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Overdue Reactions – Translated

Thanks to @BahBourgeois, we now have a translation of the original letter which created a lot of feedback and requests for translation. So here’s the translation:

To The Gathering of National Unity
Thank you. Thanks to you we are no longer at a loss and we now know the path of righteousness so we followed it.

I am Sunni Bahraini and I love Al-Khalifa and I won’t be exaggerating to describe myself as a fanatic Sunni to the extent of hating other Islamic sects which I believed are not even worthy of being called Islamic. In short, I along with many others regarded ourselves as the followers of the ‘Right Path’ who will survive Hellfire. Except for our belief and sect which we cherished and defended, we believed that all other sects and their followers are the firewood of Hell especially the Shias whom we called Rafida, Majoos, Safawis, Children of Muta’a and other offensive and obscene things. All that as a result of the hatred that dominated our conscience and our minds and made us inclined towards evil and lies and stories about differences between us that do not exist except in our minds and souls. We disagree with them (the Shias) because they do not lead their lives except in accordance to clear principles while we have been like those who the Prophet (pbuh) described as (blind) followers of all good and evil.

We have shrouded our view with excessive sanctity and regarded our religious scholars as our guardians, valued their preaching and became slaves to their teachings but that has led us to losing sight of our religion and our belief that God enjoins justice and kindness, wisdom and fair preaching and compassion. God said in the Quran “And had you been severe and harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about you” This verse was the reason many unbelievers embraced Islam.

  • Are we the follower of the Quran and the Morals of Islam or are we the followers of those who call themselves Al Salaf Al Salih (The Righteous Ancestors) and their alien fatwas?
  • Who are these Righteous Ancestors whom we take from only that which divides us with other sects as if it was a divine book?
  • Why do we glorify many of the Prophet’s Companions and name our mosques after them (while we don’t even know their history) and yet we choose not to name our mosques after Ahlulbayt (Members of the Prophet’s Family) – may Allah be pleased with all of them? Who is more worthy of being remembered and immortalized- Ahlulbayt or the Companions of the Prophet (some of whom were described as hypocrites in the Holy Quran)?
  • Or are we like the ignorant people of Quraish who created idols, sanctified and worshipped them and killed all those who refused to do so?

This is a sample of questions which, whether we like it or not, demonstrate that we are following the wrong path. We simply withhold the banner of Islam and use it to justify all the injustice we commit against people who disagree with us. We interpret our religion according to our own whims and prejudices and based on what our Guardian’s dictate but they only surround themselves with people who claim knowledge and faith and piety while in reality they only seek to achieve their own personal interests at our expense.

The recent elections and what happened in it from insult and cursing (against the Shias) makes it clear to those who seek truth where all the hatred lies. The difference between Sunnis and Shias is only an excuse to justify all the crimes and wrongdoings.

In writing this, I am representing eight families (maybe even more) but as I am writing this I am representing these eight families. We all followed a certain path previously and have now decided to take a different one-free from all the hatred and hypocrisy which goes against our beliefs and the interest of our children, our families and our religion.

Yes, we are approximately thirty three individuals who lost their way as a result of those who called themselves “the men of national unity” and so-called religious scholars. But we now have discovered the right path and we need to restore all that which got destroyed from faith as a result of the crimes we have committed against many people and the Shias in particular whom we labeled Rafida (meaning Rejecters, a demeaning term). Yes they are perhaps Rejecters – Rejecters of Injustice and Evil.

The following three points have made us take our new position:

  • We carefully read and reviewed the demands of those who we opposed and realized that their demands are all fair and legitimate and all the stories about Iran and Hezbollah are fabrications. Where was Iran and Hezbollah before 1979 when both Shias and Sunnis chose Al-Khalifa to rule in 1971?
  • Islam is against the killing of innocent people, displacing the poor and cutting off their livelihood. Why couldn’t our hearts carry compassion and mercy for people who advocate reform?? Why did we fabricate all these stories and celebrated this as victory?
  • Is it Islamic for a Government to abuse human rights (and especially those of Shias) by importing mercenaries who do not care about the history of this land which our grandfathers, both Sunnis and Shias have built together?

The events in Bahrain have allowed us to witness the highest and most aggressive levels of hate in ourselves which was nurtured by our so-called religious scholars, our fake media, and the dishonest pens of our journalists which we previously respected but now the masks have fallen. We have seen how they all promoted repression and killing and the destruction of mosques and the burning of the Quran and other crimes against a group of people who demanded their rights in more than peaceful ways and we haven’t found anything as of today that implicates them in any of the stories we fabricated against them (e.g. carrying arms or weapons, etc.)

My God! How did we do that? How come we believed those who claim to be the men of nationality unity when they were promoting killing and repression and fabricating stories against the Shias trying to convince us that our real brothers and protectors are those ‘new Bahrainis’ (only because they share the same sect).

  • Who attacked our rights? Who committed all the crimes in Riffa, Muharraq and Askar? Who took our jobs in the defense force, the ministry of interior, ministry of education and other sectors which were previously monopolized by us? Are they the Shias or those new Bahrainis?
  • Are government housing projects and other public serves a priority for Shias or the new Bahrainis who have become first class citizens and us 2nd class citizens and Shias 10th class citizens?

Stop lying to us. You don’t deserve this country.

We find the claims of our religious scholars and leaders and on their head the leaders of the National Unity Gathering to carry lots of injustice, ignorance, repression and lies. Their words reminded us of the life of the Prophet (pbuh) and what the tribes of Quraish have committed against him. Keep your fake tears and your fabrications and false media away.

Despite all that and the injustice committed by many Sunnis; the speeches by Shia religious scholars continued to call for peace, love, respect and unity between Sunnis and Shias. May god protect Umm Hassan, perhaps her words were more sincere than all our leaders and religious scholars. Her words are honest and free from hypocrisy and did not call for division as did many others.

From the words of Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Mahmood, president of the National Unity gathering (you brought us shame):

  • The Government had to do what it has done otherwise the Shias would have ruled us and the Sunnis would have been subject to discrimination
  • The burning of the Koran is permissible; the companions of the Prophets have done it before.
  • The demolition of unlicensed mosques is permissible and praying in these mosques is not acceptable.

Here are some excerpts from the speech of Isa Qassim (leading Shia figure in Bahrain): Servants of Allah, we have to fear God and not deviate from the straight path in a moment of anger. Let the good word and action take precedence over all that would debase us in a moment of anger.

And the speech of Ali Salman, Head of Wifaq Society-which we used to call Nifaq (Hypocrisy) Society- included these words: Bahrain is the home of both Sunnis and Shias. No one has superiority over the other, but we are all equal in religion, citizenship and nationality and we shall both respect and love each other and build this country together. Every Sunni individual, family and home is the responsibility of Shias to protect and every Shia individual, family and home is the responsibility of Sunnis to protect. Our country is our responsibility to protect so let us avoid a sectarian war.

In short, Sheikh Abdullatif Al Mahmood gave the green light for killing and destruction and unfortunately we followed him like dogs follow their master. I apologize for not mentioning excerpts from the speeches of our honourable MPs Jassim Al Saidi and Mohammed Khalid and their likes (We ask God to guide us and them). I do not mean to underestimate their person but what they have said does not fall short from sounding like the awful rhetoric of Israel’s Foreign Minister Lieberman towards the Palestinians. In their case, their hatred and xenophobia is directed towards the Shias. We do not know the source of all this hatred but they are convinced on condemning the Shias and permitting Jihad against them! Myself and people like me were hateful against the Shias as well and we used to utter words harsher than what these MPs and others have said against the Shias. Unfortunately, that’s what we’ve learned in our mosques and from our religious scholars unlike what the Shias learn in their mosques and husseiniyas.

