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SAUDI ARABIA: Kingdom Steps Up Hunt For 'Witches' And 'Black Magicians'
Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/26/09 | Alexandra Sandels

Posted on 11/26/2009 1:27:48 PM PST by nickcarraway

When the popular 46-year-old Lebanese psychic Ali Sibat went on-air and made his predictions about the future, the phone lines of the satellite television station Sheherazade used to be flooded with calls.

But what the star psychic probably did not predict was that his claims to supernatural prowess would land him a death sentence.

"He was the most popular psychic on the channel," the Lebanese news agency Naharnet quoted Sibat’s lawyer May Khansa as saying. "The number of callers, including from all over the gulf, spiked in number when he appeared."

But while on pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia last year, Sibat was spotted by religious police in the holy city of Medina. Their job it is to battle vice and uphold virtue in the ultraconservative kingdom. So they arrested Sibat in his room at the Medina Hotel on charges of sorcery.

On Nov. 9, Sibat was given a death sentence by a Mecca court for allegedly practicing witchcraft.

Sibat’s fate is common in Saudi Arabia.

Scores of alleged witch doctors, fortunetellers, and black magicians each year are dragged through the Saudi courts, including Fawza Falih, who’s been on death row since 2006 for witchcraft.

Her accusers include a man who claims the 51-year-old, illiterate Falih is the reason for his impotence. The witch hunt in the kingdom and a recent rise in witchcraft and sorcery cases are causing concern among human rights groups. News reports say at least two other people have been snatched for witchcraft only in the last month.

New York-based Human Rights Watch called on the Saudi government Tuesday to overturn Sibat’s death sentence and all other witchcraft convictions for crimes the group says are loosely defined and used in an arbitrary way.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: magic; napl; religionofpeace; saudiarabia; whitchcraft

1 posted on 11/26/2009 1:27:51 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

And why do witches float?? ,,,,,, because,,,,, they are,,,, made,,, of wood?


2 posted on 11/26/2009 1:29:16 PM PST by DesertRhino (Dogs earn thi title of "man's best friend", Muslims hate dogs,,add that up.)
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To: nickcarraway

Well, in light of Dubai defaulting on most of its sovereign debt and futures being down 24 as I post this, perhaps Mr. Geithner and Mr. Bernanke will have something to say about it when the market opens tomorrow.


3 posted on 11/26/2009 1:30:28 PM PST by Attention Surplus Disorder (It's better to give a Ford to the Kidney Foundation than a kidney to the Ford Foundation.)
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To: nickcarraway

Hey, folks, you’re going the wrong way—the 21st century is THIS way.


4 posted on 11/26/2009 1:35:54 PM PST by Julia H. (Freedom of speech and freedom from criticism are mutually exclusive.)
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To: nickcarraway; SJackson; Alouette

Can they execute the psychic if his alleged sorcery was not committed within Saudi borders?


5 posted on 11/26/2009 1:36:14 PM PST by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: nickcarraway

This sort of thing makes me ill. The barbarity of the Saudis is just...revolting!


6 posted on 11/26/2009 1:37:58 PM PST by Twotone
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To: nickcarraway
Odumbo better be careful then...he's been making money disappear quicker then it's printed....
7 posted on 11/26/2009 1:48:02 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: nickcarraway

Is Hillary there?


8 posted on 11/26/2009 1:53:43 PM PST by rbosque (10 year Freeper!)
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

>SAUDI ARABIA: Kingdom Steps Up Hunt For ‘Witches’ And ‘Black Magicians’

Witchs like Pelosi and “black magicians” like Obowma who makes up job numbers out of his arse?


9 posted on 11/26/2009 2:00:18 PM PST by max americana (i)
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To: DesertRhino

He turned me into a newt.


10 posted on 11/26/2009 2:00:59 PM PST by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: nickcarraway
And 'Black Magicians'

THAT'S RACIST.

11 posted on 11/26/2009 2:20:44 PM PST by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: DesertRhino

The problem with witch hunts is since they never really existed in the first place how do you tell when you have executed the last one?


