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Clinton: “Totally Outrageous Cartoons Against Islam”

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Bill Clinton compares the Danish cartoons to “anti-Semitic prejudice,” at a conference in Doha, Qatar: Clinton warns of rising anti-Islamic feeling.

DOHA (AFP) - Former US president Bill Clinton warned of rising anti-Islamic prejudice, comparing it to historic anti-Semitism as he condemned the publishing of cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper.

“So now what are we going to do? … Replace the anti-Semitic prejudice with anti-Islamic prejudice?” he said at an economic conference in the Qatari capital of Doha.

“In Europe, most of the struggles we’ve had in the past 50 years have been to fight prejudices against Jews, to fight against anti-Semitism,” he said.

Clinton described as “appalling” the 12 cartoons published in a Danish newspaper in September depicting Prophet Mohammed and causing uproar in the Muslim world.

“None of us are totally free of stereotypes about people of different races, different ethnic groups, and different religions … there was this appalling example in northern Europe, in Denmark … these totally outrageous cartoons against Islam,” he said.

To put Clinton’s jaw-dropping analogy in perspective, compare for yourself.

Here are the cartoons from Jyllands-Posten.

And here is a page at the ADL site, dedicated to the continuous stream of outrageously sick, hate-drenched cartoons and articles published daily in the Arab media: Anti-Semitism in the Arab World.

One of these things is not like the other.

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