Will JfJfP take up the case of this Palestininan blogger?


By Kahina
November 19, 2010
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A Palestinian blogger faces life imprisonment for criticizing Islam on Facebook. The 26-year-old blogger, Waleed al-Husseini, was arrested recently by the Western-backed Palestinian Authority security forces in the West Bank.

His crime: He created a Facebook account named Allah and "insulted the divine essence."

Those who fund the Palestinian Authority must put pressure on its leaders to respect freedom of speech and refrain from imposing Islamic Sharia laws in the West Bank.

Otherwise, it will be only a matter of time before Palestinians in the West Bank are beheaded or have their hands amputated or are stoned to death for adultery and theft. If the Palestinian Authority is not made to understand the repercussions of its actions, the West Bank will be turned into another radical Islamic entity like the one that already exists in the Gaza Strip.

Al-Husseni, who is a Muslim from the city of Kalkilya, is accused of posting arguments in favor of atheism and describing the God of Islam as having the attributes of a "primitive Bedouin." According to Associated Press, he also called Islam a "blind faith that grows and takes over people's minds where there is irrationality and ignorance."

One could understand if this case happened in Iran, Saudi Arabia or the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. But the fact that it is happening under the Palestinian Authority, which claims to be a liberal and moderate regime, is extremely troubling.

If anything, this case shows that the Palestinian government is on its way to becoming an Islamic fundamentalist regime. The irony is that the young man was arrested for insulting Islam at a time when the Palestinian security forces are waging a massive crackdown on Hamas and Islamic Jihad supporters in the West Bank.

The arrest of al-Husseini is seen by some Palestinians as an attempt by Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad to appease Hamas. Others see the case as an attempt by the two men to show the Palestinians and the Arab and Islamic world that they are more Hamas than Hamas when it comes to "defending" Islam.

Read the rest by Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh here:

http://www.hudson-ny.org/1670/palestinian-authority-islamic-theocracy

And..... will JfJfP take up his case?

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Kahina

Sat, 11/20/2010 - 00:50

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Jews for Justice for Palestinians and others who want to help the Palestinians should be protesting about this terrible case instead of worrying about boycotting Israeli cosmetics.

Get real guys!


jose (not verified)

Sat, 11/20/2010 - 02:51

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Do you think JfJfP cares one agorah about what happens to 'Palestinians'? They are much more preoccuppied by what they can do to harm Israelis!


jose (not verified)

Sat, 11/20/2010 - 05:12

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Those who fund the Palestinian Authority must put pressure on its leaders to respect freedom of speech and refrain from imposing Islamic Sharia laws in the West Bank.

Sharia law will be, at least partly, imposed in whatever Muslim state arises from the 'Palestinian' people. It is already the case in Gaza, even without any state to enforce Sharia law. There is at present very few Muslim states that do not enforce at least partial Sharia law, with torture, inhuman treatment to people convicted for adultery, homosexuality, etc.
Preventing that just means preventing the creation of a Muslim state. So you can bet none of those who fund the PA will ever do that. They are too preoccupied about 'appeasing' the Muslim world, who need a 23rd and maybe a 24th religious state.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 11/20/2010 - 06:06

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And for those who want to know more about that poor victim of the future Muslim dictatorship in Judea Samaria, see:
http://goo.gl/bjGhO

Some typical statements from the future 'Palestine' citizens:

“Everyone is a Muslim here, so everyone is against what he did,” said Alaa Jarar, 20, who described himself as not particularly pious. “People are mad at him and will not respect the Palestinian Authority if he is released. Maybe he is a Mossad agent working for Israel.”

Please note that "everyone is Muslim there" means the town is Christian-frei as well as Juden-frei. And that a lynch mob that will not respect any decision of the authorities will form if that authority releases the victim.

Mr. Hasayin’s father, Khaled, was reluctant to talk. Clearly upset and ashamed, he said that his son was in treatment and had been “bewitched” by a Tunisian woman he had met via Facebook.

Please note that the father of the boy believes in witchcraft and is upset and ashamed by something that would not even be worth a mention in any Western newspaper, as well as being totally legal.

Palestinian human rights groups in the West Bank have so far remained silent about Mr. Hasayin’s arrest.

Please note that 'Palestinian' human rights groups' actions are only concerned with what Israel does, and with counting armed terrorists as civilians in the body count.

