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Location: Jiddah, Saudi Arabia

An old Cologne cat that had to adapt to a new home.. lol

Saturday, September 24, 2005


One thing I just don't like in Saudi Arabia is the negative approach to Jews. It might be because I'm German - we've been the people who had gassed a couple of millions of them for reasons that can only be described as complete madness. The leading Nazis were clever, though - they offered the mob a scapegoat for all their plights, declared him a 'subhuman' against which even the ugliest 'Aryan' with an IQ below room temperature could feel superior, and they didn't even need to be very inventive. Jews have been outcasted and prosecuted all thoughout the European history, the prejudices born within the stupidity of Christianity have been nurtured for centuries and were well alive. They killed the Lord Jesus, after all, they rejected the Gospels, and on top of it they were clever business men, literate ones as well, which so really enraged the envy of the brainless masses who hardly could write their names. The race thing was just a new make-up for an old chimera, it added a modern touch just in case someone figured that the medievals were over.

Stupidity combined with xenophobia and bigotry, that was all about it. I hate this ugly monster raising its head in the Arab world - the same Arab world in which Jews had found shelter from Christian hatred and could live safely and peacefully for centuries. What happened to the enlightement that once was the trademark of Islam?

The reason for the hatred of Jews in the Arab world is, of course, Israel. Considering the history of this state the animosity is well understandable, no one with a minimum of ethics left can possibly applaud Israeli politics.

However, what would you say if someone asked you why you dislike Israeli politics? Because you don't like Jews? Come one, how idiotic would that be?

To get a good objective overview of Israeli history and politics I recommend this website:
The Origin of the Palestine/Israel Conflict

This text was first published by 'Jews for Justice in the Middle East' and the link goes to a website entitled 'If Americans Knew'. Unfortunately, most Americans do not read such websites.

For starters, Jews are not necessarily Zionists, even though all Zionists happen to be Jews. Just because all the suicide bombers happened to be Muslims, it does not mean all Muslims are potential suicide bombers, right?

The Zionists however have good reasons to play the Jew card and claim to speak for all Jews everywhere, it offers them a multitude of advantages they wouldn't have otherwise. First of all the collective compassion from the West - 'oh look, the poor Jews, they finally have found a home and now all those terrorists want to kill them'. It's obvious that the West is driven by a bad conscience, considering that every Western country has had its anti-semitic streaks in the past, and probably still today.

The Zionists bathe in this, with no cares that they themselves didn't care much for their fellow Jews during the Holocaust. When in 1938 a conference took place in France on resettlement of Nazi victims the Zionists refused to take part and made clear they didn't think much of it:
"We are particularly worried that it would move Jewish organizations to collect large sums of money for aid to Jewish refugees, and these collections could interfere with our collection efforts."

A quote by Ben Gurion:
"If I knew that it was possible to save all the children of Germany by transporting them to England, but only half of them by transporting them to Palestine, I would choose the second - because we face not only the reckoning of those children, but the historical reckoning of the Jewish people."

As if that wouldn't get low enough, in 1941 a Zionist group approached Nazi-Germany in search for a partnership between the German Reich and the 'Jewish state' - I quote from 'The Origin of the Palestine/Israel Conflict':
“As late as 1941, the Zionist group LEHI, one of whose leaders, Yitzhak Shamir, was later to become a prime minister of Israel, approached the Nazis, using the name of its parent organization, the Irgun(NMO)..[The proposal stated:] ‘The establishment of the historical Jewish state on a national and totalitarian Pd bound by a treaty with the German Reich would be in the interests of strengthening the future German nation of power in the Near East...The NMO in Palestine offers to take an active part in the war on Germany’s side’...The Nazis rejected this proposal for an alliance because, it is reported, they considered LEHI’s military power ‘negligible.’ “ Allan Brownfield in “The Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs”, July/August 1998

Well, bad luck - if Nazi Germany would still exist today it sure would have decided otherwise, given the military power Israel has today. What a nice match they would have made... Oh, and don't worry about any racial conflicts. The role of the subhuman could easily be filled by someone else. Arabs, for example.

