Some other cartoons by AEL
Again these cartoons may not be
politically correct but undeniable they reflect a point of view which
apparently is shared by many.
Vision of the AEL
The Arab European League (AEL) is a political and social movement that
stands for the Rights of the Arab and Moslem communities in Europe and
the Arab causes in general. The AEL stands also for solidarity with all
Muslim peoples and communities and all the oppressed peoples of the
world. The member of the AEL declares hereby to abide and strive for
the following 19 principals and goals:
Towards the Arab Shatat
(Diaspora) we declare:
We declare as Arab Shatat (Diaspora) our belonging to the Arab Nation
while being worthy and law abiding citizens of Europe. We demand the
right to foster our Arab cultural identity while engaging actively as
European citizens in the countries of residence, with equal rights and
We declare that we will promote and restore our Arab language as a
spoken lingua franca between our people all across Europe.
We declare that we will establish structural ties between the Arab
Diaspora in Europe in order to form one community all across the
continent. And we will strengthen the bound between our Diaspora and
the Arab Nation.
We declare that we will fight every form of racism and especially
We will fight all forms of discrimination and specifically in the
fields of employment, housing and education.
We declare that we will resist any attempt to breach the freedom of
expression, religion, religious practice and any other fundamental
human right as mentioned in the universal declaration of human rights.
Towards the Arab world we
We will be active in advocating all just Arab causes in Europe.
We will work towards balanced and productive Arab-European relations
based upon mutual respect and the awareness and recognition of the
historical crimes committed by European colonialism against the Arab
We are part of the stream of the Arab National Movement that is working
towards the goals of freedom, Social justice and Unity in the Arab
We are an anti-colonial and anti Zionist organization. Therefore we
reject colonization and occupation of any Arab territory by any foreign
We reject the Zionist project in Palestine and we call for the
dismantling of the Zionist entity and the establishing of a united
Palestinian democratic state in all historical Palestine. A state where
Arabs and Jews can coexist peacefully enjoying equal rights without any
discrimination. This includes the return of all Palestinian refugees to
their original homes with compensation. Until such a solution is put to
practice we will support resistance against the Zionist occupation of
We are opposed to all non-democratic regimes or all other regimes
that do not guarantee the full scope of human rights as mentioned in
the universal declaration of human rights. We believe that freedom can
not be fragmented. It is the freedom of society from foreign occupation
and colonization. But it is also the freedom of the individual from
every other kind of oppression. We will not trade one for the other,
nor put one on hold for the other.
We believe that the Unity of the Arab people in one democratic federal
state is a necessary translation of the actual objective Unity of the
Arab people that is a result of century’s old shared history.
We consider this Arab Unity also to be a process of de-colonization
since the current Arab map has been drawn by colonizers and not by
sovereign governments. Therefore we reject any project for the Arab
region that does not take into consideration its identity and right to
unity and freedom.
We also refuse to fragment our Arab identity along the lines of the
current Arab states. The Arab federated entities do not need to follow
the current colonial divisions but will be determined by the free will
of all the Arab people.
Arab unity will grant the needed space for any form of diversity and
recognize the right of old and new linguistic minorities to foster
their language and culture.
Aramaic-Arabs, Assyrian-Arabs and Amazigh-Arabs especially are to be
recognized as protected components of our nation. Rif, Sous and Kabilya
can become each a federated Arab province enjoying internal autonomy
while being parts of the Arab federal state. The AEL also recognizes
the disastrous assimilation and oppression policies that Arab
minorities were facing on the hand of the dictatorships; for example
the Rif and the Assyrians. Therefore the AEL calls for the restoration
of all threaten languages like Rif and Assyrian languages alongside the
National Arabic language.
Having said that the Aramaic, Assyrian and Amazigh-Arabs are not
separate peoples but have contributed largely to the formation of the
Arab nation, which makes them an integral part of the Arab people. Any
racist separatist tendency claiming the supremacy and exclusivity of a
certain race or ethnicity from any side should be fought.
The Arab State as a secular state will also respect religious diversity
and provide all individuals and groups the full freedom to practice
their religion. It will also grant its citizens the protection in order
to be able of changing religion, or practicing no religion at all
without being persecuted or discriminated. The Arab Constitution will
refer to Islam as the Religion of the Arab State.
Freedom can be only completed if political freedom and freedom of
expression are also going along with social rights and a social
economy. Eradicating poverty and preventing the concentration of
capital is therefore essential for a free society. Preventing any
concentration of power, whether economical or media or any other form
of power, is crucial if we are to preserve a free society.
Democracy in all its faces, political as well as economical, is the
only acceptable system of government. Democracy grants the sovereignty
to the people and all the power to the people. Democracy is not strange
to the Arab people and our Arab-Islamic history witnessed many
Democratic experiences and movements. Also our Arab philosophy and
literature have known many thinkers promoting its values and norms. But
above all, it is a necessity in order to unleash the residing
civilization power of our people and lead the way towards progress and
All actions or activities of the AEL as a movement or of its members
will be in service of one or all of these 19 principals. The AEL will
struggle for these goals and principals within the logic of empowerment
believing that only the strengthening of our community can lead to the
realization of its goals. But also out of an emancipation thought that
emphasizes the element of responsibility. We have to liberate
ourselves, we have to solve our own problems, we have to take our
responsibility and lead the way for change.
|Colonial sense of humour
female circumcision issue
arguments on the cartoon riot
AEL will keep updating this list of arguments hoping to help people
understand our position
1.The issue for us is not about depicting the prophet or any other
theological consideration. It’s about stigmatizing a whole population
of more than one billion Muslims through portraying their symbol as
being a terrorist, megalomaniac, misogynic and a psychopath. This is
Racist, xenophobic and calling for hatred against Muslims.
2.We do believe in Freedom of speech but we think that respecting
sensitivities and being constructive is also an added value to a
democratic society. We are against laws oppressing any form of
expression no matter how appalling it is. Nevertheless, we condemn the
selective indignation of Europe’s intellectual elite and population.
When anti-Muslim stances are made or published this is perceived as
freedom of speech and cheered and supported but when other sensitive
issues to Europe like the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, homosexuality,
sexism and more are touched, Europe’s elite is scandalized.
3.In our cartoon campaign we do not endorse any anti-Semitic,
homophobic or sexist stands. All we are trying to do is to confront
Europe with its own hypocrisy using sarcasm and cartoons. We will
therefore continue our sarcastic campaign in the days to come and we
will not be intimidated by the ridiculous law suite that was filed
against us in the Netherlands.
4.The reaction of the majority of Muslims to this provocation has been
civilized and consisted of economical boycott and free speech. If
Europe would boycott the Palestinians because of voting for a certain
political party in elections, why are Europeans so surprised that the
boycott is used against them? The fact that some mobs turned violent is
by no means representative of the majority. The mob is never more than
a caricature of the people, it is not the people. Anybody suggesting
that Muslims in their majority are violent in their reaction to this
issue is Islamophobic.
5.Arabs and Muslims are facing occupation on the hand of the west,
oppression on the hand of the dictators often supported by the west and
aggressive colonization by the Zionist state of Israel. Adding symbolic
offence to factual aggression is responsible for the tension that we
are witnessing today. Any attempt to understand the cartoon’s issue out
of the current international context is completely missing the point.