November 23rd, is a historical day for Bahrain and I consider it as the day of glory and proud for Bahrainis and for H.M King Hamad.
“My pleasure to witness today with the decent audience an important legal and political event, I consider it the first in the region for its type and uniqueness, because for the first time the state take the initiative solely immediately after the events without waiting for international or regional pressures to form International Investigation Committee involved respectable members ..” Bassiouni said.
“Having heard the important speech of the Chair of the Independent Commission of Inquiry, we extend our sincere thanks to the Chair and the Commissioners, as well as their staff, for their remarkable efforts. You merit our deep appreciation. Your Report is of profound value to us. By taking to heart your findings and recommendations, the people of Bahrain can make this day one that will be remembered in the history of this nation” King Hamad said
“The government must resign!” Alwefaq said
BICI proved for the world Hezbollah’s in Bahrain (Alwefaq) sectarian, racist, fake revolution and the myth of Shiites majority in Bahrain.
THE MYTH OF SHIITES MAJORITY:
“According to the 2010 census, the total number of persons residing in Bahrain is 1,234,571. Of these, 568,399 are Bahraini citizens (46%) and 666,172 are expatriates (54%).19 Of the total population of Bahrain, 70% are Muslim, while the remaining 30% are Christian, Hindu, Sikh, Jewish or followers of other faiths.20 There are no recent publicly available figures on the exact size of the Sunni and Shia communities of Bahrain. A census undertaken in 1941 prior to Bahrain‘s independence placed the percentage of Sunnis at 48% and Shia at 52% of the Muslim population.21 Current unofficial estimates vary between 60-70% Shia and 30-40% Sunni, although these figures, and demographic data in Bahrain generally, are a contentious issue”
A leaked official study from July 4th to November 15th, 2010 published by Aljazeera on August 3rd, 2011 placed Sunnis at 51% and Shias at 49%.
THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL WELFARE
“The Government of Bahrain (GoB) over the past ten years has embarked on a series of structural reforms. These include the launch of Bahrain 2030‖, which the GoB describes as an economic vision for the country, which emphasizes expansion of the service, financial, tourism and high-tech sectors”
“New independent regulatory bodies also have been established in association with the EDB. These include agencies overseeing higher education, labour and telecommunications. International consultancy firms have been actively involved in the establishment and operation of most of these bodies”
“According to figures produced by the Bahrain Economic Development Board, unemployment rates were below 4% at the beginning of 2011, and subsequently rose to around 4% in the following months”
“According to the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Index, Bahrain ranks above the Arab regional average, and is 39th out of 169 countries for which data was available”
“Although there was job loss during the financial crisis, most notably within the financial and real estate sectors, the labour market for Bahrainis has remained relatively stable. Around 83% of the total workforce is comprised of non-nationals”
“Bahrain‘s economy has experienced consistent growth over the past decade; the GDP real growth rate was 3.1% in 2009 and 4% in 2010.47 GDP per capita has also been steadily increasing and reached USD 20.475 in the first decade of the century”
“Bahrain was the first country in the GCC to introduce formal education in 1919. The literacy rate is nearly 90%. Education is not compulsory, but all levels of education, including higher education, are free to Bahrainis. There are three public universities in the country. In addition, Bahrain has 15 private universities, as well as local branches of foreign universities”
“The Supreme Council of Women was established in 2001 as an advisory body with the stated goal of empowering women at all levels of Bahraini society. Women were granted suffrage and the right to stand for office under the National Action Charter. In 2006, a woman was elected to the Council of Deputies for the first time in Bahrain. This was the first time a woman was elected to a legislative chamber in the GCC. Currently, the elected chamber of the National Assembly includes four women representatives.63 However, women make up 27.5% of the Consultative Council appointed by the King. In 2006, Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa became the third woman to become President of the UN General Assembly”
RELIGIOUS AND SOCIAL TOLERANCE
“Relations between locals and expatriates are generally cordial. Indeed, Bahrainis take pride in their reputation for hospitality. Nonetheless, some sources of tension exist”
“Religious, sectarian and ethnic identities are an important aspect of life in Bahrain. For many, Bahrain has been a model of ethnic and intersectarian harmony, particularly when compared with neighbouring societies”
“Some observers and political commentators have depicted Bahraini society as deeply divided between two monolithic communities, Shia and The existence of inter-sectarian tension in Bahrain is undeniable, but a dichotomous image of Bahraini society is both inaccurate and incomplete. Islam is not the only faith practised in Bahrain. Rather, Bahrain is notable for having both Christian and Jewish communities that have lived in the country for many years. Residents of Bahrain also adhere to various other faiths, including Hinduism and Sikhism, and they are all allowed to practise their religions freely. In addition, there are noticeable and sometimes significant differences within the Shia and Sunni communities of Bahrain in relation to their religious affiliation, political views, economic fortunes and social grievances”
Now, Why Hezbollah in Bahrain is racist and sectarian?
