Erdogan Renews Call for Macron to Undergo 'Mental Checks'

Cheryl Sanders
October 26, 2020

Following Erdogan's remarks, France recalled its ambassador.

In Kuwait, the chairman and members of the board of directors of the Al-Naeem Cooperative Society made a decision to boycott all French products and to remove them from supermarket shelves.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said the world does not need further polarization and public statements based on ignorance would further fuel hatred, Islamophobia and space of extremists.

France has since been shaken by the beheading of a teacher by a person, avenging the use of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) in a class on freedom of expression.

"Macron's encouragement to publish insulting cartoons of the Prophet [Muhammad], peace be upon him, is an attempt to revive the Crusades where France was the source of its debut", said Sami Abu Zuhri, senior spokesman for the Palestinian group.

The co-ops, some the size of hypermarkets, carry government-subsidised staples and account for a big part of retail in Kuwait, as well as organising some educational courses and recreational activities.

In Israel, hundreds of protestors demonstrated in the largely-Arab district of Jaffa in Tel Aviv, after Muslim evening prayers on Saturday.

One of the demonstrators, Amin Bukhari, accused Macron of playing the game of "the extreme right". By attacking Islam, clearly without having any understanding of it, President Macron has attacked & hurt the sentiments of millions of Muslims in Europe & across the world.

"Undoubtedly, the unacceptable and violent moves and measures of a few extremists deriving from a radical and deviant ideology in the Islamic world, whose holders are interestingly among the political partners close to the West and the United States, could by no means justify an offense and disrespect for the celestial figure revered by 1.8 billion Muslims around the world", Khatibzadeh said.

But Jordan's opposition Islamic Action Front party called on the French president to apologise for his comments and urged citizens in the kingdom to boycott French goods. Hamas, rulers of the Gaza Strip have also condemned Macron's comments.

Muslims see any depiction of the Prophet as blasphemous.

"These calls for boycott are baseless and should stop immediately, as well as all attacks against our country, which are being pushed by a radical minority", the ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

It underscored the danger posed by "calls to demonstrate against France, in terms that are sometimes heinous and spread on social media".

Caricatures of the Prophet are forbidden by Islam.

Last month, the Pakistani prime minister, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, denounced Charlie Hebdo for re-publishing the cartoons and demanded that "willful provocations" be "universally outlawed".

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