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    “Sorry, we thought you were a Jew”

    “Sorry, we thought you were a Jew”

    Here’s your “Arab Spring” and “Arab Street” for you.

    From a BBC correspondent (h/t Daily Dish):

    While walking in the street someone pushed me from behind with such force that I nearly fell over.

    Turning around, I found myself surrounded by five men, one of whom tried to punch me in the face. I stopped the attack by pointing out how shameful it was for a Muslim to assault a guest in his country, especially during Ramadan.

    Relieved that a seemingly random assault was over, I was appalled by the apology offered by one of my assailants. “Sorry,” he said contritely, offering his hand, “we thought you were a Jew.”

    Shaking his head in disbelief on hearing the news, an Egyptian friend sympathised: “That’s stupid, you are obviously not a Jew.”

    The chilling implication I was left with was that, had I been Jewish, the assault would have apparently been justified.

    Just like the attack on Lara Logan, in the new Egypt and elsewhere, looking Jewish is a dangerous thing.


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    […] because they thought the BBC reporter was a Jew and ended when they found out he wasn’t. As Professor Jacobson rightly said, there’s your Arab Spring for […]

    gypsyboots | September 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

    If it happens to enough BBC correspondents, maybe the BBC will rethink its own editorial biases on Israel and Palestine. No education like being literally mugged by reality.

      Subotai Bahadur in reply to gypsyboots. | September 16, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      That will not happen until they start mugging the BBC Board of Governors and the leadership of the Labour Party in London itself. Before that happens, BBC will be advocating Sharia law in every newscast and their sign-offs will be tapes of the WW-II Mufti of Jerusalem. The street reporters are expendable in the service of the Narrative.

      Subotai Bahadur

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