Piers Morgan branded 'Zionist scum' in thorough trolling after #FreePalestineAndIsrael tweets
The former Daily Mirror editor appeared mildly surprised by the barrage of abuse he received
It’s been at least five seconds since Piers Morgan managed to offend someone on Twitter.
So what better way to engage his followers in a “sensible debate” about the ever-worsening conflict between Israel and Gaza than to post the hashtag “#FreePalestineAndIsrael” and suggest the country finds itself a “Nelson Mandela”?
The former Daily Mirror editor appeared mildly surprised by the barrage of abuse he received, as Twitter users took the troll-bait dangled before them like controversial carrots, chewed it up and spat back with replies like “Zionist scum”, “idiot” and, a personal favourite (he did retweet it), “You just f**king get worse and worse don't you, you fat, ugly, ignorant c**t.”
Though we’re not quite sure what he expected the response to be. Given that, alongside helpfully declaring “I like Jews. I like Arabs”, he also posted things like “Same nonsense made Northern Ireland a murderous tinderbox for 30 years”.
It started off fairly bluntly:
So he “did a Rihanna” and clarified his post with a slightly more balanced musing:
Both Palestinians and Israelis need freeing from this current murderous insanity. Ceasefire now, then leaders need to lead.Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 16, 2014
Then he started getting hideously trolled, so he angled for “sensible debate”.
Usual vicious outpouring from both sides re my Palestine/Israel tweets. Everyone incensed, nobody wanting sensible debate.Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 16, 2014
Which might have been sensible, too, had he not then followed his tweet up with these:
Same nonsense made Northern Ireland a murderous tinderbox for 30 years. Then leaders led, and peace prevailed. It can be done.Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 16, 2014
The ongoing oppression of Palestinians in Gaza is appalling. The relentless rocket attacks by Hamas on Israelis are also appalling.Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 16, 2014
The Israel/Palestine conflict needs new leaders with new ideas. Current crop seem to have no real will for peace. Just tit-for-tat war.Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 16, 2014
I like Arabs, I like Jews. I'm an Irish Catholic, so I don't really have skin in the game. Just a strong desire for an end to this insanity.Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 16, 2014
Then came the Mandela retweets:
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. - Nelson Mandela.Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 16, 2014
And then the comparison to his relationship with Jeremy Clarkson, as pointed out by one follower:
He retweeted some of the best trolls, just to give them some encouragement:
I'm an Irish Catholic mate, think you're barking up the wrong tree RT ZohaibbM: @piersmorgan Stfu you Zionist scumPiers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 16, 2014
And rounded it off with another inflammatory:
Once again (for those who thought I'd delete it): #FreePalestineAndIsraelPiers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 16, 2014
Morgan isn’t the only name to wade in on the emotionally charged foreign affairs of the Middle East.
Rihanna similarly raised eyebrows when she posted the hashtag “#FreePalestine”, deleted it, and tweeted this instead.
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