Declaring itself to be part of the “Internet Jihad,” Muslim students worldwide have launched a website – hosted in the U.S. – in response to the uproar over depictions of Islam’s prophet Muhammad published in a Danish newspaper.
The site, Ya Mohammed, is part of the “Internet Jihad to fight against the front of blasphemy” and sees itself “as a broad protest against the insults of the Western media,” according to one of its managers, who was interviewed by a political reporter of the Iranian News Agency Mehr.
Excerpts of the interview were published by the Washington, D.C.-based Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.
The manager said that to date, 96 percent of the 36,000 people who participated in a poll by the website “want to continue the Internet protests against the insults of the Western media, in an effort to prevent the repetition of such ugly conduct.”
The often-violent protests earlier this year by Muslims throughout the world “has reached the Internet as well,” he said, where Muslims are “making efforts to block the influence and plots of the Western Internet media.”
The manager said the site operates in six languages – Persian, Arabic, English, Italian, French and Spanish. Plans are to also operate in Urdu, Russian, and Chinese.
More than 1,100 websites and weblogs have linked to the Ya Mohammed site, he said, but this number is not sufficient for an Internet Jihad to fight against the front of blasphemy.”
Responding to the question of why the protest against the cartoons continues, the manager said: “The people who raise such a question are uninformed about the Internet front, and they do not realize that the enemies of Islam have shifted the war front. After placing the cartoons in the papers, they have begun to expand the scope of the war, on a daily basis, into the arenas of ‘legal websites.'”
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