Insulting Muslims for ‘abhorrent crimes of such extremists is an opportunistic abuse of freedom of speech’, Iranian FM Zarif says.
Iran has accused France of fuelling “extremism” after President Emmanuel Macron defended the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad.
“Muslims are the first victims of the ‘cult of hatred’ – empowered by colonial regimes & exported by their very own purchasers,” International Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.
“Insulting 1.9B Muslims – & their sanctities – for the abhorrent crimes of such extremists is an opportunistic abuse of freedom of speech. It solely fuels extremism,” he stated.
Muslims are the first victims of the “cult of hatred”—empowered by colonial regimes & exported by their very own purchasers.
Insulting 1.9B Muslims—& their sanctities—for the abhorrent crimes of such extremists is an opportunistic abuse of freedom of speech.
It solely fuels extremism.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) October 26, 2020
It follows statements Macron made after a Chechen teenager murdered a French trainer on October 16.
Macron stated historical past trainer Samuel Paty was beheaded for exhibiting caricatures of the prophet to pupils “as a result of Islamists need our future”.
On Sunday, Macron stated in a tweet: “We is not going to give in, ever.”
“We don’t settle for hate speech and defend cheap debate,” the French chief added.
Macron has declared conflict on “Islamist separatism”, which he stated is taking on some Muslim communities in France.
Boycotts of French items are underneath approach in supermarkets in Qatar and Kuwait.
Iran’s non secular leaders haven’t known as for a boycott of merchandise from France. However a number of Iranian officers and politicians have condemned Macron for “Islamophobia”, in line with Iranian state media.
Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme Nationwide Safety Council, stated Macron’s “irrational behaviour” displayed his “crudeness in politics”.
Shamkhani tweeted Macron’s feedback confirmed “his lack of expertise in politics, in any other case he wouldn’t have dared insult Islam”.
He suggested the French chief to “learn extra historical past” and never depend on the “help of a declining American and deteriorating” Israel.
Parliament speaker Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf slammed France’s “silly enmity” with the Prophet Mohammed, and stated his sayings and “gentle can’t be put out with such blind, futile and anti-human acts”.
Ali Akbar Velayati, adviser to Iran’s supreme chief on overseas coverage, stated the cartoon mustn’t have been reprinted following “international condemnation” of France’s Charlie Hebdo satirical journal.
“We must always have seen … the obscene journal insulting the Prophet prevented from printing, however implementing double requirements brought on this heretical and anti-religious considering to additionally present itself within the nation’s schooling system,” he stated in a press release.
Macron’s feedback triggered protests in some Muslim-majority international locations with folks burning footage of him in Syria and setting hearth to French flags in Libya.