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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Gaza City Syndrome and its treatment

Sometimes, visitors to Jerusalem have intense psychotic episodes of a religious nature, often claiming to be Biblical figures or the Messiah. This phenomenon is known as "Jerusalem syndrome." When it happens, the Israeli authorities hospitalize the deluded individual and it usually clears up in a few weeks.

Not to be outdone, we now have the first known case of Gaza City Syndrome, where a man claimed to be the Mahdi who is mentioned in the Koran to herald the Resurrection:
The self-professed Mahdi went to a Hamas-affiliated Imam in Rafah to state his claims, stressing that people follow his divine direction.

According to eyewitnesses, an enraged Imam contacted the police.

The Gaza police treated this case with all the sensitivity one has come to expect from Palestinian Arabs:
The man was arrested and ordered to revoke his claims. When he refused, the police shot at his feet, before releasing him.
This treatment of Gaza City Syndrome seems to be as effective as the infidel Zionist treatment of Jerusalem Syndrome - plus it saves much money.