Tuesday, June 20, 2006

For those of you who wondered why John Paintsil waved the tiny Israeli flag to celebrate during Ghana's victory over the Czech Republic, our Egyptian neigbors have the answer: he is a Mossad agent. Why didn't we think of that? Both Israel and Egypt did not make it to the Worldcup but at least we accept that more easily. We can afford to, of course, because our tentacles reach all over the world, even into the socks of a now world-famous defender from Ghana. He apologized, his country's football association apologized, so everything is back to normal again, right?
When they come back to Israel Mr Paintsil and his two teammates who also play in Israel deserve a welcome like the one that the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team received when it returned home after winning the Final Four. Hopefully this man's naive and courageous act teaches Israelis to treat their foreign workers a little better. If treated as human beings these people can become wonderful goodwill ambassadors for us. Unfortunately, most of them experience particularly the less pleasant traits of the Israeli public and the country's employers.

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