Malaysian Teen Faces Possible Three-Years In Prison For “Liking” A Pro-Israel Post On Facebook
Perhaps the authorities have equated “liking” a pro-Israel post to befriending Jews. According to the Qur’an, that would make this teen one of them. And the end result for being a Jew in a Muslim-majority nation could be deadly. Anti-Semitism. Where would Islam be without it? …
Qur’an Sura 5:51, “O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.”
Hadith, Tabari 7:97, “The morning after the murder of Ashraf, the Prophet declared, ‘Kill any Jew who falls under your power.’”
The 17-year-old student in the northern state of Penang ‘liked’ a post that read ‘I love Israel,’ and featured a picture of the Jewish state’s flag, Penang police chief Abdul Rahim Hanafi was quoted as saying Wednesday by Malaysian media.
Abdul Rahim said that under the harsh police crackdown, the student claimed to accidentally clicking ‘like.’ Sedition charges can hold a three-year jail sentence in the Muslim-majority nation.
On the other hand, police also are investigating death threats made against the student. In response to the threatening backlash, he has deactivated his Facebook account.
The crackdown on the student comes as inaccurate reporting over Operation Protective Edge in Gaza has led to a dramatic increase in anti-Semitism worldwide, with anti-Semitic incidents in July rising 383% compared to the same month last year according to a recent study.
Osman Hussain, Penang’s state director of education, told AFP on Thursday that he would seek to resolve the incident without police involvement. Speaking about the student, he remarked ‘he is just a student. I will try to solve the issue peacefully.’
The police crackdown has been met with some criticism online, with one reader posting on the popular local news portal Malaysiakini that ‘using the same twisted logic, all Malaysians using Facebook are also committing sedition as Facebook is founded by a Jew.’
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