Hamas embraces Iraqi shoe-thrower

Organization offers journalist financial aid and a Palestinian bride.

June 15, 2010 06:56
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Mutanzer al-Zaidi became a hero in the Arab world

iraqi shoe thrower 311 . (photo credit: Courtesy)

Hamas offered on Monday to provide financial aid and a Palestinian bride to Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former US President George W. Bush during a press conference in Baghdad in 2008.

Hamas’s offer came after Zaidi complained that Arabs and Muslims have failed to fulfill their promises to help him financially after his release from prison.

Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced that his government was prepared to cover all the expenses of the journalist’s wedding.

He also offered to help the Iraqi journalist find a bride from the Gaza Strip.

“We are prepared to receive him here in the Gaza Strip and to cover all the expenses of his wedding,” Haniyeh told the Elaph Web site. “We are even prepared to find him a bride here. He’s most welcome in the Gaza Strip.”

In a recent interview with the British Observer newspaper, Zaidi complained that promises of cars, gold-saddled horses, money, camels and virgin brides were never kept.

He said that his only regret after spending nine months in prison was that he was still a relatively poor man.

“I blame the media because they said I would become rich for doing what I did, that I would become a multimillionaire,” Zaidi said. “All the promises about gifts I heard when I was in prison were just empty. The only gift I’ve got since my release is from Canadian television, who made me their man of the year and gave me a pair of golden shoes.”

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