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06KUWAIT439 2006-02-08 04:50:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Kuwait
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SPECIAL MEDIA REACTION: DANISH CARTOONS

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TAGS: OPRC KPAO PREL KDEM KMDR KU

SUBJECT: SPECIAL MEDIA REACTION: DANISH CARTOONS


Selected Headlines
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1. Sunday, 5 February 2006

-- Al-Qabas page 11 "Regional offices of cooperative organizations
boycott Danish products"

-- Al-Rai Al-Aam p. 5 "Saleh Jowhar: America and Europe should
discipline their Danish children before they are disciplined by
children of Mohammed"; "Islamic Heritage Revival Society's Women's
Committee sponsors this evening a seminar in support of Prophet
Mohammed"

-- Al-Rai Al-Aam p. 11 "Egyptian Consul: Some Khaitan preachers have
fueled the feelings of worshippers"

-- Al-Rai Al-Aam p. 14 "Afghan Ambassador defends the position of
his country's leader"

-- Al-Watan front page "Pastor Gharib: Offense rebuffed and Denmark
should apologize"

-- Al-Watan p. 8 "Official apology by Danish Government essential";
"Talaq Al-Haim: Suspension of dealing with Danish products"

-- Al-Watan p. 17 "Farwaniya security placed on alert"

-- Al-Seyassah p. 8 "Popular rally in front of the Danish Embassy,
with the participation of Americans"; "We will not accept anything
short of expulsion of Danish Ambassador"

-- Al-Seyassah p. 9 "Hamed Al-Ali: Slaying of the Danish cartoonist
is permissible but our weakness as Muslims makes it incumbent on us
to wait. Jihad was not enacted to kill people"

-- Al-Anba p. 3 "Dr. Al-Falah: What happened widens the gap between
the West and Muslims"



3. Monday, 6 February 2006

-- Al-Rai Al-Aam front page and Al-Anba p. 13 "Mohammed Al-
Tabtabaei: Denmark lost 40 million Euros in days. Denmark is a
terrorist country"

-- Al-Seyassah p. 6 "Dr. Ismail Al-Shatti: Queen of Denmark is
required to apologize personally"

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4. Sunday, 5 February 2006

-- Sami Abdul Latif Al-Nesf wrote in the moderate daily Al-Anbaa
under the title "The Danish crisis and the Arab Ambassador": "I
think that the boycott, resentment, and denunciation should continue
until a rational and realistic solution is reached, then things can
return to normal. An apology is not enough.... The Danish newspaper
should not only apologize, but also should translate its apology
into action, such as supporting Islamic centers or even establishing
new ones. The newspaper is mostly to blame, while some of the blame
should go to our extremists and fundamentalists, who slaughtered,
killed, terrorized, and destroyed giving others an opportunity to
say that our religion is one of terror. Also, some of the blame
belongs to the extremists who curse other religions and beliefs in
public and in private, giving others a justification for cursing our
religion. The truth is that we must, for this offence or others,
calmly and rationally decide on how to proceed and what our goals
are, while working with great wisdom to not feed the adversaries of
our religion by not giving them material to be used against us."



5. Monday, 6 February 2006

-- Mohamed Mojabal Al-Mutairy wrote in the moderate daily Al-Rai
Al-Aam under the title "What's next Muslims?": "Where were the
Muslims when this great catastrophe occurred? Does any Muslim accept
to have the prophet offended on the pages of the infidels and stand
with his hands tied behind his back unable to do anything? By God,
if the ruler of an Islamic country was offended there would have
been great consequences until a formal apology was given. We did not
receive an apology because they think it is freedom of expression.
Had they written about Jews, they would have been made to apologize
or to stop printing altogether. You would have found the government

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quickly apologizing because Jews have international weight. That is
what we seek from all Muslim countries, to stand together as one in
order to win back the dignity of their religion. We, as Muslims,
have an important role in pressuring our governments through writing
or through demonstrating or by boycotting the products of that
country."

-- Othman Al-Mufaraj also wrote for the moderate daily Al-Rai Al-Aam
under the title "Mad Danish Cow Disease": "I do not know what kind
of madness or stupidity has infected a group of Danes to offend and
mock our Prophet Mohamed...in one of their newspapers. Their
drawings only point to the hostility towards Islam and Muslims. What
makes it worse is a Danish official's statement that did not calm
our souls or provide us with any type of comfort, rather it
increased our anger. The official said that what happened was an
exercise of the freedom of the press. We fully realize that the West
does not care for our rights and ignores our pride and dignity as
Muslims. If we have a terrorist amongst us, then not all Muslims are
terrorists as not all Europeans are racists and murderers.... If the
Danish official had a more in-depth look at what happened he would
have found it to be an offense against all freedoms of press and
expression and the furthest it could have been from honest criticism
with good intentions. Let us boycott them and fight them with all
the power we have in order to regain our dignity. Let us do
something at a time when we have become infinitely weak."

-- Dr. Ayed Al-Manaa wrote for the moderate daily Al-Watan under the
title "Destruction is not demonstration": "What happened to the
embassies and consulate of Denmark and Norway and some churches in
Damascus and Beirut? Was this the result of mob mentality taking
over the demonstrations? If it was limited to marches, calls, signs,
and screams for an apology, then it would have been a civilized
popular demonstration, one not marred by violence. What took place
in Damascus on Saturday and Beirut on Sunday was not a
demonstration. Even if it began as one, it quickly turned into
complete chaos and destruction of property.... These acts are
unacceptable by any rational Islamist or nationalist in our world."

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