My Mideast Punchlines: egg and onions…

The Knesset removed parliamentary immunity from Israeli-Arab MK Basel Ghattas, who is accused of smuggling cell phones and information to Palestinian security prisoners. The Knesset also approved a ban on lawmakers visiting security prisoners.

Small FistSo Mr Ghattas has ended up with egg on his face, which is appropriate since his first name sounds like the Arabic for ‘onion’. Oh dear, the ups and downs of elected office. Yom assal, yom bassal, as they say in Arabic. A day of honey and a day of onions. Pass the chopped liver, please.

Ps. Basel is actually a Koranic name that means courageous, like a lion. IMHO, Mr Ghattas is more like a snake, so in calling him an onion I am probably doing a disservice to snakes and reptiles in general.


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