Since the beginning of the crisis, many events were fabricated by Sunnis with the support of security forces. Unfortunately, we believed and promoted these stories and cursed the innocent people all in the name of protecting this country from the fictitious scare they promoted. Some of the stories they framed and invented include the following:

  • The ‘Occupation’ of Pearl Roundabout (which they refuse to refer to as Pearl Roundabout despite being referred to as such in all our school books!)
  • The incident at the University of Bahrain. All the videos and pictures bear witness to the criminal acts we have committed against this Country
  • The incident of cutting the tongue of the muezzin. I was so angry about this incident that I wanted to seek revenge by doing the same against one of them (the Shias). But then the lies were exposed and the Ambassador of Bangladesh denied the story. This incident demonstrates the extent to which we have sold this country- even our muezzins are foreign, our imams are foreign, our military and security forces are foreign. Truly, we live in a cocktail that we’ve created with our own hands especially for the Foreigner to live and for us to die in. All praise and gratitude be to God that the truth has emerged before it is too late and before our conscious-less and honourless MPs sell this country for good. I am outraged at them because they have intentionally fabricated the facts and created all this hatred in our hearts. They have played with people’s emotions and we have given them that opportunity by voting for them.
  • The crimes of the (pro-government) thugs and I was one of them and there are many of us including the ‘new Bahrainis’ who joined us in these crimes (we were about to kill, kidnap, etc.). Despite all that, we have never seen a single Shia enter our villages to destroy or terrorize. Nor did we find any Shia attacking us or committing any wrongdoing to justify the mess we have created it. We started fearing everything and anything because we believed those who sold their country. If all this was to the benefit of the ‘new Bahrainis’ what was to our benefit or yours? Shame on you!
  • The incidents at schools, ministries and companies which was among the worst you have encouraged us to do. We became in a race to finding pictures of the ‘traitors’? Was going to pearl roundabout and carrying the flag of Bahrain such a crime? (in reference to the sacking of employees who participated in the protests and general strike)
  • I hear and witness events everyday but our media chose not to cover them and we chose to believe the lies of these TV stations, their reporters and their guests who sold their soul to the devil. Even the Takbeer was labeled as noise and therefore deserving of gunshots and teargas. Photos of the leadership are hung everywhere, on every light pole, tree trunk, toilet, kitchen and farm. It reminded us of Saddam and Gaddafi and the crimes they commit and their claims that the people loved them. We love and will continue to love Al-Khalifa and we will not accept anyone else but come on give us a break! Instead of planting the love of our leadership you have made us detest all these exaggerated images.
  • The arrest of women also shocked me and made me think: Would we accept if that happened to us? to our teachers, doctors, nurses, students and employees? Don’t we fear God for all the crimes we’ve committed in the name of protecting our Country and our Sect but all we succeeded to do is destroy this Country in a race for money and status!

We have realized that if we want to live a life of dignity and true faith, we should not stand with those who promoted or condoned all the corruption we have witnessed- the corruption of souls, minds and conscience. We have demeaned ourselves by claiming faith which has nothing to do with the Islamic teachings of our Prophet (pbuh).

He who seeks truth and justice must treat human beings as human beings and not based on belief, sect, nationality or any other affiliation as if saying “If you are with us, we thank you and if you are against us, we’ll kill you!!!”. We do not want to be partners in your crimes and your actions. We do not want your actions against this country to be attributed to us or to any honourable Sunni. We do not want to live a life of abundance over the bodies of innocent people and the dignity of our Shia brothers nor do we want the predominance of our Sect and our People at the expense of others. What has happened proves that we have sold our country. Our country no longer belongs to those who carved its glory but now belongs to a mixture of defeated Bahrainis and a growing number of people committing crimes and panting for money. God forbid what hides behind the hands of those who abuse the security of this country including Indians, Baloushis, Pakistanis, Syrians, Yemenis, Jordanians, Baathists and other naturalized citizens (with all due respect to the honourable people from those countries and those who deservingly were granted the Bahraini citizenship) . It is those kinds of people who made us forget what peace and security is and we probably will not see it anymore. Thanks, all the thanks to our religious leaders and scholars that we are now lost until God guides us to the straight path and restores all our wrongdoing (that which was committed and that which we are aware of and that which is hidden). We ask God for forgiveness from every great Sin.

On Behalf of the Group
Abu Abdelrahman

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Overdue reactions

Overdue reactions

‏For those Bahrainis who have a decent brain cell left, please read, re-read and question what you’re doing to this country by dancing over the cadavers of who should be your brothers and sisters in nationality if nothing else.

‏This war of eradication must stop. The retribution must stop. This witch hunt must stop.

‏Everything over the top topples on its creator, and this wonderful article is a clear notice that the tidal change is starting to happen and its about time.

‏I was beginning to lose hope as almost everywhere I look around me, almost all that I have read since that fateful day in mid-March is laced with unmitigated hate, absolute loathing against the Shia of Bahrain who have been smeared with every traitorous label imaginable and then some. They have been stripped of their humanity because they did nothing but demand the recognition of inalienable rights to ALL Bahrainis, not just themselves. It is this reaction more than anything else made me at some points detest the country of my birth and no, I’m not the only one, I have heard the exact same reaction from countless others who I know have been moderate and liberal. But maybe now, thanks to bu Abdulrahman, our faith might start to rebuild and the damage – though will take a very long time, probably a generation or more – will start to get repaired.

‏Let me share with you the article I was referred to which – to me at least – represents a possible start of the healing process because it recognises the facts and represents them as they should be, with a truthful introspection. I urge you all to do the same. For the sake of our community as a whole.

‏Forgive me for not translating this important article, I don’t have the talent to do it justice, but if any of you would, please do and I shall be happy to credit your efforts and shall represent the translated version directly beneath this one.

‏Again, thank you bu Abdulrahman. We have a lot of work to do and we should never give up on Bahrain. It’s worth a lot more than the immense damage it sustained over the last couple of months.

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‏إلى تجمع الوحدة الوطنية :
شكرا، بفضلكم لم نعد في حيرة وعرفنا الحق فاتبعناه .

أنا بحريني سني، وأعشق آل خليفة، ولن أبالغ إن قلت من المتعصبين لمذهب أهل السنة والجماعة إلى حد الحقد على المذاهب الأخرى وبخاصة التي اعتقدنا حينها أن من الخطأ تسمى مذاهب إسلامية . باختصار كنا نرى أننا المذهب الصحيح والفئة الناجية من النار، عدا مذهبنا الذي كنا نعتقد ونؤمن ونقدس وندافع فإن جميع المذاهب والبشر حطب النار، وبخاصة مذهب الشيعة وما ندعيه عليهم بوصفهم الرافضة والمجوس والصفويين وأبناء المتعة ووو إلخ حتى لم نترك صفة مشينة وبذيئة إلا وألقيناها على هذا المذهب!!! والسبب حقد غلب ضمائرنا وتغلبت نفوسنا الأمارة بالسوء على عقولنا، وكذب وقصص ومؤلفات في اختلاف بيننا وبينهم لا وجود له إلا في عقولنا ونفوسنا . وما اختلافنا معهم إلا لأنهم لا يسيّرون حياتهم إلا وفق منهج واضح سواء في صلاتهم أو أعمالهم، أما نحن فاتبعنا ما يُدعى أنه عن الرسول عليه أفضل الصلاة والسلام : صلوا وراء كل طالح وصالح . فصرنا في ظلام دامس وكثرة من يقودنا.

خصصنا مذهبنا بقدسية مفرطة، وعلماء تقدموا جموعنا وكلمتهم هي حد السيف وهي بنظرنا للمذهب منفعة، ووهبنا ولاة أمرنا عبودية فيها مضيعة . ضياع ديننا وما نؤمن به من أن الله يأمر بالعدل والإحسان والحكمة والموعظة الحسنة والتحابب والتراحم… فلو كنت فظا غليظ القلب لانفضوا من حولك . هذه الآية أساس دخول الكثير من المشركين في دين الإسلام .

