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Newspaper In Egypt Decides To “Fight Cartoons With Cartoons” In Response To The Mocking Of The Proph
September 26, 2012
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You know the old saying "Fight Fire With Fire." Well, here's a new one - "Fight Cartoons With Cartoons."

That's the name of a new campaign in Egypt, created by the secular newspaper Al-Watan.

The paper has put together a two page spread with 13 cartoons, in response to those Prophet Muhammad cartoons that were published by a French magazine.

The cartoons are designed to make a point about how Western people, especially Americans, view Muslims. You get the idea.


According to the BBC, another cartoon shows a white man accusing an angry, bearded man of being a terrorist until he realizes he's from Israel. Then, he offers him a flower.

Along with the cartoons, Al-Watan published articles by prominent secular writers, including Amr Hamzawy - the former research director at the Carnegie Middle East Centre.

It also published articles by Islamic scholars and preachers from Egypt, including the Grand Mufti of Egypt, Ali Gomaa.

It's all part of a 12-page section responding to the French magazine called 'Charlie Hebdo.'

The French cartoons took aim at the anger and protests over that low-budget anti-Islamic film - 'Innocence Of Muslims' - which showed up on YouTube a couple of weeks ago.

At least 50 people have been killed in the violence, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. And protesters have stormed American and other Western embassies.

It's worth pointing out that Al-Watan is critical of Egypt's new President Mohammed Mursi, who is part of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

Readers of the paper seemed to like the special section. Some left comments on the paper's website praising it for having a "civilized response" and confronting "thought with thought."

As for the film that sparked all of this, many Arab and western countries have asked Google to remove the trailer from YouTube.

Yesterday, during his speech to the UN General Assembly, U.S. President Barack Obama called the film "disgusting" and "an insult not only to Muslims, but to America as well."

But he also said that the violent reaction to the film was unjustified.

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