[UPDATED] LEGO caves to Islamofascist pressure, pulls game that features a Turkish mosque lookalike and terrorists

UnknownCrybaby Muslim weenies declare victory after their campaign of intimidation and threats of a legal battle against LEGO apparently worked. They accused the popular toy manufacturer of ‘racism’ (what ‘race’ is Islam?) and demanded they stop producing a Star Wars toy that allegedly depicted a Turkish mosque and made Muslims look like terrorists. (Imagine that?)

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UK DAILY MAIL Turkish Muslims have declared victory after toy maker Lego agreed to withdraw a Star Wars product which allegedly depicted a mosque. Critics claimed that the Jabba’s Palace model, part of Lego’s Star Wars range, was offensive to Muslims as it resembled the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul.

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The Lego set is based on the home of Jabba the Hutt, a central character in the Star Wars series, who lives in a domed palace, with a separated watchtower.

Muslim whiners claim that the Jabba’s Palace model, part of Lego’s Star Wars range, offends Muslims as it resembles the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul – one of the world’s most renowned mosques (originally a renowned church – see under video)Members of the Turkish Cultural Community of Austria group also accused the toy manufacturer of depicting Muslims as having ‘deceitful and criminal personalities’.

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Called “Jabba’s Palace,” the set features a giant alien who resides in a building that, according to critics, resembles a mosque. The scenario was first put on sale in 2012 as part of Lego’s Star Wars collection, but it wasn’t until this past January that the toy started to spark debate, The Independent reports.

The outlet explains the controversy in detail, highlighting the purportedly anti-Islamic nature of “Jabba’s Palace”:

The game, which is aimed at children aged from nine to 14, features Jabba the Hutt in his intergalactic lair. Jabba, the slug-like villain who first appeared in the 1983 film Return of the Jedi, lives in a domed, oriental-looking building equipped with rockets and machine guns. He also smokes a water pipe and keeps Princess Leia in chains for use as his personal slave.

Furious Muslim critics complained that the Lego set’s Muslim-looking figures were “deceitful and criminal” characters such as gun-runners, slave masters and terrorists. (Type casting?)

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As well as bearing a likeness to the Hagia Sophia mosque, the Turkish group also claimed the toy was designed based on the Jami al-Kabir mosque in Beirut with the watchtower resembling a minaret. The set of blocks featured Jabba the Hutt, a slug-like shisha-smoking alien from the Star Wars films, and an oriental domed building housing rockets and machine guns.

The character of Jabba, which features in the toy aimed at children aged from nine to 14, keeps Princess Leia in chains for use as his personal slave in the Star Wars films. A statement posted on the organisation’s website referred to Jabba the Hutt as a ‘terrorist’ and said that he ‘likes to smoke hookah and have his victims killed’.

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It added: ‘It is clear that the ugly figure of Jabba and the whole scene smacks of racial prejudice and vulgar insinuations against Muslims as people with deceitful and criminal personalities.’ (Well, they are) The statement said that the figures in the set are made to resemble ‘terrorists, criminals and murderers’.

The case came to light when a Turkish man expressed his dissatisfaction with the toy after it was purchased for his son by a family member. Lego initially refused to remove the Jabba’s Palace toy from the shelves claiming it was an entirely fictional creation.

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But following a meeting between Turkish community leaders and Lego executives it was agreed that production of the toy would end from 2014 onwards. Birol Killic, the president of the TCA, said in a statement: ‘We are very grateful and congratulate Lego on the decision to take Jabba’s Palace out of production.’

Lego was not available for comment yesterday. There was no explanation why the game was not scheduled for immediate withdrawal.

Melissa Gunes, a spokesperson for Austria’s Turkish Cultural Association (TCA), told The Independent that the toy doesn’t belong in kids’ bedrooms, as the palace that is depicted is said to look like the Hagia Sophia mosque, an Islamic house of worship in Istanbul.

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THE HAGIA SOPHIA MOSQUE: CENTURIES OF HISTORY AND UPHEAVAL

The Hagia Sophia was first built around 360AD in the Byzantium capital Constantinople, later Istanbul. It served as an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral and was the world’s largest for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520.

In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks under Sultan Mehmed II, who ordered the building converted into a mosque. Christian symbols such as the bells and altar were removed and many of the mosaics were plastered over. Islamic features, such as the four minarets, were added while it was in the possession of the Ottomans.

It remained a mosque until 1931 when it was closed to the public for four years. It re-opened in 1935 as a museum by the Republic of Turkey. It is famous for its massive dome and is considered the crowning achievement of Byzantine architecture. Some experts say it ‘changed the history of architecture’.

UPDATE! From BNI Reader prof andrew michael:

From the Telegraph: these Turks had no influence in the product being taken off the shelves. The lifecycle of the product has met its end date.

Lego said the demise of “Jabba’s Palace” had nothing to do with the racism claims and meetings with Turks, and all to do with the natural lifecycle of the product.

Katharina Sasse, a public relations manager working on behalf of Lego, told The Daily Telegraph that the Palace or product number 9516 in Lego-speak was due to be phased out at the end of 2013.

“There have been no changes to the product 9516 or its lifecycle due to the dialogue with the Turkish community,” she explained.

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