This is ‘Spirit of Humanity’, the boat that left from Cyprus to Gaza with five brave Bahrainis on board on a humanitarian trip to send food and medicine for the people of the open air prison called Gaza. The ship was hijacked by the Israeli Navy and all on board were detained.
Now knowing how ruthless the Israeli regime is and their unpredictability, lack of humanity and disregard to human rights, the Bahrain government acted swiftly to gain the release of these Bahrainis and have now flown back home safely on a royal jet.
That jet landed in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport.
This apparently pissed off this dude..
إن الزيارة فاجأتنا جميعا، وأشعرتنا بالصدمة، فهي تمت بدون تنسيق مع ممثلي الشعب (كالعادة)، وبسرعة هائلة وفي غموض بيّن، ونحن نسأل الخارجية كيف تم ترتيب الزيارة بهذه السهولة والسرعة؟ وهل حدثت اتصالات مباشرة بين المسئولين البحرينيين والصهاينة؟ ومن رتب نزول الوفد في مطار بن جوريون؟ وهل توجد دائرة اتصال مباشرة مع الصهاينة؟ ولماذا لم يتم استخدام وسيط ثالث من دون الاتصال مع العدو الصهيوني؟ وكيف يتم ارسال وفد بحريني الى مطار العدو الصهيوني الغاصب وتتم الاستهانة بثوابت الشعب بهذه السهولة؟
This visit was a surprise to us, and we are shocked. This procedure was done without the representatives of the people and swiftly under great secrecy. We ask the Foreign Ministry how this visit was planned and why was it so swift? Were there direct contacts between the Bahraini and Zoinist officials? And who organized the landing in Ben Gurion Airport? Why wasn’t there a third party between us and the Zionists? How can they (FM) send a Bahraini delegation and disregard the beliefs and principles of the people so easily?
إن احتجاز البحرينيين الخمسة يجب ألا يكون حصان طروادة لكسر المقاطعة، وألا يستخدم كحُجة لكسر المناعة الشعبية، فالشعب البحريني العربي المسلم يرفض التطبيع. والمقاطعة هي السلاح الوحيد المتبقي للشعوب العربية، فلماذا تتخذ بين الحين والآخر خطوات تضعفه وتنال من تأثيره. فهذا خروج على ثوابت الشعوب العربية التي تُصر على المقاطعة وترفض أي شكل من أشكال التطبيع مع الصهاينة.
The detaining of the Bahraini Five shouldn’t be a ‘Trojan Horse’ to break our boycott against the Israelis, nor change our feelings, for the Bahraini people is an Arab Islamic people who are against Zionism. Boycotting is the only weapon left for us Arab countries, so why do we compromise that from time to time? This is a betrayal to our principles and we refuse any relations with the Zionists.
Now, MP Adel Abdulrahman Al-Moawdeh is the head of the Foriegn Affairs and Defense committee in our parliament, but I think he thinks he’s the Foreign minister as well.. Well you’re not.
The main objective of their landing in Tel Aviv was not to have some hoummos, participate in a bar mitzfah and buy a souvenier skull cap, it was to return these five Bahraini citizens back home safe and sound.
This is what the Foreign Ministry should always do, make sure that our citizens are safe everywhere they go and insure their safe return home when in danger. We all know they haven’t been so good at it, with citizens still detained in Saudi and UAE, whom mind you are both members of the GCC, the easiest people we can negoiate with in the WORLD.
What sickens me is how MP Al-Moawdeh actually wants those detainees to stay longer in the occupied territories under Israeli guns whilst the Bahraini official tip-toe around to find a third party to help us negoiate the release of our fellow Bahrainis, just so they don’t hurt the ‘feelings’ of the Bahraini people.
I’m very sorry, but when it comes to diamond rings falling into a toilet full of crap (exactly the same contents of our dear MPs heads), pulling them out is the only thing I would think about.. And the most important thing is that I wouldn’t do it just to start relations with Sh*t!
Lives are more important that egoes..
On a lighter note: The Bahraini Five are planning another shot at entering Gaza..That’s Punk Rock!
