Via Glenn, Legal Insurrection and Andrew Sullivan (who still has some scruples as this link indicates) comes a story that will likely shock the vast majority of readers who don’t pay attention to the realities of the Arab world:

While walking in the street someone pushed me from behind with such force that I nearly fell over.

Turning around, I found myself surrounded by five men, one of whom tried to punch me in the face. I stopped the attack by pointing out how shameful it was for a Muslim to assault a guest in his country, especially during Ramadan.

Relieved that a seemingly random assault was over, I was appalled by the apology offered by one of my assailants. “Sorry,” he said contritely, offering his hand, “we thought you were a Jew.”

Shaking his head in disbelief on hearing the news, an Egyptian friend sympathised: “That’s stupid, you are obviously not a Jew.”

The chilling implication I was left with was that, had I been Jewish, the assault would have apparently been justified.

That’s bad enough but I found his description of an encounter a few days earlier just as…interesting (emphasis mine):

Eventually one of the men struck up a conversation, revolving primarily around what exactly I was doing in Egypt at a time when most foreigners had left.

My answers met with furrowed brows and clearly dissatisfied shakes of the head, when suddenly, raising his hand in front of his mouth in a conspiratorial gesture one man shot, “I bet he’s from Israel” into the ear of his friend so quickly as to be barely discernible.

I was shocked. In nearly six months of living in Syria, where orchestrated hysteria about Israel is integral to the very identity of the state, I had never heard the accusation surreptitiously levelled against me.

The accusation Accusation! Who does he think he is David Rosovsky?

Ask them, Sister tell them I am NOT A JEW!

As a person constantly mistaken for a Jew (particularly when I wear my beard) I’m disgusted.

Considering that this comes a day after the unrepentant speech of one of the Fogel Family’s murders and the declaration that any Palestinian state much be Judenrein this shouldn’t get me all that worked up.

(BTW if you are a Huff-po reader crying “misinterpretation” perhaps you can explain why Politico reports he has explicitly called for this in the past and tell us; how many Jews currently live in Gaza?)

I should be more charitable, after all Dinham article plainly reveals the antisemitism and the paranoia behind it that is the reality of the Arab Middle east to a BBC audience that doesn’t acknowledge its existence. Of course Dr. Jack Shaheen will likely disagree.

But I feel bad for the Egyptians in question as well. Their mistake made them look bad in the eyes of the western media, if only they could find some way to isolate those troublesome Jews this would not be an issue. I wonder how that can be done?

Let’s be blunt, if the Jews in Israel thought of the Arabs the way the Arabs in the Middle East thought of the Jews every Arab east of the Nile and west of the Jordan would have been slaughtered decades ago.

On Friday I quoted Pseudolus line about telling you when it’s time to Panic, James Carvelle says its time:

People often ask me what advice I would give the White House about various things. Today I was mulling over election results from New York and Nevada while thinking about that very question. What should the White House do now? One word came to mind: Panic.

James then follows up with advice that neither impresses Smitty:

Carville writes as though this were some traditional political problem. As though BHO wasn’t well aware of what’s afoot. As though putting any pressure on Holder wouldn’t bring the Administration crashing down with a dull, rotten-wood thump. RTWT.

Nor Walter Russell Mead:

The result would show Carville what real panic looks like as stock markets collapsed worldwide, business confidence crashed, and the global economy went into a recession that dwarfed what we saw in 2008. That recession wouldn’t be President Bush’s fault; it would be seen by voters as an avoidable economic catastrophe brought on by a President who went off the rails.

What James Carvelle doesn’t understand is this isn’t a problem of perception, it’s a problem of reality. Voters aren’t rejecting Obama because they don’t know him, they are rejecting him because they finally do.

This morning as I scanned twitter I saw this re-tweet from Byron York.

The Palin “story” of course not being her latest facebook offering on crony capitalism

President Obama has his sights set on raising $1 billion for his reelection campaign. Raising that money won’t be easy. But if you can hand out other people’s money to friends, it must get a lot easier. This crony capitalism and government waste is at the heart of our economic problems. It will destroy us if we don’t root it out. It’s not just a Democrat problem or a Republican problem. It’s a problem of our permanent political class. This won’t stop until “we the people” say enough is enough, and we retire the permanent political class that votes for this.

That goes unreported because that’s evidence of substance, intelligence and relevance. That’s not allowed in a Palin story. No the story is Joe “Hypothetical cat torturer” McGinniss’ claim that she hooked up with Glenn Rice two decades ago.

One of the advantages of writing about Sarah Palin it is almost always profitable, a favorable book on her attracts her supporters and any possible smear not only attracts her detractors but attracts MSM attention on a massive scale beyond anything resembling normal publicity. In a bad economy that’s money in the bank.

So if you are the New York Daily News part of a dying industry and the #3 paper in town the Sarah Palin “story” is the ultimate honey, Sarah Palin on the Cover sells papers, a scandalous sex rumor sells papers, and best of all a chance to hurt her supporters because, in their mind, her supporters being racists would object to the details.

Best of all since they are reporting the contents of an upcoming book, they can claim it has nothing to do with them, they’re just covering an existing story, plausible deniability.

Byron’s quaint re-tweet suggests surprise that the paper would go with this on the front page. Byron Byron Byron, you are assuming a professionalism unburdened by ideological taint in the newsroom that was always more apocryphal than real.

I’m sometimes a bit naive but when it comes to Sarah Palin and journalistic ethics, I’ve never been that naive.

Update: Now that’s news.

Please give $25 to SarahPAC, so that we can bail Todd Palin out on that assault charge — and then fly him to the next Joe McGinniss book signing to deliver yet another brutal ass-whupping.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

Just give $25 to SarahPAC, you see, and we’ll cover Todd Palin’s legal expenses and fly him to wherever Joe McGinniss appears in public, turning McGinniss’s book tour into a nationwide beatdown tour.

I’d give that a front page photo