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    Denmark has advised citizens against travel to Saudi Arabia, amid growing anger across the Muslim world at Danish depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.
    A newspaper that published cartoons of the Prophet, one of which pictured a bomb hidden in his turban, apologised on Monday for offending Muslims.

    Islam bans any depiction of the Prophet Muhammad or Allah.

    The backlash has included a boycott of Danish goods, diplomatic sanctions, and Islamic militant threats.

    The editor of the Jyllands-Posten newspaper told a Jordanian news agency: "These cartoons were not in violation of Danish law but have irrefutably offended many Muslims, and for that we apologise."

    'High watchfulness'

    The Danish Prime Minister, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, responded: "It delights me enormously that Jyllands-Posten took this evening a very essential step."

    But he again refused to apologise himself, and defended the freedom of the press.

    "The Danish government cannot apologise on behalf of a Danish newspaper. It does not work like that... and we have explained that to the Arab countries. Independent media are not edited by the government," he said.

    The Danish foreign ministry advised against non-essential travel to Saudi Arabia and urged Danes to be cautious in other Muslim countries.

    Danes who choose to stay in Saudi Arabia should show extraordinarily high watchfulness," it said on its website.

    Saudi Arabia has recalled its ambassador to Denmark, while Libya said it was closing its embassy in Copenhagen.

    On Monday masked gunmen briefly stormed the local office of the EU in Gaza, demanding apologies from Denmark and Norway, where a paper reprinted the cartoons.

    The Danish Red Cross said it had pulled two employees out of Gaza, following a threat from the militant al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Reuters reported.

    A statement on the internet purporting to be from an Iraqi militant group called on fighters to "hit whatever targets possible belonging to these two countries and others that follow their steps".

    Meanwhile pan-Arab organisations have begun efforts to reach a UN resolution, backed by possible sanctions, to protect religions from insults.


    THE ROW SO FAR

    30 January: Gunmen raid EU's Gaza office
    29 January: Libya says it will close its embassy in Denmark
    28 January: Danish company Arla places advertisements in Mid-East newspapers trying to stop a boycott
    26 January: Saudi Arabia recalls its ambassador
    20 January: Ambassadors in Denmark of 10 Muslim countries complain to the Danish PM




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    Apologise for what? On Caricatures of Mohammad

    The repeated calls for an unreserved apology for publishing 'offensive' and 'insulting' caricatures of Mohammad reminds me of the apologies that should be made to me and many like me.

    I'd like the offended Islamists – from the Islamic Republic of Iran to Islamic Jihad to the Saudi government... – to apologise; not for their backward and medieval superstitions and religious mumbo jumbo but for their imposition of these beliefs in the form of states, Islamic laws and the political Islamic movement. If any of them want to apologise for the mass murder of countless human beings in Iran and the Middle East, and more recently in Europe, for veiling and sexual apartheid, for stoning, amputations, decapitations, Islamic terrorism and for the recent brutal attack on Tehran bus workers and so on and so forth, just email me direct.

    On a more serious note, though, of course no apology is due them.

    As if.

    If the Jyllands-Posten has naively apologised it is only because the Islamists demands are always followed with bomb scares and death threats - even after the apology has been made!

    Jyllands-Posten should know better. Poking fun at or critiquing beliefs and religions are not only permissible but a necessity given the havoc religion is wreaking today.

    In defence of free speech, secularism, and 21 century values, I too am reprinting the caricatures here in line with the daily France-Soir which carried the headline "Yes, We Have the Right to Caricature God"...

    I urge everyone to do the same.

    By Maryam Namazie
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    I wonder why ..talkin about holocaust etc...it's a taboo and you could be "punished" by law if you talk about it...but ppl could joke about the prophet of islam without being punished...this world is really strange!

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    A video showing members of the youth wing of an anti-immigrant party mocking the Prophet Muhammad has been removed from the Internet, a Danish artists group said Monday.

    At the same time, the Danish Foreign Ministry warned its citizens about traveling to several Muslim countries because of the controversy surrounding the video, portions of which were aired by broadcaster TV2 last week.

    Over the weekend, the footage drew criticism and condemnation from Muslim leaders in Egypt and Indonesia.

    "This is not an example of something that is meant to provoke. This is an example to show how things are in Danish politics," artist Martin Rosengaard Knudsen told Danish public radio. The clip was removed from its Web site Monday.

    In a message posted online, the group, called Defending Denmark, said it infiltrated the Danish People's Party Youth for 18 months "to document (their) extreme right wing associations."

    "Generally speaking, there is a harsh note, a racist note. Not from all but from leading members," Rosengaard Knudsen told Danish radio. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

    The young lawmakers could be seen in the video having a drawing contest during their summer camp. One woman presented a cartoon showing a camel with the head of Muhammad and beer cans for humps. A second drawing showed a bearded man wearing a turban next to a plus sign and a bomb that equals a nuclear mushroom cloud.

    In the video, people appeared to have been drinking alcohol.

    On Monday, the Foreign Ministry in Copenhagen cautioned against travel to Gaza, the West Bank, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey.

    In the past two days, "several Arabic media have published critical reports about the airing of video from the Muhammad competition," the Ministry said.

    "Against that background, we urge Danes to use caution as the matter could possibly lead to negative reactions. The atmosphere and reactions can vary dependent on time and place. Danes should be aware of the local mood," the ministry said.

    On Sunday, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen condemned the youth wing, saying "their tasteless behavior does in no way represent the way the Danish people or young Danish people view Muslims or Islam."




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    Danish party regrets prophet mockery

    The youth branch of Denmark's third biggest political party - known for its populist anti-immigration stance - regrets that some of its members mocked the Prophet Muhammad during a summer camp earlier this year, it said Friday.

    Despite the regret, the group said it was "OK to poke fun" at religious and political figures.

    Kenneth Christens, chairman of the Danish People's Party Youth refused to apologize Friday for the actions of its members, but acknowledged they were problematic.

    Shortly after word spread about the drawings, Egypt's largest Islamic group, the Muslim Brotherhood, denounced what it called "new Danish insults" to Islam and urged the world to boycott countries that allow offenses to all religions.

    "Muslims are shocked by this new Danish insult," the Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement issued Saturday. It described the drawing as "the ugliest for God's most honorable human being, peace be upon him."

    The Brotherhood, which enjoys wide popularity in Egypt and across the Arab World, urged Muslims on Saturday to boycott products from Denmark and any other country that would allow such an "insult."

    It also called on Muslims to "express denouncement through peaceful means, by demonstrations and protests."

    "The repetition of such actions is evidence of the depth of enmity carried by certain sectors in the West toward Islam and the prophet," the Brotherhood statement said.

