I wanted to share what I found a disturbing encounter I had this evening. I appeared on i24News in Arabic something that I do once or twice a month. I speak in Hebrew and its translated into Arabic and of the reverse for the questions or another guest words. I was there to speak about the differences that Sec of Defense Mattis has been saying – The US will continue to have troops in Syria and President Trump who says they should all come home. The other guest in the studio was talking about the agreement to evacuate the Palestinian Refugee Camp on the outskirts of Damascus. The other guest was speaking in Arabic and the Hebrew translation in my ear kept talking about the terrorist. Every reference to the rebels and the Palestinians was to the terrorist. I thought there might have been a problem with the translation so when the segment was over and we got up to leave I asked him did you say all the time in Arabic terrorists. He said yes. We then began arguing, he saying that all the opponents of Assad are terrorist, he did not start the war it was outside terrorist sent by Saudi Arabia that began the war. I of course disagreed. I then asked him if it was ok for Assad’s planes to bomb hospitals. He said yes they are all terrorists in the hospitals and its fine to bomb them. I said it was against international law and to the best of my knowledge no one had ever deliberately targeted hospitals before. He started yelling you westerners with double standards, what did you do in Hiroshima. He then said something about us being like the Crusaders ( I am not sure I fully caught that) and that they (whoever they were ) were here before us and will be there long after we are gone.
A totally disturbing encounter