Bedoon sue MP Al-Juwaihel for his insults

Stateless Arab, known as bidoon, take part in a protest to demand citizenship and other basic rights in Jahra, 50 kms (31 miles) northwest of Kuwait City, on November 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO/YASSER AL-ZAYYAT

Member of Parliament Mohammed Al-Juwaihel seems consistent when it comes to his attacks and insults against the Bedoon community. He has several times confirmed his stand against the rights of Bedoon and calls for their “deportation.” Few days ago, Al-Juwaihel was having a grilling session for the minister of interior affairs over the issue of duel nationals. He had an argument with MP Hamad Al-Mattar which ended up in a fight as he spat on Al-Mattar. Head of parliament blocked him from entering the parliament for two weeks. Beside insulting his colleague, Al-Juwaihel called the Bedoon “Hailag”, a word in Kuwaiti dialect that is used to insult someone and call him barbarian. According to Al-Nahar newspaper, several Bedoon will work with lawyers to sue the MP for his insults.

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  1. You do realize that these Bedoon are mostly descendants of conservative tribal Arabs who are more loyal to their own tribes. They have a tribal mentality. They are conservative Islamists with Wahhabi/Salafi views. Most stateless Bedoon didn’t live in Kuwait before 1945 therefore they are foreign elements who (if granted citizenship) will further ”Islamisize” the Kuwaiti society. Hathar society is liberal/moderate whereas the (foreign, now Kuwaiti) Badu made everything different.

    Why do you think Kuwait was so liberal in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s? Even after the Islamic Revolution of Iran many Kuwaiti women weren’t veiled and didn’t cover up (dressed in sleve-less tops in public). It wasn’t only after the Gulf War that Kuwaiti women all veiled and whatnot. Hijab before 1990? Not as common as hijab in 2003.

    Badu and Bedoon want to turn Kuwait into a Sharia-state like Saudi Arabia. They want to make all women to comply with the Sunni interpretation of Sharia law. In addition, they are sectarian. Most bedoon are sectarian, most Badu are sectarian. Let them live in Najd. They belong in Najd. Their women are covered in niqab and abaya. If the government naturalizes Bedoon of tribal descent, there will be more Islamists in Kuwait and more conservatism. This isn’t native Kuwaiti society, Kuwaiti society was liberal before the foreign Bedouin tribes were naturalized and gain political power and began reading more (they were initially illiterate, unaware about Islamism, now the Badu are very educated and want 100% Islamism).

    All of this will make Kuwaiti society extremely more conservative. We Hathar are generally liberal and moderate in our views toward marriage, women’s rights and education, even Shia Islamists are moderates (all of the Shia Islamists supported women voting in elections and said it would be a step toward national progress + many Shia MPs opposed gender segregation at universities).

    In Badu society, women don’t have the right to choose what to wear (forced to wear niqab and abaya) whereas *most* Hathar allow their women to make the decision to wear the abaya or not.

    Why should our native society change because the government likes to naturalize foreign Najdi Bedouin tribes who hadn’t stepped foot in Kuwait before 1960s? Most Badu didn’t live in Kuwait before the 1960s and 1970s/80s yet the government still facilitated their migration to Kuwait and naturalized them for political reasons to undermine the power of the liberal government opposition movement.

    Before 1945, the term ”Kuwaiti” referred to the sedentary inhabitants residing within the town wall of Kuwait. The massive naturalization of foreign tribes has altered our native society. Our society’s outlook was toward the sea, toward the outside world. Our views were influenced by different cultures and peoples. Kuwait was a prominent port town, a center of trade and commerce. We were ethnically diverse. We were open-minded. In 1971, Kuwaiti society was great. Now our society has been artificially altered by foreign Bedouin tribes from central Najd. They are not native Kuwaitis. They didn’t reside in Kuwait before the government moved them from Najd for biased political reasons.

    How come the government doesn’t naturalize the hundreds of thousands of professional, skilled Egyptians, Syrians and Indians who have lived in Kuwait since the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s? How come only Najdi Bedouin tribes got naturalized in the 1970s and 1980s despite not living in Kuwait before?

    Many Badu have dual citizenship (Saudi citizenship) and homes in Saudi Arabia, the government needs to STOP altering this country’s native citizen population demographics for artificial political and sectarian reasons. We all know that the government rarely ever naturalizes Shias. Bedoon of Iraqi Shia origin don’t get naturalized for a reason, it’s all sectarian. In the 1970s and 1980s, the government only naturalized Najdi Bedouin tribes of Sunni origin. No Shia tribes allowed. How come? Why weren’t hard-working Egyptian doctors and teachers given Kuwaiti citizenship? They practically built the country in its early stages. Only Bedouin tribes who hadn’t contributed to Kuwait’s development got granted Kuwaiti citizenship in the 1970s and 1980s.

    I support the naturalization of foreigners who deserve Kuwaiti citizenship, like Egyptians, Syrians and most importantly, Indians. Indian professionals (like doctors, engineers, professors) are among the most hard-working and loyal and many of them have lived in Kuwait for more than 45 years yet they don’t get naturalized.

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