Hamas on Charlie Hebdo's Latest Mohammed Cover: Pouring Oil on Fire

A week after the attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine, a cartoon of Mohammed crying appeared on the front page, holding a 'Je suis Charlie' sign.

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The front page of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo shows a cartoon of Prophet Mohammed holding a "Je suis Charlie" ('I am Charlie') sign under the words: "Tout est pardonne" ('All is forgiven').
The front page of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo shows a cartoon of Prophet Mohammed holding a "Je suis Charlie" ('I am Charlie') sign under the words: "Tout est pardonne" ('All is forgiven').Credit: AFP
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Hamas on Thursday denounced the cartoon of a weeping prophet Mohammed in the first Charlie Hebdo edition after a deadly attack by Muslim extremists at the Paris offices of the French satirical magazine.

The official newspaper of the Palestinian group controlling the Gaza Strip, Felesteen, said that insulting the prophet is not warranted by freedom of expression.

It published a cartoon showing a hand making a stop sign opposite another hand with a paintbrush resembling the devil. The first hand appears with the slogan "Anything but the Prophet," and the one with the brush reads "Freedom of speech."

Charlie Hebdo's first issue after the attack, published on Wednesday, featured a cartoon of the prophet crying and holding a "Je suis Charlie" sign under the headline: "All is forgiven."

Senior Hamas leader Izzat Risheq said the decision to publish that cartoon "poured oil on the fire."

Hamas on Saturday condemned the attack on Charlie Hebdo, where two Islamist militants killed 12 people. A statement published by the group did not mention a subsequent attack on a kosher supermarket in which four French Jews were killed.

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