Politics Entrenched Hate By mahmood on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 View the story “Entrenched Hate” on Storify] #feb14 alfateh bahrain hate speech sectarianism Society 12 Previous Post Next Post Related Posts Politics King Faisal on Palestine Politics Exposing America Politics Bahrain Personal Data Protection Law coming into effect
I agree with you, the level of hate is of great concern & a great deal of education and time will be needed to reintegrate these people. The hate is strange; what is the reason, the driving force? I am a UK citizen & this hate is directed at me merely because I speak of human rights and the UN declaration. They hate is not kept in Twitter land either, it spills over into blogland, one called Bahrain Views springs to mind. Many people are targeted on twitter and on this blog but they will continue to speak on human rights for all people; ironically even these haters should enjoy all their rights & they do not, in Bahrain.
I think you always have to remember that most Twitter users are very young and take their comments with a pinch of salt. But there is no doubt that what happened in February was a terrible experience for many young Bahrainis who had previously taken their comfortable, comparatively stress free existence for granted.
Linda, I think you will find that the reason many Sunnis in particular will not appreciate any reference to human rights is that some of the most extreme anti-government protesters in Bahrain act under the umbrella of a self styled human rights organisation.
EMM, I would argue that although neither of us has statistics on the demographics of Twitter users, the reality is that “most” isn’t a good metric to go by, but rather the few who have the most followers. Here are some examples.
This guy was a former MP: https://twitter.com/#!/boammar
This guy (Abdulla Aljawder) is an M.D. at Salmanya Hospital: https://twitter.com/#!/7areghum
This guy is a manager at a government organization: https://twitter.com/#!/walbalushi65
This guy heads a civic organization: https://twitter.com/#!/7usaini
They have tens of thousands of followers and most of what they tweet about is libelous to say the least.
I can’t be bothered to list others as too many beards before bedtime gives me nightmares. Go through their list of followers to see heads of civic organizations, fellow MPs, former MPs, upper managers, members of the ruling family and more, all spouting hate and sectarianism.
What is really interesting is that none of the above is Bahraini (in order: Irani, Pakistani, Irani, Afghani) and yet the Bahraini protestors are the Irani agents and the traitors.
Actually I would rephrase that last bit as “none of the above is of Bahraini origin” not that I care too much about origins and roots. The point is, one can’t call other people non-Bahrainis and question their patriotism when they themselves can’t even speak with a Bahraini dialect.
Are you sure about the identities of these tweeps?
Yep I am sure, with the exception of the second one, I must admit, though it is widely known that the guy behind that pseudonym is Dr. Abdulla Aljawder. I know quite a few of them personally. It is a hard realization seeing lifelong acquaintances revealing their true selves. I guess that is what events like these do. I realized how naive I was back in February when I expected Bahrainis to remain objective and balanced. It is a shame to see that even otherwise smart people can be so blinded by sectarianism and short sightedness.
With your knowledge – if corroborated – we can make a hard hitting documentary about such phenomenon!
I must admit that I stopped following them as I found that they have nothing positive to contribute. Their contributions pour into entrenching sectarianism and hatred. Not worth wasting the time of day on them; however, I realize that with their tens of thousands of followers, they are doing a lot of damage to the fabric of society in this country. Those should be identified and made to answer their own allegations in a court of law.
Sardin, it seems to me that you are joining the 7areg-ing game. Understandable, but not good for your spiritual health. Please don’t let these people drag you to their level, especially if you are ‘not sure’.
>>Sardin, it seems to me that you are joining the 7areg-ing game. Understandable, but not good for your spiritual health.
I guess you’re right; didn’t even realize it. Thanks for the wake-up call 😉
You read like the kind of guy who wouldn’t hate me for saying it, so I risked upsetting you. I know it’s easy for me to sit here and type this stuff. I’m not in Bahrain and not feeling the pressures that Bahrainis of all shades and opinions are feeling right now.
Be well, all of you. I miss the people of Bahrain so much.
I sense a degree of one-sidedness here. How about showing example of tweets from both side?
3rd para from last.
feel free to contribute any you may find.