Abu Khalil wrote a tweet on his official Twitter page, on January 14, in which he said: “If I had not had political hostility to the Saudi regime, this would have been enough for me to hostility. Look at the ugliness: setting standards of vulgar taste in Las Vegas buildings over Mecca.” He says.
If I had not had political hostility to the Saudi regime, this would have sufficed me for its hostility. Look at the ugliness: setting the standards for vulgar flair in Las Vegas buildings over Mecca. If I did not have a political reason to oppose Saudi regime, this would do it. Superimposing the trashy taste of Vegas on Mecca. https://t.co/aII4N6jKRJ
This tweet sparked hundreds of reactions from Twitter users, and they were divided between an attacking supporter for what he wrote, before Abu Khalil re-posted a tweet of a satirical cartoon about him.
The caricature bears a presumed image of the American-Lebanese academic, and its publisher commented on it by saying: “Abu Zaaboura … you were not your first clothes,” as he put it.
Abu Khalil responded to this drawing after he republished it, saying: “This is supposed to be me. The painter is very good at photographing the blouse,” as he put it.
It is noteworthy that a number of tall buildings of Western design surround the Grand Mosque in Mecca, which was the subject of controversy by some who considered that these buildings corrupt the religious and spiritual character of the holy city for Muslims around the world, while others saw that they gave a modernist shape and a renewed character to the city.