I don’t know that it will help his case if Jews attempt to help Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, editor of the Weekly Blitz newspaper, but people should ask their representatives here in the US to press our State Department and Administration to try to prevent a negative outcome of his pending trial.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Bangladesh is moving forward with plans to try Choudhury on charges of blasphemy, sedition, treason and espionage in connection with his articles critical of Islamic extremism and favorable to Israel.

After several delays, his trial is due to start in Dhaka on Thursday. If convicted, Choudhury faces the death penalty.

The charges stem from November 2003, when Choudhury was arrested at Dhaka’s International Airport as he was preparing to board a flight on his way to Israel, where he was due to deliver a speech on promoting mutual understanding between Muslims and Jews.

Choudhury’s visit to Israel would have been the first by a Bangladeshi journalist. Bangladesh does not recognize Israel’s existence.

After being held in prison for 17 months, where he was reportedly tortured, Choudhury was released in April 2005.

The article is about how a crowd entered his offices and beat him harshly. Among the crowd were some senior Bangladeshi politicians in the government. Clearly this is a brave man fighting for moderation, peace and understanding against a leadership that prefers hostility and extremism. Mr. Choudhury represents the Muslims who could be the partners to Israel and to Jews in finding compromise and peace. His treatment is shameful, but far more worrisome, it appears to be dangerous to him…and his simple but laudable idea that he can actually talk and interact with Israelis.

Turns out we’ve covered this story before when ck questioned Bangladesh’s right to exist.

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  • We should appeal to the most famous Bangladeshi of all, the new Nobel Prize winner for peace….

  • gooooo figure. in all honesty, i find it amusing that bangladesh cares so much about israel’s existence at all, their rampant drug-trafficking, sex-trading, sweatshop-allowing, mass-raping-and-pillaging selves…eyes on your own paper, champs.

    twenty bucks says they’re only putting this guy on trial because it gives their country marginal publicity.

  • You mean more publicity than the Nobel Peace Prize? Sad to think, but I might believe that.

  • A RESOLUTION HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN THE HO– USE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN SUPPORT OF SHOAIB CHOUDHURY, THE COURAGEOUS BANGLADESHI JOURNALIST WHO WRITES THE ONLY PAPER IN THE ISLAMIC WORLD SUPPORTING ISRAEL. MR. CHOUDHURY IS ON TRIAL FOR TREASON, AND WILL BE SUJECT TO THE DEATH PENALTY IF HE IS FOUND GUILTY.

    PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND ASK HIM/HER TO VOTE FOR HO– USE RESOLUTION #1080.

    THIS RESOLUTION WILL BE VOTED UPON BEFORE THE HO– USE ADJOURNS IN EARLY DECEMBER, SO IT IS URGENT THAT YOU DO THIS IMMEDIATELY.

    THE RESOLUTION ASKS THAT THE CHARGES AGAINST HIM BE DROPPED, HIS CONFISCATED PROPERTY RETURNED AND THAT THOSE WHO RECENTLY ATTACKED HIM BE PROSECUTED.

    TO LOCATE YOUR REPRESENTATIVE SEE:
    http://www.visi.com/juan/congress/

    AND, PLEASE READ http://www.interfaithstrength.com TO LEARN MORE.

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