A true ‘moderate Muslim’-, no doubt. Chances are that he won’t make it to Trafalgar square though.
Abd Al-Bari Atwan, editor-in-chief of the UK-based Arabic daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi, told a Lebanese TV interviewer he will dance in Trafalgar Square when Iran nukes Israel.
Bari Atwan is also a contributor to the BBC and Sky News, neither of whom seem to have much of a problem with this.
Bari Atwan founded the pan-Arab daily in London in 1989, and today the paper has a circulation of around 50,000. He is also a regular commentator on Sky News and BBC News 24.
Sky News refused to comment specifically on his comments.
“It is not our policy to comment on what contributors may or may not say on other channels,” said Adrian Wells, head of foreign news at Sky.
A BBC spokesman told The Jerusalem Post that editors make decisions based on the following BBC guidelines.
“We should not automatically assume that academics and journalists from other organizations are impartial and make it clear to our audience when contributors are associated with a particular viewpoint.”
Here’s the video of Bari Atwan’s fervent wish for Israel to suffer a nuclear attack, from MEMRI TV:
Sweden Defends the “Mohound Dog”
Anti dhimmitude in the land of the midnight sun:
Nerikes Allehanda defends Mohammed drawing
A SWEDISH newspaper has defended its publication of a drawing depicting the head of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed on the body of a dog, following an official protest from Iran.
Daily Nerikes Allehanda published the drawing last week, prompting the Iranian Government to summon Sweden’s charge d’affaires in Tehran on Monday to object to what it called a disrespectful drawing.
The drawing was by Swedish artist Lars Vilks and was part of a series which art galleries in Sweden had declined to display.
The newspaper published the image in what it called a defence of free speech.
“This is unacceptable self-censorship,” the newspaper wrote in an editorial on its website today, referring to the reluctance by galleries to exhibit Vilks’s drawings.
“The right to freedom of religion and the right to blaspheme religions go together,” it wrote.
Last year, Muslims around the world launched a firestorm of protest after a Danish newspaper published cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed that were reprinted by other European newspapers.
Sweden’s Muslim Council, an umbrella organisation for Islamic groups in the country, took issue with Nerikes Allehanda’s arguments.
Helena Benauda, chair of the council, said she was surprised because the newspaper had been involved in a dialogue with Muslims following the Danish controversy.
“I think they did understand our point of view – that you should not publish pictures that could be seen as racist, xenophobic or anti-Semitic,” Ms Benauda said.
Ulf Johansson, editor-in-chief of Nerikes Allehanda, said there was a difference between how his newspaper was approaching the issue and the Danish case.
“This newspaper has always been very eager to defend Muslim rights in Sweden and freedom of religion overall.
“But we are also very clear that the freedom of speech goes hand-in-hand with that.”
Pakistan’s 5.3 gazillion Muslims disagree and join Iran, which is already in an uproar
Pakistan has added its voice to that of Iran in condemning the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in newspaper Nerikes Allehanda. Sweden has told Pakistan it is sorry if the publication hurt Muslim feelings.