*فهل نحن على ما ندعيه باتباعنا للقرآن وأخلاق الاسلام أم من نسميهم السلف الصالح وفتاواهم الغريبة؟
*ومن هؤلاء السلف الذين لا نأخذ منهم إلا ما يفرقنا ونختلف مع المذاهب الأخرى وكأنهم كتاب منزل؟
*ولماذا نمجد الكثير من الصحابة ونسمي مساجدنا بأسمائهم ونحن لا نعرف تاريخهم وسيرتهم وننسى تخليد أسماء أهل البيت رضي الله عن الصحابة وعنهم؟
*ومن أولى بالذكر والتخليد والاتباع أهل بيت النبي أم أصحابه وفي بعضهم نزلت “سورة المنافقون”ØŸ
*أم نحن كأصحاب قريش في جاهليتهم يصنعون الأصنام ويقدسونها ويعبدونها ويأمرون الناس باتباع نهجهم دونما سؤال وتشكيك ويقتلون من يسبها ولا يسجد لها ؟

هذه عينة من تساؤلات شئنا أم أبينا تبين أننا نسير في الطريق الخطأ !! فقط نحن نحمل اسم الإسلام ونتاجر باسمه في ظلم البشر ممن نختلف معه ونفسر القرآن حسب أهوائنا وما يشتهيه ولاة أمرنا الذين أحاطوا أنفسهم برجال يدعون العلم والتقى والورع، وهم في الحقيقة يسعون وراء تحقيق مصالحهم على حساب ارتكابنا للمعاصي والذنوب وظلم الناس من أقربائنا قبل أعدائنا . والانتخابات الأخيرة وما حصل فيها من تكفير وظلم وشتم وسب واضح وجلي لمن يريد الحقيقة أن يصل إليها بعقله وضميره وبياض قلبه من الأحقاد . وما خلاف السنة والشيعة إلا شماعة لتبرير أخطائنا وجرائمنا .

أنا عندما أكتب هذه السطور فإني أمثل في الحقيقة 8 عوائل بل وأكثر لكن حاليا أنا أمثل في كتابتي هذه العوائل، وكنا نسير في نهج واحد سابقا والآن اتخذنا قرارنا جميعا في السير بطريق تغيير النفس الأمارة بالسوء وما أوقعتنا في هواها وما نتبع سابقا من ظلم وحقد وفتنة ونفاق مع أنفسنا وأولادنا وأهلنا وديننا بل وواقع حياتنا ومستقبل أولادنا .

نعم نحن ما يقارب 33 فردا ضلوا الطريق وبفضل من سميناهم “رجالات الوحدة الوطنية وبعض علماء الأمة انكشف طريق الحق لنا جليا فاتبعناه ولا زلنا نحتاج لترميم ما انهدم من قيم وإيمان وجرائم ارتكبناها في حق الكثير من أقربائنا قبل أعدائنا ممن ندعي عليهم بالرافضة وهم فعلا رافضة لأنهم يرفضون الظلم والسير في طريق الضلال، وللأحداث وواقع الحال أسبابنا في التغيير والبحث عن الحقيقة :
-بحثنا في حيثيات مطالب الناس من الفئة التي اختلفنا معها لا لشيء وإنما لحقد وبغضاء لم نستطع التوقف والعيش إلا بتغذية علمائنا لنا بغذاء الفتنة والاختلاف وطاعة أولي الأمر حتى مع الظلم والفساد وقتل العباد. فكانت مطالبهم مطالبنا عدا الفئة القليلة التي تجاوزت احترام مطالب الأكثرية منا ومنهم، ولأجل الاختلاف معهم بشتى الصور كانت الخطة ترمي باتهامهم وارتباطهم بإيران وحزب الله ووو حتى مللنا تكرار هذه الأسطوانة . فأين إيران وحزب الله قبل 1979م وهم ونحن في العام 1971م من اختار العائلة الحاكمة ليكونوا الحكم والقيادة بالعدل وشرع الله؟

*هل يجيز لنا اسلامنا قتل الأبرياء وتشريد الفقراء وقطع أرزاقهم والتجني عليهم والإفتراء وتلفيق القصص التي نفرح وكأننا انتصرنا على من نفترض وهما وحلما أننا في حرب معهم، وما هي إلا أوهام نسمعها من علمائنا وإعلامنا وولاة أمرنا حتى يستكين لهم ولنا الحكم والأمان الأجوف والخاوي من كل مسميات الأمن الحقيقي المنشود، لأن ضمائرنا إن كانت حية لن تغفر لنا العيش بسعادة وفي رقبتنا نصف شعب قد أعملت فيه أجهزة الأمن التي أكثر أفرادها من خارج البلاد يعيشون بلا تاريخ لهم في بلادنا، ويتقنون ارتكاب أشد أنواع القتل وبث الرعب وهدم المساجد والتعدي على النساء حتى التهديد بالاغتصاب، بسبب وقفتنا وحقدنا وضعف إيماننا بالله وتأييدنا لكل الجرائم التي يرتكبها أقرباء وغرباء بل وأحباء لنا ما كنا نتوقع أن قلوبنا وقلوبهم لا تحمل الرأفة والرحمة بمن ينادي بالإصلاح !!!!؟
*هل في اسلامنا ومن العدل أن تستحل الحكومة حقوق البشر من المواطنين وبخاصة الشيعة الروافض المجوس وأبناء المتعة كما ندعي عليهم، وتتبنى لنا أخوة في الوطن ولقطاء من كل حدب وصوب ممن عرفنا نحن أهل السنة أكثر من الشيعة (؟) أن هؤلاء المجنسين اللقطاء ما هم إلا متاجرين بـأوطانهم وأعراضهم وسوابق إجرامهم تسبق حصولهم على جنسية وطن له تاريخ وشعب عاش على أرضه السنة والشيعة ويشترك أجدادنا في صنع هذا التاريخ لهذا الوطن الذي يجهل تاريخه وتقاليده من باعوا أوطانهم ليحمونا ويستحلوا حقوقنا نحن السنة قبل الشيعة ! نعم حقوق السنة قبل الشيعة ومن له عقل وضمير يعرف ذلك جيدا !!!؟ ومهما أعطتهم الدولة وحرمت غيرهم حقوقهم لن يكون ولاء من باعوا أوطانهم إلا لمن يدفع أكثر، والشجرة المثمرة تزرع وتثمر في تربتها فقط وهؤلاء نحن عرفناهم وجربناهم وذقنا مرارة جرائمهم في كل مناطق أهل السنة ولم ولن يثمروا بل كاليهود يغتصبون أرضك باسم الجنسية ويسلبون وظيفتك باسم الحماية ويغنمون من خيرات البلد باسم الولاء للقيادة . والخافي أعظم مما تخبئه الأيام من تجنيس بعثيين من أزلام نظام صدام المجرم الذي طالما أيدناه وصفقنا له فغدر بنا واحتل أرض أخوتنا الكويت وقتل من قتل من شعب الكويت وشعبه وبين يوم وليلة صار شهيدا وبكيناه مع الباكين على بطولاته وصولاته !!! أي عقل وفكر ونفس تطيق العيش داخل أجساد تناقض ما تدعيه في إيمانها وإسلامها ؟

-من هذه الأحداث المؤلمة رأينا أعلى وأعنف مستويات الحقد في داخلنا بفضل علماء الدينار والدنيا والإعلام المزيف والأقلام التي كنا نبجل ونرفع اسمها عاليا وإذا بها تكشف عن قناع الحقد الأسود والدعوة للقمع والقتل والاغتصاب وهدم المساجد وحرق القرآن وكل التنكيل الممكن والمتاح في حق طائفة طالبت بحقوقها بطرق أكثر من السلمية التي يدعونها لأننا لم نجد حتى الآن ما يشير إلى حمل سلاح إلا ما ما يريده علماؤنا وإعلامنا وولاة أمرنا أن نصدقه من اكتشافهم أسلحة وارتباطات خارجية . وللأسف نحن ممن أيد ودعم وشارك في القتل والقمع والتنكيل والتهجير والدعم لكل يد تستطيع سفك دم الروافض المجوس (!؟؟؟).

