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Islamic scholar on PA TV: American Zionist was behind Danish cartoons depicting Muhammad in 2006

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Official PA TV program Self-Reflection on Islamophobia, hosting the Yemenite Islamic scholar Habib Ali Al-Jifri

Islamic scholar Habib Ali Al-Jifri: “If you remember, in 2006 when they published offensive cartoons of the Prophet [Muhammad], in Denmark, people were angry, and rightly so. Who is not guarding the honor of the Prophet? But in some places, the way they [Muslims] expressed their anger took the form of actions that are inconsistent with the spirit of the Prophet… Do you know who was behind this (i.e., the cartoons)? A well-known American Zionist, who was advisor to [Former American President George W.] Bush at the time. He went to Denmark, and was concerned about the growing support for the Palestinian cause in Scandinavia… When he returned from Denmark he wrote an article that was published in the Washington Post or the New York Times, I believe, and was published in Denmark, under the title: Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark – taken from Shakespeare… Afterwards the newspaper’s owner visited him in his NY office, and he mentioned [the matter] to the newspaper’s owner, who then published the cartoons.”

Muhammad cartoon controversy - In September 2005, the Danish daily Jyllandsposten printed 12 drawings by different artists depicting Islam’s Prophet Muhammad. As Islamic law prohibits portraying Muhammad visually, the cartoons caused global Muslim protests, including violence in many Muslim countries. Danish diplomatic missions were attacked, Danish flags were burnt, and Danish goods were boycotted.
Muslim organizations in Denmark urged the government to act against the paper that published the cartoons but the government refused, stating that freedom of speech is a core Danish value. The most well-known drawing of the 12 showed Muhammad with a bomb in his turban.