Porno, Bombs, Internet and Belly Dance

How to live under the new Hamas directives..
“Belly-dancing is naked women. This is not Islamic,” says the new Palestinian culture minister, Attallah Abu al-Sibbah, an Islamic scholar who has joined the Hamas government which was installed last week, (2006). ” …
….”But there’s no doubt that Hamas wants to impose its narrow vision of moral purity on the Palestinians, who until recently enjoyed one of the most secular cultures in the Middle East. The ban on belly- dancing reveals Hamas’s intense suspicion, which it shares with all Islamist organisations, of pleasure and female sexuality’ it’s no accident, after all, that belly-dancing has been taken up with such gusto by feminists, myself included, who love its celebration of the natural female body.”.
This was written on April 7, 2006.”… See here for the full article “Hamas, and the sexual power of real women”
Today (2008), Under the excuse of the porno ban (see here ), remebering the above statement about belly dancing, Hamas is continuing monitoring  the internet in the Gaza Strip,  hearing seeing and reading any flow of news into his Internet jurisdiction area.


 I quote from Menassat:
..”Palestinian journalists in the Strip are up in arms about the whole affair as the filtering has slowed and even halted Internet traffic entirely during busy news days.
 ‘What Hamas wants from monitoring the Internet is  to control its impact on public opinion,’ Alyan said.”….
  The director of Reuters’ Gaza office, Nidal Al Mughrabi, told MENASSAT, ‘The decision has had a huge impact on our work, since we are an international agency known for our up-to-date news coverage, and we are in competition with other international agencies.’ “.. 
…”Saleh Al Masri, a journalist and editor at the Palestine Today website, told MENASSAT, “We are not against regulating the Internet, but we were highly affected in terms of download speed. Our readership too dropped by more than half.” …
Gaza-based writer Abdullah Alyan said, ‘Pornography is only an excuse for the filtering, the other reasons are monitoring people’s use of the Internet, especially news sites and forums, to curtail the widespread online campaign against the Hamas’ government and the behavior of its members in Gaza.’ “see here.
Hamas’s monitoring Gaza’s strip Internet does not affect other to monitoring the Hamas sites.
Two websites operated by Hezbollah and Hamas were being hosted by a Canadian internet service provider even though the militant groups are barred from operating in the country, CBC News has learned.
Halevi wrote a letter of complaint to iWeb, the Montreal internet company that owns computer servers that play host to the websites.The company replied the websites were inoffensive and just “an informational portal such as”Halevi said he was shocked by the response.”That was amazing because there is a big difference between CBC and the Hamas, al-Aqsa TV website. The messages are totally different.”
CBC News translated some of the Arabic section of the Hamas website, a discussion forum.One post included a list of instructions on how to conceal a bomb in a crowded market. Another posting explained how to make a roadside bomb look like a rock.The site is also full of anti-Israeli rhetoric, and pages that glorify those who died in suicide attacks as martyrs, see here.

So  Hamas is banning any ‘import’ of so called porn and belly dancing but is exporting bomb making and shahid education for future explosing martyrs.

And a last remark by Palestinian culture minister Attallah Abu al-Sibbah (2006) wich may be actual today…”The Egyptians come here and do it [belly dancing]. And there are a lot of Russian belly dancers in Egypt and they come here too. People do it indoors, in secret. There’s lots of it. If the phenomenon of belly dancing spreads our people might react against it by killing people. We don’t want our people to become like the Taliban.”..see here.

A surprising belly dancer is Haifa Whebe .

haifa wehbe and ragheb alama

haifa wehbe and ragheb alama

Haifa Wehbe Belly Dances for Ragheb Alama  see here.

