Our neighbors have a way with words. Having been writing for the best part of 25 years, I appreciate semantic delicacies.
For example, on July 11, 1997, the mufti of Jerusalem, one Ekrima Sabri, declared during his weekly Friday rant on Temple Mount, “Oh Allah, destroy America for she is ruled by Zionist Jews… Allah will paint the White House black.”
But the best was yet to come: “Allah shall take revenge on behalf of his prophet against the colonialist settlers who are sons of monkeys and pigs… Forgive us, Muhammad, for the acts of these sons of monkeys and pigs, who sought to harm your sanctity.” Not to be outdone, Abu Mazzen, aka Mahmud Abbas, aka the president of the Palestinian Authority, a couple of months ago, paraphrased the above curses, telling President Donald Trump, ‘May your house be destroyed.” He didn’t specify which of the Trump Towers he was referring to, or whether Allah’s wrath should be aimed at the White House. More likely the latter, for if the White House happened to burn down, both requests would be fulfilled.
But surely that was not enough. Sabri’s past rage included excerpts the Islamic Encyclopedia of Zooism. Abu Mazzen had to include his animalistic conclusions too: American ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, was proclaimed the son of a dog.
It seems that this is the Arabic expression for “bitch.”
Our neighbors, it seems, have some kind of beastly fetish. Especially when it comes to monkeys, pigs and dogs. Back in 2009 honored Islamic cleric Sheikh Ahmed Ali Othman, supervisor of the Da’awa [Islamic Indoctrination] of the Egyptian Waqf [Islamic Holy places], issued a Religious Ruling (Fatwa) that pigs in our time have their origins in Jews who angered Allah, such that he turned them into monkeys, pigs, and Satan-worshipers, and it is obligatory to kill and slaughter them [the pigs].
Yet one of his colleagues disagrees. He claims that according to Islamic tradition, Jews who were transformed into pigs by Muhammad were unable to reproduce, and as such, today’s pigs are not descendants of Jews.
So, we are all lumped together. The White House, President Trump, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, (whom Abbas referred to in the same breath, is a “settler”), Jews, monkeys, pigs, and dogs. A balanced, all-around package.
(It must not be forgotten that the Trump parcel includes also Zionists and Jews. See: Ivanka and Jared).
After all of these wonderful, complements, we come to another side of this coin, that being the Jewish president of the World Zionist Organization, who, in an oped, in, of all places, one the most anti-Israel-Trump news outlets in the world, The New York Times, utilizing some good Yiddish Momma language, by comparing Arab incitement to Jewish “settlements”.
“Palestinian incitement and intransigence are destructive. But so, too, are annexation plans, pushed by those on the right, and extensive Jewish settlement-building beyond the separation line.” Of course, this comes on the tails of his major concern, that being “demise of the two-state solution.” So says American Jewish leader Ron Lauder.
How then to respond? What can an American president do to convey his thoughts after direct, violent insults from an Arab leader, the president of the PA, and the asinine comments of a Jewish leader?
President Donald Trump, the master of masters when it comes to verbalizing his intentions, knows exactly what to do. He appoints John Bolton as his National Security Advisor.
Nothing more need be said.