Who is Behind Charlie Hebdo Episode?
By Sajjad Shaukat
On January 7, 2015, two armed persons stormed into the office of infamous French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris. The Western media reported that Islamic militants killed 12 people including a French National Police officer. On January 9, 2015, the media said that two brothers namely Said and Cherif Kouachi suspected for the incident were killed in a shoot out with Police in a hostage-taking situation, at a signage company in Dammartinen-Goele, Paris where some people were also targeted. Thus, the gunmen killed total 17 persons.
In this regard, on January 11, 2015, a rally was organized in Paris to express solidarity with the controversial magazine. According to Western media, the rally had an estimated 1.6 million people in which 40 world leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participated.
In fact, Charlie Hebdo episode has been deliberately instigated to create tension between different religious communities—Islam being perceived as main adversary becomes a natural target.
Zionist groups and Israeli secret agency, Mossad used the episode to punish France on recognizing Palestinian state and a caution/desist other EU countries to avoid such approach on Palestinians.
Mossad connection with Charlie Hebdo incident has been exposed by many serious writers, analysts and social media bloggers/campaigners. In this respect, a video titled “Did Mossad Do Charlie Hebdo” prepared/uploaded by www.brothernathanaelchanne.com is worth-watching.
In this context, as part of Israeli conspiracy, the attack on Charlie Habdo and Paris Solidarity Rally glaringly point towards the Western hypocrisy and intolerance for the Islamic world. For all, its famed irreverence, the magazine has not touched Jewish sensitive issue like Holocaust etc. and does not touch anti-Semitism. France is among the several European countries where Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism are criminal offences.
Instead of damaging public property in retaliation to such sacrilegious attempts, Iran’s reaction on the caricature satire of Charle Hebdo has remained novel, magnificent and praise worthy. Iranian “House of Cartoon” and “Sarcheshmeh Cultural Complex” expressing their displeasure, announced to organize second international cartoon contest on Holocaust. Top three prizes will be 12000, 8000 and 5000 US dollars.
Shojaei-Tabatabii, Director of Iran’s House of Cartoons is reported to have encouraged world cartoonists to submit their creations before April 2015. The cartoons will also be displayed in Palestine Museum of Contemporary Art in Tehran.
It was suggested by the wise intellectuals in the Islamic Word that Muslim countries through OIC platform or at individual state levels must engage France for taming the magazine to avoid hurting religious communities. It may be recalled that France had banned the magazine known in its previous incarnation as Haia Kiri–for mocking Charles de Gaulle’s death. It then reinvented itself as Charlie Hebdo.
In this connection, demonstrations and rallies were conducted in various Islamic and western countries by the Muslims who protested against the recently-published caricatures of Holy Prophet (PBUH), while many Christians around the Western World have defended the right of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo to publish these inflammatory caricatures in relation to the Paris tragedy.
However, it is not the single blasphemous act, in the past too; such anti-Islam activities have been conducted by the Mossad elements which not only want to distort the image of Islam, but also seek to create division between the Muslim and Western worlds. In this respect, on March 20, 2011, a US evangelical preacher Terry Jones supervised the burning of a copy of the Holy Quran by Pastor Wayne Sapp in a Florida church. In 2005, caricatures of Holy Prophet (PBUH) published in Danish newspapers sparked deadly protests in Muslim countries.
In September, 2012, demonstrations and violence hit more than 30 Islamic countries by the Muslims who protested against blasphemous US-made film “Innocence of Muslims,” produced by Israeli-American filmmaker Sam Bacile. In Pakistan, protesters plunged the country into chaos as 30 people were killed in addition to widespread damage to public and private property in nationwide protests. In this regard, the American ambassador in Libya and three of his staff were killed in an attack on the US.
Notably, reprinting of the caricatures about Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and release of a Dutch film against the Holy Qur’an in 2008 was also part of the same conspiracy against the Muslims. The film equates Islam with violence, followed by the 9/11 terror attacks inside the US, showing Islamic leaders preaching inflammatory sermons against Jews and Christians. It displayed that Europe is under threat from Islamic beliefs and practices. Besides, in May, 2010, a competition of the blasphemous drawings about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) inspired by an American cartoonist on Facebook including YouTube triggered demonstrations across the Muslim world.
Those who are behind these fanatic entities intend to fulfill their political designs. In these terms, by availing the international phenomena of terrorism, Indo-Israeli lobbies are collectively working in America and other European countries to manipulate the double standards of the west in relation to terrorism and human rights vis-à-vis some Islamic countries. Israel and India are equating the ‘war of independence’ in Kashmir and Palestine with terrorism. If India considers Pakistan as its enemy number one, Israel takes Iran in the same sense particularly due to its nuclear programme which is also negated by the US. Nevertheless, all these similarities of interest have brought the two countries to follow a common secret diplomacy to provocate Washington against Pakistan, Iran, Syria etc.
Taking cognizance of the growing threat of global terrorism, which has been dividing the Western and Islamic nations on cultural and religious lines, American and European governments have already started inter-faith dialogue especially between the Christian and the Muslim nations. But this measure is proving fruitless due to a deliberate anti-Muslim campaign, particularly launched by the Israeli Mossad.
Another regrettable point is that irresponsible attitude of some Indian, Israeli, American and Western politicians has introduced dangerous socio-religious dimension in their societies by equating the “war on terror” with “war on Islam” and acts of Al Qaeda with all the Muslims. Their media have also been contributing to heighten the currents of world politics on similar lines. It is because of these developments that a greater resentment is being found among the Muslims who think that the US in connivance with the Indo-Israeli lobbies is sponsoring state terrorism, directly or indirectly from Kashmir to Palestine and from Afghanistan to Somalia.
As a matter of fact, by hurting the feelings of Muslims through the anti-Islam activities, these plotters intend to create a greater resentment among the Muslims against the Western world in general and the United States in particular. During such occasions, protesters in the Islamic countries raised anti-US slogans, burnt American flags and targeted US embassies and installations—this is what Israel wants.
These blasphemous activities against the religion of Muslims resulted in the recruitment of more militants by the terrorist groups. Instead of curbing terrorism, it has caused more terrorism in the volatile countries like Somalia, Yemen etc.
Anti-Muslim lobbies and some of the US neo-conservative think tanks which are funded by the Zionists, especially Mossad are secretly staging propaganda against Islam and Muslim countries. With the assistance of some fundamentalist Christians and Jews, Charlie Hebdo episode had been planned by them to incite the sentiments of Muslims around the world in order to show to the west that all the Muslims are fanatics and extremists. Another major aim behind is to unite the Islamic countries against the US-led western countries so that an unending rift could be created among them. So conspirators have succeeded in their nefarious designs to a greater extent.
Because, US and some European top officials have defended the anti-Islamic cartoons under the pretext of freedom of speech. Critics say that if western democracies have passed laws against anti-Semitism and denials of the Holocaust, as to why there is no such law about anti-Islam moves. However, it indicates double standards of these liberal and civilized countries which have further encouraged those who want to sabotage the world peace through division.
As regards the aftermath of the Paris terror attack, people even in the Islamic World have highly appreciated the statement of Pope Francis who said, “There are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith.”
Nonetheless, most alarming point is that if the anti-Islam activities of the lobbies, particularly of Mossad are not being checked by the international community in time, the same will culminate in World War-III, popularly known as “clash of civilizations.”
Sajjad Shaukat writes on international affairs and is author of the book: US vs Islamic Militants, Invisible Balance of Power: Dangerous Shift in International Relations