Hamas ‘Freeing’ Gaza from Porn Sites

Is it not an impossible request to ban pornography, sex and voyeurism by simply issuing a ban? Even in Gaza ruled by the Hamas,not every one will welcome the ban. A part of Gaza’s population is basically similar to the West Bank population. A town like Ramallah, more open to the world, can be considered by many Gazans as an example of how a better life is possible, and among other things, a free internet is maintained and available. Will bans, of any sort, not induce ‘hackers’ to bypass them? Only if the Hamas will threatened surfers with unsupportable penalties have they a chance to succeed. But for the more ‘Western’ inclined Gazans, perhaps ’emigrating’ to the Western not an impossible solution, reminding me of “The escape from LA” movie, starring Kurt Russel.
Here is the ban news:
…” ‘Islamist group Hamas has told the main Palestinian telecoms company to block access to pornographic Internet sites in the Gaza Strip, a Hamas government official said on Monday.”….The aim of the move is to protect the Palestinian community from cultural pollution and to protect the young generations from the misuse of the Internet through viewing pornographic sites,’ Hamas government spokesman Taher al-Nono said…’An Internet provider in the Gaza Strip, which Hamas seized in June after routing President Mahmoud Abbas’s secular Fatah forces, estimated that about 400,000 Gazans surf the Web and said almost half of them were aged 18-35.’…’Attacks against video stores and Internet cafes have increased over the past two years. Some of the attacks had been claimed by radical Muslim groups who say such places run contrary to Islamic values.’ “…see more.
It turns out that issuing a ban in Gaza has no influence on the Israeli internet providers.
Israeli owners of sex sites report, I quote..” The Israeli-Palestinian conflict apparently does not disturb and even encourages Arab internet users from consuming kosher Hebrew porn. Operators of a number of porn sites report that between two and 10% of their users arrive from Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority. Some websites even go as far as offering services in Arabic.”….” The most popular video clip among Arabs, ‘Code name: Deep investigation,’ is described as ‘a parody dealing with the Vanunu affair with agents investigating the affair using erotic means’. “…” Nothing seems to stop the porn-consuming Saudi, not even technical difficulties: ‘In many places Israel is blocked, at times the entire suffix ‘’ is blocked. Users connect through proxy servers and reach us that way,’ he said”…see here the full article.
So Gazans know how to satisfy themselves not only with the Sex, lies and videotapemovie. Maintaining myself a blog, (not porno or any related subject), I see every day entries from the Gaza strip and the West Bank on my blog.
Now if the Hamas ban will succeed, what shall be with the fate of private porno sex and future sex extortions in Gaza? From a “Jerusalem Post” article “Fatah-Hamas mired in tawdry accusations”, Hamas and Fatah are accusing each other of sex scandals homosexual relations, sex orgies etc.
Here are a few quotes,..”The alleged “sex scandals” are said to have occurred in the Gaza Strip, which fell into Hamas’s hands in June.”…” Some of them had individual sex, while others preferred group sex. Some of them paid money for sex, while others performed sexual intercourse with males in front of their wives.”….” The sex allegedly took place in hotels, clinics and private homes – in some cases with a picture of Yasser Arafat hanging overhead.”..
And here a few Fatah accusations against the Hamas sex scandalls, I quote ..”According to Fatah, a Hamas imam was recently caught having sex with a male minor in a mosque basement. In another incident, according to Fatah, a senior member of Hamas’s armed wing, Izaddin Kassam, was expelled from his refugee camp after he was caught having sex with a male colleague in a vehicle. And according to a report on a Fatah-controlled Web site, a Hamas man was caught naked together with his neighbor’s wife in her bedroom”…see here for the full article.
Now, as always, a ban, even in Gaza, has his pros and cons. Each reader can decide for himself what are his preferences.

‘Please censor the Internet to protect my children from Evil’?

The censor  

   (Gluyas Williams “The Censor”)


  There are  people, convinced that they know, on the ground of their own morality and beliefs, what is nefaste for me when I visit sex, porno, violence sado-maso sites on the Internet. And if so, why should I not benefit from their gratuitous intervention by passing for me a censorship bill , to hold me and my ‘little childrens’ on the right track of their ‘obvious’ superior morality.

