Oink! An Open Letter to President Mubarak

In 'retaliation' for the attempted assassination of Mr. Maher, many obstacles and hardships have been placed in the path of those Palestinians traveling to or from Egypt. Their privileges are curtailed, their entry permits disregarded, their complaints ignored. Past sins committed by Arafat and his hooligans, specifically the happiness exhibited when President Anwar Sadat was assassinated, have on

Isaac Kohn,

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[?Egyptian Foreign Minister, Ahmed Maher was attacked by a mob of frenzied Palestinians as he paid a visit to the Temple Mount. Rescued by Israel security personnel, Mr. Maher was whisked away and briefly hospitalized....? So ran the headline news in all of the major Middle East newspapers following the violence against Mr. Maher.]

Dear President Mubarak,

I was shocked and dismayed at the unsavory situation your foreign minister happened to encounter when he visited the Temple Mount the other day. Unprepared for the confrontation that ensued, Mr. Maher had to be rescued by Israeli security personnel and whisked to a hospital.

Today, it seems, he is doing fine, although the incident seems to have created a certain switch in your approach towards the Palestinian issue. Your anger continues to boil and the anti-Arafat, anti-Palestinian Authority rhetoric is reaching new plateaus. It seems, Mr. Mubarak, that what oh-so-recent pretense attempted to hide has suddenly been exposed.

Did I confuse you with this statement? I beg your pardon and let me explain.

Mr. Mubarak:

I have stated so before and I reiterate it now: You, Mr. Mubarak, epitomize bigotry and anti-Semitism in all of the colors of the rainbow. There isn't a single vein in your body that is not infected with the poison of deception and duplicity vis-a-vis Israel in particular and Judaism in general. The superlatives I need to describe the pretentious characteristics you embody will seem too insubstantial to do them real justice, but I will do my best to lay open those fraudulent traits and expose your perfidy.

The news reports, Mr. Mubarak, speak of your anger at what happened on the Temple Mount. Your statements spew the revulsion you feel towards the PA and its hooligan-impostor chairman, the murderer, Arafat. Without let-up, your office is issuing one condemnation followed immediately by another. The news articles rip away every shred of sympathy the Egyptian people have towards the self-invented Palestinians. You urge the Egyptian Parliament to 'review its stance regarding the Israeli-Palestinian' issue.

In 'retaliation' for the attempted assassination of Mr. Maher, many obstacles and hardships have been placed in the path of those Palestinians traveling to or from Egypt. Their privileges are curtailed, their entry permits disregarded, their complaints ignored. Past sins committed by Arafat and his hooligans, specifically the happiness exhibited when President Anwar Sadat was assassinated, have once more bubbled to the surface. Past animosity, never completely buried, has surfaced once again to rekindle the spark of hate still simmering. It seems to me, Mr. Mubarak, that if you could, you would put Arafat on trial for crimes against humanity. Maybe... have him shot? You probably can't wait.

Well, perhaps you ought to take a breather; let me examine and review what is really going on. Perchance, as I proceed, you may learn that some of the vernacular the Egyptian media is using to describe both the incident and the perpetrators is not as exact as it sounds.

You see, Mr. Mubarak, these same hooligans are 'freedom fighters' as it pertains to the terror they visit on Israel on a daily basis, not 'hooligans' as described in the Egyptian media. Maybe, then, the 'mob' was in reality a 'group of school children' watching from the sidelines as Mr. Maher's bodyguards provoked these kids by shooting at them for no reason? In fact, the PA is 'not responsible'; an Israeli plot to undermine the warm relations between Egypt and the PA was the root cause of the near-riot. A vicious, Israeli, Nazi-like scheme to create a rift between you and your up-to-last-week best friend.

Mr. President, your reaction and on-going reactions are 'counter-productive.' The restrictions being imposed on Palestinian travelers crossing into and out of Egypt are 'untenable.' Can't you see that the restrictive measures are simply not going to work? All they will accomplish is to radicalize the 'poor impoverished Palestinians' and provoke them into more such 'peaceful protests.' I suggest that the restrictions imposed be immediately lifted and the borders thrown open so as to allow entry to a hundred-thousand Palestinians who wish to visit their relatives. The hours-long delays you are imposing create havoc and consternation. Working people can not go to work, children miss their school and women can not shop for food . All this makes for an angry and restless Palestinian populace.

Mr. Mubarak:

Many times in the past, you expressed firebrand anti-Israel views with deep, anti-Semitic overtones. Unfortunately, amongst us live some Israeli fools who bow down to the new Egyptian Pharaoh, refusing to wipe the spittle off their face and recognize the enemy for what you are. Instead, they continually excuse your animosity and treat you with silk gloves. Fools! With your self-proclaimed 'man of peace' image, you have undermined every possible solution to the conflict in the Middle East, seeking instead the surrender and dismemberment of Israel. The hate-filled speeches made by Egyptian Islamic mullahs are carried live and broadcast far and wide, all with open approval and encouragement of Jewry's enemy, you - Hosni Mubarak. You encourage unbridled hate and incitement as you play the duplicitous role of peace-maker.

I hope you understand clearly what this letter attempts to do; on the other hand, bigotry is not known to take a detour due to a minor pit-fall.

Let me end this letter with the following: I am a Jew. I am an American. I am an Israeli. And from whichever angle I look at you, you are still the same unrepentant bigot and an extremely dangerous enemy. Openly speaking, what goes around comes around and I do not feel an iota of sympathy.

Mr. Mubarak:

Those who sleep with pigs wake up with slime oozing from their ears - oink, oink!




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