* ياااااااااااااااااا الله كيف فعلنا ذلك ؟ كيف لم ننتبه ونحن نطيع وننفذ أوامر عليا على لسان رجال الوحدة الوطنية وعلماء الأمة في نظرنا وهم يأمروننا بالقتل والقمع واختلاق القصص وإلقاء التهم بعد تلفيقها لكل شيعي ورجال الأمن معنا والقانون معنا والدستور يحمينا ويحمي جرائمنا!!! والنتيجة والحلم أنك ستغنم المال والمستقبل المشرق والسكن الفاره والروافض خدمك في المستقبل، ويبشروننا بأن أخوتكم هم المجنسون الغرباء اللقطاء وهم من سيحمونكم .. عجبا كيف نجرب من ذقنا ما ذقناه بوجودهم في وسطنا وهتكوا أعراضنا وسلبوا حقوقنا وووو؟؟؟!!!!!
*هل من تعدى على حقوق أهل السنة هم الشيعة أم هؤلاء الأخوة الجدد؟
*هل جرائم الاغتصاب والتعدي والقهر في الرفاعين والمحرق وعسكر من الشيعة أم أخوتنا الجدد؟؟؟؟
*هل من استولى على وظائف الجيش والداخلية وإدارات وزارة التربية التي هي في معظمها حكرا علينا أهل السنة، الشيعة أم أخواننا الجدد ؟؟؟
*وهل بيوت الإسكان والخدمات الأخرى الأولوية فيها للشيعة أم أصبحت خدمات توزع بالمجان وبسرعة قياسية للأخوة الجدد ثم أهل السنة ثم ما يتبقى لبعض الشيعة؟؟؟ فصار المجنس مواطن درجة أولى ونحن درجة ثانية والشيعة درجة عاشرة !!!! كفى تلاعبا بعواطفنا ومشاعرنا ووطنيتنا حتى تقدموا من لا يستحقون أن يحملوا اسم هذا الوطن .

-غير ذلك نرى دعوات علمائنا وعلى رأسهم علماء تجمع الوحدة، فيها من الظلم الكثير والدعوة لكل معاني الجاهلية قتلا وقمعا وتشريدا وطردا وتنكيلا وتلفيقا وكذبا حتى تذكرنا من السيرة النبوية الشريفة وما قامت به رجالات قريش ونساؤها وأطفالها في أصحاب النبي (صلى الله عليه وعلى آله وصحبه وسلم) !!!! ودعونا مع بكاء التماسيح والفبركات كل وسائل الإعلام المرئية والمسموعة والمكتوبة محليا وخارجيا لصالح أن تقف معنا في كل الجرائم ونقل الواقع المفبرك فقط، والتستر على الواقع الأليم لأبرياء تعبت آذاننا وأعيننا من المتابعة علنا نجد تأكيدا ودليلا لما يثيره إعلامنا وعلماؤنا وما يشيعونه عليهم كذبا من تخريب وعدوانية فلم نجد كل ذلك إلا في صور ومقاطع يندى لها الجبين بيد أبنائنا أهل السنة والمجنسين وما أكثرهم، وللأسف نحن انجررنا كذلك وفعلنا ما فعلناه لمجرد نادى تجمعكم المشبوه بالفزعة من أجل نصرة الدين والوطن وغرستم خنجرا مسموما في وطن تعايشنا فيه على الحلوة والمرة وإن اختلفنا في أمور نحسبها أنتم سبب إثارتها كي نبقى على اختلافنا وعلى أحقادنا وكرهنا لكل ما ينتمي للشيعة الروافض … !!!!؟؟ ثم ننظر إلى خطابات علمائهم التي لا زالت تدعو للخلق والسلم والتحابب بيننا وبينهم ولم يتنازلوا عن مطالبهم مع ما حل بهم على أيدي كل فرد سني نزع كل قيم الأخلاق والأعراف الإنسانية بل والإسلامية ولا زالوا يدعون للمحبة والوحدة بين السنة والشيعة !!!!!!!!!! والله يحفظ أم حسن ربما هي أصدق أهل السنة بكلماتها المعبرة بصدق من أكبر عالم لدينا . كلماتها بلا نفاق وبلا دعوة لشقاق مثل ما كانت كلمات الكثير منا رجالا ونساء وأطفالا. وإليكم هذه المقتطفات :

من كلمات فضيلة الشيخ الدكتورعبداللطيف المحمود رئيس تجمع الوحدة الوطني : (والله أننا نخجل يا شيخ)
*كان يجب أن تقوم السلطة بما قامت به ، وإلا استولى الشيعة على الحكم ويكون السنة في موقع الإبادة من قبل الشيعة!!؟
*حرق القران جائز وقد فعله الصحابة ! وهدم المساجد الغير مرخصة لا اشكال فيه والصلاة فيه باطلة !!
باختصار فضيلة الشيخ عبداللطيف الآمر الناهي والمحامي عن الدولة في القتل والهدم والحرق وكل ما يحدث في البحرين بعلمه وموافقته ودعمه ونحن للأسف من خلفه كقطيع أغنام وهو الراعي ويدعي أن الكلاب من حولنا لتحرسنا من الذئاب .

كلمة عيسى قاسم كبير علماء الشيعة :
*عباد الله علينا بتقوى الله، وأن لا يخرجنا عن خطّ التقوى رضاً أو غضب في صلح أو خصومة، مع قريب أو بعيد، وأن نعِفّ عن كلمة السوء وما يشين ويسقط بقدر قائله عند الله ثم المؤمنين، وأن نرتفع بمستوى الكلمة ولو في أشد لحظات الغضب أخذاً بقضية الإيمان والخلق الحميد، وارتقاءً بمجتمعنا المسلم، وإنقاذاً له من الانزلاق إلى الانحطاط، فإن انحطاط الكلمة ليأخذ بصاحبها إلى انحطاط الفعل، وإذا انحطّت الكلمة ممن خاصمك فلا تنحط على لسانك، واربأ بنفسك ما استطعت عن أن تُستدرج حتى تسفل الكلمة منك، ولنأخذ على أنفسنا بقوّة أن نحسن القول والصنيع. وليكن دليلنا في مجال الكلمة قوله تعالى في كتابه الكريم:{… وقولوا للناس حسنا}. فنقولها كلمة طيبة نظيفة لائقة على حدّ ما نحبّ أن تُقال لنا. وليذدنا عن القول القبيح والساقط قوله عز وجل في كتابه العزيز:{ما يلفظ من قول الا لديه رقيب عتيد}.

كلمة علي سلمان أمين عام جمعية الوفاق : (كنت أناديها سابقا بجمعية النفاق اليهودية)
*هذا الوطن وطن البحرين ليس وطناً للشيعة وحدهم، بل هو وطن السنة والشيعة معاً على قدر المساواة، لا فضل لأحد منهم على الأخر، بل يتساوون في دينهم ومذاهبهم ومواطنيتهم، يحترم بعضهم البعض، يحب بعضهم البعض، يبنون هذا الوطن معاً .
أيها الأحبة.. أن كل فرد ومنزل وأسرة سنية، هي أمانةٌ في أعناقنا نحن الشيعة.. أمانةٌ في أعناقنا نحن الشيعة. وأن كل فرد ومنزل وأسرة شيعية هي أمانة في عنقك أخي السني. وطننا أمانة في أعناقنا سنة وشيعة، فلندفع بالحرب الطائفية بعيدةً عن هذا الوطن.
أيها الأحبة.. إن أمن وسلامة كل فرد سني في هذا البلد، هو من أمني الشخصي، ودمه دمي، ولحمه لحمي .. ولا أرضى أن يُمس أحداً من السنةِ بسوء.. اليوم أو غدا أوبعد غد. هو لحمي ودمي.
أيها الأحبة.. لا أرضى ولا أقبل أن يتم التعدي على حرية أي فرد في هذا البلد، من المواطنين أو من المقيمين، وأي اعتداء أو تعدي هو اعتداء علي أنا شخصياً. لتسقط الورقة الطائفية .

