September 22, 2006

Moderate Muslim Editor Facing Death

I often wonder why we donít here more from the Moderate Muslims. We know they are out there. We know they are reasonable. I donít believe in Islam but as far as Iím concerned your relationship with God is your business. That is right up until something in my nation blows up in the name of Allah. Then I tend to get a bit upset.

Jpost: A Bangladeshi Muslim journalist arrested in the past for advocating ties with Israel now faces charges of sedition, a crime punishable by death in Bangladesh, and will likely be put on trial by the end of the month, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

In a court session on Tuesday in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, a state-appointed judge ruled that the government's case against Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury could proceed to trial and that the hearings would commence within 15 days.

As editor of The Weekly Blitz, an English-language newspaper published in Dhaka, Choudhury aroused the ire of Bangladeshi authorities after he printed articles favorable to Israel and critical of Muslim extremism.

Bangladesh does not recognize Israel's existence and refuses to establish diplomatic relations with the Jewish state.

In November 2003, Choudhury was arrested at Dhaka's international airport just prior to boarding a flight on his way to Israel, where he was scheduled to deliver an address on promoting understanding between Muslims and Jews. His visit to Israel would have been the first by a Bangladeshi journalist....

...In a May 20, 2005 opinion piece published in the Post, Choudhury wrote: "As a journalist, I counteracted the biased 'news' that promoted hatred of Israel and Jews, condemned terrorism, promoted the free exchange of ideas and urged Bangladesh to recognize Israel."

Describing the moments immediately before his 2003 arrest, he wrote: "Though physically still in Dhaka, my heart ached to kiss Israel's holy soil."

So it appears that being moderate is also a capital crime, at least in Bangladesh. If you are published in a Jewish newspaper or donít want to kill the jooooos the Islamists will take your livelihood, harass your family and last but not least they kill you. No wonder.

By Howie at 04:38 PM | Comments |