments on Islam have sparked criticism, demonstrations and even calls for a boycott of French products in the Muslim world.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan again attacked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Sunday, whose recent comments on Islam have sparked criticism, demonstrations and even calls for a boycott of French products in the Muslim world.

The Turkish president again questioned the sanity of Mr. Macron, repeating in substance his remarks of the day before. "All we can say about a head of state who treats millions of members of different religious communities in this way is: + go for mental health examinations first," he said Saturday in a televised speech.

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Mr. Erdogan had already denounced two weeks ago as a provocation the declarations of Mr. Macron on "Islamist separatism" and the need to "structure Islam" in France, while the French executive presented his future project of law on this subject.

The Turkish leader also reproaches, since this weekend, his French counterpart for having promised that France would continue to defend the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed. On Wednesday, Mr. Macron was speaking at the tribute ceremony to Samuel Paty, a teacher beheaded in an Islamist attack for showing these drawings in class.

This promise by the French Head of State has triggered a flood of criticism in many countries with a Muslim majority, from political and religious leaders, elected officials but also ordinary citizens.

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In Libya, where Mr. Macron's remarks were qualified as "provocative" on social networks, Internet users called for demonstrations on Sunday on the great Place des Martyrs, in downtown Tripoli.

Small groups have already protested in several cities on Saturday, waving signs with the hashtag "Everything except the prophet", "the prophet is a red line" as well as portraits of the French president crossed out with a red cross.

- Flags, photos burned -

It was also on Saturday that around 200 people gathered in the evening in front of the residence of the French Ambassador to Israel. And, in the Gaza Strip, demonstrators burned photos of the French president.

In the Tunisian locality of El Kamour, at the gates of the Sahara, an anti-France parade brought together a few dozen people on Sunday, according to images released by a local collective.

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As in other countries, calls to boycott French products have spread on social networks . But other Tunisian netizens criticized the means used to defend the prophet, made fun of boycott attempts, and defended freedom of expression.

Still in the Maghreb, the leader of the Algerian Islamist party Front de la justice et du développement (FJD), Abdallah Djaballah, called for a boycott of French products and requested the summons of the French ambassador.

In the Middle East, a symbolic call for a boycott also took place at Bab al-Hawa, a border crossing point in northwestern Syria, in the hands of the rebels and where few French products reach.

Demonstrations were organized "in various regions beyond the control of the regime" of Damascus, also told AFP Rami Abdel Rahmane, director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH), specifying that portraits of Mr. Macron had been burned.

In neighboring Jordan, the Minister of Islamic Affairs Mohammed al-Khalayleh considered that "to offend" the prophets was "not a matter of personal freedom but of a crime which encourages violence".

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In Lebanon, the demonstration planned in front of the French embassy on Sunday did not - like the day before - attract anyone except dozens of soldiers and riot control forces.

- "Deliberate insult" -

The powerful Shiite movement Hezbollah condemned it "strongly the deliberate insult" made to the prophet, expressing in a press release its "rejection of the persistent French position consisting in encouraging this dangerous affront".

In Kuwait, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Ahmed Nasser al-Mohammed al-Sabah "met" the French Ambassador Anne-Claire Legendre.

"They spoke of the heinous crime suffered by a French teacher", noted a Kuwaiti statement on Sunday, specifying that the minister had also underlined "the importance of putting an end to attacks on monotheistic religions and prophets in certain official speeches (...) likely to exacerbate hatred ".

In Iraq, Rabaa Allah, the last born of the pro-Iran armed factions - and the most powerful -, claimed to be ready "to respond", without further details, after what she described as "an insult to a a billion and a half people ".

The pro-Iranians in Iraq recently set fire to a television for insulting Islam as well as the headquarters of a Kurdish party in Baghdad.

In Pakistan, finally, Prime Minister Imran Khan also reacted on Sunday by accusing Emmanuel Macron of "attacking Islam".

He "could have played appeasement (...) rather than creating additional polarization and marginalization which inevitably leads to radicalization," he tweeted.

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