    Some Islamic leaders called for the cartoonists to be killed. Throughout the crisis, the Danish government resisted calls to apologize for the cartoons and said it could not be held responsible for the actions of Denmark's independent media.

    Video clips showing the young politicians, in their 20s and 30s, presenting one cartoon were posted on some Web sites. In the videos, it seemed that they had been drinking.

    "It is bad style because it overshadows our political line," the youth organization's chairman, Kenneth Kristensen, told The Associated Press.

    Kristensen added that he believed it "is OK to poke fun at Muhammad, Jesus or (former US President) Bill Clinton. We must not put limits on ourselves."

    Nearly all of the approximately 30 people shown in the videos had their faces blurred, but the images they drew were easy to see.

    One of them, a woman, is shown presenting a drawing of a camel, adding that it has "the head of Muhammad" and beer bottles as humps. The group laughs as the woman, who was not identified, explained the drawing.

    The story, first reported by the daily newspaper Nyhedsavisen on Friday, came in the aftermath of violent protests after 12 drawings of the Prophet Muhammad were published last year.

    The Danish daily Jyllands-Posten printed the drawings in September 2005. Four months later, they were reprinted in a range of Western media, triggering massive protests from Morocco to Indonesia.

    Some Islamic leaders called for the cartoonists to be killed as rioters attacked Danish embassies in Muslim countries including Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Indonesia.

    Kristensen blamed the group's leadership for organizing the contest and Martin Knudsen, a member of the youth branch who shot the video, for posting the clips.

    "It could potentially have big consequences to have them on the Internet," he said.

    Islamic law is interpreted to forbid any depiction of the prophet for fear it could lead to idolatry.
    The cartoon considered most offensive by many Muslims was a drawing of Muhammad wearing a turban shaped like a bomb with a lit fuse.

    Zubair Butt Hussain, a spokesman for Danish group called Muslims in Dialogue, said the organization was "disgusted" by DFU's contest, but "not surprised."

    "The Danish People's Party has through its history made a virtue to make humiliating and generalized statements about minority groups, especially Muslims," Hussain said.

    The moderate Muslim organization "believes that freedom of expression is every citizen's right but under responsibility both legally, ethically and morally," he said.

    There was no immediate comment from leaders of the Danish People's Party.




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    Denmark warns against travel to Muslim countries

    Denmark’s Foreign Ministry warned Danish citizens against travelling to several Muslim countries and Israel today after the latest Prophet Mohammad cartoon controversy.

    The warning comes after Danish state TV aired amateur video footage showing members of the anti-immigrant Danish People’s Party (DPP) youth wing taking part in a competition to draw images mocking the Prophet at a summer camp in August.

    The Foreign Ministry issued a strong advisory against travel to the Gaza Strip and cautioned against travel to Israel and the West Bank, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey.

    Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen has condemned the behaviour of the DPP activists. The party is not a member of the ruling coalition but supports the government in parliament.

    In Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said those who insulted the Prophet were “low life” devoid of human values, the student news agency ISNA reported.

    “In the period October 6-8, a number of Arabic media have published critical stories about the airing of video footage from the Mohammad competition held by the youth wing of the Danish People’s party,” the Foreign Ministry said.

    “Against that background, we urge Danes to use caution as the matter could possibly lead to negative reactions. The atmosphere and reactions can vary dependent on time and place and Danes should be aware of the local mood,” it said.

    A year ago, the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten published cartoons of the Prophet, including one showing him with a bomb in his turban. Muslim clerics denounced them as blasphemous, sparking protests in which more than 50 people died in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Angry Muslims attacked Danish embassies and boycotted Danish goods in several countries. Most Muslims regard any depiction of the Prophet as offensive.




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    Denmark rocked by new cartoon row

    The Danish prime minister has denounced the drawing of new cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad by members of an anti-immigration party's youth wing.
    Anders Fogh Rasmussen intervened in an apparent effort to prevent a repeat of the widespread protests over similar cartoons a year ago.

    Danish People's Party activists were shown on TV drawing the images, which were condemned in the Muslim world.

    Iran and Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said the new cartoons insulted Islam.

    Iran protested to the Danish government on Sunday, saying it was "deplorable that the extremist elements in Danish society have attempted to sabotage Denmark's relations with the Islamic countries once again".

    'Tasteless' drawings

    The activists were filmed at a summer camp, drinking, singing and taking part in a competition to draw images of Muhammad, including one depicting him as a camel with beer bottles as humps.

    The publication a year ago of newspaper cartoons - one depicting Muhammad with a bomb in his turban - led to violent protests in which more than 50 people died in Muslim countries.

    Mr Rasmussen, who insisted then that he could not control independent media, condemned the latest drawings as "tasteless" and "unacceptable".

    He said the activists' behaviour "in no way represents the way the Danish people... view Muslims or Islam".

    Danish Muslim leaders, who last year travelled abroad to rally support for their protests, said they would not be provoked by the latest incident, the BBC's religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott reports.




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    Jordanian Islamists call for severance of ties to Denmark

    Amman - The Islamic Action Front, Jordan's largest political party, on Sunday criticised the lack of reaction by Islamic states to the screening of a Danish video deemed sacrilegious to the prophet Mohammad.

    The chairman of IAF's Consultative Council, Hamzeh Mansour, said the response should include the severance of ties to Denmark and other states, where such anti-Islam events take place.

    'Should Islamic states, either individually or collectively, have decided to recall their ambassadors and freeze ties with countries that permit such blasphemous acts against our religious symbols, those governments would have made up their minds thousand times before taking negative attitudes from those who target Islam in their countries,' Mansour said.

    Danish national television on Friday broadcast amateur video footage showing members of the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party (DPP) at a summer camp in August taking part in a competition to draw images of the Prophet Mohammad.

    Last September, the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten published cartoons, including one showing the prophet with a bomb in his turban.

    The drawings sparked protests early this year in which more than 50 people died in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

    Denmark lost hundreds of millions of dollars in exports to Islamic countries resulting from a boycott of Danish products that lasted for months.

    'The new offence is part of a comprehensive campaign against Islam and Muslims that takes different shapes, be it a military onslaught such as what is taking place in Iraq and Afghanistan or political and economic pressures of the king being applied on Palestine, Lebanon and Sudan,' Mansour said.

    'Such expressions by anti-Islam powers, be them states, parties or media, is indicative of their feeling that Islam is advancing regardless of the weakness of governments in the Islamic world,' he added.




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    Denmark and Muslims are at it again

    The Muslim Brotherhood, the largest international Muslim organization, called upon fellow Muslims on October 7 to join in a boycott of Danish products and of all other countries that “permit offenses” against Islam.



