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France: Hackers silence a leading Islamic website

The Islamic website Oumma.com was wiped off the Internet for over ten days following an attack by hackers, announced its chief editor Said Branine. The website posted on its forum an anti-Semitic fatwa, a religious writ, allegedly from the Al Azar University of Muslim theology in Cairo, sent in by a “Muslim web surfer”. The fatwa listed the “twenty fundamental faults” of the Jews as enumerated in the Koran. The forum is moderated after the texts are posted, explained Branine, and the incriminated message was erased only four hours after it was put on line. In remained however on the Islamic website long enough to be spotted by a French reporter with the weekly newsmagazine Marianne. She wrote an article wondering whether the posting of such material was consistent with the site’s declared goal of “promoting dialogue between religions”. Full Story

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