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Heir Apparent of Hashemite Monarchy Pleads Caution

FRANKFURT, Jan 12 2015 (IPS) - Prince Adel El-Hashemite, who claims to be the heir apparent to the British-sponsored Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq from 1921 to 1958, has criticized French president Francois Hollande for referring to a wave of killings in Paris as the work of (Islamic) “fanatics” and “extremists”.

Seventeen people fell victim to terror attacks across the country that began with a shooting at the weekly Charlie Hebdo, known for its satirical attacks on Islam and other religions, as well as politicians.

In an open letter to the French president on January 11, the day when some 50 government leaders, including Muslim and Jewish, marched arm-in-arm under high security to pay tribute to victims of brutal killings, Prince Adel said, the killers were ”French nationals by birth”. He said, “No religious holy books contain verses that indicate or allow for being ‘extremist’ against other ethnic, cultural or religious groups”.

He added: “Poking fun at a religion or religious leaders by way of degrading the symbols of a religion as part of the so-called freedom of speech or of press should be barred. Because the so-called right to poking fun or right to freedom of speech can be classified as libelous.”

Prince Adel, who is a member of the International Association of Prosecutors in The Hague, added: “. . . we must ask ourselves, what went wrong so that French citizens could be brain washed? Where did the local government fault in letting those young French nationals to be brain washed by sick-minded persons up to the point of committing murder?”

Prince Adel, who lives in Germany, is the eldest son of Prince Mohammed, the only survivor of the July 14, 1958 massacre by a secret Iraqi military group, which assassinated King Faisal II and nearly liquidated the Hashemite monarchy. The then 28-year old Prince Mohammed survived the wave of killings, because he was away, travelling in Egypt.

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