A Jordanian MP pulled a gun on his critic during a furious live TV debate Thursday. Tempers boiled over during the debate as the MP and an activist exhanged insults. The MP, who had at first thrown a shoe, finally drew a gun and pointed it at his foe.
The Times of Israel reports that no shots were fired.
The MP, Mohammed Shawabka, was debating the political activist, Mansour Sayf al-Din Murad, about Jordanian policy in the Syrian uprising. As the debate became more heated both men began accusing each other of "various crimes and deviances," The Times of Israel reports.
According to Arbroath, Murad is a former MP who openly supports the regime in Syria. Arbroath reports he is the only Jordanian politician who met President Bashar Assad after the outbreak of the revolution in Syria.
Shawabka accused Murad of being in the pay of the Syrian regime. Murad countered, saying that Shawabka works for the Israeli Mossad. According to The Times of Israel, Murad shouted:
“You’re a Mossad agent."
“You’re a big crook,” came the response.
Shawabka then rose to his feet and began screaming at Murad. The program host, Mohammed Habashneh, who sat between the feuding men urged them to "calm down." Shawabka appeared to take the host's advise. He sat down, then bent over and took off his right shoe and flung it at Murad, who, while trying to avoid the missile, knocked over the studio desk.
The MP then reached into his waistband and pulled out a silver pistol. He pointed it briefly at Murad who advanced on him. A brawl ensued during which the MP tried to avoid pointing the gun at his opponent. The host struggled to separate the men, but the brawl continued until the program was taken off air.
The Huffington Post reports that this is not the first time this year that an MP has been captured on tape fighting. In January, an Israeli lawmaker threw water on a colleague, and in May, Ukrainian MPs brawled during a parliament session.