Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I was reading ths blog post by a Russian guy that decided to tour the West Bank - not sure why. Maybe he is some kind of freelancing web journalist? Anyway, the guy is either a moron or an anti-semite (or both). In any case, he put up a picture of Hebron and said something to the effect of "See all those barrels on the roofs of the houses? This is where Arabs have to store their water since Israel won't let them have running water in Hebron." In the comments it was helpfully pointed out to him that the barrels were not there to "store" water, but that they were used to heat water since with the hot climate, this is a very cheap and effective way to do it, and this is done by both Jews and Arabs in Israel proper, where both ethnic groups have access to plenty of water. However, one commenter really cracked me up. All he said was "With all those Jews in such close proximity, no wonder there's no water" Of course the commenter was making an oblique reference (joking, I hope) to one of the most popular anti-semitic taunts used by Russians since time immemorial (or at least since running water was available in Russia) - "If there's no water in the faucet, it's because the Jews drank it." Nicely done, my friend. Nicely done.