Sharia in action in Tunisia: Islamic supremacists attack music festivalgoers with swords and sticks

A music and theatre festival violates “Muslim sensitivities.” Attacking attendees with swords and sticks doesn’t.

Sharia Alert from “Arab Spring” Tunisia: “Salafists attack Tunisia festival, 5 wounded,” from AFP, August 17 (thanks to Benedict):

Hardline Islamists armed with swords and sticks attacked a cultural festival in northern Tunisia late on Thursday, with five people wounded in the clash, witnesses and officials said.

It was the third time in just three days that Tunisia’s emboldened Salafists have disrupted cultural events, condemning some of them for violating Muslim sensitivities during the holy month of Ramadan and fuelling fears of a rising Islamist tide.

At the music and theatre festival in Bizerte, “around 200 people belonging to the Salafist movement used violence to block a protest organized by various groups to mark Jerusalem Day, denouncing the presence of certain Arab guests,” the interior ministry said.

The ministry said it had dispersed the assailants with tear gas and arrested four of them, adding that five people were wounded.

Festival organizers Khaled Boujemma and Slahedine Masri, speaking on private radio station Mosaique FM, said the Salafists were armed with swords and sticks. Human rights activist, Bechir Ben Cherifa, said the police waited an hour before intervening.

Witnesses said the hardliners were angered by the presence at the protest of Lebanese militant Samir Kantar, who spent nearly three decades in jail in Israel before being freed in 2008 in a prisoner swap with Lebanon’s powerful Shiite group Hezbollah.

Kantar, sentenced to multiple life sentences for a notorious 1979 attack in Israel that killed a policeman, a four-year-old girl and her father, is considered a hero by many in Lebanon and was honored by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after his release.

There is mounting concern among artists and activists in Tunisia about the ultra-conservative Sunni Muslim movement, which has grown increasingly assertive since the ouster of veteran dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in last year’s uprising.

Two festivals have been cancelled this month and two cultural performances prevented from taking place just this week because of threats by the Salafists, who considered them un-Islamic.

Opposition and civil society groups have repeatedly criticized Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party that heads Tunisia’s ruling coalition, for failing to do more to rein in the hardliners.

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  1. says

    Say what?? Wasn’t Kantar ‘hardline’ enough for killing a policeman, a four-year old child and her father ? These people sound mad, bad and dangerous to know.

  2. says

    “Say what?? Wasn’t Kantar ‘hardline’ enough?”

    Apparently the guy is Shiite and a member(ex-?) from Hizboallah, and these pedohammedans from Tunisia are Sunni. That’s why they hate him. Oh the islamophobia! will it ever end?.

    Sunni hates Shiite, Shiite hates Sunni… and at the end of the day they all gather together to persecute, prosecute and murder non-muslims. Battele of egos, even in the best families there’s bound to be infighting, just like with socialists-nazis, fascists and communists-.

  3. says

    It was a music and theatre festival:

    “Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious.”

    — Ayatollah Khomeini

  4. says

    And how could you forget last weeks Islamic lessons?

    Hadith Qudsi 19:5: “The Prophet said that Allah commanded him to destroy all the musical instruments, idols, crosses and all the trappings of ignorance.” (The Hadith Qudsi, or holy Hadith, are those in which Muhammad transmits the words of Allah, although those words are not in the Qur’an.)

    Muhammad also said:

    (1) “Allah Mighty and Majestic sent me as a guidance and mercy to believers and commanded me to do away with musical instruments, flutes, strings, crucifixes, and the affair of the pre-Islamic period of ignorance.”

    (2) “On the Day of Resurrection, Allah will pour molten lead into the ears of whoever sits listening to a songstress.”

    (3) “Song makes hypocrisy grow in the heart as water does herbage.”

    (4) “This community will experience the swallowing up of some people by the earth, metamorphosis of some into animals, and being rained upon with stones.” Someone asked, “When will this be, O Messenger of Allah?” and he said, “When songstresses and musical instruments appear and wine is held to be lawful.”

    (5) “There will be peoples of my Community who will hold fornication, silk, wine, and musical instruments to be lawful ….” — ‘Umdat al-Salik r40.0

  5. says

    Save all the rhetoric. They’re just rotten scum. The only “religion” on the planet that is pulling this shit. They should be exterminated for the vermin that they are.

  6. says

    let the PC crowd learn: the Allah god (unknowable,as imagined) is not capable of creating happiness and mirth, especially as it’s spokeman- the supreme example of all behavior – Muhammad (lately contrived)is known as one who steals, covets, rapes, murders, demands respect if not worshiped, and wages war. so, these events of quiety joyful people will continue, if it and it’s spokesman are allowed to be