Kurt Westergaard risked more fury by saying that his inspiration for the pictures was "terrorism", which he said received "spiritual ammunition" from Islam.
Mr Westergaard, who answered questions from the Glasgow-based Herald in writing through an intermediary, defended the drawings as freedom of expression and the press.
He spoke out as a Pakistani cleric yesterday put a $1m bounty on his head. He is in hiding and hinted to The Herald that the Danish secret service, PET, was guarding him.
Besnainou, a French businessman who was elected president of the EJC last June, told Haaretz, "Ahmadinejad must not set foot on the Continent where he claims the Holocaust did not take place", adding "I cannot imagine that the members of the EU parliament will refuse to adopt this resolution." Besnainou criticized the actions of the EU governments so far on the matter, arguing that they should have recalled their ambassadors for consultations but chose not to do so for "political reasons."
Wednesday night at the Tahlil Mall is a big hangout for the Mall Rats. They are the rich, often feckless youths who in a nation with no cinemas, nightclubs or discos, really have nowhere else to go.
Starting at 8:30, after final evening prayers, they begin to gather--swarms of youths, strictly divided into male and female, the young women swathed often head-to-toe in their black abayas. Since this is the more relaxed atmosphere of Jeddah, some of the more daring young ladies actually do without scarves, baring their faces. Others, with a more traditional bent, cover their faces, just the eyes peering through their black masks.
Until midnight, or later, they wander up and down the endless marble corridors, past shops boasting Lacostes, or Rolexes, even Esprit, which has branches in nine Saudi cities. Rarely do they enter these stores. In Lacoste, five sales clerks lounged around while one man idly glanced through piles of shirts, each selling for $100.
But the hallways are a beehive of activity. Badr and Mahmoud are students at the International School and were lounging down the corridor, their baseball caps perched at a jaunty angle, checking out the action, especially the girls.
"I see a girl, I like her, I talk to her," Badr says, and flashes a little smile. But how do you know you like her if you can't really see her? "By her face."
Genetic testing of Jews throughout the world had already shown that they shared common strains of DNA from the Middle East. Southerton examined studies of DNA lineages among Polynesians and indigenous peoples in North, Central and South America. One mapped maternal DNA lines from 7,300 Native Americans from 175 tribes.*In 1981 the word "white" was officially changed to "pure" which tells me that the church perhaps doesn't take the book of Mormon as literally as critics suggest. To say nothing of how they abolished polygamy just like that.
Southerton found no trace of Middle Eastern DNA in the genetic strands of today's American Indians and Pacific Islanders.
In "Losing a Lost Tribe," published in 2004, he concluded that Mormonism — his faith for 30 years — needed to be reevaluated in the face of these facts, even though it would shake the foundations of the faith.
The problem is that Mormon leaders cannot acknowledge any factual errors in the Book of Mormon because the prophet Joseph Smith proclaimed it the "most correct of any book on Earth," Southerton said in an interview.
"They can't admit that it's not historical," Southerton said. "They would feel that there would be a loss of members and loss in confidence in Joseph Smith as a prophet."
Officially, the Mormon Church says that nothing in the Mormon scriptures is incompatible with DNA evidence, and that the genetic studies are being twisted to attack the church.