Al-Wasat newspaper must be the only newspaper in Bahrain that writes about every single court case happening in the country, and with Bahrain’s shockingly easy and light punishments, readers can expect to find a couple of jaw-dropping whoppers on a daily basis.
I just want to show a couple of cases from today’s newspaper, similar stories and exact same punishment!
6 أشهر لفتاة تسببت بوفاة طفل وهربت
حكمت المحكمة الصغرى السادسة بحبس متهمة بحرينية من مواليد 1988 تسببت بوفاة الطفل عيسى حسن محمد دسمال لمدة 6 أشهر مع النفاذ.
وقد علمت “الوسط” أن المتهمة كانت تقود السيارة بسرعة 160 كيلو متراً في الساعة وعند مواجهتها بالتهمة المنسوبة إليها اعترفت إلا أنها عللت بأن الطفل المتوفى هو الذي تسبب في الحادث.
وكانت منطقة المعامير شيعت جثمان الطفل عيسى حسن محمد دسمال الذي قضى نحبه إثر اصطدام سيارة به حينما كان يهم بعبور الشارع من جهة مضمار الاستقلال بمدينة عيسى.
Here a young Bahraini lady driving an insane speed of 160km on one of Isa Town’s main roads and hitting a young child crossing the road leading to his unfortunate and untimely death on the scene. Although she confessed that she ran over him but blamed the child as the reason of the accident, not the fact that she was driving 160km in a 80km zone.
Horrible crime..Even uglier excuse…Punishment.. Six months in prison
Second story is quite similar as I said yet with very different protagonists..
6 أشهر لبنغالي تسبب بوفاة مسن بحريني
قضت المحكمة الصغرى السادسة بحبس وافد بنغالي لمدة 6 أشهر مع النفاذ وذلك بعدما تسبب بخطئه في وفاة المجني عليه.
وتشير التفاصيل إلى أن المتهم البنغالي كان يقود مركبته على شارع فرعي في المحرق وهو شارع جمال الدين الأفغاني ولسبب سرعته اصطدم برجل مسن كان يحاول عبور الشارع وقد استطاع المسن قبل الحادث أن يعبر الجزء الأكبر منه.
This time a Bengali man driving on one of Muharraq’s main roads runs over an old man, even though he crossed most of the road at the time of the accident, the driver didn’t have the common sense to slow down, hitting the old man who died later that day.
Horrible accident… No common sense…Punishment… Six months in prison.
Now I don’t know about you but don’t the above stories count for manslaughter? People in sane countries get 6-7 years for manslaughter whilst in our tiny criminal’s paradise we give them a pat on the back and six months in prison (which is actually less time around 4-5 months for reasons I don’t recall at this moment!)
At least it’s good to hear that the law made the two perps ‘equal’ in a court of ‘law’…
Today marks the 8th anniversary of the ‘Meethaq’ or National Action Charter where 98.4% of ‘Bahrainis’ voted in a referendum for democratic reform and making Bahrain into a constitutional monarchy with a two council system (Representatives and Shuraa)
Columns of praise and satisfaction came flooding from all directions, local and international organisations were full of hope that reform have finally hit these tiny shores…
That we gain the right to vote…
That we can protest, express our opinions without fear and fight for our rights peacefully…
Find and punish those who are corrupted and wish to ruin our beloved country through greed and inciting hatred…
Help spread the wealth fairly to all the people of Bahrain…
To help build an educated, motivated and bright society whose only aim is to make Bahrain a better place draw foreign investment in like paperclips to a magnet…
… and basically live happily ever after…
Eight years on, and it seems that rather than taking a few steps forward we’ve backflipped backwards several times!
People vote… only to get their votes drowned out by illegal balloting, political nationalising and well… candidates who are basically dimwits!
People protest and express their opinions… only to be left unheard by the government, and be called un-Bahraini and greeted by tear gas and being clubbed by foreign ‘Bahrainis’… and in the case of websites, get blocked by a swipe of a pen.