    A statement released by the Brotherhood claimed that “Muslims are shocked by this new Danish insult.” Based in Egypt, the group called upon the world’s Muslims to express “denouncement by peaceful means, through protests and demonstrations.” Similar protests came as a result of Pope Benedict’s speech on September 12 that had called for reasonableness in the dialogue between Islam and Christianity.



    This came as a result of reports out of Denmark about a Web video, shown on Norway’s TV2, showing young members of the Danish People’s Party last August participating in a drawing contest at a summer camp. The young people seemed to have been drinking alcohol and one young woman is seen in the video explaining her derisive cartoon of Mohammed, the founder of Islam, as a camel.



    “The repetition of such acts is evidence of the depth of enmity carried by certain sectors in the West toward Islam and the Prophet”, said the Muslim Brotherhood statement.



    For his part, Kenneth Christensen, leader of the Danish People’s Party youth movement, said that his group has the right to deride anyone, including “Muhammed, Jesus, or Bill Clinton.”



    The video was denounced by Iranian officials who called the young Danes “lowlifes”, while the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said “I strongly condemn the behaviour of members of the youth wing of the Danish People’s Party.” Rasmussen added “It is unacceptable behaviour by a small group of young people. Their tasteless behavior in no way represents the way the Danish people or young Danish people view Muslims or Islam.”




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    FM Gul warns Muslim communities: Remain calm in face of provocation

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul has called on Muslim communities across the world to maintain their composure in the face of publications and actions insulting to Islam. Gul's words came in the wake of news that the nationalist People's Party in Denmark had sponsored a contest for caricaturists to depict the Prophet Muhammed negatively. In comments to the Hurriyet, Gul said:


    "Unfortunately, the world is becoming more unpleasant these days. We have to move very carefully, and be very aware of provocations. Of course Muslim communities have the right to react. But these reactions should not use brute force, but instead prudent and universally acceptable methods. Otherwise, the results from the reactions themselves will make things even worse."




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    Iran about to Protest to Denmark

    TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hoseini said that Tehran will soon protest to the Danish government for the sacrilege of the Islamic values by the media of that country.





    "We will submit our protest to the Danish and Finish Ambassadors to Tehran and will follow up on the case through diplomatic channels," Hoseini added during his first weekly press conference here on Sunday.

    A number of Iranian MPs, in a written notification to Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki here on Sunday, called for Tehran's decisive and proper reaction to the Danish government.

    The text which was recited by the Parliament Speaker, Gholam Ali Haddad Adel, called on Mottaki to protest to the Danish government for a new series of insults directed by the media of that country at the holy prophet of Islam (PBUH).

    Elsewhere, he referred to the visit to the Middle-East by the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and pointed out that the tour is aimed at provoking anti-Iranian sentiments in the Arab world.

    "Rice means to form an Arab front against Iran, Syria, Hamas and Hezbollah," the diplomat continued, saying that the United States is seeking to reevaluate its policies in the Middle-East following the recent developments in the region.

    Meantime, he said that the Middle-East nations are vigilant enough to avoid blind obedience of the US policies.

    The spokesman further reminded that the visits to the Middle-East by the different US officials have always served to the detriment of the regional countries, and expressed the hope that Middle-Eastern states prevent aliens' intervention in their affairs through friendship and cordial bonds.

    In another part, he referred to the belligerent attitude of the Zionist regime and stated that violation of Lebanon's airspace by the Israeli fighters is nothing new as aggression and invasion are typical of the Zionist regime.

    "They seek to maintain the highest levels of military preparedness so that they can wage a new war whenever they need to," Hoseini continued.

    He also called on the different Palestinian groups, including Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas and Fatah Movement, to avoid differences, reminding that discord among Palestinians serves the interests of the Zionist regime.

    The spokesman asked Palestinian groups to solve their problems through negotiations.

    As regards Iran's role in the reconstruction of Lebanon, he said that the Islamic Republic has taken some measures to help to the reconstruction of that country, but meantime, reminded that Zionist invasion of Lebanon has caused a real havoc which has left extensive destruction.

    Hoseini said that the task could not be performed overnight, adding, "The reconstruction of Lebanon, rather, requires different plans and projects which must be devised and put into effect in cooperation and coordination with the Lebanese government.

    Asked if the terrorist agent who murdered Iranian diplomats in London in 1982 has been released from prison, he said that following the Iranian Foreign Ministry's protest to Britain, British government has stated that the said individual has not been set free and is still incarcerated even though his 23-year- long term is now over.

    Touching on Iran's nuclear issue, Hoseini said that President Ahmadinejad's statements have been misinterpreted, and asserted, " Mr. Ahmadinejad only meant that in case fair and just conditions are provided in the course of talks, Iran would discuss suspension of its uranium enrichment activities during negotiations. He did not at all mean that Iran would accept suspension of its nuclear activities under the said conditions."

    Iran's new Foreign Ministry spokesman Seyed Mohammad Ali Hoseini dismissed the possibility for the suspension of enrichment activities by Tehran.

    Hoseini noted that the senior officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran have frequently declared that Tehran may never suspend its uranium enrichment activities.

    The official dismissed earlier reports by the Media about a short-term or 90-day suspension of enrichment by Iran, and said that the idea has no room in Iran's peaceful nuclear policy.

    In response to a question about the possibility of imposing sanctions against Iran, he said that Iranian officials and people always consider sanction as an obsolete tool and that the nation is used to such sanctions and threats.

    The spokesman said that sanctions would leave their impact on both sides, adding that both sides would be subject to loss.

    He stressed that Iran is not keen on those solutions which might end in sanctions, but meantime stressed that Tehran will continue with its nuclear activities.

    "As President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has underlined, Iran will not even accept a day long suspension," the diplomat stated.

    The Foreign Ministry Spokesman repeated Iran's preparedness to hold talks on the nuclear issue without any preconditions and within the boundaries of the international laws.

    He also stressed that the good will Iran has constantly displayed in its nuclear talks with the west proves that the Islamic Republic is seeking to solve the issue through peaceful means.

    Describing the recent talks between Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani and the European Union Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana as constructive and progressive, the spokesman said that the two sides have not yet decided about the setting of their next meeting, but meantime stated that the next Larijani-Solana meeting would be held after the London meeting.

    Regarding Tehran's offer for the formation of a nuclear consortium, the official reiterated that the plan is not restricted to any given country, and said that no decisive decision has yet been made about the parties which are to join plan.

    "However, the gravest sanction is one raised by a government to deprive the nation of its natural right to access nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.