All this is mock justice, mock people, mock humanitarian groups. And none of these pseudo-humanitarian guys who spam the JC blogs will ever condemn this, because they are racists in tuxedo: Arabs are not considered as responsible for their blatant violations of human rights because, in their mind, they are not responsible adults. They are not even responsible for whom they elected as in their mock democratic elections, ie not responsible for the actions of the HAMAS. On the other hand Germans in WW II were considered as responsible of the Nazis, despite being elected by a minority of voters (although relative majority). And the German people were harshly punished for it.


amber

Sat, 11/20/2010 - 11:44

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JfJfP only care about demonising their fellow Jews.


telegramsam

Sat, 11/20/2010 - 12:52

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Amber only cares about placing Jews on a pedestal and thinking that they should act all the same.


jose (not verified)

Sat, 11/20/2010 - 13:38

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Amber only cares about placing Jews on a pedestal and thinking that they should act all the same.

That is what you do, always blaming the Jews for doing the same things as all others. That is because you think the Jews ought to be better than others, don't you?


Avraham Reiss

Sat, 11/20/2010 - 19:35

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I've met a few people on these blogs who IMHO should receive life imprisonment for blogging.

And the death sentence (carried out s l o w l y) for people who talk on cell-phones on public transport.


amber

Sat, 11/20/2010 - 20:00

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Jose you made the point well. Tspam goes on about Jews needing to act better than anyone - then accuses me that I place them all on a pedestal.

Garbage. I hardly place you on a pedestal, do I tspam? Nor watchful iris, or any other of the obsessive Israel demonisers here.

Jews aren't perfect. It's a shame 9and utterly hypocritical) that you demand they should be.


Kahina

Sat, 11/20/2010 - 23:46

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Back to the post...

Maybe we could negotiate a blogger swap with the Palestinian authority?

Telegramsam for Waleed al-Husseini?


Kahina

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 14:38

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Will Dan, Deborah or any of the other spokespeople for JfJfP comment on this case?

Your silence is deafening.


Yvetta

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 14:40

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And it sure ain't golden!


Yvetta

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 14:41

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"Maybe we could negotiate a blogger swap with the Palestinian authority?

Telegramsam for Waleed al-Husseini?"

Ah - a girl can dream!....


Kahina

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 15:07

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Waleed would be more fun on these blogs.

Would we miss t'sam?


Jon_i_Cohen

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 15:14

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Kahina
Great post, but don't expect a response from the useful idiots at JFJFP as there is no anti-Israel angle here for them.
And, great idea let's push for a swop; tsam/spam/sham for Waleed.


telegramsam

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 15:25

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I know this is all over Harry's Place, but as George Orwell said: "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." And I will keep on telling you what you don't want to hear.


zair (not verified)

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 15:30

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"If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear."

The problem with Harry's Place, as many people know, is that it stinks. And as with personal smells the people there don't even realise.


Kahina

Mon, 11/22/2010 - 15:40

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So Waleed al-Husseini says what the Palestinian Authority do not want to hear and ends up being arrested and facing life imprisonment.

Where are the outcries from you guys?


Kahina

Mon, 11/29/2010 - 18:00

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Stanley, where are you?


Stanley Walinets

Mon, 11/29/2010 - 18:05

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Kahina - thank you for drawing my attention to this arrest of Waleed al-Husseini. I hadn't heard of it. And I am shocked, and absolutely agree it is a terrible thing to have happened - it is simply one more demonstration of the potential for evil inherent in all absolutist religions and I deplore it (even as I deplore it in our own when our extremist Rabbis get their way ("G-d tells me therefore I'm right. How do I know G-d tells me? 'Cos he's told me, so shut up or I'll have you punished...")

Forgive me - that's by the way (tho' worth thinking about...). The fact is as you say, that Waheed's arrest is absolutely disgusting and as a JfJfP member I will bring this to the group's attention - they may well not have heard of it, like me. I'd also like to protest to the Palestinian Authorities - can you suggest any addresses?

Before I sign off, I do want to comment on the baying of some of the wolves on this site (see above). They are leaping to condemn JfJfP whose aims are perfectly honourable, and they should stop and think a bit. Their reaction suggests that they have very few issues which genuinely justify their dislike of anyone who dares criticise Israel, so they're leaping on this one like slavering dogs - without even knowing if JfJfP has heard of Waheed. Think about it.

