Arab papers are full of complaints about the nature of Charlie Hebdo’s work. Al Jazeera’s English’s executive producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr sent an email where he wrote: “Defending freedom of expression in the face of oppression is one thing; insisting on the right to be obnoxious and offensive just because you can is infantile.”
Well, that just sums about the whole of the Arab media, which is consistently obnoxious and offensive when it comes to depicting Jews. At least Charlie depicts Mohammed as a human being, while Jews have to settle for being caricatured as pigs and monkeys. Perhaps Charlie should publish its next cartoon of Mohammed as a porcine figure with a long tail. Is that going too far, or might pigs fly? Oink don’t think so, although wasn’t it Obama who coined the catchphrase, ‘Yes, we can’? Perhaps we should.