Quote: Vulture tagged by Israeli scientists flies into Saudi Arabia ... and is arrested for being a spy
By Michael Theodoulou
Last updated at 9:06 PM on 4th January 2011
A vulture tagged by scientists at Tel Aviv University has strayed into Saudi Arabian territory, where it was promptly arrested on suspicion of being a Mossad spy, Israeli and Saudi media reported Tuesday.
The bird was found in a rural area of the country wearing a transmitter and a leg bracelet bearing the words 'Tel Aviv University', according to the reports, which surfaced first in the Israeli daily Ma'ariv.
Although these tags indicate that the bird was part of a long-term research project into migration patters, residents and local reporters told Saudi Arabia's Al-Weeam newspaper that the matter seemed to be a 'Zionist plot.'
If convicted, will this bring whole meaning to the phrase 'tarred and defethered'???
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Quokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2653 times:
Reminds me of the Goon Show story about the Flea
[shouting again] My lord! I object! I move that the flea's nationality be proven before this case proceeds!
Lord Chief Justice Spriggs:
Ah ha, will the flea, will the flea raise his right leg, and swear to tell the truth.
einsteinboricua From Puerto Rico, joined Apr 2010, 2689 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2500 times:
Wow...may we have a repeat of the Greece-Bulgaria war back in the 1920s when a stray dog crossed the border into Bulgaria? It seems a bit ridiculous that:
1. An animal is arrested
2. Just because it's from "enemy" country, it automatically means it's a spy. Let's face it, Israel could pummel Saudi Arabia to the ground if it could, except black gold flows from it and it would mean an end to the comfy way of life as we know it, not to mention a lot of unnecessary turmoil in the Middle East.
A good gesture would be to dismiss the "spy" thing, release the bird by the border, and send Israel a message (either directly or through third parties) that the next time, the animal won't return. In the mean time, either confiscate the bird's tag or make sure to reveal nothing.
"You haven't seen a tree until you've seen its shadow from the sky."
Quokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2466 times:
Just been onto the Al Weeam site (Arabic only) and it states that villagers handed the bird, which appeared to be injured, over to the authorities. The article neither states that the bird has been charged with spying nor that it is going to be.
However, some of the comments posted are a bit daft and vitriolic, while a number of others point out that devices are regularly attached to birds and other animals to study them in the wild. Comments posted also point out that if Israel wishes to spy on Saudi Arabia it has far more sophisticated means that using birds.
The article was originally posted on Tuesday, 22 Muharram 1432 H - corresponding to December 28, 2010 - so this is old news.
jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2150 times:
Quoting LH526 (Reply 7): What the hell is wrong with these countries? Why did education and common sense did not struck them ... ACCUSE ANIMALS? I can't take these countries seriously!
Does the Quran state you should get an education and common sense?
If not, you're not allowed to have it as it's not in line with Islamic teachings.
That's how a strict Islamic society works.
Now, most of these countries aren't that strict, but all have their groups of people who do live along those lines.
In the Egyptian case, the accusation was voiced by a rather radical immam, in Saudi it apparently was a remote tribe that I doubt ever saw a schoolhouse let alone looked inside.
Of course the Saudi religious police enforce Sharia law strictly, when it doesn't interfere too much with the royal family making money.