German Jewish leader slams Mohammed cartoons

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8 February 2006, BERLIN - A German Jewish leader Wednesday sharply criticized both the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, which have fuelled Muslim rage around the world, and a contest in Iran for Holocaust cartoons.

8 February 2006

BERLIN - A German Jewish leader Wednesday sharply criticized both the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed, which have fuelled Muslim rage around the world, and a contest in Iran for Holocaust cartoons.

"Not everything which is legally protected as freedom of opinion is morally and ethically justifiable," said Paul Spiegel, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

Spiegel said the violence of Muslim protests over the cartoons showed a complete failure of inter-religious dialogue.

The leader of Germany's more than 100,000 Jews was scathing over the West's stance towards the Islamic world.

"Instead of lectures delivered in the style of a schoolmaster on Western principles of freedom of speech and freedom of the press it would be far better to show more sensitivity for the religious feelings of the Muslim community," said Spiegel.

He underlined, however, that nothing could justify the violence used by some Muslim protesters.

But Spiegel warned that viewing all Muslims as part of the violent minority would play into the hands of Islamist extremists.

He expressed revulsion over a contest announced by Iranian media for cartoons depicting the Holocaust.

"This will just worsen the conflict in an intolerable manner," said Spiegel.

DPA

Subject: German news

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