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    Denmark, Ahmadinejad condemn new Mohammed drawings

    Antisemitic, Holocaust-deniying, and genocidal President of Iranian regime that organized a drawing competition mocking the murder of 6 million Jews condemns Mohammed caricatures of young Danish scatterbrains. Dhimmi Danish PM chimes in:

    From Reuters:

    Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen denounced members of the anti-immigrant Danish Peoples’ Party (DPP) youth wing on Sunday for drawing humiliating cartoons of the prophet Muhammad.

    In Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said those who insulted the prophet were "low lifes," cevoid of human values, the student news agency ISNA reported.




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    Danish Web Videos on Muhammad Taken Down

    Videos showing anti-immigrant party members mocking the prophet Muhammad were pulled from Web sites Monday as two youths seen in the clips were reported in hiding and the Foreign Ministry warned Danes against traveling in the Middle East.

    Muslim clerics from Egypt and Indonesia condemned the video broadcast in Denmark last week showing members of the Danish People's Party youth wing with cartoons of a camel wearing the head of Muhammad and beer cans for humps. A second drawing placed a turbaned, bearded man next to a plus sign and a bomb, all equaling a mushroom cloud.

    In a move aimed at defusing tension, the Danish Foreign Ministry invited ambassadors from Muslim countries to discuss the video Monday. It was unclear how many diplomats took part in the meeting or which countries they represented.

    Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen condemned the youths in the video Sunday, saying that "their tasteless behavior does in no way represent the way the Danish people or young Danish people view Muslims or Islam."

    Citing critical media reports from many Muslim regions, the Foreign Ministry cautioned against travel to the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey.

    The video was produced by an artists' group, Defending Denmark. In a message posted along with the video, the group said it had infiltrated the Danish People's Party Youth for 18 months "to document [their] extreme right-wing associations."

    "This is not an example of something that is meant to provoke. This is an example to show how things are in Danish politics," artist Martin Rosengaard Knudsen told Danish public radio.

    In Jordan on Monday, a powerful umbrella group for about 200,000 professionals including engineers, doctors and journalists called on Muslims to sever relations with Denmark, saying the video "reveals hatred toward the Prophet who came to the world with a message to enlighten the people."

    Hard-line Muslims and leftists in these professional associations have repeatedly called on the government to abolish a 1994 peace treaty with Israel.

    The episode comes in the aftermath of an outcry across the Muslim world over the September 2005 printing in a Danish newspaper of 12 cartoons portraying Muhammad. For most Muslims, any artistic rendition of Muhammad is taboo.




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    در تهران عده ای در برابر سفارت دانمارک تظاهرات کرده و به طرف آن سنگ و کوکتل مولوتف پرتاب کرده اند.
    آنها به نمايش کاريکاتورهايی از تلويزيون دانمارک اعتراض کرده اند که گفته می شود محتوای آن توهين به پيامبر اسلام بوده است.

    روز سه شنبه 232 تن از نمايندگان مجلس شورای اسلامی ايران در نامه ای به محمود احمدی نژاد، رئيس جمهور ايران خواستار قطع رابطه اقتصادی با دانمارک شدند.

    متن اين نامه که در نشست علنی مجلس قرائت شد اين است: "دولت دانمارک در ادامه اقدام سابق خود در اهانت به ساحت مقدس پيامبر عظيم الشأن اسلام (ص) يک بار ديگر از طريق رسانه تصويری اين کشور اين اقدام زشت را تکرار نموده است، با عنايت به اينکه بی احترامی به پيغمبر بزرگوار اسلام تحت هيچ شرايطی قابل تحمل نيست ما نمايندگان مجلس شورای اسلامی خواستار قطع روابط اقتصادی با دانمارک هستيم و در صورت ادامه اين سياست توسط اين کشور روابط سياسی نيز به حالت تعليق درآيد".

    سفير دانمارک و همچنين سفير فنلاند به عنوان نماينده رئيس دوره ای اتحاديه اروپا نيز به وزارت خارجه ايران احضار شده و اعتراض دولت ايران رسماً به آنها ابلاغ شده است.

    آنچه نمايندگان مجلس ايران، اهانت رسانه تصويری دانمارک به پيامبر اسلام می دانند، بخشهايی از ويدئويی متعلق به حزب جوانان خلق دانمارک است که جمعه گذشته (ششم اکتبر) از شبکه دوم تلويزيون اين کشور پخش شد.

    اين شبکه تلويزيونی به دولت دانمارک تعلق دارد و حزبی که ويدئوی آن از اين تلويزيون به نمايش درآمده از احزاب مخالف مهاجرت به شمار می رود.

    ويدئويی که از اين شبکه پخش شد شماری از اعضای حزب جوانان خلق دانمارک را نشان می دهد که مسابقه ای برای رسم کاريکاتورهای طنزآميز در مورد پيامبر اسلام برگزار کرده اند و يکی از کاريکاتورهايی که در تلويزيون به نمايش درآمده، به شکل کم سابقه ای حساسيت برانگيز بوده است.

    آن گونه که در گزارشها آمده، سورن هاسلوند ينن، سفير دانمارک ترجمه بيانيه رسمی نخست وزير کشورش را به وزارت خارجه ايران عرضه کرده که در آن، مسابقه کاريکاتور پيامبر اسلام در حزب جوانان خلق دانمارک محکوم گرديده و "غيرقابل قبول و عملی بشدت نکوهيده" توصيف شده است.

    سال گذشته نيز چاپ کاريکاتورهايی از پيامبر اسلام در روزنامه دانمارکی يولاندزپستن که پس از چند هفته در برخی ديگر از روزنامه های اروپايی نيز چاپ شد باعث تظاهرات دامنه دار مسلمانان در کشورهای مختلف جهان، از جمله ايران شد که در مواردی به خشونت انجاميد و چندين کشته به بار آورد.

    همچنين دولت دانمارک از اين لحاظ بشدت مورد انتقاد دولتهای اسلامی قرار گرفت و سفارتخانه های دانمارک در برخی کشورها از جمله ايران هدف حمله تظاهرکنندگان خشمگين قرار گرفتند.

    ششم فوريه (هفدهم بهمن) گذشته و در اوج حرکتهای اعتراضی، وزير بازرگانی ايران، از تصميم دولت ايران در قطع رابطه تجاری با دانمارک خبر داد و اعلام کرد که از فردای آن روز كالا*های مصرفی از كشور دانمارک ثبت سفارش نخواهد شد، از ورود كالا*هايی كه از مبدأ دانمارک وارد گمرک می* شوند نيز جلوگيری خواهد گرديد، هر گونه قرارداد يا مذاكره *ای كه با دانمارک در شرف انجام باشد به حالت تعليق در خواهد می *آيد و از اعزام هيئت تجاری به دانمارک يا پذيرش هيئتهای تجاری از اين كشور جلوگيری خواهد *شد.

