Sunday, May 10, 2009

Official Egyptian Declaration: Jews Source Of Swine Flu

As President Obama prepares to travel to Egypt to address the world's Muslims, an Egyptian government official has declared that Jews are the source of the swine flu. Therefore, he reasons in a new fatwa, it's OK to slaughter pigs.

It's bad enough when anti-Semitism is promulgated organically. It's especially repugnant when the source of this hatred is a government official.

The whole thing is so ludicrous. First, the World Health Organization has said in response to Egypt's wholesale slaughter of pigs that there's no evidence you can contract swine flu from them. And even if you could, to justify killing the nation's wholesale extermination of its pigs by saying that Jews are the source defies logic.

There's a side issue here that isn't getting much attention. Because eating pork is prohibited by Islamic law, and because Egypt's population is predominantly Muslim, the government decision to slaughter swine adversely affects the country's minority Coptic Christian community. Most of the pig farmers in Egypt are Coptics.

So with one action and declaration, the Egyptian government manages to alienate both Christians and Jews.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

It seems that Egyptian bigots are just as stupid as the ones over here. Pork is no more permissible to observant Jews than it is to devout Muslims.

Anonymous said...

When I viewed your headline I thought this has got to be
a joke.

Unfortunately it's not.

Peter Hilton

Anonymous said...

Well, I logged in to the above linked website (Al Bawaba), and gently reminded them that Jews are also forbidden to eat pork. Not that logic plays any part in all this.

We'll see if they post my opinion>/em>, as they call it.

Brinna Nanda

Anonymous said...

The Jews have historically been the ultimate scapegoat for just about everything bad that ever happened I suppose that's why we are called, among many other things much less polite, "the chosen people".

Anonymous said...

OK, I'm confused. Egyptians do know that pork isn't Kosher therefor blaming the Jewish makes absolutely no sense. This is perhaps the worst propaganda tactic since the Iraqis claimed Bart Simpson was sleeping with American solders wives during the real Gulf War.

Anonymous said...

And you're surprised by this....why? Hugo Chavez will be next; 20,000 Jews have fled Venezuala by Amnesty internationals count as he plans his own pogrom.

Deborah Young

Anonymous said...

So where did the man, Sheikh Ali Osman, believe he gets the authority from to issue this Fatwah?

"Say: ‘O people of the Book! Do ye disapprove of us for no other reason than that we believe in Allah, and the revelation that hath come to us and that which came before (us), and (perhaps) that most of you are rebellious and disobedient?’ Say: ‘Shall I point out to you something much worse than this, (as judged) by the treatment it received from Allah? those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil -- these are (many times) worse in rank, and far more astray from the even path’!" (Qur’an 5:59-60)

Yep, the Quran!!
Let's not forget that the Muslims think that every word of their book is absolute truth and has to be taken literally.
One could truly say there is no metaphor in Islam!!

Technoid said...

This Christian blames the Jewish and Islamic faiths for this flu. If they had eaten their fair share of pork this wouldn't be happening.

Anonymous said...

ye3awad 3aleina rabena men el gahl el tabee3ee..... no wonder Egypt remains to be a third world country.