  Actually (Feb 28, 2008), this is what is now happening in Israel: ” Knesset okays Internet censorship bill”. I quote,..”The Internet porn bill – authored by MK Amnon Cohen (Shas, the ultra-orthodox Sephardi and Mizrahi Judaism political party), strongly supported by Communications Minister Ariel Attias (Shas) and spiritually endorsed by party mentor Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – ..[requiring] Internet users to specifically request full access to pornography. Those requesting such access would have to prove they were adults.”…see here

  What I like in their bill, is the ‘Good for the Children’ argument. I quote ..”about 47 percent of Israeli children have a computer in their room and can surf privately, while in most cases parents are unaware they may be exposed to harmful websites.”… “an enlightened country should also safeguard the rights of its children as well as the important value of “protecting minors.” see here.

  And I ask myself: ” I and you, as the father of children or as future fathers, don’t we want to protect our children from ‘sex…etc”?  Or perhaps are we so dumb that we need the supervising of the omnipotent spiritual  Fathers of Shas, the ultra-orthodox Sephardi and Mizrahi Judaism political party” or of any regulative bigotry machinery.

  Now, this is not only an Israeli issue. In many countries, like the Smoke Ban, there is the Porno Ban under the central auspice of the authorities. In principle I don’t object the need of regulation, surely not if done by the parents.

  But look how slippery it may be if done by the state.   Here are excerpts from the article:…”Finland censors anti-censorship site”. ..”Finnish police are blocking more than 1,000 legal websites, including one belonging to a well-known Internet activist, under a secretive system designed to prevent access to foreign sites that contain child pornography..”….”..What’s more, the censorship system threatens sites that offer all kinds of content, including political forums blogs and message boards. That’s because it requires Finnish Internet service providers (ISPs) to block entire web servers, so a single user posting a single inappropriate link has the ability to get an entire service shut out. As a result, plenty of legitimate sites based in the US, Europe and elsewhere, are blocked solely because they share space with a bad actor.”…see the full article

  Anyway, is it possible to hold an effective censorship on the whole Internet?

  Look at this article: “Censorship on the web isn’t rewarding, yet”.   Here are some excerpts …”The Californian court ruling to cut off from the Internet has shocked the blogosphere. “…” Wikileaks is a rather controversial websites that gives whistle-blowers an anonymous stage for their revealed secrets.”.. ” Turns out… they’ve posted.. several hundred documents about the offshore activities of a Swiss bank. The bank has send in an army of lawyers who managed to convince the court to order that Dynadot, the company that hosts the domain name, should remove all traces of from its servers.”…”Good news for the dissidents and journalists: the site is still accessible via It’s hosted in Sweden…. Duncan Riley from TechCrunch correctly stated that “unfortunately for Bank Julius Baer, the legal action will probably result in more people reading the documents in question”….See here for the full article.

  Now, a possible answer to “effective censorship on the whole Internet” is here, I quote …”Canadian software tool blows away Net censorship, wins global award”…” Psiphon – designed by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab – is the first recipient of a new award for digital pioneers chosen by an international group of specialists and awarded in Paris this month,  2/25/2008″..”  Psiphon evades such censorship through an encrypted connection between the user’s computer (in the country with Internet censorship) and another piece of software – essentially a Web proxy – on a volunteer’s computer in a country where Internet access is not controlled.”..the full interesting article is here.

  So is there a solution? Sincerely I don’t know. But Dr Hetsroni, a senior communication lecturer at the Jezreel Valley College (Israel), wrote, I quote ..”So where do pornographic websites lead to? The common answer, which many adolescents are familiar with, is sexual arousal and self-induced sexual relief. Indeed, masturbation constitutes spilling sperm in vain according to Judaism, yet it is doubtful whether even in a religious state there would be laws that limit a person’s right to masturbate in front of the computer at his own home.”.. see here.

  I suppose that adolescents  and others will find their ways to the Canadian Psiphon or any other software to beat any state censorship in the vein of the following motto by John Gilmore “”The Internet treats censorship as though it were a malfunction and routes around it.”

