Friday, November 16, 2007
Abdullah Psycho on Dr.Phil today
Dr.Phil is interviewing Abdullah Jinzawi.
Who the hell is Abdullah?
He is a Palestinian living in Palestine who, through myspace, met Katherine, a US citizen. She was 16 and he was 20. He went by the name Abdullah Psycho ! anyway, they "fell in love" and Abdullah's father bought her a ticket to travel from the US to Palestine. She stopped in Amman on her way there and , because she was only 16 at the time, she was caught in Amman and brought back to her family in the US.
That happened 2 years ago. She turned 18 last month and ,being an adult now, she traveled alone to Gaza and went to live with Abdullah and his family. The couple say that they are in love, they will get married, and they will move to the US, where Abdullah will buy her a house in Laguna beach..... or so he claims!
Dr.Phil hosted the daughter's family in his studio and had separate interviews with Abdullah and Katherine. The interview with Katherine was on yesterday's episode and Abdullah's interview will be aired today at NBC.
Abdullah was kept in a separate room while Phil was interviewing Katherine. He wanted Katherine to speak about the whole situation without Abdulah listening so she can be free in expressing her fellings.
My 2 piasters:
1- In this situation I have to stand with the American family. Their daughter lives in a (seemingly) supportive family who took care of her. However the Arabic father was the one who encouraged the American teenager to leave her family against their will and travel overseas by buying her a ticket. Another example of our internal hypocrisy, how we encourage other people to do things totally against our main values and traditions.
2- Phil was so wrong in assuming Abdullah cannot hear the interview. People outside the US do watch his show or at least can browse the Internet and know what happened in the episode.
3- The story got much publicity because it was a Palestinian Muslim kid, even though people say it doesn't matter, but it surely does.
4- A word that is rarely ever mentioned on TV inside the US: Palestine. It's usually referred to as the Palestinian territory or Palestinian areas or of course Israel.
5- It was interesting in the story two years ago how the FBI immediately caught Katherine once she arrived to Amman. That might tell you something.
6- In the US and most other countries, including Jordan, a person is considered an adult once s/he reaches the age of 18. It is assumed that this person would be mature to make his or her own decisions. As we see from this case, being an adult does not mean you are a mature person.