I think I am going to puke

I am not going to even go into what I think of "Middle East experts" like Robert Satloff, but I do want to highlight that if he thinks anti-Semitism is a major problem in the Arab world, he has no idea what a real problem is. Real problems are when half of your country is illiterate, you've been under martial law as long as you remember, state failure is rife, massive unemployment has created a lost generation of people with no prospects, and as far as you can see there is little ground to be hopeful about your country for the foreseeable future. This drivel he is producing may achieve its goal, which is getting the support of American Jews and others for his agenda of supporting and legitimizing ethnic cleansing in Palestine (and you really wonder why Jews have a bad image in the region?), but it certainly won't help understand anything about the region's situation.

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.