A Palestinian blogger is sitting in a jail somewhere in the West Bank, denied access to his keyboard and facing a possible life sentence on the charge of heresy, after taking the mickey out of the Koran.
The blogger, Walid Husayin, 26, a barber from Qalqilya, is accused of posting Godless rants on English and Arabic-language blogs and creating Facebook groups in which he spoofed the Koran,
Husayin apparently called Islam a "blind faith that grows and takes over people's minds where there is irrationality and ignorance."
He then declared himself God and told his followers to smoke marijuana in verses that mimicked the Quran. His blog attracted over 70,000 visitors some of whom obviously took offence. Others, we imagine, were too stoned be notice
"He should be burned to death," Abdul-Latif Dahoud, a 35-year-old fellow resident of Qalqiliya told AP. He wanted to see the execution in a public place, "to be an example to others," the wire said.
Qalqilya was demolished after the six-day war as a "punishment" meant to "chase away the inhabitants", Israeli solider Moshe Dayan wrote in his memoir. The rebuilt town sits in the shadow of the separation fence built by occupying Israeli forces. The current mayor is a a member of Hamas, which may explain Husayin's current predicament.