0749 GMT October 31, 2020
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a Twitter message slammed offensive moves against Muslims’ Holy Book and Prophet in the western countries.
"Freedom of Expression? Or Institutionalized Hypocrisy? Instigate violence and hatred against 1.8 Billion Muslims by stereotypical defamation and desecration of their Holy Book and Prophet," Zarif tweeted on Wednesday.
He continued, “Touch party line about events in recent history—repugnant as they are. Enough already.”
Zarif’s message came after Charlie Hebdo, a French magazine, angered Muslims all over the world last week by reprinting the insulting sketches of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
In another insulting move in August, far-right activists burned a copy of the Holy Qur’an in the southern Swedish city of Malmo, which sparked angry protests in the European country.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in a message on Tuesday condemned the French magazine for republishing offensive cartoons of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), saying such hostile moves are rooted in the “deeply anti-Islamic policies” of Zionists and arrogant governments, Press TV wrote.
The Leader said, “The grave and unforgivable sin committed” by the French magazine once again “revealed the hostility and malicious grudge harbored by the political and cultural organizations in the West against Islam and the Muslim community.”
Ayatollah Khamenei also denounced as “unacceptable” French politicians’ refusal to condemn the blasphemous caricatures under the guise of respecting free speech.
“The excuse of ‘freedom of expression’ made by some French politicians in order not to condemn this grave crime is completely unacceptable, wrong and demagogic,” the Leader said.
Last week, Charlie Hebdo reprinted the insulting sketches of Islam’s Prophet on the eve of the trial of suspects in a deadly attack on the magazine’s Paris offices in 2015.
The weekly said the drawings “belong to history, and history cannot be rewritten nor erased.”
French President Emmanuel Macron declined to condemn the sacrilegious move, citing freedom of the press and freedom of expression.
Elsewhere in his message, Ayatollah Khamenei said, “It is the deeply anti-Islamic policies of the Zionists and arrogant powers that are behind these hostile moves, which emerge every now and then.
“This move made at this point in time might also serve another motive: Diverting the minds and attention of nations and governments in West Asia away from the evil schemes that the US and the Zionist regime have hatched for the region.”
The Leader further called on Islamic nations to exercise vigilance in the face of US-Israeli plots for the region and stay attentive to the West’s enmities against Muslims.