Lebanon

Lying Imam Incites Burning Danish Flag. Then Hides Behind It

Ahmed Akkari, one of the Danish imams who helped whip up the Muhammed Cartoons Controversy by adding fake Muhammad cartoons to the original set, has been saved by the same degenerate and godless Westerners he attacked. He and his family have been evacuated from Lebanon by the same Danish embassy burned by rioters.

Ahmed Akkaris behavior in the above story is interesting. Why would he seek the protection of the same decadent, godless nation which he so recently incited violence against? Well, why do so many young Muslims who dont hesitate to espouse their hatred for the West and all the liberal freedoms which the West guarantees continue to live there rather than move to a more devout Muslim nation like Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan?

The word hypocrisy springs to mind.

(via MediaWatchWatch)

Controversial nonsense

If you happen to live in Egypt, Jordan or Lebanon, you can forget about seeing The Da Vinci Code.

Observers are claiming that the films controversial take on Christs life will fan sectarian tension. Christian-Muslim relations in Egypt are especially strained after two deadly clashes in Alexandria, the countrys second largest city.

Youssef Sidhom, editor of a Christian newsweekly, thinks many Egyptians may view the film as a conspiracy against Christianity. But he opposes banning it, which he expects would provoke more curiosity and a greater demand for pirated copies.

In Jordan, the Council of Churches has urged the government to ban the film because it tarnishes the memory of Christian and Islamic figures and contradicts the truth as written in the Bible and the Quran about Jesus.

Moustafa Darwish, who worked as a film critic and directed government censorship in the 1960s, explains the lines of reasoning weighing against Da Vinci opening in Egypt: One is that the film will be sent here after the agents are sure it will be approved by the censors. Two, the producers decided not to send it here because the agent advised that it could be banned. Basically, it is self-censorship.

(via The Melon Farmers)

Brokeback Syriana

George Clooneys political thriller, Syriana has premiered in the United Arab Emirates with two minutes cut by government censors.

Scenes showing mistreatment of Asian workers in the Gulf and references to a late Saudi king were among those cut.

The movie has also opened in Egypt but is unlikely to be screened elsewhere in the Middle East, said its distributor

Apparently, the UAEs censors took four months to to examine the film because they felt that the buck should be passed to the authorities in Abu Dhabi.

In other news, Beirut based distributor Italia Films, has abandoned plans to show Brokeback Mountain in the Gulf region.

A spokesman said its decision was the result of negative feedback it received from government ministries regarding the films homosexual content.

We asked whether a film with such a subject would be approved, said Jean Shaheen of Italia Films. They told us they would rather not deal with it.

Now theres a surprise.

Homosexuality is a serious offence in the Gulf, punishable by flogging and imprisonment.

UK fiddles while Beirut burns

The BBC reports that the Danish embassy in Beirut has been set on fire in the latest protest over the Muhammed cartoons and that Denmark is urging its citizens to leave the country as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, in the UK, the police are coming under political pressure to explain why no arrests were made during demonstrations in which protesters chanted threatening slogans.

The protests on Friday saw a number of placards and slogans glorifying the 7th July bombings and calling for the massacreof those that insult Islam.

Shadow Attorney General Dominic Grieve has asked why no-one was arrested, saying that Its a clear breach of the criminal law - the existing criminal law, not new laws about incitement. To go out on the street and call for the killing of others is something which is intolerable.

Police said they were studying footage of the protests but refused to say if any prosecutions would go ahead.

Labour MP Shahid Malik, who is a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee has written to Sir Ian Blair, head of the Met Police, on Friday calling for prosecutions.

Had they intervened on Friday when I witnessed some of the scenes from the obscene placards and the obscene chants, I think the situation could have got much worse, he said.

Police are professionals at dealing with crowd and disorder matters and I think theyre best placed to make those kinds of judgements.

I believe that prosecutions should follow. No matter how much offence cartoons may or may not cause, it can never justify violence.