Friday, February 22, 2008

Save Fawza Falih

We are citizens of many countries appealing to you on behalf of Fawza Falih Muhammad Ali who has been sentenced to death by beheading for the alleged crimes of “witchcraft, recourse to jinn, and slaughter” of animals. The conviction of Fawza Falih for “witchcraft” is a travesty of justice.
BBC: Pleas for condemned Saudi 'witch'
The illiterate woman was detained by religious police in 2005 and allegedly beaten and forced to fingerprint a confession that she could not read.
This is like some medieval notion of justice, not what you would expect to be happening in the 21st century. I mean, I know Saudi Arabia is basically a medieval state, but I didn't even know they had the death penalty for witchcraft until I saw this. Please sign the petition. I am glad to see that people from lots of different faiths have signed the petition.


seiinod said...

Sorry for not commenting about htis specific post, but... Usually when people write a novel, poetry or anything fictional, they tend to use "standard names" such as Jean Dupont in French for example... I come from an university who, among many other things, demonstrated that the brain is not willing to produce randomness... My name is "Edouard Olszewski" and I recently obtained a MA in Intercultural Communication with a "controversial" dissertation on "How do cultural differences affect contemporary art?"... If I write these lines it is to ask you why at some point of your writting history, you used my name (Is there another Edouard Olszewski, somewhere in the world?! It would be fun but unexpected lol). I would like to know the motivations behind this choice... If you don t mind to tell me of course...
Thanks a lot anyway, I enjoyed reading the piece of novel!

Yvonne said...

Hello! Ah, I should have googled to see if there was a real Edouard Olszewski. I decided that the character was called Edouard, because it's a name I like; and then decided that he should be of Polish extraction; went to a website with a list of Polish surnames, and found that Olszewski means "oak", which is a tree that I like, and conveys the qualities of the character I was writing about. As you can see from the fragment, I never finished it.