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Man arrested for 'cursing God'
Published Friday 18/11/2011 (updated) 20/11/2011 09:41
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Palestinian police officers stand guard during an event in the West Bank
city of Qalqiliya (MaanImages/Khaleel Reash, File)
QALQILIYA (Ma'an) -- Palestinian police arrested a man on Thursday for "cursing God" while arguing with his father in Qalqiliya.

Police responded to a call reporting a fight between a father and son in the northern West Bank town, officials said. A police report said the father called police to break up the fight after his son "cursed God."

Police took the man, who was not identified, into custody in accordance with Article 273 of the Jordanian Penal Code, which criminalizes insulting the religious feelings of other persons or their religious faith, officials said.

The penalty could result in a jail term of between 1-3 years, according to the code.

Musaab Yahiya, deputy police chief in Qalqiliya, said police would target anyone who "curses God or any prophets or religions." He pointed to the sensitivity of religious issues and the "implications" of abusing religious sanctity.

The case is unusual but not without precedent. A year earlier in the same city, the PA arrested a 25-year-old university student, Waleed Hasayin, after he was accused of authoring blog posts critical of Islam.

The blogger's postings, many of them altered verses from the Koran as well as caricatures of the prophet Muhammad that had been published in Danish newspapers, had infuriated local Muslims.

In December 2010, Human Rights Watch called on the PA to release the blogger.

"The Palestinian Authority's claim that Husseini offended Muslims is no excuse for arbitrarily detaining him," said Joe Stork, deputy director of HRW's Middle East chapter.

Continuing to hold him without charge violates Palestinian law, under which a criminal suspect should be charged or released within 72 hours, the rights group said at the time.
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1 ) matt / usa
18/11/2011 19:28
If the palestinians are following jordanian penal law then maybe jordan should be the governing party as well. Btw, this is a ridiculous rule.

2 ) Robert Haymond / Israel/Canada
18/11/2011 20:34
Excellent precursor for what's to come should Islamists ever take full power in the Westbank in the future. No democracy, no opposition, no beliefs nor out-of-the-box ideas. This is typical of all Mideast Arabic socieities anyway.

3 ) Ajibola Hasan / Nigeria
18/11/2011 21:01
Calaminious to Israelite settlers, they cursed by the LORD, surely they would be perished.

4 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
18/11/2011 21:07
No doubt it's horrible for family members to fight one another but if, among the charges, there's a criminal charge because Jordan/Palestinian law criminalizes cursing All_h, I wholeheartedly support it. This is the same with us: All_h has commanded us NOT to take his Name in vain, 1 of our MAJOR commandments (laws). When one realizes the constant sanctity of All_h's Name--even if extremely upset--one then begins to realize His reverence is mandated and demanded at all times, Inshall_h.

5 ) American Back To The Indian / USA
18/11/2011 22:27
They don't even have their own laws and they want to be a country? My people the Iroquois had a constitution and law in 1124. Seems they are really behind the times.

6 ) elias / palestine
18/11/2011 22:54
..all from the same administration that collaborates with isreal. absolute ridiculous

7 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/11/2011 23:45
To Robert Haymond #2 'Excellent precursor for what's to come should Islamists ever take full power in the Westbank in the future...' Still...it pales beside what takes place in the present under Jewish rule, doesn't it?

8 ) Colin Wright / USA
18/11/2011 23:48
To American Back to the Indian #5 'They don't even have their own laws and they want to be a country? My people the Iroquois had a constitution and law in 1124. Seems they are really behind the times.' It seems like Israel supporters really can't keep from lying -- even gratuitously. You're Iroquois like I'm Eskimo.

9 ) Sayf Al-Islam / USA
19/11/2011 12:21
All I have to say is its about time that a offender whom commits a crime like this is punished in this life. People need to STOP cursing in this matter. May Allah guide us all.

10 ) USAUSA / USA
20/11/2011 18:37
Odd that Mr. Sayf Al-Islam comes from the USA. We are allowed to say anything we want here and can curse this or that god as we see fit. There is no crime in the US in cursing god or any real or fictional character living or dead. Mr. Al-Islam, have you learned anything from living here? It is not "about time" that anyone is punished for this so called "crime".
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