What happened to the Middle East’s
Follow this link for video of discussion. Starts at 1:45 into video.
Just 2 weeks ago, we had a discussion with
Richard Hirschhaut, of the LA AJC. One of the questions I raised was of
the push by Islamist groups, either
associated with Palestinians, or with the Muslim Brotherhood( in particular,
CAIR, which claims to be the representative of US Muslims) to repeat antisemitic
memes, and then back-track when caught.
Now, one week later, we had this horrible
event, which could have ended in tragedy. It came just in advance of the 70th
year since the notorious Wannsee Conference, which settled the fate of Europe’s
Jews, in the Entloessung zur Judenfrage-The Final Solution of the Jewish
Question. It was also just in advance of the International Holocaust Remembrance
Day, Jan 27.
Attack on the Beth Israel synagogue would at
first seem to have been the work of a deranged lunatic seeking the release of
another deranged lunatic, Lady Al Qaeda, Aafia Siddiqui.
lunatics need outside input to trigger and guide their delusions.
What drove both of
them ? Both were from Pakistan. What
This from Rob Eshman in LA Times:
Karachi-born Siddiqui, 49, came from an educated, devout
Muslim family. … Massachusetts Institute of Technology and, in 1995, went on to
obtain an advanced degree in cognitive neuroscience at Brandeis University, … 44% of undergraduates identify as Jewish.
…, Siddiqui tried to dismiss her lawyers because of their Jewish
background and demanded that prospective jurors undergo DNA testing to
determine if they had Jewish genes.
“Study the history of the Jews,” she wrote in a plea to
then-President Obama. “They have always back-stabbed everyone who has taken
pity on them and made the ‘fatal’ error of giving them shelter.” She added: “This
why ‘holocausts’ keep happening to them repeatedly! If they would only learn to
be grateful and change their behavior!!”
But in truth, antisemitic conspiracy theories dominate Pakistani
textbooks, media and government. Why would Siddiqui believe anything else?.
( Op-Ed: The Texas hostage-taking was a
symptom of conspiracy theories run amok
Pakistan is no outlier in the Moslem world on
The esteemed President of Malaysia: In a speech made before
the Organization of the Islamic Conference shortly before he left office,
Mahathir claimed "the Jews rule the world by proxy: They get others to
fight and die for them." “We are up against a people who
think. They survived 2,000 years of pogroms not by hitting back but by
thinking. They invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy so
that persecuting them would appear to be wrong, so that they can enjoy equal
rights with others. With these they have now gained control of the most
powerful countries and they, this tiny community, have become a world power. .
. .”(NY Times https://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/21/world/views-on-jews-by-malaysian-his-own-words.html)
has gone very sour in the Moslem world, far more so than in the Christian,
Hindu, or Buddhist world:
survey of attitudes- data 2014/15
about the same for Canada, most Anglo countries, northern Europeans.
The new President has Chile’s Jews
They sent him this gift a two years ago:
A jar of honey and affirming building a community based on inclusivity, solidarity, and respect.
In Europe, Greece is an outlier-far ahead of
Poland, Russia, or Ukraine
Nigeria= very tolerant
What about the Moslem world
Iran- to be fair-better than Christian Greece
I suspect more Iranians hate their Ayatollah regine more than they hate Jews!
But Egypt- at peace with Israel-partner against
Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Iran
Jordan- at Peace with Israel
Odds of peace with our nearest
So- I go to my point, Where are the Jews of the
Middle East today?
Communities that date back to – Iraq-Persia-
Egypt-over 2500 years. Yemen-2000 years. Before Christianity-before Islam.
That was posed at the UN by Hillel Neuer of the
This is the way that map looks:
Why is it that the winds of
antisemitism were pervading the Islamic world before the State of Israel,
Anti-Jewish statements in the Quran- war at the
end of days in which the trees will betray the Jew hiding behind them
Historic anti_Jewish edicts in Islamic law- no Jew
may ride on a horse, stand higher than a Moslem, no synagogue higher than a mosque, must pay tax to be allowed to live.
Modernity= rise of nationalism-began with improved
rights for minorities, and then went south from there- first case- in a large
way-the Armenian genocide, which was an inspiration for Hitler. From that
point, nationalism closed out all that did not fit neatly in the Islamic world
=similar to European fascist states.
The reaction against modernity-
The Saudi compromise with Wahabi Islam= leave
us alone, and build madrasas outside Arabia!
Muslim Brotherhood- al akhwan al muslimun-Hasan
al bana-100 years old- rejection of liberal thought and politics, and of things
Muslim Brotherhood’s history
of anti-Semitism goes back to its founding. Its leading Palestinian figure, Haj
Amin el-Husseini, collaborated with the Nazis, declaring that Jews were the
enemies of Islam and had been for 1,300 years. He made explicit appeals on the
radio to Arab listeners to “kill the Jews.” In 1946, when Husseini returned to
Cairo, he was enthusiastically welcomed by Hassan al-Banna, the Muslim
Brotherhood’s founder. In a secret bulletin intercepted by OSS agents in Cairo,
Al-Banna said of
Husseini, “What a
hero, what a miracle of a man. Yes, this hero who challenged an empire and
fought Zionism, with the help of Hitler and Germany. Germany and Hitler are
gone, but Amin Al-Husseini will continue the struggle.” The Muslim Brotherhood, Anti-Semitism, and Democracy | The New
So, as we approach the International Holocaust
Remembrance Day= Let’s see what is left of a once glorious Jewish presence
despite subjugated and untouchable status.
Follow this link to see the original images that I presented on zoom discussion.
One of the images is of a magnificent synagogue in the Island of Djerna, Tunisia. Live was bad for the Jews, who mostly left, but that hasn't stopped the government from cashing in on Jewish tourism.
This is a link to amore extensive video: