A very interesting conversation with my Muslim cab driver
I just got back from my final moed bet exam. Because the exam started so early and it was our last night (theoretically but Hamas did a before-dawn attack, breaking the ceasefire early) of quiet, I wanted to get as much assured rest as possible and so took a cab in to work today. My cab driver was an Arab-Israeli, Muslim, and we had a very interesting chat. He was ripping Hamas up one side and down the other as we listened to the news and said that Abbas is a useless, corrupt, thief only interested in lining his own pockets. Then he started in on “the Muslim in the White House.”
I was like, wait, what? No, I think Obama has sympathies for Muslims but he is Christian. Obama is a Muslim he assured me. “Every Muslim knows Obama is a Muslim.” He opined that Obama was crazy like Erdogan, that in Turkey people used to be free like in Israel, that they could say what they want, do what they want, practice their religion like what they want but now he has turned Turkey into a little Iran, a little Iraq. This is not Islam, he said, this is an Islam from the medieval times, from ancient times, this is not the Islam for today, they are trying to take us back a thousand years. He has relatives in Jordan living close to the Iraq border and they don’t know what to do, they are terrified and don’t know if they should leave, should make plans to leave and where they should go.
He poked his finger at me, these crazy people would kill you because you are a Jew and they would kill me (he stabbed his finger into his chest) because I am a Muslim living in the modern world and don’t want to live like it was a thousand years ago. Did you know they are already killing Christians there in Iraq? They are not normal. And the Muslim in the White House is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and doing nothing to stop these crazy people now sitting on the border of Jordan. They are not normal people.
Well, can’t argue with that.