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  KD MAGAZINE! 
Posted: March 9, 2006 - יום חמישי, ט' באדר, תשס"ו
 
  Intellectual honesty and freedom of speech inhibited by fear in the backwash of the Danish Cartoon riots.
Maurice Ostroff
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Looking back, the deaths, personal injuries, damage to property, burning of embassies, and harm to international relations as well as the potential long-term polarization of Muslims, caused by the Danish cartoon riots, demand a full scale international inquiry into the underlying causes.

Among the factors which must be considered are why so little was published about

a) the calming influence of Moderate Muslims, such as the newly founded "Moderate Moslem"-Network's response to the cartoons in which they stated.
"We declare, today, that now is the time for dialogue, rather than digging trenches. We call on the Moslem countries, the Danish imams and the government to enter into dialogue, to settle this conflict.."
b) the orchestrated incitement, which evidently sparked the furious riots a full four months after publication of the original cartoons in the Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten.

According to the French  "La Premiere Agence de Notation des Medias
"It is now proven that the outrage wasn't so much caused by the initial twelve Danish cartoons, but by three additional and gravely insulting cartoons, added by Abu Laban to the portfolio he showed to Arab Muslim authorities…The use of inflammatory fake images has been a well-known strategy to whip up the Middle East into a frenzy".
Evidently, the twelve cartoons published on September 30, 2005 provoked very limited protests, which appeared to have been satisfactorily dealt with at the time. In the ordinary course, the matter would have rested there, but in October, the Danish prime minister was unable to acceded to a request by eleven Muslim ambassadors to urge government action against Jyllands-Posten, because the courts, not the government, govern the Danish media.

Instead of appealing to the Danish courts the matter was internationalized by a delegation of Danish imams who traveled to the Middle East in November and December. To fan the flames they added extremely obscene fake drawings that had nothing to do with the newspaper, but which would offend any sensitive person. One depicts the prophet as a pedophile, another shows a praying Muslim being sodomized by a dog and a third, which purported to show the prophet with pig ears, was reportedly purloined from an Associated Press photo of a man wearing fancy dress.

In an editorial Jyllands-Posten Editor-in-Chief, declared that if these had they been offered to his paper, he would have refused them because they violated its ethical code.

The danger is that the threatening atmosphere, including the offer of a million dollar bounty for killing the Danish cartoonists has served to intensify the already apparent fear of openly criticizing Muslim extremism in academia and mainstream media.
 
In Britain, both the Spectator and The Liberal magazine withdrew offending cartoons from their websites due to fear of reprisals. The Liberal's editor stated: "Despite our wishes and convictions, for reasons of safety the magazine will no longer carry the cartoon itself."

In the USA, "The Phoenix", a Boston newspaper admitted its reason for not publishing the cartoons was fear of being terrorized, adding  "..this may be the darkest moment in our 40-year publishing history".

Against the background of claims by academia and the media of their dedication to freedom of expression, this self-censorship is disturbing. Journalistic integrity may not require publication of the cartoons, but it certainly does require thorough investigative journalism into the relative culpability of the Danish newspaper and those who actually stoked the fires by distributing the incendiary fakes.

The question arises whether it is this same fear of reprisals which prevents media, academics and human rights activists who spend great efforts in demonizing Israel, from openly criticizing the rioters or by the same token, organizing mass protests against Muslim atrocities in Darfur. Perhaps the inconsistency is explained by the fact, that while it is dangerous to express views about Islam, attacking Israel is not only safe; it is popular and even attracts encouragement from Islamic fundamentalists.

Unless the media, church leaders, academics and human rights advocates address the extremist Islamic threat to Western civilization, with fervor, equal to that applied to their attacks on Israel, their claim to moral clarity, intellectual honesty and even-handedness, must be suspect, more so in view of their silence about the protestors blatant incitement to kill.  In London, for example, protestors carried placards reading,  "Butcher those who mock Islam" and "Massacre those who insult Islam".

But most importantly, in dealing with this highly explosive subject, it is essential to distinguish between the angry mobs and moderate Muslims, whose voices are being drowned by the highly visible extremists.

Yes Muslim moderates do exist. Referring to the fact that so many Muslim countries feel insulted Naser Khader, a Muslim member of the Danish Parliament wrote
".. We cannot as Muslims dictate that non-Muslims comply with the allegedly prohibited depiction of the prophet. .., as a Muslim and a democrat, I want to stress that: I (and many others) do not feel offended by the drawings.. I find it insulting that we in Denmark hear demands for an apology to Saudi Arabia's fundamentalists instead of demands for democratic freedoms for everyone, Muslims included. ..]
If anyone should apologize it is Saudi Arabia. Apologize for its open contempt of human rights, its scorn for freedom of religious expression, and its systematic repression of equal rights. For taking away women's right to vote, for refusing them a passport without the husband's consent, for crediting their testimony with the validity half that of a man, and for forbidding them something as trivial as driving a car. For the poor and underpaid Philipino Christian guest workers put in jail merely for possessing a personal bible. Apologize for punishment under Sharia. For punishing theft by amputation and alcohol consumption by whipping. For stoning to death for adultery and homosexuality - I could continue."
Mr. Khader's complete commentary is well worth reading. It may be found on the web at http://www.khader.dk/flx/in_english/commentary_i_feel_insulted/

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