  BTW, if you want an additional view on what people think about internet porn censorship look here at “Porn filter may slow internet” and the 145 comments, published by the Australian ‘HeralSun’.

Boticelli Venus


I published this story on NowPublic and add here the comments by  NowPublic editors and contributing members.

jordan super editor jordan  at 15:11 on March 2nd, 2008

good stuff:   “Think of the children!” is the rallying cry behind many a misguided legislative effort.

    korzac korzac  at 18:20 on March 2nd, 2008

  In a review of the book ..”.“Indecency,” Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth, Marjorie Heins, New York: Hill and Wang, 2001, 402 pages, I found the following passage … “Heins insists, should First Amendment rights not begin at eighteen. Instead, she demands that young Americans be given the right to intellectual freedom. Heins supports that cause by arguing that young people have the skills to assess information in a thoughtful manner. She also refutes policies rooted in notions that the young are simply putty in the hands pornographers and others who would corrupt them. She thus questions assumptions of intellectual immaturity as a legitimate basis for the denial of First Amendment rights. Her faith in children to act as competently as adults gives additional meaning to her contentions that no evidence exists about the actual harm inflicted on minors by obscene and violent behavior. Instead, she advances her own version of children as victims: boys and girls who are deprived of information they need by over zealous protectors who refuse to recognize their intelligence, competence, and actual needs. This, Not In Front of the Children makes clear, is the real harm to minors. As Heins explains in her own words:
‘The argument here is not that commercial pornography, mindless media violence, or other dubious forms of entertainment are good for youngsters or should be foisted on them. Rather, it is that, given the overwhelming difficulty in even defining what it is we want to censor, and the significant costs of censorship to society and to youngsters themselves, we ought to be sure that real, and not just symbolic harm results from youthful pursuit of disapproved pleasures and messages
before mandating indecency laws, Internet filters, and other restrictive regimes. (p. 11)’ “. 

The reviewer was Michael Grossberg, Sally M. Reahard Professor of History and Adjunct Professor of Law.

The PDF (Does Censorship Really Protect Children?)  of the above quote is on this Google page

jordan, thanks for the comment and the flag.

cynthia yoosuper editor cynthia yoo  at 17:19 on March 2nd, 2008

good stuff:  korzac, I like this story. It’s good stuff.

    korzac korzac  at 18:22 on March 2nd, 2008

cynthia yoo, thanks for the flag.

BigT editor BigT  at 18:47 on March 2nd, 2008

How about preventing children from buying liquor or smoking? What about forcing children to go to school?

Doing something “for the children” is usually a slogan used by the left to bludgeon their opponents into submitting to their socialist agenda. I know this because the it’s “for the children” argument has been used against me by leftist family members.

I know that this is Israel but if something like this were done in the United States I’m not sure I would be against it – with one stipulation. The federal government cannot be the one to originate this regulation. If a state wants to restrict access on the web they should have that power.

The government has hundreds of thousands of regulations. We all have to wear seatbelts, companies have to get clearance from the EPA to expand, OSHA, and many, many more. If the people want this regulation; so what? We are talking about a democracy after all.

PEP  top favorite editorPEP  at 21:52 on March 2nd, 2008

Good points, Big T.

We very rarely see five-year-old, or even 10-year-old children allowed into strip clubs, as one example.

 The marketplace “in real life” has some restrictions on it–just try, say setting up a strip club in a family neighborhood. So why shouldn’t the Internet?

If someone really wants to visit hard core porn and even SM sites, and is a consenting, informed adult–that’s a personal choice. But that personal choice shouldn’t dictate what is made readily available to children.

