Last Updated: Fri Nov 12, 2010 17:47 pm (KSA) 14:47 pm (GMT)

Palestinian apostate held for Facebook Islam criticism

A protestor in London carrying his slogan in reaction to the Danish caricatures criticizing Islam
A protestor in London carrying his slogan in reaction to the Danish caricatures criticizing Islam

A mysterious blogger who set off an uproar in the Arab world by claiming he was God and hurling insults at the Prophet Muhammad is now behind bars - caught in a sting that used Facebook to track him down.

The case of the unlikely apostate, a shy barber from this backwater West Bank town, is highlighting the limits of tolerance in the Western-backed Palestinian Authority - and illustrating a new trend by authorities in the Arab world to mine social media for evidence.

Residents of Qalqiliya say they had no idea that Walid Husayin - the 26-year-old son of a Muslim scholar - was leading a double life.

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