    آن گونه که وزير بازرگانی ايران در آن زمان اعلام کرد، ميزان واردات ساليانه ايران از دانمارک حدود 280 ميليون دلار و صادرات ايران به دانمارک حدود چهار ميليون دلار است.

    اما با توجه به درخواست نمايندگان مجلس ايران در مورد قطع رابطه اقتصادی با دانمارک به نظر می رسد که تصميم قبلی ايران در مورد قطع رابطه تجاری با دانمارک به اجرا درنيامده باشد.





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    سفارت دانمارك در ايران تعطيل شد


    وزير امور خارجه دانمارك امروز اعلام كرد، سفارت اين كشور در تهران به دليل حملات شب*گذشته به اين سفارت بطور موقت به روي مراجعه كنندگان بسته شده است.



    به نقل از خبرگزاري آسوشيتدپرس از كپنهاك، مقامات دانماركي اعلام كرده*اند در حملات شب*گذشته كه با مواد آتش*زا و ككتل* مولوتوف به سفارت اين كشور در تهران انجام شد،* به كسي آسيب نرسيد.
    جمعي از طلاب و دانشجويان كشورمان شب*گذشته در اعتراض به اقدام مجدد دانمارك در اهانت به پيامبر اعظم اسلام (ص) و پخش تصاوير ويديويي موهن در يكي از پايگاه*هاي اينترنتي، مقابل سفارت دانمارك در تهران تجمع كردند و مراتب خشم خود را از اقدامات ضد اسلامي در اروپا بويژه دانمارك اعلام كردند.
    "پر استيگ مولر" وزير امور خارجه دانمارك امروز گفت: «ما به دلايل امنيتي سفارت را به روي عموم بسته*ايم اما سفير و كاركنان ما در تهران به كار خود ادامه خواهند داد.»
    اين وزير دانماركي در عين حال از مقامات ايران بخاطر انجام ندادن تدابير امنيتي كافي براي سفارت آن در تهران انتقاد كرد و اعلام كرد كه "احمد دانيالي" سفير ايران در كپنهاك را به وزارت خارجه فراخوانده است.
    بنا بر اين گزارش، انتظار مي*رود اعتراضات در تهران امشب نيز ادامه داشته باشد.
    مولر افزود: «من به او [دانيالي] گفتم كه اين اقدامات غيرقابل قبول است. به دانيالي گفتم كه آنها باعث بسته شدن سفارت شده*اند.»
    اين در حالي است كه وزارت خارجه دانمارك در عين حال خواستار برگزاري نشستي فوق*العاده براي بحث درباره راهبردهاي آتي و از بين بردن تنش*ها در كشورهاي اسلامي در كپنهاك شده* است.

    نه غزه نه لبنان جانم فدای ایران


    «در زندگی زخم*هايی هست که مثل خوره روح را آهسته در انزوا می*خورد و می*تراشد.»
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    نخست*وزير دانمارك بار ديگر اهانت به پيامبر اسلام (ص) را محكوم كرد


    نخست وزير دانمارك امروز نيز در تلاش براي كاهش خشم مسلمانان جهان انتشار تصاوير ويدئويي اهانت به پيامبر اسلام (ص) را محكوم كرد.



    به نقل از خبرگزاري رويترز،* "آندرس فاگ راسموسن" تلاش دارد كه از ايجاد بحران تازه براي اين كشور به دنبال پخش تصاوير ويديويي ضداسلامي از سوي يكي از سايت*هاي اينترنتي اين كشور و شبكه*هاي تلويزيوني دانمارك جلوگيري كند.
    اين شبكه*هاي تلويزيوني چندي پيش تصاويري از گروهي از جوانان ضدمهاجرت اين كشور موسوم به حزب خلق دانمارك (DDP) پخش كردند كه در آن به پيامبر اعظم (ص) اهانت شده بود.
    وي در عين حال با اشاره به تجمع شب*گذشته معترضين ايراني در مقابل سفارت دانمارك در تهران كه با پرتاب مواد آتش*زا همراه بود، حمله به سفارت اين كشور را محكوم كرد.
    راسموسن كه با خبرگزاري رويترز مصاحبه مي*كرد،* تاكيد كرد:* «من قوياً* حمله به سفارت دانمارك در تهران را محكوم مي*كنم.»
    وي افزود، ترديدي در محكوميت اقدام اعضاي حزب DDP وجود ندارد و وي اقدام آنها را تأئيد نمي*كند.
    نخست*وزير دانمارك تصريح كرد: «من به روشني تاكيد كرده*ام كه رفتار نامناسب اين گروه به هيچ عنوان مؤيد ديدگاه مردم دانمارك در قبال اسلام نيست. به هر حال اين كه شاهد حمله به سفارت خود در تهران و تظاهرات خشونت*بار هستيم قابل قبول نيست.»
    وي خاطر نشان كرد: «ما گفته*ايم كه ايران متعهد به حفاظت از سفارت ما است.»
    پيش از اين در دسامبر سال گذشته ميلادي نيز روزنامه "يولند پوستن" دانمارك تصاويري موهن عليه پيامبر اكرم (ص) چاپ كرده بود كه خشم جامعه اسلامي در سراسر جهان را به همراه داشت و اين كشور مجبور شد كه سفارت خود را در برخي از كشورهاي اسلامي براي مدتي تعطيل كند.

    نه غزه نه لبنان جانم فدای ایران


    «در زندگی زخم*هايی هست که مثل خوره روح را آهسته در انزوا می*خورد و می*تراشد.»
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    دفتر تبليغات اسلامي حوزه علميه قم:

    كشورهاي مسلمان كالاهاي دانمارك را تحريم كنند


    دفتر تبليغات اسلامي حوزه علميه قم با بيان اين*كه غرب در واكنش به بيداري اسلامي كه هر روز بر تعداد پيروان اين آئين مقدس مي*افزايد به توهين به اسلام روي آورده است، تصريح كرد:كشورهاي مسلمان بايد براي ارائه پاسخي عملي به اين اقدامات كالاهاي دانمارك را تحريم كنند.



