As if we were lacking conspiracy theories, a new one is making its way through the Internet.
Saudi Arabia would be about to destroy the real Mount Sinai and must be stopped. However, since Purim is coming, I take this to be more than a popular flight of imagination. It must be a Purim joke. It’s silly enough to be one. Don’t miss the wonderful illustrations in each publication!
It seems to have started with an article in EXPRESS by January 22. An ‘analyst’ explains (on shaky grounds) that Mt. Sinai is in SA and about to be destroyed. Disaster pending! Clip with booming music. Alarm!
However, this self-styled expert turns out to be connected to a group that issues reports trashing Muslims. That kind of should end the whole story.
The UK Daily Star picks up the item on February 11. Yet, very correctly, it asked a not-self-styled professor what he thought about it. Rubbish. They should ask a rabbi. He’d probably have difficulty to stop laughing.
No doubt in Purim mood already, yesterday, a popular Israeli outlet brought the story. With a general disclaimer at the end that all these Exodus explainers are very disputed.
An outlet from baptized Jews that never misses a chance to trash Muslims or start a debate on who are more right, Jews or Christians, immediately came with this frightening story too – minus the caveat from experts and delightful illustrations but with the 25-minute clip.
Of course, a new attempt to trash Muslims is terrible but for the rest, it’s just so silly and stupid that it is still is charming, I believe. Something like claiming that Jews poison the planet by breathing in O2 and exhaling CO2 — a known greenhouse gas. Just watch who takes it seriously because they really know how to make a fool of themselves.
(There is more fake news than researches recognize. Most advertisers lie or at least exaggerate and most politicians also manipulate. And cyber-hate (always based on false assumptions) should be included too. And worst is probably censorship of the oppressed – on Instagram and FB!)
Meanwhile, the real story is that the de facto leader of SA is alleged to have chopped up a US-based dissident journalist and Trump doesn’t care. That should not be laughed about or eclipsed.