Jewish Journal

Freed Egyptian prisoner Grapel told Mets won World Series

by Brad A. Greenberg

October 31, 2011 | 10:14 am

Ilan Grapel, the U.S.-Israeli citizen who was freed last week after a five-month stay in Egyptian jail, must have thought the world had completely changed while he was gone when was told that the New York Mets had won the World Series.

That, of course, was a joke.

At a press conference in Tel Aviv before flying home to New York, Grapel was joined by U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY). He said:

“There’s so many people to thank,” he said, “and after being cut off for the past five months ...”

Ackerman quickly interjected, “We told him the Mets won the World Series.”

Grapel, a sports fan, shot Ackerman a big smile—only to quickly feel the let-down most Mets fans are all too familiar with when he quickly figured out that the team had tanked—again.

The rest from the New York Post.

Like me, Grapel is a law student. Unlike me, Grapel was in Egypt during the revolution and was accused of spying for Israel, a claim that Israel denied.

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