(أعتذر للتسمية فقد كنا في حمى الدفاع عن ديننا ووطننا كما نظن، نختلف معهم في بعض مطالبهم الغير واضحة وآل خليفة مع عدم عدالتهم هم صمام أمان للبحرين والعيب في المحيطين بهم من مسئولين)

كما أعتذر عن كتابة مقتطفات من خطب أصحاب الفضيلة المشايخ النائب جاسم السعيدي والنائب محمد خالد وأمثالهم (نسأل الله الهداية لنا ولهم) لا أقصد الاستهانة بشخوصهم لكن لما لا يليق من كلامهم الفضيع وخطابهم الشنيع الذي يشبه فقط وزير خارجية إسرائيل ليبرمان وحقده على الفلسطينيين من ناحية ما في نفوسهم من حقد وغل وكره دفين لا نعلم نحن السنة منبعه إلا ما نسمعه من بعض المقربين منهما ومن أمثالهم أن السبب في اقتناعهم بفتوى التكفير والجهاد ودخول الجنة عن طريق أسهل الطرق وهو قتل الشيعة والعياذ بالله !!؟ فأنا ومن هم على شاكلتي حاقدون وناقمون وكارهون بل وننطق بأكثر مما ينطق به الأخوة وللأسف هو ما نهلنا وتعلمنا وتربينا عليه وحفظناه من كبار علمائنا .. للأسف أقولها : هذه هي تربية مساجدنا على كثرتها .. وانظروا لتربية مساجدهم على قلتها وحسينياتهم التي نكذب ونكذب ونكذب حتى بتنا نصدق كذبنا في حق مجالسهم الحسينية وتثقيف أبنائهم منها .

-في الأحداث الكثيرة الأخيرة منذ بداية الأزمة وحتى اللحظة التي أكتب فيها سطور تغيير السلوك والنهج، لم نجد جميعنا مصداقية في نقل الأحداث المؤسفة والتي في مجملها أسبابها واضحة ومتعمدة والمتسبب فيها نحن أهل السنة والجماعة ورجال أمننا وخططهم الفاشلة في قلب الحقائق ثم ومع كل الدلائل نصدق ونروج ونتهم ونلعن ونسب الأبرياء باسم الفزعة، ومنها :

-حادثة الهجوم على الدوار الذي حتى الآن ننكر أن اسمه دوار اللؤلؤة وكتب وزارة التربية لم تنطق إلا بهذا الاسم .
-حادثة الجامعة وكل الفيديوات والصور توضح كم نحن مجرمون بحق وطننا صغيرنا وكبيرنا، المثقف فينا والأمي حتى بتنا ننام ونصحو على فن اختلاق القصص والأكاذيب والعالم يشاهدنا ونحن نقتل ونسرح ونمرح ونخرب ثم نتهم غيرنا .
-حادثة قطع لسان المؤذن والتي أشهد فيها أنني وصلت إلى قمة الغضب بسبب جهلي وضعف إيماني حتى بدأ الشيطان يلعب بعقلي بأن أرتكب حماقة في أحدهم قصاصا !!! ثم انكشفت الأكاذيب وما صرح به سفير بنغلاديش وتكذيبه للقصة المختلقة لأن ذلك ينعكس سلبا على بلده لو أخفى الحقيقة . كما أن هذه الحادثة كشفت كم نحن نبيع الوطن وأهله !! الكثير من مؤذني مساجدنا أجانب، أئمتنا، جيشنا، …. فعلا كوكتيل نصنعه بأيدينا لنموت ويحيا الأجنبي .

ولله الحمد والمنة أن الحقيقة قد ظهرت قبل فوات الأوان وقبل أن يتاجر بهذه القضية الملعونون في الدنيا والآخرة نوابنا عديمي الشرف والأخلاق والضمير، وما حنقي وغضبي عليهم أنهم هم أنفسهم من أثاروا في نفوسنا هذه القضية وهم بعلمهم يعرفون فبركتها فكادوا يفجرون بتلاعبهم بعواطف الناس وطننا ثم سيختلفون فيما بينهم على تقطيع الوطن وضمان مستقبلهم ونحن للأسف من يعطيهم السكين بتصويتنا لهم ليقطعونا إربا إربا في انتخاباتهم ليعيشوا على اختلافنا ونموت على غبائهم وفكرهم وموت ضميرهم إلا القليل منهم .

-جرائم البلطجية وأنا منهم وما أكثرهم وهم أهلنا ومحبونا وأهل مذهبنا ويشاركنا الأخوة أبناء الوطن الجدد واللقطاء .. ولكم أن تتصورا كيف لعبتم بعقولنا وصدقناكم وكدنا أن نقتل ونغتصب ونخطف ونخرب وو… مع أن هذه الحوادث قد حدثت وراح ضحيتها أبرياء !!! فلم نجد شيعيا قد دخل قرانا ومناطقنا . ولم نجد من الأشباح الشيعة من يعتدي علينا وعلى أعراضنا . بل ولم نجد ما يشير إلى حاجة إلى غوغائيتنا وإجرامنا وبث الرعب في نفوس أهلنا في كل المناطق!!! فصرنا نخاف من لا شيء وعلى لا شيء إلا لأننا صدقناكم واتبعناكم وصرنا ومن باعوا أوطانهم في طريق العبث بالبلاد والعباد . إذا كانت مصلحة المجنسين هي اللعب بعدونا المفترض ثم اللعب بنا وبحياتنا، فما مصلحتكم وما مصلحتنا في كل ما حدث؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟ حرااااااام عليكم حرااااام

-أحداث المدارس والوزارات والشركات ØŒ وهي من أفضع ما ربيتمونا عليه وللأسف كبارا وصغارا، رجالا ونساء، صرنا في سباق محموم ومن يحصل على نقاط أكثر في اتهامه وكشفه لصور الخونة؟ فبرك واتهم من تكرهه إذا كان شيعيا ولك الأجر والنصر بإذن الله، ورجال الأمن يقومون بالواجب!! هل هذا هو النصر وما يرضي رب العالمين؟ هل هذا خط الإسلام وكأننا في فلسطين في اصطياد اليهود الغزاة للفلسطينين؟ ونحن لمواطنين عشنا معهم وذنبهم مجرد زيارة الدوار، خرج في مسيرة، يحمل علم البحرين، في جيبه دعاء، يحمل قرآن، والكثير من التهم التافهة والرخيصة فبعنا قيمنا وديننا لكم صرنا غبيد أهوائكم ومؤامراتكم الدنيئة… ØŸ

-أحداث في كل يوم أسمعها وأرى بعضها ولم ينقلها إعلامنا خشية انكشاف الخطط الفاشلة، وحتى نصدق كل ما نسمعه عبر شاشة صفراء ومذيعون كاذبون وضيوف باعوا أنفسهم فسقطوا من أعين محبيهم .. تكبير يسمى في إعلامنا ازعاج يستحق الترويع وإطلاق الرصاص والغاز الخانق.. لصق صور القيادة في كل طريق وعمود إنارة وشجرة وعش عصافير ودورة مياه ومطبخ ومزرعة وووو حتى بتنا نتذكر صدام وما يفعله والقذافي وما يرتكبه من جرائم ويدعي أن الشعب يحبه . نحن نحب ولا زلنا آل خليفة ولن نقبل بغيرهم لكن مصختوها!!!!! قبدل أن تغرسوا حبهم في قلوبنا أكثر فأكثر صرنا نرتاب ونكره كثرة المبالغة بهذا الشكل .

-اعتقال النساء سبب أيضا صدمة يومها دار في ذهني : هل نقبل أن يحدث لنا ذلك؟ معلمات، طبيبات، ممرضات، طالبات مدارس، موظفات، …. وتناقشنا في كل هذه الانتهاكات التي لم تفقد الآخرين عزيمتهم وأوقعتنا في حرج وارباك مع ما ندعيه !! أي دين وأي اسلام وأي مذهب في العالم يقبل بذلك ؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟؟ ألا نخاف من رب العالمين الذي سيحاسبنا ويحاسبكم على ما اقترفت وتقترف جموع أهل السنة باسم حماية الوطن والمذهب وكل ما نقوم به ما هو إلا هدم للوطن والدين والتسابق من أجل المال والجاه!!ØŸ

رأينا مع كل ذلك إن أردنا العيش بكرامة وعزة نفس وإيمان حقيقي أن لا نقف مع كل ما يحصل بسببكم، وبسببنا إن نحن واصلنا الوقوف والتأييد لكل هذا الفساد .. فساد النفوس، والعقول، والضمائر.. ونسقط بأفعالنا ما تبقى من إيمان ندعي أنه من صميم التربية الإسلامية والله ودينه ورسوله براء من كل ذلك .

