Yesterday morning was nothing out of the ordinary as it related to antisemitism on the Iranian front, the douche nozzle Iranian President Ahmadinejad called for the annihilation of Israel. Nothing new, it goes without saying that he needs new writers, cause his material is old. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that Israel doesn’t take the bait and preemptively attack a country that is calling for its destruction, by a President that has vowed to wipe it off of the map.
A more startling development however came to us via twitter when Andrew Zimmern called out a post that was on Sameh Wadi’s (owner of Saffron and World Street Kitchen) Facebook Wall that depicted a picture (below) of a globe sans Israel (replaced by Palestine) with the comment, “we need more world maps that are correct such as this one!” He went onto reply to a comment that a map missing Israel is, “exactly the way it should be”.
Needless to say, more than a few people through the course of history have suggested (some have even tried) that removing Jews from here or there would solve their problems. Such comments are not only disgusting but given the historical reality are simply unconscionable to any educated and civilized person.
Part of this disturbing revelation were the “likes” that Wadi’s comment received. It appeared that some of his friends and family agreed with his assessment that Israel should no longer exist, that the “correct” version has Israel wiped off of the map, ultimately they side with Ahmadinejad.
Sameh and Heidi got into it when she expressed her shock and disgust at his comment.
The conversation was heated, and I asked Heidi to stop for a moment and consider the source, he’s young, his family is directly from the region, it must be difficult in a way that few of us can understand. As difficult as it is at times we must search our hearts to see past hateful statements. In the words of the Rabbi Rambam, “One should see the world, and see himself as a scale with an equal balance of good and evil. When he does one good deed the scale is tipped to the good – he and the world is saved. When he does one evil deed the scale is tipped to the bad – he and the world is destroyed.”
Having said that it would be easy to dismiss Sameh and his disgusting remark but one must be mindful that hate is insidious. It demands the attention of decent people.
During the course of the conversation he mentioned that he moved to this country partly because we have free speech, and therefore I suppose he can claim a “correct” map without Israel is simply his opinion. The only problem with that logic is that a “correct” map without Israel would mean to anyone with knowledge of the situation the murder of men, women, and children to carry out this vision.
Sameh rationalized making his comments as “free speech” (perhaps inspired by the Chick Fil A example?), he has since made NO attempt to back away from his comment. Further he went on to claim that Heidi didn’t understand the history of the region (full disclosure the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu is a distant relative of hers), so therefore he was justified in his comment because apparently he knows the truth-sadly this is a claim too often made to justify extraordinary violence.
Side note: wouldn’t it be nice if when folks moved to this country they put the values of hatred they learned yonder behind them?
Today I am left to wonder which vendors will find it troubling to sell products to folks that are advocating a “correct” solution to their Jewish problem? Or which journalists will give Wadi a pass on his “opinion”? It will be most interesting to learn who, locally, prescribes to this doctrine of hate and violence.