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Palestinian held for Facebook criticism of Islam

Published: Thu, November 11, 2010 @ 4:00 p.m.

QALQILIYA, West Bank (AP) — A mysterious blogger who set off an uproar in the Arab world by claiming he was God and hurling insults at the Prophet Muhammad is now behind bars — caught in a sting that used Facebook to track him down.

The case of the unlikely apostate, a shy barber from this backwater West Bank town, is highlighting the limits of tolerance in the Western-backed Palestinian Authority — and illustrating a new trend by authorities in the Arab world to mine social media for evidence.

Residents of Qalqiliya say they had no idea that Walid Husayin — the 26-year-old son of a Muslim scholar — was leading a double life.

Known as a quiet man who prayed with his family each Friday and spent his evenings working in his father's barbershop, Husayin was secretly posting anti-religion rants on the Internet during his free time.

Now, he faces a potential life prison sentence on heresy charges for "insulting the divine essence." Many in this conservative Muslim town say he should be killed for renouncing Islam, and even family members say he should remain behind bars for life.


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

When you must force religion upon people as the Muslims do then your religion doesn't have much allure .

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2Traveler(606 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

One must understand that Muslims ultimate goal is for everyone to practice Islam. They are willing to do and support anything or anyone to accomplish that goal.

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3DOLE2(595 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

This is a FUN religion!

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4ELJenkins(9 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

This is a great veterans day article, hopefully highlighting how much we truly have to be thankful for! My heart goes out to those in less fortunate situations. Thank you to all of the service men and women that have fought for our freedoms!

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