رأينا إن من أراد الحق أن يعامل البشر على أنهم بشر لا على العقيدة والمذهب والهوية والانتماء .. إن كنتم معنا شكرناكم وإن كنتم ضدنا قتلناكم !!! لا نريد أن نكون شركاءكم في أفعالكم وجرائمكم .. ولا نريد أن ينسب لنا ولكل سني شريف ما ترتكبونه في حق الوطن وأهله .. ولا نريد أن نعيش في رغد العيش على جثث الأبرياء وكرامة الإنسان الشيعي والاستخفاف بعقل السني .. ولا نريد كثرة وغلبة أهل السنة بعددهم أيا كان نوعهم، وما حولنا دليل على بيعنا لوطننا فلم يعد وطنا يعيش فيه من حفروا فيه مجده بل خليط من البحريني المغلوب على أمره ، أعداد الله يعلم حجمها ممن يلهث وراء الإجرام والمال على حساب وطنه الأصلي، من هنود وبلوش وباكستانيون وسوريون ويمنيون وأردنيون وبعثيون والعياذ بالله مما تخفيه أيادي العابثين بأمن هذا الوطن من هكذا بشر لم نعرف الأمان بعد مجيئهم ولن نراه بعد الآن . والفضل كل الفضل يعود لقيادتنا وعلمائنا الصالح منهم والطالح وصرنا في ضياع حتى هدانا الله لاتباع ما هو بين من الحق وتقويم اعوجاج الأفعال ما ظهر منها وما بطن وما ارتكب ونستغفر الله العظيم ونستغفر الله العظيم ونستغفر الله العظيم من كل ذنب عظيم ..

عن المجموعة
‏أبو عبدالرحمن
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Bahrain Je’taime!

J'taime Bahrain!

This was the scene on the roads leading to the Pearl Roundabout last night. This was the last picture I took as I left the roundabout to head home. People were jovial, happy and most certainly peaceful. I remember greeting the marshals guiding people and traffic and telling them well done.

But I fear the gentleman carrying his bedding to the roundabout is anything but that. Though I doubt very much that his love for his country is anything less this morning after being probably brutally attacked with his compatriots before the crack of dawn than what it was last night. That poster behind him summed up the feeling we both have about this country and its people. All of its people.

What’s ahead for this country?

Well, let’s review the demands of those protesting:

  1. Bilateral Constitutional amendments which are  binding to address the contentious current Constitution of 2002
  2. The immediate release of political prisoners, some 450 are incarcerated many of whom are children under 18 years of age
  3. Release and increase press freedoms, repeal Law 47/2002
  4. Guard and increase personal freedoms and freedoms of expression
  5. Investigate corruption and return stolen wealth into the state coffers
  6. Repeal Law 56/2002 and bring torturers to justice

Are any of these demands unreasonable? Do they differ from the aspirations of any human being?

Unfortunately rather than the government reacting to these demands by offering dialogue, what they did instead is kill seven people in three days and caused the injuries of hundreds more. They attacked peaceful demonstrators, like the gentleman you see above, and the hundreds of women and children at the Pearl Roundabout and at various processions. It’s as if the demands are a serious slight in the face of the government and the ruling family. Why? Is this not the celebrated “modern country” that prides itself as being “business friendly”? How can it be business friendly if it’s hostile to its own citizens?

If with what’s happening they even think that they can convince the “free world” that what’s actually happening here is “just a skirmish and nothing serious” they’re just as disconnected with reality as the rest of the government seems to be. Nor will those the country is pitching to stupid enough not to have their own sources to ascertain claims. All you have to do now is simply search for Bahrain on Google News and see what you get. How many positive articles would one find?

The situation is dire. Even the medical personnel are not only under extreme pressure to care for the injured and wounded, they are reportedly being obstructed from doing their sacred duty by the security forces and are being severely beaten for it to boot. No wonder they’re demonstrating in anger at their situation.

I fear for this country.

I have never witnessed protests such as these in my life in Bahrain. I’ve most certainly did not witness the level of determination to wrest those demands either. And from what I can personally see, people no longer care if they’re killed while trying, so much so that they are more than happy to get their wives, sisters, mothers and children accompanying them while protesting. I’ve personally seen disabled people at the Pearl Roundabout, some on crutches, in wheelchairs or pushing their Zimmer frames. All of whom didn’t come out to have a picnic, they, instead firmly believe in the sanctity and genuineness of their rightful demands.

Yes, the demands of the protestors are understandably more resolute. They’re no longer calling for the reform of the government, but its removal. Such is the effects of brutatlity against unarmed civilians. Although the situation is very serious and tense, heightened no doubt by the army taking to the streets with their armoured personnel carriers, we are not yet beyond the abyss. Or at least I fervently hope not. This “conflict” cannot and will not be solved with military or police force. It will only be resolved with genuine dialogue and the offering of concessions, which, ironically, is going to ensure that longevity of the ruling family in Bahrain.

Al-Wefaq, the largest political bloc in parliament with 18 of 40 seats have announced the suspension of their parliamentary membership and strongly denounced the violence and killings, but people see that this is not enough and they demand a stronger stance, nothing less than their immediate resignation from parliament will satisfy them. That and the resignation of the full government as it is fully their responsibility for the deterioration of the situation. That is, if the country is genuinely to be saved.

The alternative is too painful to consider.

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Mixed messages

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This is on Al-Wasat‘s front page this morning:

On the right, the Crown Prince inaugurates the building of a low income community of 444 much needed houses in Malkiya, one of the Bahraini fishing villages. While on the left, a picture of two children of 12 years old sitting on a bench inside the court in which they were convicted of the crimes of possession of inflammable material, rioting and participating in an unlawful gathering.

Twelve years old criminals.

But they’re not the only ones. Apprehending, incarcerating and imprisoning children has become a legitimate exercise of our ever vigilant security apparatus. According to human rights organisations and the very same security apparatus, there are some 65 (yes, sixty-five) children in prison either awaiting trial or having been convicted due to various offences including participation in demonstrations and unauthorised protests, possession of illegal material, rioting, etc. The youngest of those is ten years old.

Do you not see the complete disconnect between the two pictures? The crown prince laying the foundation stone for the future of 444 Bahraini families who hope to be productive and secure now that the promise of an abode is near, while sixty-five whole families now being raised with a deep hatred for the regime, and whose future is at best suspect. Children in prison for doing what they cannot possibly comprehend, but paying dearly for their future. No education, no compassion, just hate generated from a deep sense of injustice levied against them.

Shame.

Shame on every Bahraini who condones such a un-compassionate and inconsiderate application of the law.

Instead of investing into changing these children’s and their environment’s prospects for the future, bringing them into a more equitable economic situation, we get the government entrenching their dire situation of poverty and ignorance. All under the guise of “teaching them a lesson”. The lesson that they’re “teaching” in this instance; however, is just hate. Hate that will traverse generations.

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Torture in plain daylight, and in front of a sitting MP

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While the US Ambassador was assuring us that human rights is very important to the political leadership in this country in an interview released today in Alwasat, it’s ironic that in the very same issue a news article confirms the torture of a citizen in front of a sitting MP!

قال رئيس كتلة الوفاق البرلمانية النائب عبدالجليل خليل إنه شهد تعذيب اثنين من الشباب الساعة السادسة مساء الخميس الماضي (6 يناير / كانون الثاني 2011)ØŒ وأن ضابطاً من قوات سافرة مع خمسة أفراد انهالوا بالضرب المبرح على المواطن سيدمحسن الشرخات في قاعة استقبال مركز شرطة المعارض بالسنابس، ولم يكتفوا بذلك بل سحبوا أخاه سيدصالح الشرخات (حوالي الأربعينات من العمر وعمره مقارب لأخيه) الذي كان قد حضر مع خليل لتقديم شكوى على أحد رجال الأمن بلباس مدني، واسمه (…)ØŒ تعود على إهانة وضرب المواطنين في السنابس والمناطق المحيطة، وهو يمارس دوره المشئوم بلباسه المدني متحدياً المواطنين بكلمات بذيئة وبإهانات متبوعة باعتقالات وتعذيب.

