Abbas orders probe into Palestinian cartoon of Prophet Mohammad

February 3rd, 2015  
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Topic: Abbas orders probe into Palestinian cartoon of Prophet Mohammad

By Noah Browning RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has ordered an investigation into a cartoon apparently depicting the Prophet Mohammad in an official Palestinian newspaper. The move came less than a month after Abbas joined world leaders in a march for free speech in Paris following a deadly attack by Islamist gunmen on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, which had caricatured Mohammad. Artist Mohammed Sabanneh, a Muslim, said he meant no harm. In a report late on Monday, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA said Abbas had ordered "an immediate investigation." It quoted him citing "the need to take deterrent action against those responsible for this terrible mistake, out of respect for sacred religious symbols and foremost among them the prophets".


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