No, the Arab world DID NOT celebrate the attack on Charlie Hebdo. While there were reports of Palestinians celebrating the killing of blasphemers in the West Bank and in Lebanese refugee camps, rest of the Arab world was clearly outraged. Many newspapers across the Arab world published cartoons expressing solidarity and support with the French satirical magazine.
Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed printed a powerful picture of a pencil overpowering a bullet.
Al-Masry Al-Youm’s young cartoonist Makhlouf drew two cartoons. The first one says on top “In support with Charlie Hebdo” with the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie.
In the below cartoon, Makhlouf drew himself holding up a pencil in front of a masked gunman. It again says “In support of Charlie Hebdo”.
Iranian government’s official newspaper Iran dedicated most of its front page to the Paris attack, with the headline “Bloody Show Of Terrorists In Paris”.
Below two cartoons are from the An Nahar newspaper. The first one reads “But … he called me a terrorist”. And the second one reads “This is how we avenge the cartoonists’ killer”.
The Al Akhbar newspaper printed the following cartoon that read “freedom up in the air”.
The pan-Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat sharply condemned the Paris attack. Its headline read “Terrorists Hit The Heart Of Paris in Cold Blood”.
Saudi Arabia described the attack on journalists as a “cowardly terrorist act which Islam as well as other religions reject,” the state-run Saudi Press Agency quoted an official source as saying.