 

وقال خليل إنه عندما احتج على ذلك، قام ضابط قوات سافرة بالصراخ عليه، وتلفظ بألفاظ نابية، وقال الكثير من الكلام من بينه «إنت نائب على غيري، واذهب وأخبر من تشاء، لا يهمني من أنت ولا من تمثل».

The head of Al-Wefaq political bloc MP Abduljalil Khalil said that he witnessed the torture of two citizens at 6pm Thursday evening on the 6th of Jan 2011 in that an officer from the Safra forces together with five of his company have severely beaten citizen Sayed Muhsin Alsharkhat in the reception area or the Sanabis police station. They also dragged his brother Sayed Saleh Alsharkhat, who is around 40 years old and close to his brother in age, who accompanied MP Khalil to render a complaint against a plain-clothes policeman named (….) who is used to abuse and beat citizens in the Sanabis and the surrounding area while plain-clothed complete with threats of imprisonment and the like.

MP Khalil said that he objected to this and was faced with a shouting Safra officer who verbally abused him and said, among other things, that “you exercise your MP’s status on others and not me and go and complain to whomever you wish. You don’t concern me and neither whom you represent”

Fantastic isn’t it?

The name of this “respected gentleman” is not mentioned in the news piece unfortunately, but should be easy enough to find should the government wish to find out. Him being thrown in prison on his sorry ass for his despicable behaviour and his witnessed torture is the least that could be done. I won’t hold my breath though as I know that this will never happen.

To read the rest of the disgusting account of the incident, click here (Arabic).

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The Ambassador Speaketh

The Ambassador Speaketh

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Interesting interview in Al-Wasat this morning in which its editor-in-chief interviewed the departing American Ambassador to Bahrain Mr Adam Ereli. The interview had three axes: reflections on his tenure in Bahrain, Freedoms of Expression as exercised (or lack thereof) in Bahrain and the Internet in particular and lastly human rights. It’s surprising and refreshing to read some straight non-diplo talk once in a while, and this interview is largely that, though judging by some of the responses the article received, a lot of people found his responses are a direct interference in the internal issues of the country while others were vehement in their refusal of everything American painting them as the Great Big Satan wherever they landed.

left to right: Rachel Graff, US Cultural & Media Ataché, Ambassador J. Adam Ereli and Dr. Mansour Al-Jamri

I must confess that I’m pleasantly surprised by the responses and his uncloaked advice to the government and his comments on the Gulf Air / Wikileaks exposé:

ليس هناك ما أخجل منه أو أخفيه، وكوني سفير الولايات المتحدة يعني أنني يجب أن أدافع عن الشركات الأميركية، وأعتقد بأننا نريد للشركات الأميركية أن تأتي للبحرين وتستثمر وأن تكون جزءا من الحياة الاقتصادية في البحرين، وهذا أمر جيد أن يتحقق لكلا البلدين، لأنها توفر فرص عمل وتعمق العلاقات الاقتصادية بين البلدين. ولكن إذا كان هناك من يعتبر أن الصفقة فيها تدخل سياسي، فهذا أمر يعود للبحرين فيما تريد فعله، أما بالنسبة لي فأنا أتحدث باسم الشركات الأميركية، بينما من حق الحكومة البحرينية أن تقرر ما تريد القيام به بسيادة تامة على قراراتها.

 

There’s nothing for me to feel ashamed of or hide, being the ambassador of the United States means that I have to defend the interests of American companies. I believe that we want American companies to come to Bahrain and invest in it and for them to be a part of the economic life of Bahrain. This is a mutually beneficial facet for both countries, because it promotes job creation and entrenches the economic relationship between both countries. But if there is anything that suggests internal interference with this deal, then this is for the Bahraini government to deal with, as for me, I speak for the American companies; however, it is within the Bahraini government’s rights to determine what its response should be within its own sovereign dictates.

and

وفي اعتقادي أن آليات التعامل مع المواقع الإلكترونية يجب أن تتسم بالشفافية والإعلان بوضوح عما هو مقبول أو غير مقبول والعقوبات التي يمكن أن تنتج عن ذلك، حتى تكون العملية واضحة، مثلما هي واضحة في قانوني التجارة والعقوبات على سبيل المثال، وإذا كانت هناك مبررات عدم وجود قانون ينظم استخدام الإنترنت لأنه شيء حديث، ولكن حين نرى مواقع أو نشرات جمعيات سياسية تغلق قبل الانتخابات من دون سبب واضح، فلاشك أن الناس ستصل إلى تفسير خاطئ في هذا الشأن.

 

وحين تغلق المواقع الإلكترونية لأفراد من دون مبرر، سوى بحسب ما تدعيه الحكومة من أنها تروج للطائفية أو تحرض على الكراهية، من دون معايير واضحة، أو أنها كانت عبارة عن مجرد قرارات اتخذها مسئولون في يوم ما من دون مبرر، فإن ذلك يعيدنا إلى مسألة ضرورة الالتزام بالشفافية في التعامل مع هذه الأمور.

 

I believe that transparency must be the mechanism to be adopted for dealing with Internet websites and [the government] must declare what is and isn’t acceptable in a clear manner and the determine the legal repercussions in order for clarity to prevail, just as in the commercial and criminal laws for example. If there are excuses for not having such laws governing the Internet due to being new, but if we witness websites or political societies publications being banned before the elections without a clear reason, then people will arrive at the wrong conclusion in this matter.

 

And if personal websites are banned without cause – either by what the government’s claim that the website propagates sectarianism without clear guidelines, or it haphazardly applies officials’ individual order without cause, then this brings back the question of the importance of the application of transparency in dealing with these matters.

as to the human rights situation:

حقوق الإنسان شيء مهم للولايات المتحدة، وجميع الأحداث الأخيرة تتم متابعتها بدقة من الولايات المتحدة، وباعتقادي أن ردة الفعل الدولية لما حدث في شهري أغسطس/ آب، وسبتمبر/ أيلول الماضيين (2010) في البحرين، تعطي مؤشراً واضحاً على ما تعنيه البحرين للعالم. كما أرى أن الحكومة البحرينية مهتمة بحقوق الإنسان من أعلى هرم فيها إلى أسفله، فاحترام وحماية حقوق المواطنين هو أمر مهم وأولوية للقيادة السياسية في البحرين.

 

ولكني أؤكد أن السرية لا تنفع في إدارة مثل هذه الأمور والشفافية مهمة حتى يعلم الناس ما يحدث في واقع الأمر، لأنهم إذا لم يروا شيئا، فمن الصعب عليهم الفهم ولكن من السهل أن يفسروا ما هو أمر غير صحيح، وقرار الحكومة بالسماح للمجتمع المدني بحضور المحكمة هو أمر مهم.

 

Human rights is very important to the United States and all the recent events were closely monitored by the United States, and it is my view that the international community’s repercussions to what has happened in August and September of 2010 in Bahrain gives a clear indication as to the high regard given to Bahrain by the international community. I see that the Bahraini government is interested in human rights from the top of its pyramid to the bottom, as respect of the citizens and their security is a matter of high priority to the political leadership in Bahrain.

 

But I emphasise that secrecy does not work in managing these issues and transparency is important so that people know the reality of what is happening because if they do not see something, then it becomes very difficult for them to understand but becomes easy to be lead to the wrong conclusion. The government’s decision to allow civil observers to the [so called terrorism] trial is important.

Impressive! I can’t add any more to this as his views – surprisingly – tally with my own and I have expressed them as such over and over again in my various writings. I wonder how the government is going to deal with this one. We’ll see how the barometer lies tomorrow by the headlines in the other local papers. Should be fun!

How long does he have before leaving again, and will that be accelerated due to this piece?

Note: the above are my imperfect translations but are current best efforts. I’m sure that the American embassy will probably translate the transcript and make it available on their website or to whomever asks.

