I was digging in the Abu-Mahjoob cartoon archives and came up with this one that was unpublished which I’ve never seen. I’ll do a rough translation for the non-Arabic readers. It’s basically a cautionary warning to “visitors” coming to Jordan, and by visitors Emad Hajjaj is talking about our fellow Arabs who either vacation in Jordan for 4 months of the year or have moved to Jordan since the Iraq war (typically all from the Gulf region). It’s funny I guess because despite being all Arabs we all come from different societies that approach things differently; the common things.
(from top right to left)
1- A red traffic light and not an electric pole!!
2- A respectable citizen who has feelings; not an Indian worker!!
3- A residence consisting of families and not a night club!!
4- A virtuous woman waiting for the bus and nothing else!!!
5- A Taxi driver’s opinions are personal points of view and do not necessarily reflect the general belief!!
6- Try using one of these expressions and notice the difference!! (thank you, if you please, sorry, salam)
Thinking about all this today I think it’s a good idea if everyone (including citizens) start practicing these rules.