» 09/21/2012 ISLAM A day of tensions and clashes over anti-Islam film by Paul Dakiki In Pakistan began the "Day of love for the Prophet." Violence in Nowshera. Yesterday clashes with police in Islamabad, with 50 wounded. U.S. embassies closed in France and in many countries. The video of the blasphemous film blocked. Together, Christians, Muslims and politicians ask the UN for international guidelines against defamation of religions.
- In many Muslim countries, the Friday prayer isin danger of turning into a day
of violence. The
scandal caused by the US youtube film and Charlie Hebdo cartoons of Mohammed in
France, is likely to become an excuse for extremists to exploit. Many
diplomatic missions of the United States and France were closed for fear of
attacks similar to those that led to the death the U.S. ambassador to Libya,
Chris Stevens. So far,
30 people have lost their lives because of the blasphemous film.
Pakistan, the government has declared today a "Day of love for the
Prophet" and called for peaceful demonstrations. Parades
have developed in Muzaffarabad, Rawalpindi, Nowshera, Jacobabad and other
already there are reports of violence against some government buildings in
in Islamabad a police station was set on fire and there were 50 wounded. Today,
warehouses, shops and markets are closed and in 15 cities, the government has
blocked the use of mobile phones.
far there has been no violence in Malaysia and Indonesia, but the U.S.
embassies in Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta were closed.
there were demonstrations in Kabul (Afghanistan) and Tehran. In
Zaria (northern Nigeria), thousands of Muslims demonstrated and burned Israeli
and American flags.
governments are trying to curb the spread of the 15 minute film posted on
and Sudan have blocked access to the film. Google
(which owns YouTube), for its part has restricted access to the film in Egypt,
Libya, Malaysia and Indonesia.
the climate of tension grows, the UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon told
reporters that "freedom of expression, which is a fundamental right and a
privilege, should not be misused to commit a outrageous and shameful act,"
such as the anti-Islam film.
nations are now pushing for a UN directive prohibiting offense to the religious
symbols of Islam and all religions. In
Lebanon, the proposal is supported by the March 14 movement (Christians and
Sunnis) and the March 8 coalition (Christians, Hezbollah and Druze), as well as
a group of Greek-orthodox politicians. The
Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai suggests a UN law against the defamation of
religions, for the preservation of harmony between religions.
similar question has been expressed by various Islamic organizations. Some
Anglican bishops of North Africa have written an open letter to Ban Ki-moon
asking for international guidelines that "outlaw the intentional
deliberate insult and defamation of people (like the prophets), symbols, texts
and expressions of faith that are considered sacred by believers. "