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GDN stoops to another low

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Just in case the “journalists” in the local rag forgot what Journalistic Ethics actually are, here’s a good place to start. However, I’m sure that both “ethics” and “journalism” is far from their minds. What’s closest, is enriching themselves via their chosen “contribution” to Bahrain’s development and political well-being: brown-nosing.

WASHINGTON: The GDN has been praised for its involvement in Tuesday’s meeting on Bahrain’s human rights record at Georgetown University.

One report, by US observers present at the event, singles out the newspaper for praise, describing the highlight of the evening as the moment discussions turned into a debate when GDN news editor Robert Smith challenged Human Rights Watch’s Joe Stork, who had earlier played down the terrorist threat facing Bahrain as a few instances of tyre burning.

“You refer to the violence and say it is not hi-tech and almost play it down,” said Mr Smith.

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Oh for all that’s holy Bob! What the hell were you on? Your job is to report the news. The government has it’s own MUCH more powerful and highly paid stooges to do its bidding and doesn’t need YOU to leap to its defence! Your job, my dear friend, is to enjoy the paid trip to the World’s capital, “wash your liver” as we fondly say in Bahrain by enjoying the scenery and breath of fresh, free, and unencumbered air, report the news – as I presume this is what you’re actually paid to do – and shy away from making the news!

What happened? Your chairman’s charm and specific brand of wet brown-nosing got to you? Have you also forgotten that other than using your sad excuse for the destruction of some trees somewhere in the world and actually putting what you produce to good use by lining the bottoms of bird cages, your precious “publication” is nothing more than a brown-paper envelope sans creativity and “news”?

You might also have forgotten that we – the public – actually do peruse real sources of news? Like this one for example, which, coincidentally didn’t “leap” to anyone’s defence and did the honourable journalistic thing by reminding their government of the error of their ways:

ONCE AGAIN a pro-Western Arab regime is engaged in a wave of repression against its domestic opponents — and once again, the Obama administration has been struggling to find its voice. The subject this time is Bahrain, an island emirate in the Persian Gulf that is host to the U.S. Fifth Fleet. For most of the past decade the country’s ruling al-Khalifa family has been boasting of its steps toward democracy; parliamentary elections are scheduled for Saturday. But Bahrain’s Sunni rulers are worried about the country’s restless Shiite majority, especially as the power of nearby Iran waxes.

When Shiite youth began staging street demonstrations this summer, the regime seized the opportunity to crack down. Hundreds of suspected activists were rounded up, and 23 leaders of the Shiite opposition — including two clerics and a prominent blogger — were charged under anti-terrorism laws with trying to overthrow the government. A human rights group that has received U.S. funding and that was planning to monitor this weekend’s election was taken over by a government ministry.

[Washington Post]

For god’s sake. The shit that’s happening in this country is getting quite old and tiring. And with all the papers and “journalists” abrogating their responsibilities and cowardly propagating the manufactured tripe, this country will never get any better.

Journalism is a sacred duty, not just a vocation to make money off of.

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Who’s next?

Ali Abdulemam, the blogger and system operator of the banned BahrainOnline.org has been summoned to appear before the National Security accused of allowing his forum to broadcast wrong and malicious information.

Bahraini blogger and system operator Ali Abdulemam

Abdulemam joins tens, possibly hundreds, more apprehended Bahrainis all accused or charged with some malicious intent against the ruling regime. According to most operating human rights organisations in the country, they have had their rights violated and some even went as far as accusing the security services of applying systemic torture on some of those incarcerated.

I fear that this latest development further degrades the country’s reputation and gives some credence to the charges of it being an enemy of freedom of expression and that of human rights too.

I hope that Abdulemam gets released untouched soon. Like any other forum operator and blogger, he has no real control over his guests’ contributions. Sites like those offered by Abdulemam should be supported and allowed to freely operate as they serve an extremely important function in providing a place for citizens and others to voice their opinions. BahrainOnline.org is known to be a central venue for this, so much so that it is said that even ministers tend to log in first thing in the morning to find out what’s happening in the country rather than read the papers.

I would ask for Ali Abdulemam to be immediately released. As far as I could deduce, he has not done anything wrong.

Maybe it’s time to resurrect the Free Ali site and prepare a few more for other Bahraini bloggers and forum sysops?

Update [email protected]: This statement was released on the Bahrain News Agency‘s website in connection with his arrest earlier:

STATEMENT ON ARREST OF ALI ABDULEMAM

Manama Sep 05 (BNA) Following reports of the arrest of Ali Abdulemam, referred to as a blogger, Bahrain’s Ministry of the Interior released the following statement:

“Ali Abdulemam was arrested on Saturday 4th September as part of the ongoing investigation into the terrorist network accused of planning and executing a campaign of violence, intimidation and subversion in Bahrain. As part of this investigation compelling evidence emerged connecting Ali Abdulemam directly to this network. “Any assumption that Mr.Abdulemam has been arrested purely on the basis of any political views he may hold is entirely inaccurate and is connected solely to evidence of his involvement with senior members of the terrorist network. “On Saturday 4th September, Bahrain’s National Security Agency requested that Mr Abdulemam come in for interview. Following this request, Mr Abdulemam attempted to flee the country and was arrested at Bahrain International Airport under the Protection of the Community Against Terrorism Act 2006 and has been presented to the Director of Public Prosecution. “At present authorities are continuing to investigate the full extent of Mr Abdulemam’s involvement in the terrorist plot and his detention will continue to be fully in-line with international standards as well as in strict adherence to Bahraini law.” A H N BNA 1742 GMT 2010/09/05

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Congratulations? Really? Really?

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Two men suspected of attempting to assassinate the editor of a Bahrain newspaper have been arrested early this morning.

The duo, aged 27 and 21, have admitted attacking Al Watan managing editor Muhannad Abu Zeitoun, Public Security chief Major General Tariq bin Dayna said.

They have been referred to the Public Prosecution, he said.

Mr Abu Zeitoun, 31, suffered a shoulder injury after being stabbed with a sharp object and his car was also set on fire at 3am on Wednesday outside the Arabic publication’s office in Riffa.

The Palestinian was taken to hospital, but released shortly after treatment.

His Majesty King Hamad received cables of congratulations from officials and citizens over the arrest, praising the security authorities for the quick action in the case.

They also strongly condemned sabotage and violence in the country and pledged their support to the King for his efforts to strengthen Bahrain as a land of peace, security and justice. GDN

Do those people who took the initiative to congratulate his majesty like this have no shame whatsoever?

For god’s sake some people were arrested but have not been tried and convicted yet you morons!

Talk about jumping the gun just to kiss ass.

Those congratulatory cables should have supported his majesty in his call to apply the law and the observance of all relevant legislation, rather than congratulating him for the arrests. What they have done, in my view, is nothing less than insult his majesty and going completely against his continuous reminders that Bahrain is a country of laws and institutions, not of the haphazard application of the law and chaos.

Absolutely ludicrous.

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Vehicle tracking, another Big Brotherly gesture?

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I don’t know where this country is going as far as personal freedoms are concerned. They’re just about non-existant at the moment, and whatever remains, the government, Parliament, and the religious establishment are methodically chipping away. If this doesn’t result in a society filled with nothing but directed androids, I’m not sure what is.

The latest salvo in this depreciation of personal freedoms comes this time courtesy of the Ministry of Interior. No surprise there. It’s Traffic Department is introducing new number plates, unimaginatively justified to “fight crime”:

The new number plates are part of a raft of measures designed to tackle car crime, which include the introduction of hi-tech registration badges that will allow police to monitor the movement of every vehicle.

GDN · 9 June 2010

Why?

Is this really necessary in such a tiny country as ours? Aren’t we already robbed of every semblance of privacy without any recourse to a law that protects our identity and rights? What happened to the right of information and data protection laws? Must we be followed, spied on and harassed by the state in every single facet of our miserable lives to end it now with a completely unwarranted invasion of privacy?

This country is just getting from the ridiculous to the obscene.

Is it ever going to end?

No, it won’t.

Because this country doesn’t seem to have any person who cares any more. We deserve what we get… for the price of the apathy we have excelled at toward public affairs, cannot but result in being ruled by evil men.

May your soul rest in peace Plato.

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