I was catching up with some folks on twitter today only to find out that a dear friend of mine, got blocked for telling people to back and off and stop talking about our King and Queen. As it turns out, a user with the twitter handle @3arabawy mentioned her Majesty Queen Rania in a Tweet saying “@QueenRania I honestly think you should start palace-hunting in Jeddah, coz u and your husband are next. #sidibouzid #Tunaisia #Jordan” Oh My God what the hell?!
As it turns out the twitter handle @3arabawy is actually Hossam el-Hamalawy an Egyptian journalist from Cairo; his website is: “http://www.arabawy.org/” and his tweet was quoted in the LA Times earlier this morning, in an article called “MIDDLE EAST: Activists, Arab leaders on edge as Tunisia hangs in the balance” where they said: “Queen Rania of Jordan became the butt of many ominious jokes over the weekend when she tweeted that she was “watching developments in Tunisia and praying for stability and calm for its people.” She was met with a barrage of Twitter taunts, including “lol Jordan is next!” and “start palace hunting in Jedda.” Source: [http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2011/01/middle-east-activists-arab-leaders-watch-as-tunisia-hangs-in-the-balance.html]
Well Guess What Los Angeles Times, the bashes, and the ominious jokes weren’t even by Jordanians, but by hating Egyptians who are not even loyal to their own leader . At least us Jordanians are loyal to our country and our King and Queen. We love our Queen … and if #AngryJordan was anything, it was a day for Jordanian’s to vent out and express themselves. Tunis has been suffering for 23 years now before their people have exploded, they have suffered corruption, extreme unemployment and mostly an extreme regime to lead Tunis to what it has become today. Yes Jordan is a poor country, true we do have corruption and unemployment, but we don’t have people arrested left and right and tortured, we have leaders, working for a better Jordan, for today and for the future, we have a democratically elected government for God’s sake, so who the hell is Hossam el-Hamalawy to tell our Queen to start palace-hunting in Jeddah huh? What about Egypt? And their corruption, if anyone is next in line after Tunisia, Egypt should be the first on the list, in my point of view at least, so the least I could say to such a person is, before you go attacking the leaders of other counties, how about you try to fix your corrupt country first?
What do you fellow Jordanian’s think? I would love to hear your thoughts on this matter…