Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…
Nancy held a press conference a few hours before her concert at the Radisson Sass in Amman, Jordan. As she was talking about her participation in the Jerash Festival and everything was going as planned, an Israeli Journalist from Ã¢â‚¬Ëœ Yadiot AhranotÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ newspaper disrupted and asked Ajram a question. She asked Ajram about her Israeli fans and her relation toward them. Nancy seemed surprised to have an Israeli journalist present which tied her tongue. The Jordanian journalist intervened and asked for the Israeli journalist to be kicked out of the press conference.
The journalist was a blonde female and when she had requested to ask Nancy a question, she was offered to ask her question in English assuming that she did not speak Arabic. She had refused and stated that she spoke Arabic. She started talking with a broken Arabic accent, and said her name and the name of the newspaper that she is working for.
She started to praise Nancy Ajram and added that the Israeli Jews adored the lovely singer, yet she wanted to know what Ajram thought of the Arab/ Israelis who came to see her sing. Before the Israeli journalist could finish her question the Jordanian journalist became furious and requested the festival committee to kick her out.
The Israeli journalist obeyed orders and left the conference without making any fuss. The question was out of place at a time where the wound of the Lebanese people is still fresh from the attacks of the Israeli army on Lebanon last year. Due to her young age Nancy managed to stay calm and tried not to comment on anything that would backfire in her face.
NancyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s manager Jiji Lamara said that if the Jordanian journalists havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t intervened by having the Israeli journalist kicked out, the Lebanese singer Nancy would have left the press conference. On the other hand the festival committee made it clear that they did not know that an Israeli journalist was at the press conference. [Al Bawaba]
How did a Zionist journalist get into the country, get a press pass, go all the way to Jerash and manage to ask Nancy Ajram the most insensitive question about her Arab/Israeli fans at a press conference about her performance in a music festival in Jordan? I mean, what if the blonde Jew had a grenade in her purse, or even worse, more than one question written down in her notepad? I mean sure this time she left without making a fuss, and the only casualty was Nancy’s tongue getting tied (insert zinger here), but it could’ve been much, much worse.
Seriously, the worst thing about this story?
Al-Bawaba’s terrible writing.
Lord have mercy on my wavering soul.