Sunday, March 04, 2007

Seeing the light

Yasser Abu Hillaleh, the often harangued Al Jazeerah reporter and Al Ghad Islamist-leaning columnist, is shocked, SHOCKED, at the behavior of IAF deputies in the parliament. He was expecting them to side with freedom of the press, and to vote against the jailing of journalists in “press cases”. Poor fellow. Wait until he hears that Santa Claus is not real.

Honestly, where did he get the idea that Islamists supported free expression? Of course, they often call for the right to free expression, but that is only when they are referring to their own right to express themselves, and not other people.

I am glad that Abu Hillaleh has the honesty to criticize the IAF in this case, instead of the usual apologies. I am always glad when people see the IAF for what it is.

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At 10:16 PM, Anonymous Issam said...

Khalaf, you made me laugh today brother. I believe too that Abu-Hilaleh sitll think that Santa is real. Good things that the Christmas season is over by now.

Abu-Hilaleh needs to look to Iran as a model. They have a real democracy and many candidates who run for the president seats and every thing as long as those who run are approved by the high counsel. So may be the IAF should adopt the same system with Jouranlists in Jordan and ask them to pass their posts and articles by Abu-Rashiedah for editing :-)

 
At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suggest a title such as "Touch by an Angel" to our dear illusioned friend

 
At 4:15 AM, Anonymous Urdoni said...

Real freedom of speech is indivisible, and can not be conditional and limited to opinions consistent with Islam or any other limits. I agree with you that Islamic Brotherhood never practically sided with freedom of speech, but I am glad that at least this time they did not help shaping a law with limited and conditional freedom and then call it freedom of speech. At least their position is clearer this time.

 
At 4:43 AM, Blogger Khalaf said...

Issam: Actually, I doubt they can achieve the Iran model. The Sudan model is more likely.

Anon: LOL. Good one.

Urduni: This is the thing with votes. There is only one one choice, and their decision was (obviously) clear.

 
At 5:42 PM, Anonymous Hamzeh N. said...

Yasir Abu Hilalah is a good journalist and writer. We need more people like him.

 
At 12:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Al3akaylel (Ma 3’airo) during the first quasi-free parliament in 89 commented on the issue of lifting the ban on the communist party by saying “article two of the constitution states the religion of the state is islam, therefore it is mandatory to keep [the very martial infamous law] of fighting communism”. Some call it real politic, I call it jordanian cynicism at its best, my old man call it 3ohor politic. We are overwhelmed by the so called islamists, the Awadallah’s, and the obsolete palestinio-pan arabo-lefties. If the remaining pure opportunists (Hattab, Gallab, ….- are minused out the remaining are a bunch of HATAYECH (some with PhDs) to line up with to run a parliamentary monarchist country.

Lets talk tomatoes again Khallaf !!

Mefleh

 
At 2:47 PM, Anonymous Issam said...

أبوهلالة يحاول أن لا يبدو "إخونجي" أحياناً بكتابته بعض المقالات التي ينتقدهم فيها بشكل خير مباشر.
مقالته اليوم بجريدة الرأي، قال فيها:

"وسبق للإخوان وجبهة العمل الإسلامي بعبقريتهم المشهودة أن رفضوا لقاء السفير الأميركي أكثر من مرة"
http://www.alghad.jo/?article=5856

و هذا تهكم واضح من قبله على بعض تصرفات الإخوان

 

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