French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo may be in trouble for allegedly mocking the death of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi. The publication, which itself saw the death of its editor and many staff members after terrorists stormed their office and fired shots at them in January 2015, has been criticised for its cartoons on little Aylan Kurdi. Charlie Hebdo was always controversial for its cartoons on Prophet Mohammad and other things related to Islam, but were supported by everyone around the world after the terror attack. Also Read - Day of Arafah 2020: History, Significance of The Day And How it is Marked
‘Je Suis Charlie,’ everyone tweeted the hashtag in January. But now, they are raising questions about Charlie Hebdo‘s editorial stance after the sketches on Aylan Kurdi, one of which said, “Proof that Christians walk on water, (while) Muslim children drown.” In another cartoon, Charlie Hebdo uses a McDonald’s reference and says, “Welcome to migrants – Two Menus of Children For The Price of One”. (ALSO SEE: What is the crisis in Syria all about and why did it happen? This comic book explains it all!)
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Our question is: Did Charlie Hebdo really make fun of the death of Aylan Kurdi and other immigrants? Or were they simply making fun of the way Europeans are treating the migrants? Especially Germany and Hungary, who have welcomed the refugees with open arms but are not sure how they are going to be accommodated. (MUST SEE: Heartbreaking images! Artists pay tribute to Syrian toddler who drowned off Turkey coast)
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D Peter Herbert OBE, Barrister, Chair of Society of Black Lawyers, Human Rights activist says on Twitter, “Humour and satire to be applauded but a child’s tragic death is never acceptable. Do we joke about the Holocaust or genocide?”
“Charlie Hebdo is a purely racist, xenophobic and ideologically bankrupt publication that represents the moral decay of France,” he had said earlier, tweeting further, “The Society of Black Lawyers will consider reporting this as incitement to hate crime & persecution before the International Criminal Court”.
Do you think Charlie Hebdo is mocking the death of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi, or simply making a point on the immigrant crisis? (Photos: Twitter and Morocco World News.)