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Thursday, February 02, 2006

Palestinian Terrorists Shut Gaza EU Offices

The latest update in cartoongate: Palestinian 'gunmen' - as al-AP calls them, shut down the EU's offices in Gaza this morning, demanding that the EU governments 'apologize' for the cartoons of Muhammed that have appeared in many European newspapers.

Palestinian gunmen took up positions outside the EU Commission's office Thursday morning and said they were closing it in protest over a newspaper cartoon featuring the prophet Muhammad that has riled the Muslim world. The workers in the offices had already abandoned the building before the gunmen arrived.

The gunmen also demanded apologies from the governments of France, Denmark and Norway within 48 hours and called on Palestinians to boycott their products after newspapers in these countries printed the caricatures.

A leaflet signed by a Fatah militia and the Islamic Jihad said the EU office and churches in Gaza could come under attack and urged all French citizens to leave Gaza.

On Wednesday night, the Fatah-affiliated Aksa Martyrs' Brigades and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine threatened to blow up the Danish and Norwegian consulates in the Palestinian Authority, Army Radio reported.

For those of you who don't know the history of the cartoons, you can find their history at Little Green Footballs, especially here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. You can find the cartoons themselves and many other depictions of Muhammed throughout history may be found here.


At Little Green Footballs, Charles is reporting that you can get a list of the European newspapers that have printed the cartoons here.


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