One of these days someone will learn that unless you’re a universally beloved figure, like a nun who saved a bus load of drowning orphaned harp seals or maybe Bryan Cranston, it’s probably best to stay the hell away from volunteering to do a Twitter Q&A.
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer is about to find that out the hard way. His time in the Twitter strike zone hasn’t even officially begun yet — it’s scheduled for 8:30AM ET tomorrow morning — and the whole thing is already shaping up to be a disaster.
As soon as the promotion for it hit social media under the hashtag #AskDermer, the crowd started lobbing exactly the kinds of questions you’d expect at the U.S. spokesman for Israel and PR flack for what that country has dubbed “Operation Protective Edge.”
Gird your loins — this is gonna get ugly.
#AskDermer Do you thank God before or after Israel bombs children?
— دين (@RehmanDeen) July 17, 2014
How does it feel to live without a conscience or a soul? #AskDermer
— Dennis Earl (@DennisCEarl) July 17, 2014
#AskDermer , Yo D-bag, why does the US support an apartheid government?
— Gunkle Cien 🏴🇲🇽 (@cienfuegoscrmna) July 17, 2014
— فــاطـمة الجُـوير (@fatimaAljuwair) July 17, 2014
— shaki (@shaki_46) July 17, 2014
Which targets makes u happier to bomb?
Family homes? Disabled facilities? Schools? Maybe hospitals? #AskDermer
— Far away (@88Faraway88) July 17, 2014
When you're going to bomb a hospital for the disabled, could you give a few extra minutes warning? My wheelchair is kinda slow. #AskDermer
— Stephen Sherman (@stephenesherman) July 17, 2014
#AskDermer If Israelis have the right to defend themselves, do Palestinians have the same right?
— Shenebraskan (@shenebraskan) July 17, 2014
So God is totally cool with this right? #AskDermer
— lumberjack beep boop (@itsthezanetrain) July 17, 2014
Dermer couldn’t have picked a worse time to do something like this given the story making headlines out of Gaza right now. Four young boys, cousins, were killed on an empty beach yesterday while trying to run from Israeli shelling. Their desperate attempt to escape the weapons-fire and the explosion that took their lives were caught on camera by journalists nearby.
This incident is already at the very top of the list of things Ron Dermer is being grilled about by Twitter in the pre-Q&A onslaught.
— Enass (@EnassT1) July 17, 2014
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