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“Pity Your Upbringing”: Arabs Hit Out At Tejasvi Surya After His Vulgar & Anti-Arab Tweet Resurfaces Online

Tejasvi Surya, the BJP MP and a rabid Islamophobe is facing severe backlash on social media in the Arab world, after his old disparaging and misogynist comments on Arab women resurfaced online.

The now-deleted tweet, dated March 23, 2015, said, “95% Arab women have never had an orgasm in the last few hundred years. Every mother has produced kids as act of sex and not love”.

Surya, who had tweeted the quote from anti-Muslim troll and darling of the Hindutva brigade, Tarek Fatah, had even justified the comment by added that “Islamofascism is a great threat to civilisation”.

Screenshots of Surya’s tweet were widely circulated hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “COVID-19 does not see race, religion, colour, caste, creed, language or borders before striking.” Modi’s hurried comment had come in reaction to the criticism India is getting internationally for the ongoing hate campaign against Muslims in the country.

Among the first to slam Surya for his tweet was Dubai-based businesswoman Noora AlGhurair, who said she “pitied the upbringing that has taught him to disrespect women”. She also warned him against “travelling to Arab lands if he is ever bestowed a foreign ministry”.

Abdur Rahman Nassar, an intellectual from Kuwait, who tagged Prime Minister Narendra Modi while criticising the tweet, requested for Surya’s Parliament membership to be cancelled.

The outrage was also shared by Mejbel Al Sharika, a Kuwaiti lawyer and Director of International Human Rights, shared the screenshot of the tweet and urged Twitter to suspend Surya’s account for his racial slur, which badly wounded the Arab sentiment.

A few days ago, Mejbel Al Sharika had volunteered to adopt the cause of Indian Muslims before the United Nations Human Rights Council, inviting lawyers and human rights activists to join him in the cause.

As the hate campaign against Muslims in India was exposed for the world to take notice, Indian ambassador to the UAE, Pavan Kapoor, tweeted on Monday, “India and UAE share the value of non-discrimination on any grounds. Discrimination is against our moral fabric and the Rule of law. Indian nationals in the UAE should always remember this.”

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation also issued a statement expressing deep concern “following recent media accounts of rising anti-Muslim sentiments and Islamophobia within political and media circles and on mainstream and social media platforms, where Indian Muslim minority is blamed of spreading the coronavirus in the country”.

The world Muslim bloc tweeted:

Last week, Princess Hend al Qassimi of the Sharjah Royal Family had warned Indians spreading hatred against Islam and Muslims of serious consequences “you make your bread and butter from this land which you scorn and your ridicule will not go unnoticed.”

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Shaik Zakeer Hussain is the Founder and Editor of The Cognate.

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