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July 07, 2002
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French journalist proud of Palestinian hate

The Norwegian Blogger has translated an article from the French "Gazette Nationale".

A French reporter from the Gazette visited a Palestinian shop that sells American and Israeli flags and other symbols... along with gasoline and a lighter to allow his compatriots to BURN them!

What is it that Musa sells? American flags and symbols, as well as pictures and effigies of George Bush, Colin Powell and generic American generals, all conveniently packaged and prepared. Lately he has taken to selling convenient party packs of a medium sized American flag with a small can of gasoline and a plastic lighter, all packed in a nice shrink-wrapped box.

Business is certainly bustling, Musa explains ecstatically "They can not get enough of them, and these days I can scarcely keep up with business, by products are torn away the moment I am done making them! Praise Allah!"

The worst part is that the French journalist seems to be proud of this Palestinian full of hate:

Towards the end of the day we were gratified to find a large crowd chanting "Death to America, Death to America" while burning many American flags, and dipping others in the ground. We noticed that there were cardboard boxes from Musa's little shop scattered all over the road.

Even so we must be gratified that in a sea of oppression and poverty enterprising businessmen like Musa Al-Azrad and Abdul al-Muliman have found a way to make a living, employ others, and give something back to the community. If there is hope for the Middle East it lies with such people in Palestine as well as in Israel.

This is very disturbing, since the Palestinian is selling small packages of hate and the French journalist completely supports it. Disturbing, but unfortunately not surprising coming from the Palestinians and the French.

I copy the full article below.

Arabian Businessmen and French Brown Nosers
An article translated from the Gazette Nationale, a French newspaper
Norwegian Blogger - July 7, 2002

Gazette Nationale
By Simon LaGresse

Musa Al-Azrad is an unassuming businessman, though he is quick to inform us that his family is descendant of the famous Shaykh Abd Al-Azred of Damascus. There is something of the legendary bazaar merchant about him, where he stands dressed mainly in traditional garb, with a long greying beard, a fancy belt, and wide extravagant gestures as he presents his wares.

Musa was delighted to see a real team of reporters in his store, since business always goes up dramatically when western reporters are around. Indeed his customers seemed twice as eager to make large purchases when western reporters are around, and throughout our visit we were fed sweet coffee and quaint pastries.

What is it that Musa sells? American flags and symbols, as well as pictures and effigies of George Bush, Colin Powell and generic American generals, all conveniently packaged and prepared. Lately he has taken to selling convenient party packs of a medium sized American flag with a small can of gasoline and a plastic lighter, all packed in a nice shrink-wrapped box.

Business is certainly bustling, Musa explains ecstatically "They can not get enough of them, and these days I can scarcely keep up with business, by products are torn away the moment I am done making them! Praise Allah!"

He enthusiastically shows us the shrink-wrapped box "Look, pictures on the cardboard, before the European Union sent aid I was using plain cardboard boxes, but now I have pictures! It is magnificent, I can make proper pictures like the Martyr Medallions, or the Martyr Action Figures! Before the European Union came to help us we didn't even have a shrink-wrap machine!"

Given the primitive conditions he is working with the technical achievements are quite astonishing, the quality of the cardboard boxes and the images and logo on them is so good that it could very well be holding an American made product.

This of course is not all, we are taken to the back of his store where the factory is also located. The workers are very pleased to see us, they are in fact Musa's family, his mother and his sisters who are working hard at making American flags. The box making machine and the shrink wrapper is operated by Musa's sons, who smile at us and explain that it was very difficult at first, but the EU aid workers were very helpful in teaching to them how to use the various machines.

Though the women are too shy to speak to us we are told that before the EU started sending aid again they were sharing two sewing machines, but now there are four modern sewing machines there to keep the production going through the day.

When we ask where the big dummies and such are being produced Musa tells us that the ones in the store are all they have for now, they don't generally manufacture more than required for the store display unless they get a special order.

Another bright spot is where Musa gets his pictures and other US symbols, it is from his cousin Abdul al-Muliman, who is also the local printer for the official Palestinian Authorities newsletters. A few weeks ago he was printing up various schoolbooks, and various political material that he had gotten from Berkley and SFSU when the Israeli Defence Force utterly devastated his workshop. Fortunately thanks to EU development help he has been able to restart his printing shop.

Towards the end of the day we were gratified to find a large crowd chanting "Death to America, Death to America" while burning many American flags, and dipping others in the ground. We noticed that there were cardboard boxes from Musa's little shop scattered all over the road.

Naturally we duly photographed the demonstration, and interviewed the protestors about the reasons behind their rage. The stories we got were many and varied, but they all revolved around the same thing, how they have been humiliated by Israel and the United States.

Even so we must be gratified that in a sea of oppression and poverty enterprising businessmen like Musa Al-Azrad and Abdul al-Muliman have found a way to make a living, employ others, and give something back to the community. If there is hope for the Middle East it lies with such people in Palestine as well as in Israel.

Posted by David Melle at July 07, 2002 09:26 PM
Comments

I've seen a few people write like this, but I'm always left with one question: Is this some sort of satire? There was a time when this world was filled with men and women of reason. It is sad that today I even have to ask if that writer was serious, or making some sarcastic joke.

Posted by: Samuel on February 3, 2003 12:20 AM

As a non jew, I have never felt closer to the jewish community and the heartache that they must feel on a daily basis. May the American motives in the middle east have a positive outcome for all those subject to the insanity of radical islamists. (From an American student)

Posted by: cork on February 10, 2003 08:25 PM

"SO you think this:

Arabian Businessmen and French Brown Nosers is a hoax?

Well you would be absolutely correct, I confess, I wrote that piece and sent out a few mails telling people about it. I didn't really mean to deceive the multitudes, though I seem to have managed.

The name Gazette Nationale, if googled for should be a clear hint. It is as some have found the name of the official national journal for the French legislature 1789-1810.

Now LeGrasse is the name of the hero in a famous Lovecraft story "Call of Cthulhu". Whereas googling for Abd al-Azrad and Damascus would reveal that Abd al-Azrad is the Mad Arab that wrote the Necronomicon.

To be honest I didn't think that anyone that read the whole thing to the end would actually fall for it, but I guess this is an era that is hard to satirize. I also guess people have an even lower view of the EU than I thought possible, and I positively hate the Ewwwww.

I was surprised, some people whom I did not write, and that I would think more clever than this fell for it hook line and sinker. In fact at least two people refer to it as genuine on their websites. I feel kind of flattered actually.

Incidentally it was this article on Little Green Footballs that inspired me to write it, someone asked where they got all the flags, I decided to answer in a humorous way.

Incidentally someone called my article Monty Python goes to the West Bank... oh thank you I liked that one, but strangely that's the feeling I get from regular news broadcasts from the area Jack the Ripper meets Monty Python."

And even if this article was true, don't you think you do the same mistake than antisemits by pointing your finger to every French by writting "French journalist" instead of "A French journalist"?

Individuals may be evil, not Nations.

Posted by: It's a hoax on September 8, 2004 03:05 AM
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