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'Muhammad cartoon' proved fake
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 02/08/2006 @ 1:00 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Faxed photo, top, and original AP image
One of three especially inflammatory but undocumented Muhammad images distributed by a Danish imam as an example of an “anti-Muslim environment” in the European country turns out to be a poorly reproduced copy of an Associated Press photo taken at a French pig-squealing contest.
The weblog NeanderNews pointed out the image used by Imam Ahmad Abu Laban was a faxed copy of AP’s Aug. 15 photo of Jacques Barrot competing at the annual French Pig-Squealing Championships in Trie-sur-Baise.
Since last week, Muslims throughout the world have engaged in protests and deadly riots in response to 12 cartoons caricaturing Islam’s prophet Muhammad published in September by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and three much more provocative images that Muslim leaders have been unable to document.
One of those images of mysterious origin, which never were published, is from the AP photo. Another depicts Muhammad as a pedophile demon and a third has a praying Muslim being raped by a dog, according to the weblog Gateway Pundit.
Three undocumented images Danish imams used as examples of anti-Muslim hostility (courtesy Gateway Pundit)
Abu Laban, leader of the Islamic Society of Denmark, took the images on a tour of the Middle East in December to rally support for his protest against the newspaper and Danish government. Tour spokesman Akhmad Akkari explained the three drawings had been added to “give an insight in how hateful the atmosphere in Denmark is towards Muslims.”
Akkari claimed he didn’t know the origin of the three images, saying they had been sent anonymously to Danish Muslims. But he rejected a request by the Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet to speak with the people who supposedly received them.
In a television interview, Abu Laban told Fox News the cartoons came from threatening letters, but he has not replied to the network’s request to provide copies of the letters.
A profile of Abu Laban Friday night on Danish television documented his close ties to the Egyptian terrorist group Gamaa Islamiya.
Another program the same evening showed him speaking in English on Danish television in condemnation of the boycott of Danish goods, then, in an interview with the Middle East news channel al-Jazeera, happily remarking in Arabic about how well the boycott was going.
Walid Phares, senior fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, asked in an article published on Counterterrorism blog, “Why did it take five months for what Western media dubbed ‘instant reactions to the insult’ to materialize?”
Leaders of the Muslim community in Denmark said they attempted to resolve the matter locally by asking the newspaper or government to apologize.
But some analysts, Phares said, “see more of a greater agenda: taking advantage of the harm made by the pictures to impose a new political order in that Scandinavian country, and beyond.”
Abu Laban seemed to affirm that in the interview with Fox News, which was noted by Gateway Pundit.
The Muslim cleric told reporter Jonathan Hunt of his demand that Danish leaders “within their abilities and competence and within the concept of dynamism of liberalism to create … a new set of rules. … ”
Hunt: So, you want a new set of rules for the way Western Europe lives?
Abu Laban: Yes.
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