President Obama's National Security Adviser, Jim Jones told the following joke, where he received lots of laughs from the audience...
A Taliban militant gets lost and is wandering around the desert looking for water. He finally arrives at a store run by a Jew and asks for water. The Jewish vendor tells him he doesn’t have any water but can gladly sell him a tie. The Taliban, the jokes goes on, begins to curse and yell at the Jewish storeowner. The Jew, unmoved, offers the rude militant an idea: Beyond the hill, there is a restaurant; they can sell you water. The Taliban keeps cursing and finally leaves toward the hill. An hour later he’s back at the tie store. He walks in and tells the merchant: “Your brother tells me I need a tie to get into the restaurant.”
Funny? Insensitive? Anti-semitic? Miserly Jewish Merchant?
Is it appropriate for the national security adviser of the United States to tell jokes about miserly Jewish merchants?
Do you think he would have made a joke about an African American?
Or maybe, the audience's laughter was like that in, "Throw the Jew down the well" and Jones is simply a version of Borat?
(hat-tip: The Forward)
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