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Oy Vey! Now the Trees Hate Us!

After the big Newsweek scandal, I think it’s time to sit back and remember that the American media isn’t the only one that uses "unnamed sources" for journalistic reasons.  For example, I just read about the official Palestinian Authority Television broadcast of Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris’ sermon.  

The day will come when everything will be relieved of the Jews – even the stones and trees which were harmed by them.  Listen to the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits Jews. The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew.  (via Memri)

It’s pretty clear that the speech is anti-Semitic.  The bigger question is, "Who are these stones and trees who hate Jews so much that they want Muslims to "finish them off."  Is it all of the stones and trees, or just the leadership of the stones and trees?   Do they have names, or are these stones and trees "unnamed sources"?

I do remember skimming stones in Sylvan Lake at Camp Kinder-Ring when I was a kid, but I’ve never even carved my name in a tree.  In fact, most American Jews are not very nature friendly.  I did go to Joshua Tree National Park once.   It was too hot and I got lost driving.  Luckily, I found the way to Palm Springs, where I stayed at a really nice hotel and spa.

I spoke to a couple of other Jews here in Los Angeles, suggesting we go rioting and killing people, or at least injuring some Palm trees.  That seems to be the proper response to the insult.  Unfortunately, several people already had plans to watch "American Idol" tonight, so I guess the rioting is off.


  1. Jim

    I don’t know about where you live, but the stones and trees get along fine with the Jews in my neighborhood.

  2. Neil

    We should all be so lucky. Here I’m always getting uncomfortable looks from the palm trees when I walk to the supermarket.

  3. Sophia

    It’s scary that they actually broadcast this stuff.

  4. Neil

    Memri is a great site for reading translations of what is said in the Arab media.

  5. Sherry

    Hilarious Neil you need come back, or hopefully by now you found your new significant other. Can you tell I read your Tinder article! Hope you still living your Hallmark life. haha God Bless Shalom

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