One other point, before I rise to protest about Waheed. Utterly deplorable tho' it is, events like this are not without their multiple causes. And one elememnt in this PA swing to extremism must reflect in part on the injustices and subjugation experienced by Palestinians these past 60 years. If a community is unremittingly ill-treated, extremists within it will eventually take the upper hand within their community, and resort to absolutism and what we call 'terror'.

That's all - think about it. I'll say no more.


Kahina

Mon, 11/29/2010 - 18:13

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Thanks Stanley.

I'll reply in more detail as I'm going out now. But if you seriously do take up this case, you and your group will definitely go up in my estimations. And probably in mainstream Jewish public opinion.


Jon_i_Cohen

Mon, 11/29/2010 - 18:39

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17.05 Stanley Walinets; there is just one word, NAIVE.

The Waheed case is not todays news so i am sure that if Kahina and i know about it then plenty of others do so too, including the JFJFP sympathisers, of which you say you are a member.

Is this what you and your JFJFP friends are supporting:-

News over the week-end:-
Fatah Declares: No to Israel as Jewish State, No to Land Swaps.
Repeating the mantra of Khartoum in 1967

When will you and your JFJFP friends wake up to the fact that the PA have NO intention of living side by sidewith Israel in peace it is PIECE that they want, a very large PIECE ie the whole of Israel to disappear.


Yoni1

Mon, 11/29/2010 - 18:48

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"One other point, before I rise to protest about Waheed. Utterly deplorable tho' it is, events like this are not without their multiple causes. And one elememnt in this PA swing to extremism must reflect in part on the injustices and subjugation experienced by Palestinians these past 60 years."

You are one sick, sick man.


Kahina

Mon, 11/29/2010 - 21:36

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Stanley

I did a search on the Guardian and the Independant, which I presume are the newspapers you read. Absolutely no reporting on Waleed al-Husseini. And needless to say not in the JC.

When I meet people who are anti-Israel, I always say it's not their fault. IT'S THE MEDIA. They drip, drip feed the public negative images about Israel and skew the facts, and never mention the unbelievable things perpetrated by their enemies. And most people believe it. They never look further than their favourite newspaper to find out the truth.

This publication - the JC - is probably more responsible than most for contributing to this atmosphere. They always give so much space to the anti-Israel community, and as most readers know, it is near impossible to get reporting on the pro-Israel community. They would probably only report on Waleed al-Husseini if he was on XFactor eating a beigel.

The Palestinian Authority is represented in London by Manuel Hassassian, the Palestinian General Delegate to the United Kingdom at 5 Galena Road, London W6 0LT Email info@palestiniangd.org.uk Phone +44 (0) 20 8563 0008 www.palestiniangd.org.uk

If you want to this know more about the truth in the West Bank, I would strongly recommend that you and JfJfP follow the Palestinian journalist Khaled Abu Toameh.http://www.hudson-ny.org/author/Khaled+Abu+Toameh

I will be happy to follow your progress if you seriously take up the campaign.


Kahina

Mon, 11/29/2010 - 21:38

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That link was: http://www.hudson-ny.org/author/Khaled+Abu+Toameh

PS, Stanley

I believe your comments about Palestinian terrorism also relate to your news source. Out of interest, which newspaper do you read?

And I also don't believe that we can compensate Palestinian refugees without also compensation for the Jews who were kicked out of the Arab countries and also lost properties, businesses, etc. Somewhere in the peace talks their losses have to be addressed as well.

I'm pleased that the Israeli government have now taken this on board, which I reported on a previous posting http://www.thejc.com/blogpost/new-knesset-law-jewish-refugees-arab-lands (and that was never reported in the JC).


Kahina

Mon, 12/06/2010 - 17:58

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Update on 6th December (thanks Jose).

http://www.jpost.com/Headlines/Article.aspx?id=198257

"The 26-year-old, Walid Husayin, apologized in a letter to his family and sought forgiveness for what he called his "stupidity."

Palestinian military police arrested Husayin on Oct. 31 after he posted comments deemed offensive to Islam on his blog. Offending Islam is a crime in the West Bank.

A friend says Husayin posted the letter on his blog last week in hopes of winning release. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue."

One learns very quickly when you live under Islamic rule to keep your head low and not be outspoken.

This is what we're fighting against in the West.

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