Freedom & Democracy in the Middle East

Islam’s Latest Contributions to Peace:

“Mohammed is God’s apostle. Those who follow him are ruthless
to the unbelievers but merciful to one another” Quran 48:29

A church burns in Cairo, where the “reformed” version of a Muslim state hasn’t been much of an improvement for religious minorities.

Deadly Protests in Yemen

From TROP:

Been missed:

Thousands of Turks Mourn Bin Laden at ‘Funeral’…

Ouch! That Hurts:

Al-Jazeera Program Host:

‘Israelis Are Very Much Less Brutal …’ [Than Arab Regimes]

… Israel Can Always Claim It Is Facing An Enemy, Whereas Arab Dictators Are Facing Their Own People’ (MEMRI)

A rare moment of truth on Al Jizz? Flying pigs indeed…..

Other  links from the ME:

Why Egyptians Want War with Israel

Short answer: It’s in the Quran. (Human Events)

In his April 27, 2011 column in the UAE-based Gulf News, titled “Outdoing
Israel in Brutality,” and sub-headed “Zionist crimes pale in comparison with
the manner in which some Arab regimes have cracked down on their own people
for merely seeking change,” Dr. Faisal Al-Qassem favorably compares Israel’s
treatment of the Palestinians with the Arab regimes’ treatment of their own
people, noting that “Israelis are very much less brutal.”

Al-Qassem, whom Gulf News describes only as “a Syrian journalist,” is a
Syrian Druze who hosts the “Opposite Direction” program on Al-Jazeera TV. On
April 25, 2011, reported, citing various websites and Arab
newspapers, that Al-Qassem had resigned from Al-Jazeera due to its biased
coverage of the Arab revolutions.[1] Other websites, such as the Lebanese
Al-Akhbar, reported that he had returned to Al-Jazeera but would be hosting
a different program, not “Opposite Direction.”[2]

The following is his column, in the original English.

Can the Arab Media Still “Satirize Israeli Barbarism… After Witnessing
What Arab Dictators Have Done To Their Own People?”

“The Arab media has, for over half a century or so, strongly condemned
Zionist crimes against the Palestinians and other Arab peoples. It has in
actual fact provided a hell of a lot of satire on Zionist brutality, which
is fair enough.

“But is the Arab media still able to satirize Israeli barbarism with the
same vigor after witnessing what Arab dictators have done to their own
people? Isn’t it a bit silly to bombard the Israelis with criticism and keep
quiet about savagery against unarmed demonstrators?

“An Israeli journalist remarked cynically about two decades ago that the
Arab media can easily see a dust particle in the eyes of Israel, but can
hardly see a log in the eyes of Arab regimes. In other words, the journalist
wanted to expose Arab media hypocrisy, where it ignores the massacres
committed by some Arab rulers.

“Funnily enough, comparing the number of Arab people killed during the wars
between Israel and Arab countries with the number of Arabs killed locally,
one will notice that Arab dictatorships have killed more people.

“I wonder what the aforementioned Israeli journalist would say after seeing
what some Arab despots are doing to protesters. I am sure he might put
pressure on the Israeli authorities to be harsher with the Palestinian and
Lebanese in the future. Sadly enough, some Arab armies and security services
have proved to be much more brutal than the Israeli army.

“When Israel killed about 1,400 Palestinians during Operation Cast Lead
against Gaza, the Arab media raised its voice, and thankfully drew world
attention to Israeli atrocities. But when we compare the number of
Palestinians killed in Gaza with the number of Arabs being killed these days
by Arab dictators, we will be horribly surprised.”

“An Arab Satirist Once Commented That An Arab Dictator Would Not Accept the
Number Of Palestinians Killed In Gaza Even As An Appetizer!”

“Shocking Facts

“In fact, the Sudanese regime killed hundreds of thousands of its own people
in Darfur. The so-called Janjaweed gangs in Sudan annihilated the people of
Darfur like flies simply because the latter clamored for their basic rights.
An Arab satirist once commented that an Arab dictator would not accept the
number of Palestinians killed in Gaza even as an appetizer!

“Recently, there were reports that deposed Tunisian president Zine Al
Abidine Ben Ali ordered his air force to bombard a civilian area in the
Al-Qasrain region because the people there demonstrated against his regime.
Thankfully, the army refused to carry out his order.

“The ongoing Arab intifadas have shown that some Arab rulers can beat the
Israelis at their own game. An Arab website recently carried an opinion poll
asking readers: ‘Who will be a killioneer?’ Sure enough, Muammar Gaddafi of
Libya won the day. Not only did he kill a lot of his own people but also
almost flattened many Libyan cities. It brought to mind Western cities
flattened by Hitler’s forces during the Second World War.

“Take Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen. WikiLeaks has revealed that his
‘chairmanship’ gave the green light to American aircraft to bombard civilian
areas to quell a local revolt. Add to this, of course, his brutal handling
of the Yemeni revolution.

“Other Arab despots are reported to have asked their security forces to aim
their guns at protesters’ heads. Have you ever seen an Israeli officer
torturing a Palestinian civilian to death in the street for everybody to
see? Definitely not. [But] many of us have seen that in some Arab towns

“Under Siege

“It is true that Israel is forcing an embargo on Gaza, but I do not think
that the Israelis are preventing the Palestinians from getting their daily
bread, whereas the security services in some Arab countries stopped cars
carrying food from entering certain areas. Nor are the Israelis cutting off
electricity, telephone and other communication services from houses,
hospitals and schools.

“It has been reported that the security services stopped nurses and doctors
from treating the injured during certain Arab demonstrations as a punishment
for rising against the ruling regime. The thugs contracted by the police to
help quell protests went even further. They shot at ambulances.

“Israelis Are Very Much Less Brutal… Israel Can Always Claim It Is Facing
An Enemy, Whereas Arab Dictators Are Facing Their Own People”

“Unlike in some Arab countries, Arabs living inside Israel can organize
sit-ins very comfortably. And when the Israeli police intervene, they never
beat demonstrators to death. And if we compare how Israel treats [Israeli
Islamist movement leader] Sheikh Raed Salah with the way some Arab dictators
treat their opponents, we will be horribly surprised, as the Israelis are
very much less brutal.

“It is true that Israel used internationally prohibited ammunition during
Operation Cast Lead, but some Arab despots used some chemical stuff to
disperse demonstrators.

“Israel can always claim it is facing an enemy, whereas Arab dictators are
facing their own people. Let us end with a succinct verse from the late poet
Omar Abu Risha: ‘No one can blame a wolf when it preys on a sheep if the
shepherd himself is the enemy of the cattle.'”

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