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Antisemitic Dumbass of the Day: Tunisian President Kais Saied

We’ve got a live one here.

Tunisia’s President Kais Saied has sparked controversy for criticising the naming choice of Storm Daniel that hit eastern Libya and killed thousands of people, and called it as a showcase of “growing Zionism influence” in the region.

“Did they not wonder about the naming? Daniel is a Hebrew prophet,” Mr Saied said in a cabinet meeting on Monday.

“The Zionist movement has penetrated to attack the mind and thinking, from Daniel to Abraham.”

Mr Saied explained that he does not think that the choice of a Hebrew prophet name for a storm is arbitrary, also making a reference to the Abraham Accords, which established relations between Israel and some Arab countries.

While the name Daniel has a Hebrew origin, it is a popular name for non-Jews in many countries where they are a minority, including Russia, Ireland and the US, where Jewish people make up almost three per cent of the population.

Storm Daniel was named by Greece’s Hellenic National Meteorological Service following a list of alphabetically arranged names, which is part of an efficient naming system that meteorologists have been using to identify storms for decades.

Since his electoral campaign in 2019, Mr Saied has been an avid opponent of the continuing attempts to push towards further normalisation between Israel and other Arab states.

“Normalisation does not exist as a concept for me, it is an act of grand treason,” Mr Saied said during the cabinet meeting.

“The issue is not with Jews, the issue is with the international Zionist movement.”

It takes a special kind of idiot to avoid using the term “Jewish” and instead refer to the “Zionism” and the “Zionist movement” in order to not appear antisemitic, yet make it clear you mean Jews when you refer to a Hebrew prophet.

I guess the same kind of idiot who admits to the existence of a Hebrew prophet, essentially validating Jewish history and thus rendering his objections to the Jewish state even more nonsensical.

Meanwhile, if anyone should be objecting to the name of the storm, it is Donald Trump.

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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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