Bizarre: Comedian Stewart Accused of Making Fun of Koran With ’40 Years in the Desert’ Joke (VIDEO)

June 23, 2013 3:37 pm 16 comments

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American comedian Jon Stewart is stirring the proverbial pot as usual–but this time he’s doing it halfway around the world.

Appearing on controversial Egyptian TV satirist Bassem Youssef’s show, Stewart addressed his summer sabbatical: “As you know my people like to wander the desert, that’s what I’m doing now…it’s been two weeks, I’ve got 38 years and 50 weeks left.”

Not everyone in Egypt took too kindly to Stewart’s humor, however. Anonymous blogger Elder of Ziyon spotted an article in Egyptian paper Al Mesryoon which complained about this appearance—saying that Stewart was mocking the Koran.

According to the blogger, the Koran says that the Jews wandered 40 years in the desert because of their sins, and Al Mesryoon took umbrage with his lighthearted attempts at provoking laughter.

Watch a video of Stewart’s appearance on Bassem Youssef’s show below:

16 Comments

  • Who cares?????????? Really!

  • Mohammed Waza R'Okspayder

    So is the arab guy going to start suing becausde of his hurt feelings now?

    How about a copywrite infringement lawsuit against islam as a whole for printing the Quran – which lifted any sensible stuff in it directy from the Talmud?

  • Leftists/Socialists and their Alliance with Muslims Always ends horribly. I hope he enjoys the fruits of his labor 10 fold.

  • Kiflemariam Melake

    I am not happy with people who always relate things like this with the Holy Qor’an and Islam. It is true that the Israeli wandered in the desert for 40 years after they were led out of Egypt by Moses around 2500 CE. It is also true that they were not allowed to pass through the territories of various small city states as per decision by God. This is deliberated in Exodus. The Holy Qur’an is a recent book which was bound as a volume in the 7th century although there people who claim to be not true. How did Mohammed Abdullah Abd al-Mutalib Hashim come to know about it? The scrolls of Moses’ were translated from Aramaic to Hebrew in around 245 BC. The Pharaoh of Egypt was who proposed and financed the project. For this to be done 72 elderly scholars from the 12 tribes of Israel were sent to Alexandria. Instead of dwelling on these petty things Muslims or clerics of Islam need to verify some of the odd verses and legends included in the Holy Qur’an. For example the Sura – The Elephants has led to many legendary explanations although it has to do with the invasion of General Abraha of the Axumaite Kingdom (Ethiopia), then he was the ruler of the region now called Yemen. His invasion coincided with the year of Mohammed’s birth, i.e., 570 CE. Mohammed’s grandfather was the only one who told the true meaning of Sura 105. Mohammed had lots of contacts with Jews and Christians during his travel to Syria leading caravans. So, let’s advise those who want to be foolish to refer to the necessary sources than blaming people or individuals.

  • “we cannot be occupied because the streets are already occupied”

    Now that was a political statement that no one picked up on.

  • Yes. Of course. The fact that the Q’ran merely cites events documented in Hebrew scripture more than a milenia earlier than the birth of Mohammed is irrelevant to far too many “angry Arabs”.

  • The schmucks blogging in Egypt as usual get their “facts” wrong; any educated person knows they wandered the desert to rid them of the stains and ignorant views of having been slaves in Egypt–the hateful place that tried to destroy the Jews with family practices that corrupted life and left almost indelible taints on the Jewish people. The Egyptians are guilty then, and are guilty nowe. They never fail to get their information as tarnished as their horrid politics.

  • Why did he go on Egyptian TV in the first place ?

    • Good question! He isn’t too bright! After all, he has 200 writers. Go to a place of savages you will be attacked.

  • I would say that I am disappointed with Jon Stewart but I never expected anything better from him. Stewart loses all his humor when he makes any reference to Jews, Judaism and Israel and his “jokes” become demeaning and heavy-handed. If he offends a Jew like me, then it is not surprising that he could unintentionally offend a Muslim. It should be interesting to see how his trip turns out.

  • jb willikers

    Sounds like Stewart has a fatwa coming his way.

  • Mel Sherwood

    1)It was worth 40 years hardship in the desert to get as far away from the insane hyper-emotional Egyptians as possible.

    2)The scrambling of the events and characters of the Old Testament is like a giant historical malapropism.

  • Vicki Coghlan

    Jewish People are The Funniest! Lahiam

  • Actually, the person complaining about Jon Stewart is mocking the Qur’an.
    The Qur’an identifies only one country as al’ard-almuqaddasa (“the holy land”). In Sura 5 [Al-Ma’ida], aya 23 [or 21], Moses tells the Children of Israel, “O my people, enter the holy land which God has assigned to you, and turn not back ignominiously.” The Children of Israel did hold back, and as a result (aya 29 [or 26]) “the land was out of their reach for forty years, ” after which they conquered their land.
    Muslims cannot claim that the land was assigned to Israel only at one time, at the time of Moses, for the Qur’an [7, Al-A’raf:137 {or 133}] specifically recognizes that the land “whereon We sent down Our blessings” is an inheritance for the Children of Israel. Furthermore, the Qur’an recognizes that the Israelites may govern it again, and may rebuild the Temple there in Jerusalem again, even long after the lifetime of the prophet, Muhammad. Sura 17 [Al-Isra’], ayat 7-8, states that the Temple was destroyed twice, and that “it may be that your Lord may show mercy unto you,” so that you can rebuild it a third time, “but if you revert [to your sins] We shall revert [to Our punishment].”
    So, the Qur’an specifically indicates that the Children of Israel have primary rights to the Holy Land.

  • Jokes while Egyptians Murder, Kill and Rape their Christian population. Jon Stewart should be a shamed of himself.

  • Ralph Vaughan

    Muslims with a sense of humor — anything is possible with God…well, almost anything, it seems.

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