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Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

Iraqis have made it clear that they want to be able to roll on Shabbos. But rather than bowling pins, I think these people would rather be aiming at Jooooos.

Iraqis are complaining about their first two-day weekend since 1972, and some high-school students even went to class Saturday to protest a decision introducing a second weekly day off that coincides with the Jewish Sabbath.
It’s not that the Iraqis do not want time off – they just want the extra day moved to Thursday.

 

“We don’t want Saturday! It’s a Jewish holiday!” students chanted as they marched in protest last week to the governor’s office in Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad.

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In many Baghdad districts, students and civil servants ignored the decree and went to school and work Saturday. At Sadr City’s al-Fazilah secondary girls school, all 400 girls showed up for class.

 

“Sadr City is a Shiite Islamic city, and we reject Saturday being our holiday because it is related to the Jewish weekend,” said student union leader Safaa Dawoud Mahmoud, 18.

This sums up the sentiment nicely:

”We can’t be like Jews,” sixth-grader Nada Alwan said. “I hope the government listens to us.”

Yes, G-d forbid they are like Jews. Then they might actually achieve something worthwhile.

 

As for the government listening to them, I have a feeling it will. After all, these kids have their own, unique way of showing their displeasure.

A high-school student pulled out a hand grenade and started waving it, and police fired into the air to disperse the crowd. At least three students reportedly were injured in the ensuing scuffle.

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In predominantly Sunni Muslim Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad, the al-Mutawakal high school opened its doors after insurgents threatened to kill its teachers if they took the day off.

Well, unique to the Arab and Muslim world at least.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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