As a citizen of the only truly democratic nation in the Middle East, I’d genuinely be thrilled if the political upheavals currently erupting in neighboring states resulted in real Israeli-style liberalism, tolerance, and pluralism.
However, it’s hard to ignore increasing evidence that the term “Arab Spring” – so wistfully uttered by Guardian reporters and commentators – may one day be viewed as appallingly unserious wishful thinking, and properly assigned to the dustbin of rhetorical history.
Per the Washington Post:
Egypt’s state media says a Cairo court has sentenced a man to three years in prison for postings on Facebook deemed to be inciting sectarianism and in contempt of Islam.
The MENA state news agency said Saturday a the misdemeanor court found Ayman Mansour had intentionally mocked Islam and used “outrageous and scurrilous” language in describing the religion’s holy book, the Quran, and its prophet and believers.
However, I do worry that I may one day be sentenced for the crime of intentionally mocking the far left, and using outrageous & scurrilous language in describing the religion’s holy book, the Guardian, its prophet journalists, and millions of true believers who evidently take their analysis of Mid-East politics seriously.
- On the explicit antisemitism of the Guardian’s Deborah Orr (cifwatch.com)