Thanks to sister Leila for sending this in. Posted with her permission:
Thanks for your post about Mona Eltahawy–such a relief! Her recent piece (Jan 29) in the Guardian really hits some new lows. A few gems stand out, such as,
“Meanwhile, the uprisings are curing the Arab world of an opiate, the obsession with Israel,” and “Enough with dictators hijacking sympathy for Palestinians and enough with putting our lives on hold for that conflict.”
Certainly no one will deny that Arab dictators use the cause for their own gain, but for Eltahawy to write about Palestine as an “opiate” and a burden (from her comfy perch at Borders in NYC according to Twitter) is not only offensive, but remarkably out of touch. She must be upset because the burden of Palestine prevents her from getting published in more zionist rags like JPost. The average falafel ball has a better understanding of “that conflict” and its direct causal relationship to 30+ years of Egyptian repression than Mona Eltahawy. She needs to ikhras.