Libya Detains UN Observer for “Sorcery” and “Black Magic”

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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There’s nothing modern about the Muslim world. It may have skyscrapers and smartphones imported from modern countries, but it is a fundamentally medieval place.

A United Nations observer at the trial of two of Muammar Gaddafi’s sons in Libya has been detained on suspicion of “black magic”.

Ahmed Ghanem, one of a three-strong UN team monitoring the case, was detained by security units on suspicion of occult practices.

A source at the prison said Ghanem, an Egyptian, was detained upon arrival to monitor the case after written material was found indicating possible “sorcery” or improper communications, and was later released.

A UN spokesman said it was seeking an explanation from the Libyan authorities.

Arrests for black magic are commonplace enough in places like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. The usual targets are Ethiopian maids and the occasional Egyptian. Sometimes these arrests, like blasphemy arrests, are just harassment. Other times they’re attempts to suppress a non-Muslim religion. In this case it’s probably the former.

Muslims in the US often complain about “witch hunts”. And yet they’re the ones who actually hunt for witches.

  • Truth Speak

    Wow…just watched a video of one walking through a glass door because he didn’t know how to use it…wow.

  • liz

    Anywhere from medieval to bronze age. Beheading, stoning, hanging and dismemberment, for things like blasphemy, apostasy and witchcraft.
    This is supposed to “enrich the fabric of our society”, according to our genius in the White House.

  • AlgorithmicAnalyst

    Thanks Daniel :)

  • Ban Liberals

    And these seventh century cavemen (and women) dare to criticize Israel? Muslims are more backward than the lost tribes of Borneo!

    PATHETIC!

    • liz

      Is that the Muslim version of the “itsy bitsy, teeny weenie, yellow polka dot bikini”?

      • Habbgun

        Its either that or a feminist trash bag.

  • tom_billesley

    …..written material was found indicating possible “sorcery”
    Was he caught with a fortune cookie? Stone him.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Sorcery and close-up Black Magic were performed by the prophet of Satan called Muhammed.

    Muhammed made honesty, intelligence, respect and humanity disappear from all muslims.

  • RevnantDream

    Honestly is anyone surprised. Yet these medieval folks are pouring into the West like water from the ocean.With the blessings of an Ignorant terrified traitorous leadership. How can you possibly have a civilized people who are constantly being assailed on every front from slavery to witch trials.

  • Frau Katze

    I have an idea! They’d make super immigrants. We need more of them!

    • Daniel Greenfield

      We too could detain UN observers for black magic!

  • American1969

    The Dark Ages Redux.