“Palestinian” blogger Faces Life Sentence for Facebook Criticism of Islam

First of all I placed in “google search” the words Palestine Blogger Facebook and there came up many entries, with Atlas Shrugs at the top

Then I placed the following “palestinian blogger facebook galloway ipsc”, because I wanted to see if Galloway on his blog or the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign were covering the issue.

there was nothing at all on the issue from these. This means that both Galloway and the IPSC are severely doctoring the News.

The biggest form of Lies today are Lies of Omision. It is the refusal to give the facts and to edit the Facts or News.

Yet this story about this Palestinian Arab who lives in Gaza is of extreme importance and is most instructional. It certainly has to go into the pot to get a handle on what is happening there, and what are the tensions in a future (planned by US Government) of the state of Palestine “living side by side in peace with Israel!!!LOL”

Obama just sent these cavemen another 150 million dollars, while he was cutting off Israel’s oxygen. Appalling. This Palestinaian blogger needs my bus ad.

Palestinian held for Facebook criticism of Islam Y Net News


The case of the unlikely apostate, a shy barber from the West Bank town of Qalqilya, is highlighting the limits of tolerance in the Western-backed Palestinian Authority – and illustrating a new trend by authorities in the Arab world to mine social media for evidence.

Residents of Qalqilya say they had no idea that Walid Husayin – the 26-year-old son of a Muslim scholar – was leading a double life.

Now, Husayin faces a potential life prison sentence on heresy charges for “insulting the divine essence.” Many in this conservative Muslim town say he should be killed for renouncing Islam, and even family members say he should remain behind bars for life.

“He should be burned to death,” said Abdul-Latif Dahoud, a 35-year-old Qalqilya resident. The execution should take place in public “to be an example to others,” he added.

[…]His Facebook groups elicited hundreds of angry comments, detailed death threats and the formation of more than a dozen Facebook groups against him, including once called “Fight the blasphemer who said ‘I am God.'”

Husayin is the first to be arrested in the West Bank for his religious views, said Tayseer Tamimi, the former chief Islamic judge in the area.

The Western-backed Palestinian Authority is among the more religiously liberal Arab governments in the region. It is dominated by secular elites and has frequently cracked down on hardline Muslims and activists connected to its conservative Islamic rival, Hamas.


Caught by café owner

Husayin used a fake name on his English and Arabic-language blogs and Facebook pages. After his mother discovered articles on atheism on his computer, she canceled his Internet connection in hopes that he would change his mind.

Instead, he began going to an Internet cafe – a move that turned out to be a costly mistake. The owner, Ahmed Abu-Asal, said the blogger aroused suspicion by spending up to seven hours a day in a corner booth. After several months, a cafe worker supplied captured snapshots of his Facebook pages to Palestinian intelligence officials.

Officials monitored him for several weeks and then arrested him on October 31 as he sat in the cafe, said Abu-Asal.

Husayin’s family has been devastated by the arrest. On a recent day, his father stood sadly in the family barber shop, cluttered with colorful towels and posters of men in outdated haircuts. He requested that a reporter not write about his son to avoid being publicly shamed.

Two cousins attributed the writings to depression, saying Husayin was desperate to find better work. Requesting anonymity because of the shame the incident, they said Husayin’s mother wants him to remain in prison for life – both to restore the family’s honor and to protect him from vigilantes.

Hamas ‘stalks’ Facebook pages

Gaza’s Hamas rulers stalk Facebook pages of suspected dissenters, said Palestinian rights activist Mustafa Ibrahim. He said Internet cafe owners are forced to monitor customers’ online activity, and alert intelligence officials if they see anything critical of the militant group or that violates Hamas’ stern interpretation of Islam.

Both governments also create fake Facebook profiles to befriend and monitor known dissidents, activists said. Such “stalking” on Facebook and other social media sites has become increasingly common in the Arab world. In Lebanon, four people were arrested over the summer and accused of slandering President Michel Suleiman on Facebook. All have been released on bail.

In neighboring Syria, Facebook is blocked altogether. And in Egypt, a blogger was charged with atheism in 2007 after intelligence officials monitored his posts.


He could face a life sentence if he’s found guilty, depending on how harshly the judge thinks he attacked Islam and how widely his views were broadcast, said Islamic scholar Tamimi.

Even so, a small minority has questioned whether the government went too far.

Zainab Rashid, a liberal Palestinian commentator, wrote in an online opinion piece that Husayin has made an important point: “that criticizing religious texts for their (intellectual) weakness can only be combatted by … oppression, prison and execution.”

He sounds like our “liberals.”


Somebody wrote the following comment on Atlas Shrugs and it is worth repeating, because it makes the same point that we hold, that these groups around galloway are basically heavily editing the news, in other words they are building up a narrative that is based on lies, and even more on ignorance, that is ignoring issues and facts which would militate against their ideology, which itself is false, becoming deeper and deeper mired in falsity:

Doda McCheesle dijo…

They should change the name of Qalqilya to “I’ll Kill Ya”.

Of course, fakastinian lovers like Lauren Booth, George Gallows, er, Galloway, Maxine Waters, et al, have already boarded the Peace Boats in protests, to demand the release of Mr. Husayin…

Oh, maybe not Booth, as she is now islamic…




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