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Five observations regarding the New Zealand massacre

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20.03.2019

New Zealand has become part of the Jordanian debate lately. In the past, the name of this remote and quiet country was only mentioned at butchers when they offer you either a locally reared lamb or one from New Zealand, slaughtered in Jordan or Dubai. This time, the massacre claimed the lives of 50 Muslims and wounded the same number at the hands of a racist criminal, full of the culture of hatred and a level of intolerance that reaches murder.

I held off from writing about the events in New Zealand to observe how various parties dealt with the same incident. I also wanted to monitor and reflect on the conclusions and inferences resulting from the debate taking place in the Jordanian and Arab arena regarding the crime. What did I find?

First, the feeling of anger swept over the entire Jordanian and Arab nations, including both the Muslim and Christian communities, but they did not clearly express this. They did not stage demonstrations or organise vigils except at a minimal level. Instead, as usual, social media became the arena in which they voiced their various positions, emotions, and remarks. We did not see any official measures to deal or address the crime, not even, at the very least, the same measures they had taken after the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris a few years ago.

Second, we did not see a single state of alert on Arab television, unlike major satellite stations such as CNN or BBC. These television stations devoted dozens of hours of live and direct........

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