12 posted on 11/26/2009 2:22:06 PM PST by Luis Cyphier (The French Problem)
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To: nickcarraway

“Got a Black Magic Muslim”


13 posted on 11/26/2009 2:24:10 PM PST by P.O.E. (- End road work.)
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To: nickcarraway
Kingdom Steps Up Hunt For 'Witches' And 'Black Magicians'

And they are treated as "civilized" because?.......

Oh yeah, they should be allowed to possess WMDs. /s

14 posted on 11/26/2009 2:39:39 PM PST by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:31 Behold, I am against you," O " you most proud, said the said the Lord GOD of hosts)
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To: LukeL
>"He turned me into a newt."

And he turned Newt into one of them!

15 posted on 11/26/2009 2:40:48 PM PST by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:31 Behold, I am against you," O " you most proud, said the said the Lord GOD of hosts)
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To: DesertRhino

Very small rocks.


16 posted on 11/26/2009 2:45:34 PM PST by Anti-Utopian
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To: nickcarraway

“And how do you know shes a witch’’? “She turned me into a newt’’ “Ah, well. I got better’’.


17 posted on 11/26/2009 2:49:33 PM PST by JoeMac (''Dats all I can stands 'cuz I can't stands no more''. Popeye The Sailorman)
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To: nickcarraway

Celebrate diversity.


18 posted on 11/26/2009 3:24:56 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Jew, conservative, and proud supporter of Israel.)
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To: nickcarraway
The witch hunt in the kingdom and a recent rise in witchcraft and sorcery cases are causing concern among human rights groups.

But the barbaric nature of Islam does not concern them at all. ALRIGHTY!...

19 posted on 11/26/2009 4:05:58 PM PST by 17th Miss Regt
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To: nickcarraway; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Now I know how to get rid of Helen Thomas...


20 posted on 11/26/2009 6:31:23 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Jew, conservative, and proud supporter of Israel.)
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To: nickcarraway
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21 posted on 11/26/2009 8:17:30 PM PST by JRios1968 (The real first rule of Fight Club: don't invite Chuck Norris...EVER)
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To: Slings and Arrows
But does she weigh more then a duck?
22 posted on 11/26/2009 9:27:07 PM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (I miss the competent fiscal policy and flag waving patriotism of the Carter Administration)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
But does she weigh more then a duck?

I'd imagine so - that much horse**** has to be pretty massive.

23 posted on 11/26/2009 10:35:58 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Jew, conservative, and proud supporter of Israel.)
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To: Slings and Arrows
OMGosh! Has anyone seen her lately?


24 posted on 11/27/2009 4:24:11 AM PST by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady

Wow! I didn’t think she’d clean up that well.


25 posted on 11/27/2009 9:09:44 AM PST by Slings and Arrows (Jew, conservative, and proud supporter of Israel.)
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To: nickcarraway

If witch hunting is indicative of being a Muslim - Cotton Mather was a Muslim?

Who knew?


26 posted on 11/27/2009 11:22:28 AM PST by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Come on, Slings! That’s not Helen.


27 posted on 11/27/2009 12:57:59 PM PST by TheOldLady (No more global baloneyism!! -- Jim Thompson!)
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To: TheOldLady

Is it Michelle 0?


28 posted on 11/27/2009 1:04:43 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (Jew, conservative, and proud supporter of Israel.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Hmmm... Could be, but isn’t she dressed a bit too elegantly?


29 posted on 11/27/2009 1:12:31 PM PST by TheOldLady (No more global baloneyism!! -- Jim Thompson!)
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To: Twotone
It's not just the Qur'an that condemns witchcraft and black magic practices, the Bible holds the same attitude.

1 Samuel 15:23 For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.

Galatians 5:20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

30 posted on 11/27/2009 9:55:46 PM PST by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: myknowledge
Exodus 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live
31 posted on 11/28/2009 9:00:23 PM PST by rmlew (Democracy tends to ignore..., threats to its existence because it loathes doing what is needed)
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