JAFFA, Israel – Numerous complaints about “outrageously dressed” tourists have been registered in Tiran and Sanafir, the two Red Sea islands Egypt transferred to Saudi Arabia last month.
On April 11, Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Sisi signed an agreement in Cairo with the visiting King Salman to transfer the two islands that his country controlled since 1950. He was roundly accused of “selling off” pieces of the Egyptian homeland for money and to ensure his political survival.
Pictures of minimally dressed tourists en route to the beach sparked outrage in Saudi Arabia, leading some Saudis to call for the enactment of Sharia law in the islands.
“This island is now ours, isn’t it? So why are the tourists naked?” Hijaz tweeted.
— اخبار 24 – السعودية (@Akhbaar24) May 3, 2016
Abu Faisal retorted: “The tourists are welcome if they respect our country, our religion and our values. They’re not welcome if they carry a bottle in one hand and a prostitute in the other.”
مرحبا” بالسياح اﻷجانب،
إذا كانون يحترمون البلد ودينه وقيمه،،
وﻻ مرحبا وﻻ أهﻻ”،
إذا كانت القارورة باليسرى، والمومس اليمنى.
— أبو فيصل ص التويجري (@ssaall1383) 4 May 2016
“These tourists are a thing of the past,” Wafa tweeted. “Nobody should come here. We’ll erect a wall around the islands, and if you come here by boat we’ll sink it.”
@Akhbaar24 دا كان زمان ياسياح …. بعد كذا محد يوطوط حول الجزيرة ولا من بعيد بنحط اسوار وذا السفينة بنغرقها ظفوا قشكم
— وفا المدينة (@wf_z) May 3, 2016
“Dear Allah, you can see their bodies,” Felasooov wrote.
@Akhbaar24 عورات هداكم الله
— الفيلسوف الصغير (@felasooov) May 3, 2016
“Be patient, we’ll soon make the tourists stop coming,” another tweeted.
— وكالة هُنا السعودية (@hona_agency) May 12, 2016
Egyptian twitterati were gloating at the Saudi embarrassment.
“Do you think that Sharia law should be imposed on the mountains and desert around or on the tourists themselves?” Rajab wrote. “Please enact Sharia law, so that we can have our island back.”
@Tahrir_News فعلا يجب تطبيقها علي الجبال والصحرا ولا قصدكم السياح كدة هاترجع لمصر طبقوها والنبي
— ragabseif (@ragab3saif) May 12, 2016
“And that bastard sold our land to these people?” Khaled wrote. “Allah damn him and his followers, and anyone who ensures that he remains president.”
بغض النظر عن دقة الخبر:
— خالد عبد الآخِِر (@7esabraqm2011) May 12, 2016
Twitter user Advisor threw cold water on the Egyptian commenters: “You are opposed to Sharia law? I’m pretty sure you don’t because you like Islam, the religion Allah brought down to earth right after he brought down our father Adam to earth.”
— المستشار محسن (@Advisor46868561) May 12, 2016