April 15, 2008, - 2:24 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
My late father and I used to have a code phrase we’d use whenever there was a leftist–particularly a Jewish leftist–who went out of his/her way to pander to Islamofascists. We’d say that foolish person was “a likely candidate for Lunch in Tul Karem.”
That’s because in 2000–at the height of Palestinian homicide bombings against innocent civilians in Israel–the Hebrew-language Israeli newspaper, HaZofe (now called, “Makor Rishon,” or Primary Source) had an interesting, but not surprising, story: Two Jewish Israeli peacenik businessmen went to Tul Karem in Samaria of the so-called Palestinian Authority to have lunch with their friends–two Palestinian restauraters, who who were “peace activists” and “moderate” Muslims, who only wanted to make nice with the Jews.
The two Israeli Jews told all of their friends about their “peace mission” with these two non-violent Palestinian specimens of humanity. (FYI, Tul Karem–home to Al Quds Open University–is a hotbed of Islamic terrorism and bomb-making factories.)
Not long after they reached the Tul Karem restaurant, the two Israeli men were found bloody, slaughtered dead, and dismembered at their peace-loving Muslim Palestinian friends’ restaurant in Tul Karem, at the hands of their two “moderate” Muslim friends. No word on whether the Jews got to eat a digestible meal before their halal lunch of steel blades.
Now, yet another woman voluntarily went for “Lunch in Tul Karem” and met her predictable, Darwin-esque fate:
An Italian woman artist who was hitch-hiking to the Middle East dressed as a bride to promote world peace has been found murdered in Turkey.
The naked body of Giuseppina Pasqualino di Marineo, 33, known as Pippa Bacca, was found in bushes near the northern city of Gebze on Friday.
She had said she wanted to show that she could put her trust in the kindness of local people.
Turkish police say they have detained a man in connection with the killing.
Reports say the man led the police to the body.
Ms di Marineo was hitch-hiking from Milan to Israel and the Palestinian Territories with a fellow artist on their “Brides on Tour” project.
They had separated in Istanbul, planning to reunite in Beirut.
Ms di Marineo was last seen on 31 March in Gebze.
An Italian embassy official told the Associated Press news agency police tracked the man when he put a new SIM card into Ms di Marineo’s mobile phone.
Local media identified the suspect only by the initials MK and said he had a previous conviction for theft.
Ms di Marineo’s sister, who had gone to Turkey to look for her, identified the body. An autopsy is being conducted in Istanbul.
“Her travels were for an artistic performance and to give a message of peace and of trust, but not everyone deserves trust,” another sister, Maria, told the Italian news agency, Ansa.
Ya think? This is another one of those “Guess the Religion” episodes. Just a gander, but I’ll bet that “M” in the “MK” initials stands for Mohammed. Either way, he’s a Turk, which means that he’s a Muslim and didn’t quite go for the “Brides on Tour” peacenik thing.
Best to avoid “Lunch in Tul Karem” at all cost and “consume your meals” in the real world.
Thanks to my brave friend, “S from M,” who sent this story, which she rightly says, falls into the “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understandin'” file.
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