Friday, September 16, 2011


The BBCNEWS site tells an everyday tale of anti-Semitism in Cairo which does not bode well for the future of the region.

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.

Nice of the Beeb to even mention the story in this context. I know of one local news outlet that wouldn't touch this.

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