    به نقل از روابط عمومي دفتر تبليغات اسلامي حوزه علميه قم، اين نهاد در بيانيه*اي توهين تلويزيون دانمارك به ساحت اسلام و پيامبر اكرم(ص) را محكوم كرد.
    در اين بيانيه آمده است: خيزش اسلام معاصر و نهضت بازگشت به خويشتن مسلمانان، پيروزي شكوهمند حزب*الله لبنان و توفقات روز افزون ايران اسلامي، موجي در عالم در افكند كه هر روز بر دامنه آن افزوده مي*شود. اين روند مبارك كه در ضمن به غبارزدايي از چهره تابناك اسلام نيز انجاميده، هر روز به تعداد پيروان اين آئين مقدس مي*افزايد و ارباب كليسا كه از مهار آن عاجز آمده*اند راه چاره را در تنور فتنه دميدن و توهين به اسلام و سنبل*هاي آن ديده*اند.
    اين بيانيه با اشاره به چاپ كاريكاتورهاي موهن در شماري از روزنامه*هاي اروپايي، اظهارات دروغين پاپ شانزدهم عليه اسلام و رسول اعظم (ص)، اقدام تازه تلويزيون دانمارك، آورده است: اين اقدامات نشان مي*دهد بزرگان كليسا و دولتمردان اروپايي به ملعبه صهيونيست*ها تبديل شده*اند.
    دفتر تبليغات اسلامي حوزه علميه قم در اين بيانيه ضمن ابراز انزجار شديد از اين اقدام*هاي غير اخلاقي و دور از انصاف و فراخواندن مسلمانان به اتحاد و اعتراض و محكوميت اين توهين*ها، تاكيد كرده است: خورشيد اسلام به زودي پرتو فروزانش را بر سراسر گيتي خواهد گسترد و دست و پا زدن*هاي افراطيون مسيحي راه به جايي نخواهد برد.
    در پايان بيانيه با تاكيد بر اين*كه مسلمانان و سران كشورهاي اسلامي نبايد تنها به محكوميت زباني بسنده كنند بلكه لازم است حداقل تحريم جدي كالاهاي وارداتي دانمارك و اتحاديه اروپا را در دستور كار قرار دهند، از سران اين كشورها خواسته است با ديپلماسي فعال عرصه را بر توهين*كنندگان وپشتيبانان آنها تنگ نمايند.
    نه غزه نه لبنان جانم فدای ایران


    «در زندگی زخم*هايی هست که مثل خوره روح را آهسته در انزوا می*خورد و می*تراشد.»
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    New Danish Muhammad cartoons draw criticism, spark protest

    Less than a year after cartoons of Islam's prophet Muhammad published in a Danish newspaper ignited worldwide protests against the Scandinavian nation, a new set of cartoons, this time featured in a video aired on Danish television and the Internet, has again sparked condemnations in the Muslim world.

    Reuters reports that dozens of Iranian protesters attacked the Danish embassy in Tehran Tuesday in response to the cartoons, which were aired during a news report on Danish television Friday.

    Reuters witnesses said protesters hurled stones and petrol bombs into the embassy compound. The crowd chanted "Down with Zionists" and "God praise the party of God".

    Riot police guarded the embassy and two fire trucks stood nearby. Firefighters extinguished a tire which was set alight next to the embassy compound wall, the witnesses said.

    Also on Tuesday, the Iranian parliament called upon Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to cut economic ties with Denmark over the cartoons, reports Agence France-Presse.

    "Since disrespecting the prophet of Islam is not tolerable under any conditions, we call for cutting economic relations with Denmark," said a petition addressed to the president and read out in a live radio broadcast from parliament.

    The letter - signed by 232 MPs in the 290 seat hardline-controlled house - also asked the president to "freeze political relations if Denmark continues such policies."

    The cartoons appeared in a video showing young members of the anti-immigrant Danish People's Party drawing carictures of Muhammad during a summer camp, reports The Independent of London.

    The film was made by a group called Defending Denmark which said it infiltrated the youth wing of the far-right party for 18 months "to document [its] extreme right-wing associations". It showed the junior members of the party, who appeared to have been drinking, holding a drawing contest during their summer camp.

    One woman presented a cartoon showing a camel with the head of Mohamed and beer cans for humps. A second drawing showed a bearded man wearing a turban next to a plus sign and a bomb, equalling a nuclear mushroom cloud.

    In the report above, AFP noted that the cartoons appeared on screen "fleetingly" during the broadcast by Denmark's TV2. The Associated Press reported that the videos were pulled from websites Monday.

    The controversy over the new cartoons echoes the protests earlier this year over a series of images of Muhammad that were published in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten. Those cartoons led to demonstrations and violence across the Muslim world, and sparked a heated debate over the weight of religious sensitivity versus the freedom of the press. Jyllands-Posten said that the cartoons were not intended to be offensive, which does not appear to be true of the latest cartoons.

    The Independent reports that Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen denounced the actions of the Danish People's Party youth, saying, "Their tasteless behaviour in no way represents the way the Danish people or young Danish people view Muslims or Islam." The Independent notes that while Mr. Rasmussen's center-right ruling coalition does not include the Danish People's Party, it has relied on the group for legislative support. The Danish government also issued a statement to its citizens, urging caution by those traveling in the Middle East and Indonesia.

    Despite Rasmussen's statement, Denmark has still received criticism from Muslim quarters. AP reports that Indonesia has voiced complaints to both the Danish ambassador and Denmark's foreign minister, while Deutsche Presse-Agentur and the South African Press Association report that an Indonesian radio station is sponsoring a contest, meant to insult Denmark, for the best drawing of the Danish king standing with pigs.

    IslamOnline reports that the International Union of Muslim Scholars said the cartoons were part of a larger campaign by the West to distract Muslims from developing their countries.

    "One of the main goals of this ferocious campaign against Islam and its sanctities is to distract Muslims from achieving the Islamic civilizational project to rid the Muslim nation of its subordination to the West," the International Union for Muslim Scholars said in a statement, a copy of which was sent to IslamOnline.net. ...

    Expecting more anti-Islam insults, the Muslim scholars said the best way to respond is to "pay no heed at all to the ignorant."

    The BBC reports that Danish Muslim leaders "said they would not be provoked by the latest incident."

    The new controversy has stirred concerns among Danish companies of new boycotts by Muslim nations. AP reports that two Danish companies in Saudi Arabia have been asked to remove their products, but neither the Confederation of Danish Industries nor Danish dairy giant Arla Foods have seen significant overall impact from the latest cartoon protests. Arla Foods says that its sales in the Middle East still have not fully recovered from the cartoon-sparked boycott earlier this year.




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    Danish Court Dismisses Prophet Cartoon Lawsuit

    The Danish Aarhus court announced that a lawsuit against a newspaper, which had published inappropriate cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in 2005, has been dismissed.

    Seven Muslim organizations based in Denmark filed the lawsuit against the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in March, complaining that they felt the cartoons were defamatory and injurious.

    The drawings were published solely to provoke and mock, not only the Prophet Muhammad, but also the Muslim population, the Muslim organizations said.

    The court stated that people might be offended by the cartoons but that was not enough to open a case against the newspaper, adding that there was no reason to assume that the cartoons were meant to 'belittle' Muslims.

