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Tehran condemns new Prophet cartoons as Shiite group hails Paris attack

By Rudaw 15/1/2015
Marzieh Afkham, the Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman. ISNA photo.
Marzieh Afkham, the Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman. ISNA photo.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The Iranian government condemned the publication of Prophet Mohammed cartoons in the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, calling it “insulting and provocative to Muslim sensitivity.”

Marzieh Afkham, the Iranian foreign ministry spokeswoman, said on Wednesday that, “Respect for the beliefs and sacredness of divine religions is an accepted principle and it is expected of European statesmen to honor this principle.”

Afkham added that the attack by two Muslim brothers on the office of Charlie Hebdo that led to the death of 12 journalists last week was against the teachings of Islam.

“Abusing the freedom of speech in the West is not acceptable and should be stopped,” she said.

On the cover of its latest edition on Wednesday, the French magazine ran a cartoon of Prophet Mohammed carrying a placard that reads, “I am Charlie. All is forgiven.”

Meanwhile, followers of the Iranian Hezbollah, a radical Shiite group,  welcomed the death of the French journalists in Paris, saying they “met their legitimate justice, and congratulations to all Muslims.”

The website of Ansar-e-Hezbollah ( said on its front page Wednesday: “The death of the insulters of Prophet Mohammed has nothing to do with the terrorist acts of ISIS (Islamic State).”

It also criticized Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other officials for publicly condemning the Paris attacks.

The Iranian Hezbollah’s Yalsarat Weekly wrote that killing anyone who insults the Prophet of Islam “is a blessed act.”


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Charles Gabel | 15/1/2015
its ok for them to attack our religious views but more importantly our sacred freedom. Our country has bleed itself almost dry in so many wars to bring some amount of freedom to those people who have the boots of tyrants on their necks.
James | 15/1/2015
Hezbollah supports terrorism? What a shock! Fuck the Iranian goverment, no one in Iran gives respects your religious laws. Iran has the 3rd highest alcohol consumption rate per capita in the middle east, despite it being illegal. Whenever they let reformist run for office, the reformist always wins. So they just stooped letting them run, so they could pretend the Iranian people support there bullshit laws.
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Bakir Lashkari | 15/1/2015
Jesuis Charlie, the Muslim countries should also get used to it to accept the satire and be more open minded for the freedom of speech and cartoons. The MuslimChristianc can not stop the others to Express it's own opinion and idea's. In Iran people bening hanging everyday for having different idea's and opinion which poses to the Islamic State. Not all Muslims are terrorists but those terrorists who are killing the innocent people or cartoonisten, sadly to to say, they are muslims or converted to the Islam religion!
Goondoo | 15/1/2015
Then how come if Jesus is insulted (i.e Da Vinci Code movie) these radicals never even say anything. Jesus (Isa) is their prophet too, right?
SmokeandMirrors | 15/1/2015
PKK would be wise to keep arms maybe hand over old weapons in the peace negotiations. because Turkey cannot be trusted and at this moment is heading towards Conservative Islam a future Kurds are not part of ,any deal wont be worth the paper its written on.

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