My Mideast Punchlines: a tale of two Mohammeds…

Little Mohammed al-Farra was born in Gaza with a rare genetic disease. His hands and feet had to be amputated to save his life. He required extensive medical care. Care not available in Gaza. So he was rushed to a hospital in Israel.Mideast-Israel-Palest_Horo2-e1367568298722-965x543

After being treated, his Gazan parents refused to take him back. And neither the Hamas government in Gaza or the Palestinian Authority would pay for more medical care.

So his Israeli doctors raised the funds themselves to allow him to stay at Tel Hashomer.

But now the picture and the story of Mohammed has been turned upside down.

Mohammed Omer, a Palestinian journalist whose work has appeared in numerous publications, is a recepient of  the prestigious Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism

Despite such a great honour, he has now been exposed for circulating on Twitter a nasty, cynical, “unpalatable” lie.

He took the picture of Mohammed and tweeted:


Small FistFortunately, Omer’s disgusting attempt to exploit this child has been exposed and the tweet has been removed. Not surprising, since it was clear that he too didn’t have a leg to stand on.


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