Weather or Not, Saied’s Idiocy about Daniel Intensifies anti-Jewish Storms

Sep 19, 2023 2:36 pm | Ticker, Virtual Jerusalem

TUNIS, Tunisia – As Mother Nature wielded her awe-inspiring power over Libya’s Derna, a different storm was brewing in neighboring Tunisia – not of rain or wind, but of incitement and idiocy.

In a baffling display of selective reasoning, Tunisian President Kais Saied pinpointed the cause of the devastating storm. Not climate change, not natural meteorological patterns, but… Zionism? According to Saied, the storm’s name, “Daniel,” was clear evidence of a Zionist conspiracy, penetrating already into direct weather against helpless Libyans.

For the uninitiated, storms are named systematically, alternating between genders, and following a sequence in the alphabet. But who needs science and logic when there’s a conspiracy to peddle?

The response was swift. Social media brimmed with reactions ranging from ridicule to concern. Many were quick to highlight the absurdity: “Daniel” isn’t just the name of a revered figure in Jewish tradition but is also recognized as a prophet in Islam. If Saied’s aim was to showcase his depth of knowledge, he plunged into the shallow end of the pool.

But this isn’t just a comedic blunder; it’s indicative of a disturbing trend of ridiculous but irresponsible, potentially incendiary, nonsense. Saied’s comments, far from being a mere gaffe, reflect a dangerous and growing undercurrent of scapegoating and incitement, against Jews, usually, in that benighted 4part of the world.  The real tragedy is that such distractions divert attention from genuine crises and meaningful solutions, interfering in rescue and relief efforts as well while inflaming terrorists and madmen to take the law into their own hands.

As the global community strives for unity in the face of natural and man-made disasters, leaders like Saied seem determined to fan the flames of division and ignorance. If there’s a lesson here, it’s that storms, whether meteorological or of our own making, should be faced with reason, unity, and clarity. Not with mindless incitement that plunges deep into the absurdity of hatred.