A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.
A judge in Saudi Arabia (the kingdom was recently elected to the UN Human Rights Council for a three-year term) has recommended that imprisoned blogger Raif Badawi, 30, go before a high court on a charge of apostasy, which carries the death penalty, Badawi’s wife told CNN.
In July, a criminal court found Badawi, in prison since June 2012, guilty of insulting Islam through his Free Saudi Liberals website and in television comments. He was sentenced to 600 lashes and seven years in prison. His lawyer appealed the decision. Now he might be bumped to the gallows.
Badawi’s website included articles that were critical of senior religious figures. He was found guilty of insulting Islam, speaking ill of Saudi Arabia’s religious police and—no idea what it really means—“parental disobedience.”
According to Brian Whitaker, the offending articles on Badawi’s website included one about Valentine’s Day, which is banned in Saudi Arabia, and one suggesting that al-Imam Mohamed ibn Saud University had become “a den for terrorists.”
Whitaker cites a third article that mocked the religious police, joking sarcastically: “Congratulations to the Commission on the promotion of virtue, for teaching us virtue, and for its eagerness to ensure that all members of the Saudi public are among the people of paradise.”
Apparently, the religious police gets your humor, then they come pick you up.
Human rights groups accuse Saudi authorities of targeting activists through the courts and travel bans. And Amnesty International has said Badawi’s “is clear case of intimidation against him and others who seek to engage in open debates about the issues that Saudi Arabians face in their daily lives.”
Somebody should tell the ASA about this…
About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.
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