Abbas Mohammed cartoon: Palestinian paper allegedly prints prophet's image.

Palestine’s Abbas, Fresh Off Paris March, Orders Investigation Into Mohammed Cartoon

Palestine’s Abbas, Fresh Off Paris March, Orders Investigation Into Mohammed Cartoon

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Feb. 3 2015 12:56 PM

Palestine’s Abbas, Fresh Off Charlie Hebdo March, Orders Investigation Into Mohammed Cartoon

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Abbas, right, with French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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On Jan. 11, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas marched with French President François Hollande at a massive Paris unity rally held (in part) to memorialize the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists who were murdered for drawing Mohammed. Now Abbas has reportedly described a Palestinian cartoon that some believe depicts Mohammed as a “terrible mistake” and ordered an investigation into its origin. From Reuters via the Guardian:

A drawing in the West Bank-based newspaper al-Hayat al-Jadidah on Sunday showed a robed man standing astride Earth and reaching into a heart-shaped pouch to sow seeds of love around the world. The caption reads: “Our Prophet Muhammad”.
Artist Mohammed Saba’aneh, a Muslim, said he meant no harm. The figure was not Muhammad but “a symbol of humanity enlightened by what the Prophet Muhammad brought”, he wrote on Facebook.
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Abbas, according to official Palestinian news agency WaFa, said that the image’s publication demands “deterrent action.” Al-Hayat al-Jadidah has apologized for the cartoon and reiterated that it was not meant to show Mohammed but “to defend religions and to spread love and peace.”