France will temporarily close its embassies and schools on Friday September 21st
19. September 2012 – 20 cartoons portraying Muslim Prophet Mohammed were published in French weekly, satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. Riot police were deployed to protect the magazines offices in Paris. The French government urged Charlie Hebdo not to publish the controversial cartoons in the past. Read more.
Toronto Blue Jays’ Yunel Escobar suspended for 3 games for homophobic slur
18. September 2012 - The Toronto Blue Jays announced that Yunel Escobar was suspended for three games after a controversial photo of him circulated the internet. The picture showed Escobar playing a Saturday game with the Spanish words for “You are a fagot” written in his eye black. Read more.
Far-right group in Germany planning to show anti-Islam film: German FM, Guido Westerwelle, is against it
18. September 2012 – German far-right group, Pro-Deutschland, announced its plan to show anti-Islam movie in cinemas. The German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, condemned the plan. Interior Minister, Hans-Peter Friedrich, stated further that it is a question of banning public screenings, not a question of banning the film. Read more.
Palestinian Authority might cancel Oslo Accords with Israel
18. September 2012 – Chief Palestinian negotiator, Saeb Erekat, said in a statement that the Palestinian leadership is considering cancelling the Oslo Accords with Israel. Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, stated on Sunday September 16th that, additionally, “associated economic and security arrangements” may be cancelled. Read more.
Jewish Museum in Berlin hosted anti-Israel event on Saturday 15th
16. September 2012 – 700 people attended a podium discussion with US Judith Butler. Butler stated and called for a boycott of Israel. Jewish academics worldwide cried out and criticised Berlin’s decision to host Butler as a key speaker in an event, calling it an insult to the Jewish people. Read more.
Caricatures du prophète Mahomet – La France ferme certaines de ses ambassades et écoles à l’étranger