Fawza Falih, a Saudi Arabian woman accused of witchcraft in 2006 — one man said she cast a spell on him that caused him to be impotent — has been sentenced to death by beheading. When she was arrested in 2006, she was held in prison and beaten over 35 days in order to extort a “confession” of witchcraft from her. At one point she had to be hospitalized for her injuries. When she finally signed her “confession,” she didn’t know what it was she was signing; she is illiterate and signed via thumbprint. An appeals court overturned her conviction for witchcraft because she retracted her confession. But a lower court has now sentenced her to beheading on a “discretionary” basis, for the benefit of “public interest” and to “protect the creed, souls and property of this country.”
If the Christian Reconstructionists should ever achieve their goals, witches would likewise be executed, unapologetically.
The truth is, witchcraft is woman-centered spirituality. The herstoric Crafts of the Wise were and are mysteries known by, and hidden with women. Patriarchal men cannot abide women’s spirituality or women’s power, or anything women are, have, or do which is exclusive to women and which belongs to us. Hence, the historic terrorism of the witches. Hence, the Burning times. Hence an innocent woman is scheduled to be beheaded.
Human Rights Watch has issued an open letter to to King Abdullah, asking that he intervene.