Stop the presses! Jews, Arabs eat in the same general vicinity in NYC!
That's the best news from the Saudis' interfaith public-relations fest at the U.N.
It was billed as a unique interfaith conference of religious leaders organized and hosted at the U.N. HQ in NYC by King Abdullah.
And it really wasn't — thanks to the very same King Abdullah.
You have to say, though, that the guy is touchy-feely. He's the Saudi monarch known for holding hands with a variety of world leaders while OK'ing the chopping off of sinners' hands in his own country.
Just to show you how bitter the Middle East is, it was big news at the U.N. conference that Jewish and Arab pols really did kinda share a meal, as the press reported today. But don't get your hopes up.
Well, raise them a little. The BBC reports:
But wait a sec before you celebrate this gathering of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian clerics.
The sharp New York Times reporter Neil MacFarquhar wrote a good preview yesterday about the vaunted conference:
And even a far more radical Muslim source agrees with that Shiite dissident. The London-based Palestinian-expat paper Al-Quds al-Arabi notes, according to the Middle East Times:
King Abdullah is certainly not the first imperial schnook getting the royal treatment in the city — Uzbekistan's Islam Karimov chatted in Mayor Mike Bloomberg's office and laid a wreath at Ground Zero, and Dick Cheney was feted at the 2004 Republican National Convention.
And it's not as if the U.N. conference is the first ballyhooed bullshit meeting in the city. But right now it's the most interesting one — because of who's not there and who didn't actually eat at the same table and didn't talk with one another.
At Ninth and Broadway, on the other hand, Jews and Arabs really have been spotted ordering food from the same Halal vendor. And standing in the same line. And even talking with one another.
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