Corruption and proof by the hundreds of pages were discovered… but only to be buried and banned to be called by name and instead journalists,bloggers and people in general use other words which translate into English as ‘sexy’ (مثير) and ‘beet’ (شمندر)
The wealth grew in strides,leaps and bounds but the people only received BD600 trickled over 12 months in one year (where thousands had to cue and beg) while hundreds of square kilometres of land were reclaimed, depriving fisherman from all four corners of Bahrain of their source of food and income, and ‘gifted’ to an exclusive few…
The children of Bahrain all complete their Basic education (100%) and all aspire to enter university and get jobs.. only for the government to help these bright Bahrainis after graduating, get jobs outside Bahrain and ship in foreign and incompetent ‘Bahrainis’ to fill in hundreds of government jobs in ministries and in both the BDF (Bahrain Defense Force) and Interior ministries…
This is not what Bahrain voted for.. This is not what we pictured our lives be in a ‘democratic’ country where the law is fair and is abided by all as equals..
Wake up and smell the roses! And don’t think of putting down that rose on the tombstone that reads ‘Here lies Democracy in Bahrain- Passed before birth’
Our silence will keep this democracy in its coma and eventually pulls it plug!
I never knew that St. Valentine’s Day could be such a bitch and heartbreaking!
A BAHRAINI blogger has spearheaded the launch of a petition against Internet censorship following a ministerial order to block pornographic and unauthorised websites.
A total of 150 people from Bahrain and other countries have signed the on-line petition since it was initiated last Thursday and more are adding to it every hour, said its creator Eyad Ebrahim.
Mr Ebrahim said he was hoping to collect as many as 5,000 signatures before sending the petition to the Culture and Information Ministry, along with recommendations from bloggers.
“Bahrain is a democracy and we would like to be treated in a democratic way- we are adults and should be treated accordingly,” he told the GDN.
“Any censorship needed should be done in the household.
“Adults should have the freedom to decide which websites they want to censor – the government is trying to play God.”
Mr Ebrahim said a better option than censoring would be to bring those handling the offending website to court and leave it for the judge to decide on the website’s fate.
“It (this censorship) damages Bahrain’s reputation as a liberal country,” he said.
“It would be far better to redirect this energy or to confront it with legal tools rather than blocking it outright.”
The Culture and Information Ministry issued a decree on January 14 informing all telecommunications companies and Internet service providers to prevent access to pornographic and unauthorised websites banned by the ministry, which included some political and on-line discussion forums.
However, Mr Ebrahim said he wanted to know what criteria the ministry had used to decide which websites to block, because while some harmless websites had been blocked, offensive ones were still accessible.
For example, while many political websites had been blocked, others that promoted sectarian hatred were still accessible.
He said if any sites had to be blocked it should have been websites that promoted hatred of any type because they went against the Bahrain Code of Ethics that was launched by bloggers last year.
Mr Ebrahim also questioned the move to ban pornographic sites while Bahrain still had an alleged prostitution industry.
“We see political, economic and social implications to this (Internet censorship),” he said.
“Socially, when it is illegal to access a particular content over the Internet, people will get around it and will be criminalised for this.
“Economically, when it is a law, this will increase the cost on service providers, who will then shift the cost to the clients.
Mr Ebrahim said the block on websites conflicted with Bahraini law, its constitution and international agreements.
“The ministerial order conflicts with other parts in the Bahraini law and constitution,” said Mr Ebrahim.
Furthermore, he said the block on websites violated Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights that Bahrain signed on September 20, 2006.
Article 19 states:
l Everyone shall have the right to hold opinions without interference.
l Everyone shall have the right to freedom of expression; this right shall include freedom to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice.
l The exercise of the rights provided for in paragraph two of this article carries with it special duties and responsibilities.
It may therefore be subject to certain restrictions, but these shall only be provided by law and are necessary:
(a) For respect of the rights or reputations of others.
(b) For the protection of national security or of public order, or of public health or morals.
To sign the petition against Internet censorship visit: www.gopetition.com/petitions/stop-internet-censorship-in-bahrain.html.