We are all related–and so I think that in essence, we all bear some degree of responsibility for children. If I decided to become a stripper (which pays much more than a writer’s pittance), that would be my personal choice. But that doesn’t give me the right to demand that I be allowed to show up at my neighbor’s birthday party for the young girl there (she’s now six!) and as a birthday gift, perform a strip show and offer lap dances. :)

It’s all about making appropriate choices for a community. But that’s just one person’s opinion. The issue of what is and is not censorship has been around for a long time, and will continue to be. The essential thing is to continue dialogue and also share an understanding that choices made will reverberate well beyond ourselves as individuals. 

      korzac  korzac  at 03:04 on March 3rd, 2008

pep, thanks for the comment.

      korzac  korzac  at 02:59 on March 3rd, 2008

BigT, in the Israeli case the Internet porn bill was authored by the radical rigth wing clerical party “Shas”. PM Olmert needs them to maintain his governmental coalition and for this he has to pay.. . This sort of political extortion biased the whole thing and prevent any rational discussion because under the modern words and phraseology are hiding the Bible Scriptures.

 I quote here the words of the Israeli Dr. Yitzhak Kadman,( himself a religious person), head of the National Council for the Child,…” ‘said he opposed the bill’,,,” warned minister Attias that the present wording of the bill would cause a scare among liberal-minded Israelis who do not want the state to tell them what to do,” Kadman said.”.. “I propose that Internet suppliers be obligated to provide parents with a variety of Internet filters free of charge. And if the parents choose to block content, they can do so in accordance with their sensibilities,” he said. “But I oppose a centrally controlled censorship of the Internet.”
 Thanks for the comment.

samg samg at 22:49 on March 2nd, 2008

good stuff:  Our country is becoming one big Nanny State, and a nanny always knows what is best for you!

It’s really a slippery slope when we allow other people to decide what we can and can not read. They always start with things that everyone would agree is bad but then, slowly but surely, move on to things that are just not PC. Take the First American series ( which 

First Americans out of Europe  

It is my intention that these videos promote the frank and open
discussion of the ancient history of the Americas. Identity politics
has no place here. I simply wish to connect the dots of research
findings which now tells a very different story than we were taught as

This is about our history, should we allow it to be censored because some find it objectionable? And if we do, who gets to decide what is appropriate to censor?


       korzac korzac   at 03:20 on March 3rd, 2008

       samg, he proverb ‘The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions’ fit in   here.

       Thanks for the comment and the flag.

Blogs and Popcorn

From the ‘Vantage’ view of (January 11, 2008)  I quote ..”Blog news travels faster than dry leaves can ignite into a wildfire.”. The explanation is…”That’s because blogs draw their power not just from readers, but from links to other blogs. Blogs, which transmit and republish stories all over the Web, spread information faster than an exploding shotgun shell.”…Now what’s the moral, I quote…” Because of how quickly these stories circulate, companies and their PR agents are finding that they must respond more urgently to promote a product and shield a company’s reputation.”… see full article.
  The superlative explanation and the moral of the blog news influence, are rooted in the following story “Don’t Let Blogs Pop A Firm’s Reputation”, I quote …”One case in point 19 microwave popcorn maker Pop Weaver”…”When the Lighter Footstep blog (10 September 2007), which focuses on greener lifestyles and lures 200,000 visitors monthly, wrote an article in September 2007 about the harmful effects of diacetyl, an additive in microwave popcorn that provides a buttery taste, the story started snowballing.
   The news quickly broke on (September 4, 2007), a blog that fashions itself as a water cooler for public health, and, which covers healthy lifestyles.”…
As a threatened popcorn eater I made a quick research on what is diacetyl, and found out:
..”Breaking Diacetyl News!  September 5, 2007:
An Associated Press article on September 5, 2007 reported that recent warnings to popcorn factory workers about the dangers of developing bronchiolitis obliterans, a serious lung disease, have now been extended to consumers. The disease is thought to be cause by exposure to diacetyl, a chemical used in the buttery flavoring of microwave popcorn.
A pulmonary specialist at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver wrote to federal agencies indicating that doctors there believe they have a patient who developed lung disease from the fumes of microwaving popcorn several times a day for years.”.. see here.
Today I checked what did “Pop Waver” do with the diacetyl. Well the results are reassuring look at the picture,
Pop Waver
Further moralities, from the ‘CNNMoney’ article, a blogger should know:
1-…”  ‘Internet stories last longer than most mainstream stories’, says Demopoulos. ‘Stories on the Internet never go away,’ he said. Newspapers stories are written and often fade, but Internet or blog stories written months ago pop up as a lead item when people write “microwave popcorn” or “diacetyl” on a search engine like Google.”..
2-..”Blogs Are Credible”..
3-.. “There are no secrets anymore. The Internet is forcing companies to be more open and honest.”..
4-..” ‘We see blogs as equal to mainstream media. It could be argued that some blogs aren’t as credible as the New York Times,’ Yingling said. ‘But most consumers don’t differentiate between mainstream writers and bloggers’, she says.”..
Well let it be so forever.
The Blog

