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Monday, April 7, 2008
Muslims should boycott European goods: Majlis speaker
Tehran Times Political Desk
TEHRAN - Iranian Majlis Speaker Gholam-Ali Haddad-Adel here on Sunday called on the Islamic world to boycott the countries which have allowed affront to Islamic values.
“The Islamic world’s best reaction (to the insults) is to boycott the countries that have allowed insults to Islamic sanctities,” Haddad-Adel said in a speech to the parliament.
Such illogical acts by the Western countries are reactions to the Islamic vigilance, he noted.
People should avoid buying goods made in countries which have permitted offenses against Islamic values, and this is the “best punishment” for those who “breach the Muslims’ rights”, he stated.
Surly the West, which is a “slave of money”, will repent the way it has chosen if it sees its economy endangered, he explained.
“This is a tool which utilizing it does not require the approval of any international conference”, only the people should be aware and impose an embargo on those countries, the parliament speaker said.
Display of an anti-Islamic film made by a Dutch MP raised a wave of angry protests from the Islamic countries and throughout the world.
As Reuters put it, far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders launched a video called “Fitna”, with interspersed images of 9/11 attacks and other explosions with the Quranic verses. He included the cartoon done by a Dane and published by Danish rightwing newspaper Jyllands-Posten two years ago.
The cartoon, first published in Danish newspapers, ignited violent protests around the world and a boycott of Danish products in 2006.
The 57-nation Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) said in a statement that the video was a calculated “insult to the 1.3 billion Muslims in the world” and termed it “a deliberate act of discrimination against Muslims, incitement for hatred and an act of defamation of religions”.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the film as “offensively anti-Islamic”.
“There is no justification for hate speech or incitement to violence,” he said in a statement.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour also said it was “hateful”.
According to AP, the Council of Europe said the film was a “distasteful manipulation” that exploits fear, and three UN rights experts said it showed a distorted vision of Muslims