    The controversial depiction of the Prophet Mohammed was first published in the conservative Danish daily Jyllands-Posten in 2005. Later, some papers in other EU countries reprinted the cartoons "in support of freedom of expression," stirring up widespread outcry in many Muslim countries.

    Thousands of people in Muslim countries held protests in front of Danish consulates and the embassies of other countries where the cartoons were reprinted. Hundreds of demonstrators set the Danish embassies in Damascus and Beirut on fire in the beginning of 2006.

    Both Turkish PM Erdogan and the Organization of Islamic Conference condemned the burning of the Danish and Norwegian embassies in Damascus.




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    A Danish court has rejected a libel case brought by several Muslim groups against a paper that published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
    The court in Aarhus said there was not enough reason to believe the cartoons were meant to be insulting or harmful.

    The cartoons sparked violent protests around the world after Jyllands-Posten published them in 2005.

    An appeal against the verdict has been lodged, and the verdict was met with disappointment in Muslim countries.

    "It is not up to the court to decide if Muslims will have hard feelings or not," Ameer ul-Azeem, spokesman for Jamaat-e-Islami, told the Associated Press news agency.

    His group belongs to an Islamic alliance that organised mass protests across Pakistan earlier this year.

    In Syria, where a mob attacked and set fire to the Danish and Norwegian embassies in February, legislator Mohammed Habash said the ruling would "widen the gap between the Western and Islamic world".

    "What the newspaper did represents a true insult to millions of Muslims who do not follow Danish laws," Mr Habash, who heads the Islamic Studies Centre in Damascus, told AP.

    'Not offensive'

    The City Court in Aarhus said there was not enough reason to believe the cartoons were intended to be insulting or harmful to Muslims.

    The organisations brought the lawsuit in March after the Danish attorney-general's decision not to make criminal charges against the newspaper under racism and blasphemy legislation.

    Even if the text accompanying the pictures could be read as being derogatory and mocking, the cartoons are not offensive

    Aarhus court

    Since the racism and blasphemy laws cannot be used in a civil suit, the groups sued the editor-in-chief and cultural editor of the newspaper for libel, the BBC's Julian Isherwood reports from Copenhagen.

    They accused the paper of publishing text and cartoons which were "offensive and insulting" to Muhammad.

    The cartoons, they argued, "attacked the honour of believers because they portrayed the Prophet as war-like and criminal and made a clear link between Muhammad, war and terrorism".

    But a judge ruled on Thursday that the cartoons were "not offensive... even if the text accompanying the pictures could be read as being derogatory and mocking".

    "Of course it cannot be excluded that the drawings offended some Muslims," the ruling said.

    "But there is no sufficient reason to assume that the cartoons are or were intended to be insulting... or put forward ideas that could hurt the standing of Muslims in society."

    Muslim furore

    After Jyllands-Posten published the cartoons on 30 September 2005, a campaign of protest gradually gathered steam in the Muslim world, erupting into deadly riots in February of this year.

    Islamic tradition explicitly prohibits images of Muhammad and other major religious figures. At least one of the cartoons also portrayed Muhammad as a terrorist.

    Death threats were made against the artists. Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen appeared on Arabic TV to apologise for any offence caused.

    Jyllands-Posten has defended its publication of the cartoons on grounds of freedom of press, but it also accepted they had caused offence to many Muslims and apologised.




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    فحش يک گروه هنري دانمارکي به احمدی نژاد در روزنامه سازمان تبليغات اسلامی
    4 دی - صدا و سيما، سايت هاي خبري متعلق به روزنامه ها و ساير رسانه هاي خبري اتريش با اشاره به اقدام يک گروه هنري دانمارکي عليه احمدي نژاد اعلام کردند، گروه هنري سورند از دانمارک با فريب دادن مسوولان روزنامه تهران تايمز به رييس جمهور ايران فحاشي کرده است.


    به نوشته مطبوعات اتريشي، اين گروه هنري در شماره روز پنج شنبه روزنامه انگليسي زبان تهران تايمز يک آگهي منتشر کرده است که در آن در کنار تصويري از محمود احمدي نژاد جملاتي مانند «ما از تلاش ايران براي استفاده از انرژي هسته اي حمايت مي کنيم» و «از مبارزه احمدي نژاد با بوش پشتيباني مي کنيم » به چشم مي خورد اما با کنار هم قرار دادن حروف نخست اين جملات در زبان انگليسي يك كلمه (Swine خوک ) بسيار اهانت آميز ساخته مي شود.

    گروه هنري دانمارکي اعلام کرده است، هدف از انجام اين کار به هيچ وجه توهين به مردم ايران نيست بلکه هدف آن*ها انتقاد از سياست هاي تندروانه احمدي نژاد است.






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    فارس به نقل از شبکه های عرب:جسد سوخته کاريکاتوريست دانمارکی پيدا شد

    روشنگری. خبر هولناک زير که در خبرگزاری فارس به نقل از شبکه های اينترنتی عرب آمده هنوز توسط منابع خبری ديگر تاييد نشده است.

    خبرگزارى فارس: شبكه فرهنگى عرب زبان , هجر , اعلام كرد، جسد سوخته كاريكاتوريستى كه به پيامبر گرامى اسلام (ص) اهانت كرده بود، نزديك دفتر نشريه محل كار وى در دانمارك، پيدا شده است.


    به گزارش فارس، به نقل از شبكه , هجر, جسد اين فرد صبح امروز نزديك دفتر نشريه وى يافت شد.
    شبكه تلويزيونى الفرات عراق نيز امروز در بخش زير نويس خود اين خبر را پخش كرد.
    منابع دولت دانمارك هنوز خبر فوق را تاييد يا تكذيب نكرده و در قبال آن سكوت كرده اند.
    اين فرد كه به نام او و يا نشريه اش اشاره نشده است، طراح 12 كاريكاتور موهن به پيامبر گرامى اسلام (ص) بود.
    روزنامه پرتيراژ دانماركى ,يولند پوستن, سي*ام سپتامبر 2005 به بهانه و ادعاى آزادى بيان، تصاويرى اهانت آميز به پيامبر اكرم(ص) منتشر كرده بود كه روزنامه مگزينز نروژ اين تصاوير را 10 ژانويه سال بعد براى دومين بار چاپ كرد.
    چاپ اين كاريكاتورها در روزنامه يولند پوستن و متعاقب آن روزنامه هاى چند كشور اروپايى ديگر، خشم مسلمانان جهان را برانگيخت.




