RWB condemns presence of “predators” in Paris march, calls for solidarity with “all Charlies” – Reporters Without Borders

“It would be unacceptable if representatives of countries that silence journalists were to take advantage of the current outpouring of emotion to try to improve their international image and then continue their repressive policies when they return home. We must not let predators of press freedom spit on the graves of Charlie Hebdo.”

The authorities have announced the presence of Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, Algerian foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra, UAE foreign minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Gabonese President Ali Bongo.

via RWB condemns presence of “predators” in Paris march, calls for solidarity with “all Charlies” – Reporters Without Borders.

In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons – The Intercept

Some of the cartoons published by Charlie Hebdo were not just offensive but bigoted, such as the one mocking the African sex slaves of Boko Haram as welfare queens (left). Others went far beyond maligning violence by extremists acting in the name of Islam, or even merely depicting Mohammed with degrading imagery (above, right), and instead contained a stream of mockery toward Muslims generally, who in France are not remotely powerful but are largely a marginalized and targeted immigrant population.

via In Solidarity With a Free Press: Some More Blasphemous Cartoons – The Intercept.

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Noa: Gam Ani Charlie!

I become infuriated when i see the “soft spot” people have for religion: oh, what a nice Jewish boy you see he’s wearing a kippah? he must be nice. oh what a nice Muslim girl! you see, she covers her head? she must be good! oh, look , shes wearing a cross on her neck! she is a believer!! That is such Bogus! as if the clothes, the necklaces or the dietary practices of ANYONE are any indication of what kind of a human being they are?? In Israel we let Rabbis who have plainly proselytized Jewish supremacy, hatred and racism, roam free in the streets! not only that, we give them positions and budgets! the we ELECT them for office! that is nausiating! and needless to say, that happens in the Muslim world too, big time. And the same happened in the Christian world throughout history, in a bloody and horrible way, and is probably still happening.

I am actually envious of the Christians. It seems their bloodiest times are behind them, after the massacres and butchering of the crusades, inquisitions etc etc, and now they have Pope Francis! oh, Pope Francis! a guy who would say: “you don’t have to believe in God to be a good person! Some of the best people in the world do not believe in God, and some of the worst things are done in his name!”..OMG!!! i love this man!! so where is the parallel, someone of such power and influence who would say that, in the Muslim world? or the Jewish?? if someone can point him or her out, let me know.

via Noa: Gam Ani Charlie!.

Netanyahu to French Jews after attacks: ‘Israel is your home’ | Maan News Agency

Translation: You are not French, German, English, Polish, Spanish, Italian… you are Jews-Israeli’s first and last? Is Netanyahu trying to expand his voting and financial support to right-wing and anti- Semitic Europeans?

 

“To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, I would like to say that Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray, the state of Israel is your home,” he said in a televised statement, referring to the Jewish practice of facing Jerusalem during prayer.

via Netanyahu to French Jews after attacks: ‘Israel is your home’ | Maan News Agency.