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Kurier - Austria | Thursday, September 13, 2012

Denounce Mohammed film but don't kill

A US-made amateur film about the prophet Mohammed sparked violent protests in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia on Tuesday and Wednesday. The UN ambassador to Libya and three of his staff were killed in an attack in Benghazi in eastern Libya, and ten Libyans also died. Islamic representatives should take a stand and call for an end to the violence, the liberaly Kurier demands: "In the critical dialogue with the people, the extremists will stay where they are - on the margins of society and ultimately irrelevant. Unfortunately, the bloody uprising in parts of the Islamic World against this most recent provocation was predictable, and it must be harshly condemned. Criticism is OK, but violence is not. When ultra-orthodox Jews - it is suspected - recently wrote 'Jesus is an ape' on the wall of a monastery near Jerusalem, did Synagogues burn or were Israeli embassies attacked? No, thank God. The Muslim authorities are now called upon to bring the mob to its senses. To merely remain silent would make them accomplices of the mob and further complicate the crucial dialogue between the religions which is already faltering."

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