By Dawood Mehmood
The attacks in Paris against Charlie Hebdo and the Jewish community are horrific and wholly against the teachings of Islam. After the attacks, the magazine published more caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. Therefore, as Muslims we must also condemn this vindictive and hateful act.
The debate of freedom of speech has come into light in the past week, and many have said that it is justifiable for Charlie Hebdo to publish the caricatures. However, many feel that there is dual-standard and hypocritical behaviour surrounding this argument. The same people who argue for this on the one hand say it is free speech to draw the Prophet Muhammad, on the other hand, do not draw Prime Minister Netanyahu, as it may be anti-Semitic, as proven in 2013, when the Daily Telegraph retracted their caricature. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair expressed his “sharp reservation”, with Rupert Murdoch stating “we owe [a] major apology for [the] grotesque, offensive cartoon”. If it is grotesque to draw Netanyahu, then how can it be freedom of speech drawing the Prophet Muhammad? The question that should be debated is what are the limits to the freedom of speech?