A heated political debate in Jordan turned into a viral video moment when a member of the Jordanian Parliament first threw his shoe at a rival and then pulled out a gun on live television, The Times of Israel reports.
The story reports: “The MP, Mohammed Shawabka, was debating a political activist and former MP named Mansour Sayf al-Din Murad on the Jo Sat TV station on Thursday. The discussion escalated into a furious confrontation, at the height of which Shawabka pulled a pistol out of his waistband and brandished it at Murad.”
Shawabka has been accused of libel, slander and attempted murder in a formal complaint filed by Murad, according to Jordanian media reports cited in the story.
The piece reports: “Murad told Jordan’s Gerasa News that Shawabka’s bringing a gun into a TV newsroom was ‘an insult to the media,’ that he felt he had been subjected to a ‘public bullying,’ and that for an MP to act in such a fashion conveyed the dangerous sense that one could be subjected to abuse and death threats simply for stating an opinion.”
The volatile incident took place during a discussion of attitudes toward the uprising in Syria, the story reports.
The piece notes: “According to an Al Arabiya report, what most infuriated Shawabka was that Murad insulted his father. The same report said Shawabka’s driver also brawled with Murad, hitting him in the face before studio employees separated them.”
The two men reportedly accused each other during the debate of various crimes.
According to the report: “Shawabka claimed Murad was in the pay of the Syrian regime. Murad countered that Shawabka worked for the Israeli Mossad intelligence agency. ‘You’re a Mossad agent,’ he said. ‘You’re a big crook,’ came the response.
“The MP stood up and began screaming and pointing at the activist, who was sitting opposite him, while the host of the program, Mohammed Habashneh, seated in the center, desperately urged his guests to ‘calm down.’”
Here’s a video clip of the incident: