Jordanian Islamists call for severance of ties to Denmark

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Sunday October 8, 2006

Amman- The Islamic Action Front, Jordan's largest political party, on Sunday criticised the lack of reaction by Islamic states to the screening of a Danish video deemed sacrilegious to the prophet Mohammad. The chairman of IAF's Consultative Council, Hamzeh Mansour, said the response should include the severance of ties to Denmark and other states, where such anti-Islam events take place.

"Should Islamic states, either individually or collectively, have decided to recall their ambassadors and freeze ties with countries that permit such blasphemous acts against our religious symbols, those governments would have made up their minds thousand times before taking negative attitudes from those who target Islam in their countries," Mansour said.

Danish national television on Friday broadcast amateur video footage showing members of the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party (DPP) at a summer camp in August taking part in a competition to draw images of the Prophet Mohammad.

Last September, the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten published cartoons, including one showing the prophet with a bomb in his turban.

The drawings sparked protests early this year in which more than 50 people died in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Denmark lost hundreds of millions of dollars in exports to Islamic countries resulting from a boycott of Danish products that lasted for months.

"The new offence is part of a comprehensive campaign against Islam and Muslims that takes different shapes, be it a military onslaught such as what is taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan or political and economic pressures of the king being applied on Palestine, Lebanon and Sudan," Mansour said.

"Such expressions by anti-Islam powers, be them states, parties or media, is indicative of their feeling that Islam is advancing regardless of the weakness of governments in the Islamic world," he added.

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