Danger:Your Footprint on the Internet Forever


Today (25.11.2007) I found on Google News a post about how  “Blogs ‘could affect future jobs”. I know from my own experience of writing for my blog and for NowPublic, that the fine grained level of information I can reach, if I persevere to follow a trail, personal or other, is incredible; and this is possible without any illegal procedures. So it is good to know  the dangers and to take them into account, look at the following excerpts:

Blogs ‘could affect future jobs’  …”Internet blogs risk leaving a permanent electronic footprint which could be seen by future employers, the privacy watchdog has warned today.Seven in 10 young people questioned did not like the idea of potential universities or employers seeing their current social networking site content…”Many young people post content on social networking sites and online blogs which could embarrass them at a later date, according to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).”…see more.

Ghosts of blogs past that linger…”Party photos, jokey comments, comedy videos and flirting – just a few of the things that lure people to the mushrooming phenomenon of social networking sites and are posted without a second thought.But they are also the same things that can come back and haunt them, even years later, along with strident youthful views that remain unchanged in cyberspace even when discarded in reality.”….see more

Teens warned on social networking dangers…”One in six people have posted their date of birth online, a quarter have posted their job title and nearly 10 per cent have posted their home address. Names of siblings and parents are also routinely put online, generally acting as passwords.”..see source.

An interesting story.

“…A few weeks ago a US feminist blogger, Jill Filipovic of Feministe, posted a followup to an article she’d written some months earlier about being an object of sexist cyber-obsession on a website discussion forum populated by knucklewalking hooting troglodytes masquerading as her fellow law students. A flamewar ensued following that original post, and it all died down until a Washington Post article a few weeks ago about other female law students becoming objects of sexist obsession on the same website and how distressing they found the discovery that the first page of search engine results on their name turned up discussions of their sexual characteristics and pornographic speculation about their sexual histories.  The women were concerned that future employers, researching them on the internet, would come across these results and form an adverse opinion of them as a result. Especially as one top-ranking search result (on a different website inspired by the original sexist discussion forum) was a Rate the Hottest Babes competition naming female law students that may have given people the impression that these women actually applied to join the beauty competition, which they definitely did not.”…see source.

Sweden cracks down on internet salary snoopers  …”An Internet service that caused a storm in Sweden by letting people snoop on each other’s finances has been scaled back by regulators.The website,, sparked controversy as soon as it was launched because it allowed users to perform anonymous, free credit checks and salary searches on any Swedish citizen. Within just a few clicks, nosy neighbours, business competitors and complete strangers were able to find out about each other’s earnings and whether they had outstanding bills to be paid.”…”In Britain there are some similar ways to access public information to learn about an individual’s financial circumstances. For example, the Land Registry allows people to discover exactly how much their neighbour’s house cost.”…see source.

Resources/WEB DANGERS    Current Internet Facts, 2007   “Nearly one in 10 teens (8%) has posted his or her cell phone number online (Teen Research Unlimited. “Cox Communications Teen Internet safety Survey Wave II,” March 2007).”…see more