“Many Shia argue that sectarian discrimination also exists in the economic sphere and claim that poverty levels among Shia are far higher than among Sunnis. This, they believe, is evidence of structural limitations designed to limit their influence in both the economic and political spheres”
“The increase in wealth has not however been equally shared across SOCIETY”
“Some Shia complain that approvals to construct new mosques are not granted as readily as Sunni mosques, while the GoB contends that the number of existing Shia mosques and shrines surpasses that of Sunni places of worship in the country”
“Overall, the number of licensed Sunni mosques as of 2008 is 360, while the number of licensed Shia places of worship stands at 863 mosques and 589 ma‟atams”
Represent Hezbollah in Bahrain that follow Wilayat Alfaqeeh ideology as Ali Salman said I’m servant to the religious clerics.
“Many follow the guidance of Iran‘s Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei of the Qum School. Politically, the Grand Ayatollah espouses the doctrine of Wilayat al-Faqih, which grants the religious establishment supreme authority over matters of both faith and state”
That means Iran at least is part of the fake revolution or actually the failed coup by its political religious ideology. To illustrate more the Iranian ideological influence, you may read my previous blog Shame on you Alwefaq http://ecokha85.blogspot.com/2011/10/shame-on-you-alwefaq.html.
The protesters were peaceful chanting Shias and Sunnis are brothers!
“Individuals who had gathered at the Financial Harbour began to interfere with traffic on the King Faisal Road. A female member of the Sunni community was stopped by protesters while driving her vehicle. The protesters then attacked her vehicle with sticks and knives. The car was surrounded by a large number of demonstrators, who began pounding on the vehicle and chanting anti-government slogans”
“The Commission received 434 complaints from members of the Sunni community. These included claims of physical abuse, verbal abuse and threats to personal safety. The majority of complainants claimed to have suffered emotional distress caused by these violations or inconveniences. Some complainants stated that they were expressly targeted because of their religious affiliation. In addition, the Commission received complaints concerning damage to private property and Sunni mosques”
“The Commission received 102 complaints regarding physical abuse and 120 complaints regarding verbal abuse suffered by individuals who claimed that they were targeted because they were Sunni”
“Several individuals testified to having witnessed the physical assault of other Sunnis. One witness stated that his colleagues arrived at work covered in their own blood due to attacks by protesters on the way to work.
Alwefaq is racist opposition"
“The expatriate population in Bahrain is alleged to have been the target of violent attacks during the events of February/March 2011. Most complaints received by the Commission pertained to physical injuries, property damage, economic loss, deprivation of the freedom of movement, denial of medical treatment and attacks at places of worship”
“According to reports by the GoB, incitement against expatriates in Bahrain intensified in the aftermath of the contested 2006 parliamentary elections. The GoB alleges that Al Wefaq is responsible for fuelling antiforeigner sentiment and cites a number of articles as inflammatory. For example, the GoB refers to an article published in 2009 which states that ―the majority of naturalized people are barbarians, ignorant, naive, and they are from the mutaradia and natiha [alluding to Islamic terminology of forbidden animal meat] – and they are of Sunni or Salafi origin”
“Al Wefaq criticised the GoB‘s policy of hiring expatriate and guest workers whilst the unemployment rate of Bahrainis remained high, particularly among the Shia population”
“Statements touched on a variety of subjects including: increasing literacy rates among the naturalised; preferential housing for the naturalised in predominantly Shia areas; the new policy adopted by the Electricity & Water Authority to recruit non-Bahrainis”
“During various demonstrations, antiexpatriate and guest worker chants and slogans were heard. Demonstrators held banners targeting naturalised Bahrainis, threatening them and asking them to leave the country. Some of these banners read: Bahrain is free, free. Oh naturalised get out; Bahrain is free free, Oh naturalised, Oh mercenary, Oh killer, your departure time has come; and Shia plus Sunnis minus naturalised equals a loving country”
After the above which is a brief of what the report expose about Hezbollah’s Peaceful Violence Theory in Bahrain, I’m waiting the implementations of King Hamad speech to end racism and sectarianism in Bahrain:
“We are determined, God willing, to ensure that the painful events our beloved nation has just experienced are not repeated, but that we learn from them, and use our new insights as a catalyst for positive change”
“WE DO NOT WANT, EVER AGAIN, to see our country paralysed by intimidation and sabotage”
“WE DO NOT WANT, EVER AGAIN, to learn that our expatriate work-force, which makes such valuable contributions to the development of our nation, has been repeatedly terrorised by racist gangs”
“WE DO NOT WANT, EVER AGAIN, to see civilians tried anywhere else but in the ordinary courts”
“WE DO NOT WANT, EVER AGAIN, to experience the murder of policemen and the persecution of their families for the work they do in protecting us all; nor do we want, ever again, to discover that any of our law enforcement personnel have mistreated anyone”
And I say:
“WE DO NOT WANT, EVER AGAIN, Alwefaq and its leaders”
“WE DO NOT WANT, EVER AGAIN, Nabeel Rajab to instigate for riots and vandalism”
“WE DO NOT WANT, EVER AGAIN, Isa Qassim to raise Shia kids on hate speeches and sectarianism”
“WE DO NOT WANT, EVER AGAIN, People follow Wilayat Alfaqih and conspire on Bahrain for Iran's ambition to rule the gulf by Shiism”
“WE DO NOT WANT, EVER AGAIN, any pardons on criminals, plotters, and traitors of Bahrain”