Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Hospitality is the first step in any Civilisation

How to measure (any) Civilisation ??

The methods vary and are also numerous
but one simpler way would be to assess the degree
and the quality of anybodies' Hospitality.
(as a start !! )

Yesterday President Ahmadinejad was invited
to Columbia University only to be cheaply insulted.
The Dean of the University Prof. Lee Bollinger
has used terms that only someone like George Bush could deserve
......while preceding and introducing President Amadinejad,
his Guest .

Bollinger's introduction resembled rather
an Indictment text in a Court of Law
when the purpose of that meeting were
"to listen to what the enemy of the USA has had to say ".

Among other ( jewels ) President Ahmadinejad said :
What do the Palestinian have to be blamed for,
in that Holocaust ??

I leave it up to you to judge who was more polite
and who was more ethical and honest
and who has had a hidden agenda worthy
of any hypocrite and cheap coward.

Simply and basically President Ahamadinejad
whether he were a dictator or not ,
was never addressed to as " Mister President "
nor at least as Doctor ,.......which he is both.....!!

Middle Easterner Hospitality and Civilisation(s)
go side by side and both are not under the microscope now.

A Guest is a Guest, to be first of all "protected"and respected ,
whatever he or she would be.

It is rather so that, this US renowned University ,
and what it ought to represent which are now questionable.
Civicaly speaking ,

Any Western Tourist who has spent only 10 days in the Middle East,
experiences genuine Hospitality and talks about it , even 6 years later on.

Our Hospitality is legendary !!

Maybe that Dean of that University ought to take a cheap-package-holidays
to some cheap 2 stars Hotel Resort anywhere in the Middle East
or in the Muslim World , only to find superior Hospitality than he has offered
to a President and a to Doctor .

Raja Chemayel
25Th of September 2007

PS :
My Daughter will enter the University next year
and I would rather send her to Kazakhstan-University
with Mr. Borat as the Dean, there.........
rather than that Colombia Uni. under that Prof. Bollinger !

This is not an insult..............but a more civic choice !


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Willie Cork said...

We visited Palestine in 1999 and were so overwhelmed by the Arab hospitality! In all the Arab shops we were offered tea and coffee, Palestinian Authority Police offered to share their lunch with us, an Auto Repair shop in Hebron provided lunch, people invitied us for dinner, restaurants gave us dishes we did not order nor were we charge for - just to try.

This is not limited to their country but also in the U.S. I wrote a letter to the editor in Connecticut and a woman from Jerusalem called and thanked me then invited me for dinner - serving a wonderful array of Arab dishes. A woman from Lebanon called and also invited me to her home.

We tell everyone we met about the wonderful Arab hospitality we have received over the years!

Raja Chemayel said...

Yes Willie ,

when I called the Arab-hospitality "legendary" , I was very close to the Truth !!