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Djinns and Jewish Grandmothers

Two small nuggets from today’s Kuwait Times.

Black ‘Jinn’ Terrorizes Bayan Neighborhood
Kuwait: Terrified Bayan residents were unable to sleep last night from fears of being victims of an unknown creature, which attacked many of them.

Police said that they received several reports from residents of the creature, which they dubbed as ‘jinn.’ One complaintant said that the ‘jinn’ attacked his wife while she was praying; another said that his daughter had been attacked and strangled, while a third said that someone kept consistently knocking on his bedroom window but none claimed to have actually seen the ‘jinn.’

(Police captured a “ferocious black ape”.)

I love this second article:

Jewish Grandmothers Patrol Checkpoints in West Bank
Jerusalem: Hanna Barag remembers the day an Israeli soldier called her a Palestinian whore. She was 67 and she had just joined Machsomwatch, an all-women group set up to curb human rights abuses at military checkpoints in the West Bank. “It was at the Qalandia checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah,” Barag said, “and the remark at first struck me speechless. But then I asked him two questions: ‘Do you really think a woman my age has a chance at that profession? And would you say what you said to me to YOUR grandmother?'”

The soldier said nothing, but was embarrassed, and when Barag, who was born in Israel and describes herself as a Zionist, returned for another “shift” of watchdog duty a week later, the soldier was there – and apologized.

That was in the early days of Machsomwatch, set up in 2001 by three Israeli women who were alarmed by a spate of reports of beatings and abuse of Palestinians at the hands of Israeli soldiers manning checkpoints. . .

You can read the rest of the story here.

Little old ladies in tennis shoes, volunteering to guard the guards one night a week. . . changing their world.

March 20, 2007 - Posted by | Crime, Cross Cultural, Customer Service, ExPat Life, Family Issues, Kuwait, Living Conditions, News, Political Issues, Social Issues, Uncategorized, Women's Issues


  1. I wonder why Jin Goes to women only?

    Comment by Hayfa | March 21, 2007 | Reply

  2. Good Morning, Hayfa 🙂 Good point – you have to wonder if women are more observant? or more courageous about telling people what they think they saw? or just more hysterical?

    There really was an ape!

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 21, 2007 | Reply

  3. Glad you avoided the altercation.

    In Sudan, the Jin would be carrying an AK.

    Comment by heartodarkness | March 21, 2007 | Reply

  4. Wait hold on…there was an ape just randomly walking around Bayan? Well that opens up a whole other can of worms. How in the world did it make it on the highway from Omaraiya to Bayan!

    Comment by 1001 Nights | March 21, 2007 | Reply

  5. Oh and intelxpatr, please try to quarantine this story amongst foreigners no one will ever come to visit Kuwait if this gets out LOOOL

    Comment by 1001 Nights | March 21, 2007 | Reply

  6. Hello, Heart-o-Darkness, and glad to see you again. I am SO glad you have started posting again. Folks, check out Cheetahs Nevah Prospah HeartoDarkness’s blog from the Sudan. Very funny, very heartwarming, and more than a little sarcastic.

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 21, 2007 | Reply

  7. 1001 – Yes! Yes! The police finally captured an APE who had been going in and out windows, etc! but no, we’ll keep it just between you and me and the blog readers. 😛

    Comment by intlxpatr | March 21, 2007 | Reply

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