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    Denmark: Iran would compensate attack

    COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Iran has agreed to compensate Denmark for damage to the Danish Embassy in Tehran during fiery protests last year over the publication of Prophet Muhammad cartoons, the Danish foreign minister said Wednesday

    Both sides were still working out the amount to be paid, Foreign Minister Per Stig Moeller.

    The 12 cartoons first published in Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and reprinted in a range of Western media triggered massive protests in the Muslim world, where the drawings were seen as blasphemous. An angry mob attacked the Tehran embassy with rocks and firebombs in February 2006.

    Similar attacks occurred in Lebanon and Syria, and Denmark has requested a total of $618,000 in compensation from the three countries.

    After a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Wednesday, Moeller said the Iranians had partially agreed to the Danish demands.

    "It's the obligation of the Iranian government to protect the embassies ... and it's good that the Iranian government accepts this," Moeller told reporters in Copenhagen. "Now it's a question of figures and I hope we find a good result for all of us."

    Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was less committal, however, saying at a joint news conference that "those who have been the cause of such problems" should pay. But he added that "we have to manage and find solutions" to the issue.

    Lebanon has agreed to pay $127,000 — about 60 percent of the sum Denmark asked for — but Iran and Syria had so far refused.




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    COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Eight men with alleged links to leading senior al-Qaida terrorists were arrested in the heart of Denmark on Tuesday, the country's intelligence service said, claiming to have thwarted a bomb plot.

    The pre-dawn raids sent jitters through a country that stirred Muslim anger and deadly protests last year after a newspaper printed 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

    "This could indicate that (al-Qaida) now is able to pick up the phone and order a terror act in Denmark," said Hans Joergen Bonnichsen, who retired as operative head of the PET intelligence service in 2006.

    However, Jakob Scharf, head of the PET, said the foiled terror plot was not connected to either the uproar over the prophet cartoons or Denmark's involvement in the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq.

    The suspects — six Danish citizens and two foreigners with residence permits — had been under surveillance for some time when they were arrested.

    "With the arrests, we have prevented a terror attack," Scharf told reporters in Copenhagen. He did not identify the target.

    The suspects, aged 19 to 29, were not identified but Scharf described them as "militant Islamists with connections to leading al-Qaida persons."

    All eight were arrested without incident in raids on 11 locations in and around Copenhagen, including the Ishoej suburb and the Noerrebro district of the capital, authorities said.

    The suspects are of Afghan, Pakistani, Somali and Turkish origin, Scharf told reporters. He said Danish investigators had worked with "several foreign cooperation partners" before making the arrests.

    Two of the suspects, both 21, were arraigned in court later Tuesday on preliminary charges of acquiring material to make one or more bombs for terror attacks in Denmark or abroad.

    They sat quietly with their arms crossed listening to the preliminary charges before reporters were ordered out of the courtroom.

    The court ordered both held in custody for 27 days — the first 13 days in solitary confinement — while investigators continue to the probe. It was not immediately clear when the six others would be arraigned.

    Scharf declined to say whether more people were being sought.

    The TV2 News channel reported that a 19-year-old electrician was arrested in Ishoej, while a taxi driver in his early 20s was arrested in Noerrebro. TV footage shot from a helicopter showed bomb squads and forensics agents at those locations.

    In Ishoej, anti-terror police broke down the door of the apartment where a Turkish family was living, Karina Elbaek, who lives on the floor below, told The Associated Press.

    "They were ordinary neighbors, really friendly, helpful and extroverted," Elbaek said of the family.

    Sadie al-Fatlawi, who lives on the floor above the cab driver in Noerrebro, said police ordered him and other neighbors to leave the building during the raid.

    "When we came down to the police van they said that they suspected that there were some explosives in the property, or something that could burn very violently," al-Fatlawi told the AP.

    The taxi driver was of Pakistani origin and had recently moved into the building, al-Fatlawi said.

    Danish public radio DR identified a third suspect as a man of Afghan origin who had grown a beard and wore traditional Afghan clothing. He lived with parents and his two sisters in Avedoere, another suburb south of the capital, DR said, citing neighbors.

    It is the third time Danish police have cracked down on suspected terrorist networks since 2005.

    A separate trial of four men suspected of planning to blow up a target in Denmark or elsewhere in Europe is to begin in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

    In February, a court sentenced Abdul Basit Abu Lifa, a Danish citizen of Palestinian descent, to seven years in prison for his involvement in a Bosnia-linked plot to blow up a target in Europe. Three other defendants were acquitted, although one is awaiting a retrial.

    Terrorists have not hit Denmark in more than two decades, but the July 2005 bombings in London stirred fears that the Scandinavian country could be targeted for its participation in the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq.

    Those fears grew after a Danish newspaper published 12 cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, triggering fiery protests in Muslim countries in early 2006. Many Muslims considered the drawings blasphemous.

    In June, Denmark pulled out its 460-member army contingent from Iraq and replaced it with a small air force squad.




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    Danish police have arrested three people suspected of planning to attack a cartoonist who drew caricatures satirising the Prophet Muhammad.
    Denmark's intelligence agency said the arrests were made in the western Aarhus region at 0330 GMT "to prevent a murder linked to terrorism".

    Two of the suspects are Tunisian and the third is a Dane of Moroccan origin.

    The pictures in Denmark's biggest daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten in September 2005 sparked deadly worldwide protests.

    The Danish citizen will be released pending further investigation, while the Tunisians will be held until they are expelled from the country, said the Danish intelligence agency PET.

    Earlier reports said five people had been arrested.

    'Concrete plans'

    The intelligence agency said the detentions were made "after lengthy surveillance".

    I have turned fear into anger and resentment

    Kurt Westergaard
    Cartoonist

    It did not identify the target of the alleged plot, but the online edition of Jyllands-Posten said its cartoonist, Kurt Westergaard, was the focus.

    The newspaper, based in Aarhus, said Mr Westergaard, 73, and his 66-year-old wife, Gitte, had been under police protection for the past three months.

    In a statement on Jyllands-Posten's website, Mr Westergaard said: "Of course I fear for my life when the police intelligence service say that some people have concrete plans to kill me.

    "But I have turned fear into anger and resentment."



    The BBC's Thomas Buch-Andersen in Copenhagen says the arrests have stunned people in Denmark, where the furore over the cartoons was thought to have passed.

    Mr Westergaard was one of 12 artists behind the drawings but he was responsible for what was considered the most controversial of the pictures.

    The caricature featured the head of Islam's holiest prophet with a turban depicting a bomb with a lit fuse.

    The cartoons were later reprinted by more than 50 newspapers, triggering a wave of protests in parts of the Muslim world.

    The demonstrations culminated a year ago with the torching of Danish diplomatic offices in Damascus and Beirut and dozens of deaths in Nigeria, Libya and Pakistan.




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