French Jewish leaders condemn release of new Mohammed cartoons

The president of the representative body of France’s Jewish communities condemned the new publication of caricatures of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.

The publication Wednesday of the caricatures in the French weekly Charlie Hebdo “in the current context” is “irresponsible,” Dr. Richard Prasquier, the president of CRIF, the umbrella Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions, said in a statement.

The weekly published the caricatures in a defiant move that it said was meant to celebrate freedom of speech after deadly riots that broke out in Muslim countries over the recent release of an anti-Islam film titled “Innocence of Muslims.”

The front-page cartoon of Charlie Hebdo showed a Haredi Jew and a Muslim saying “No mocking.” It was titled “Untouchables 2,” a reference to a French film.

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