Libyan Fatwa House calls for boycott of French products

Libyan Fatwa House calls for boycott of French products

October 28, 2020 - 15:13
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

The Libyan Fatwa House has called for a boycott of French goods in protest over President Emmanuel Macron's insults against Islam and the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.

The Research Council of the Fatwa House issued a statement on Thursday calling all Muslims, consumers, and traders to boycott all French goods, including food and others.

"The boycotting weapon is painful and effective, and no one heeds to the frustrating and discouraging calls led by governments which had chosen to normalize ties with the Zionists," the statement read.

The Fatwa House stressed the need to activate the boycott at all levels, including at official capacities and among the general public.

It also called on scholars, preachers, and elites to contribute to the campaign by educating people about their duty to defend their religious beliefs and sanctities.

President Emmanuel Macron defended in recent public statements the cartoon of Charlie Hebdo magazine of the Prophet Mohamed peace be upon him, which sparked anger among Arab and Muslim nations around the world.

In Libya, activists launched online campaigns calling for the boycott of French products by sharing lists of French brands that consumers should avoid.

They also circulated the application "Made in" in which the consumer could know the origin of products by scanning its code.

French-made products -from food to beauty items- have also been removed from display at many supermarkets in Kuwait, Jordan, Qatar, and Egypt.

Meanwhile, many protests took place in Libya, Syria, and the Gaza Strip, Turkey, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, in addition to online calls for a similar step in other countries, including Saudi Arabia, the Arab world's largest economy.

Charlie Hebdo, which Macron insists on defending, is no stranger to such policy and language in its editorial line.

In 2015, the magazine published two cartoons depicting the Sinai air crash in which 224 people died.

A year later, the magazine went at it again and published a cartoon depicting Italian earthquake victims as pasta dishes, which provoked outrage across Italy.