Bloodied Are The Peacemakers

I’ve been remiss in getting this up:

Bangladeshi journalist Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is on trial for his life on a preposterous charge of spying for Israel. His great act of espionage: advocating peace and Muslim reconciliation with Christians, Jews and Israel. In November of 2003, he was arrested when he attempted to travel to Israel after accepting an invitation from the Hebrew Writers’ Association. A strident opponent of Islamic radicalism and intolerance, Choudhurry was blindfolded, beaten and left to rot in solitary confinement for 16 months for his trouble, only to be released on bail after international outcry more or less into the hands of an Islamist mob and savagely beaten once again. After complaining to the police, he was arrested once more.  International PEN is campaigning for his release and protection, asking that people write letters to Bangladeshi and US officials on his behalf. Jeff Weintraub has more.

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