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Yet Another Bizarre Brawl Breaks Out on Live Arab Television: I'm a 'Worn Out Shoe? I'll Show You a Worn Out Shoe!'

"Check out his underwear. It has 'Made in Syria' written on it!'

In the pantheon of heated political debates, the following clip could go down in the record books for: most guttural screaming, most bizarre insults, and the strangest threat-turned physical altercation between two politicians ever.

There seems to be a trend happening in Arab political news programs.

Not but two weeks ago, The Blaze brought you a clip of two Lebanese political rivals nearly brawling during a televised debate over Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.

Now, the ante has been upped, as two Jordanian politicians literally went for the jugular in a beyond-contentious exchange on Jordan's JoSat TV November 29.

The debate, which focused on the crisis in Syria, featured Muhammad As'ad Bayoudh Al-Tamimi, a Palestinian-Jordanian politician of the Umma movement, and Mahmoud Al-Bastanjani, a member of the Jordanian Ba'th Party, hurling insults and eventually leaping out of their chairs to physically attack one another.

Among the more piquant, not to mention odd declarations, were:

"First of all, let me apologize to my viewers for stooping so low as to accept the invitation to this show..."

"He seems to be yet another victim of Al-Jazeera TV and Al-Arabiya TV."

"I challenge brother Al-Tamimi to check out his underwear. It has 'made in Syria' written on it."

"The sectarian Alawite regime that is destroying Syria fought the Crusaders?! This regime fought the Tatars and the Mongols?! This is the regime that surrendered the Golan Heights in 1967. This is the regime that perpetrated the Hama massacre, and is massacring the Syrian people..."

"Man, have you lost your mind? You've lost your mind."

"It is beneath me to sit next to someone like you..."

"You belong in a garbage bin, man. You are a piece of scum, man."

"Listening to such scum makes me nauseated... "

In reference to Al-Tamimi's father, "the imam of the mujahideen," Al-Bastanjani said, "He was born a lowlife, raised as a lowlife, lived as a lowlife, and will die as a lowlife. His birth was despicable, his upbringing was despicable, his life is despicable, and his death will be despicable."

To which Al-Tamimi replied, "Man, you are a lowlife piece of scum... You are a worn-out shoe..."

"A worn-out shoe?!" Al-Bastanjani asked defiantly. "I'll show you a worn-out shoe!"

Needless to say, that's when things turned physical.

MEMRI provides the translation and brings us yet another outrageous video from the Arab world. Transcript and screenshots follow below the clip:

START TRANSCRIPT:

Najib 'Attiya (a caller on the line): Sir, you are screaming so much that we can't understand a thing you say. I ask brother Al-Tamimi to calm down a little. He seems to be yet another victim of Al-Jazeera TV and Al-Arabiya TV. Nobody can deny the pan-Arab role played by Syria.

[...]

I challenge brother Al-Tamimi to check out his underwear. It has "made in Syria" written on it. The Qatari foreign minister should check out the band holding his kefiyah. It has "made in Syria" written on it. Syria is our country. Syria is the Levant. From Syria, we fought the Crusaders and the Mongols...

Al-Tamimi: The sectarian Alawite regime that is destroying Syria fought the Crusaders?! This regime fought the Tatars and the Mongols?! This is the regime that surrendered the Golan Heights in 1967. This is the regime that perpetrated the Hama massacre, and is massacring the Syrian people...

Interviewer: Brother Najib, thank you...

Al-Tamimi: Man, have you lost your mind? You've lost your mind.

Interviewer: Brother Najib, thank you for your call. You've made your point clear.

Al-Tamimi: People have lost their mind...

Interviewer: I will let you respond... Brother Mahmoud, go ahead.

Al-Bastanjani: First of all, let me apologize to my viewers for stooping so low as to accept the invitation to this show, the level of which...

Interviewer: C'mon, that's enough...

[...]

Al-Bastanjani: A few years ago, a certain religious cleric died in Amman, or in Jordan [alluding to Al-Tamimi's father, Sheik As'ad Bayoudh Al-Tamimi]. He passed away in a village in occupied Palestine. He died on Saturday...

Al-Tamimi: Man, you are such scum... Listening to such scum makes me nauseated... He is the kind of scum that has destroyed this nation. You belong in a garbage bin, man. You are a piece of scum, man.

Interviewer: I beg you, brother Muhammad...

Al-Tamimi: You are such a lowlife scum. You idiot!

Interviewer: Brother Muhammad, this is unacceptable...

Al-Tamimi: You are a collaborator with the regimes, a collaborator with the sectarianists... He is defending the people who are slaughtering children...

Al-Bastanjani: It is beneath me to sit next to someone like you...

Al-Tamimi: Man, you are a piece of scum...

Al-Bastanjani: When that sheik died, the Israeli enemy opened the border on the Sabbath, and received his followers... I challenge anyone, official or otherwise, to deny what I'm saying here. They opened the bridge on the Sabbath, so that his followers could enter Palestine without permits to pay their condolences.

Al-Tamimi: Who was that man? You spy, who was that man?

Interviewer: Brothers, I beg you...

Al-Tamimi: I want this lowlife to say the name of that man.

Interviewer: By Allah, stop cursing.

Al-Tamimi: Man, say who it was. My father died in Amman, and millions attended his funeral. My father was not allowed in Jerusalem since 1967. My father was Sheik As'ad Bayoudh, the imam of the mujahideen. Man, you are a lowlife. The largest number of people in Jordanian history acme to pay their respects to my father in Amman. All the honorable people in the Arab world paid their condolences.

Interviewer: Brother Muhammad, please...

Al-Tamimi: He was buried in Sahhab... You are a lowlife...

Al-Bastanjani: He was born a lowlife, raised as a lowlife, lived as a lowlife, and will die as a lowlife. His birth was despicable, his upbringing was despicable, his life is despicable, and his death will be despicable.

Interviewer: Just one minute... By God...

Al-Tamimi: This is a spy...

Interviewer: Never mind, never mind. Just one moment...

Al-Tamimi: Man, you are a lowlife piece of scum... You are a worn-out shoe...

Al-Bastanjani: A worn-out shoe?! I'll show you a worn-out shoe!

The two then leapt from their chairs and started fighting. The TV crew soon entered to break up the scuffle.

 

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