Egyptian TV host Amr Adib said in an October 26, 2020 episode of his show on MBC Misr TV (Saudi Arabia/Egypt) that as the Muslim Council of Elders suggested, a lawsuit should be filed against the French Charlie Hebdo magazine, which has published cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad. He argued that this would enable the Muslims to use the Western and French system to their advantage. Adib also said that justice is won patiently, like he said the Jews have done in legally pursuing Nazi criminals ever since the end of World War II. In addition, Adib asked what philosophical or ideological gratification Charlie Hebdo gets from mocking the Prophet Muhammad.
Amr Adib: "Honestly, a smart and practical proposal has been made. The idea is to file a lawsuit against Charlie Hebdo, the French magazine that slandered the Prophet Muhammad. Of course, I support all the efforts and all the means of expression. Anyone can express [his protest] however he wants. But I saw in the proposal that was made by the Muslim Council of Elders something that we can actually build upon. By the way, we can do it very forcefully. We can collect donation, hire the best lawyer in Paris, and file a lawsuit. Some may ask me why we should file a lawsuit. By doing so, you take the main stage – you are inside. Afterwards, we will be able to put a lot of pressure on this magazine.
"That's it! We are not talking about doing justice by using violence. Not at all! We want to do justice using your Western way, your French way. I'm not saying that this is an alternative to boycotting [French products], but this can be very effective and harsh over there.
"The Jews reclaimed their gold [that was stolen] in WWII only 4 or 5 years ago. Since [the end of] WWII until now – they didn't stop 4 or 5 years ago – they have been suing every Nazi criminal in the world. Every time they hear about a Nazi somewhere, they sue him, search for him, and bring him [to court]. They collected donations... Of course, we know how the Jewish lobby works. This is how they get justice – patiently.
"What is the philosophical, artistic, or ideological gratification that you get from mocking the Prophet Muhammad? I would understand if you wanted to defend a certain principle – if you drew pictures about the liberation of women or about equality... Do whatever you want with all the issues that you defend over there. Every society has its own ideas. But what do you gain from this? And they didn't do it once. Once, twice, three times from the same place! What do you get out of it? There must be other things in the world that interest you, other than targeting the Prophet Muhammad."