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“Israeli Melons Have AIDS”


“Beware of Israeli melons infected with AIDS arriving in Saudi Arabia!” – the latest ridiculous rumor being spread by SMS text message throughout Saudi Arabia – is now being reported on the front page of one of the leading Saudi newspapers, Asharq Al-Awsat.

The text message reads: “The Saudi Interior Ministry warns its citizens of a truck loaded with AIDS-infected melons that Israel brought into the country via a ‘ground corridor.’”

The Saudi Interior Ministry have denied making any such an announcement, and the head of the center for chemicals and toxins in Mecca, Dr Ahmad Elias, also stressed that spreading the HIV virus via melons was a scientific impossibility.

Nevertheless, the rumor is continuing to spread like wildfire throughout the Arab world, partly as a result of news reports.


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