Senior Military Aide to the Iranian Supreme Leader Major General Yahya Rahim Safavi condemned the French weekly, Charlie Hebdo, for publishing a blasphemous cartoon of Islam's Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), and said such moves are masterminded by the West and Zionists.
"Insulting the sanctities of Islam is a movement engineered by the Zionists and the West and this can be seen in the French government's non-gratis aid (to Israel) and the presence of the Zionist regime's prime minister in France," Rahim Safavi said, addressing a forum in Tehran on Monday.
He said Islam is gaining a new global momentum and power in the 21st century, and it is now the time for the Muslim world to establish a major power bloc in the world, adding that is why a French magazine has insulted Islam so shamelessly.
His remarks came after the French satirical magazine once again released a sacrilegious cartoon of Islam's Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on Wednesday, only a week after gunmen murdered eight journalists and four others at its offices in Paris.
The move has hurt the sentiments of over a billion Muslims throughout the world and caused angry protests in many world states.