No matter the ugly past, for the Zionists it is vital to pretend standing for all Jews, and make everyone believe their politics are for all the world's Jews benefit. Only in that role can they count on worldwide support, profit on the West's bad conscience aka 'political correctness' and play their Golden Victim Blanko Check at every occasion. How else did they get away with umpteen breaches of UN resolutions?

It is even more vital for the Zionists to make Jews believe that they stand for them all, fervently hissing in their ears 'everybody hates you, we are the only ones who care for you!' - and while doing so, noising over all those who don't really think so.

Uri Avnery is just one of those, writing for the Israeli peace movement 'Gush Shalom'. I like his articles. I would wish such people would be invited into Saudi Arabia, given a platform to talk and find people to listen, or even some support.

It would doubtlessly help the process of exposing Zionists as what they actually are - a racist colonial power trampling down international right. It would show that people critical of Israel are not merely dumb racists that do not like Jews - but that the critic is justified and independent from any personal whims, based on common ethics and morals.
Apart from this, it is outright embarrassing to hear that Jews aren't allowed in the country or read anti-Jewish statements that are directly drawn from the darkest pits of medieval Christianity. Is there really a need to go down on so low a level?

I'd like to end this with a quotation by Bertand Russell from 1970. He was a brilliant thinker, a man of peace and a voice of reason.

"We are frequently told that we must sympathize with Israel because of the suffering of the Jews in Europe at the hands of the Nazis. I see in this suggestion no reason to perpetuate any suffering. What Israel is doing today cannot be condoned, and to invoke the horrors of the past to justify those of the present if gross hypocrisy. Not only does Israel condemn a vast number of refugees to misery; not only are many Arabs under occupation condemned to military rule; but also Israel condemns the Arab nations only recently emerging from colonial status, to continued impoverishment as military demands take precedence over national development.

All who want to see an end to bloodshed in the Middle East must ensure that any settlement does not contain the seeds of future conflict. Justice requires that the first step towards a settlement must be an Israeli withdrawal from all the territories occupied in June, 1967. A new world campaign is needed to help bring justice to the long-suffering people of the Middle East."
(Bertrand Russell, 1970)

And no, he wasn't an Arab..


Blogger Abu Sinan said...

I dont think I have seen a better post in sometime. Thank you! I support the Palestinians, doesnt mean I have to hate Jews. I am German, doesnt mean I hate Jews. As a matter of fact, some of the things I like the most in life rely on Jews for their talent and ability. I am a HUGE classic music fan, a scene which wouldnt exist without Jews.

Poetry........where would German poetry be without someone like Heine? Look, the Jews are a people of the book and I think the hatred of Jews is often preached by those who think they are the bearers of the standard of "real Islam" but they couldnt be any farther from it.

Again, great post. Thanks.

6:05 AM  
Blogger Rani said...

Yes, the music - one of my most beautiful CDs is Jewish music: Diaspora Sefardi by Jordi Savall's Hesperion XXI and sung by Montserrat Figueras. It is music from the times after the fall of Muslim Spain in 1492, when they were expelled from the country and had to face all kinds of terror from the 'good Christians'.

Another one of my favorites is Eduardo Paniagua's Tres Culturas, Muslim, Judeo and Christian music in Al-Andalus.

But Al-Andalus is a pet passion if ours, we spent our honeymoon travelling through Andalusia and visiting places like the Alhambra. The music of Al-Andalus speaks alot of the spirit that was alive in those old days. The world would look better today if some of it would still live on today.

If you like early music just check these out.

11:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bikhair here.

In that respect I do think the Muslims follow the examples of the Christians.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Abu Sinan said...

Thanks Rani, I will. This Muslim/Jewish/Christian unity theme is a favourite of mine. Maybe that is one of the reasons I like FC St Pauli so much. They have the Star of David and a Cross on their patch.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

I've always found it ironic that the Israelis became what their enemies were.

I'm an atheist with no love for jews or israel, even though my family is jewish. I believe all religions are exactly the same and religion is the cause of most of the world's problems. As a gay man I'm outraged by how we've been treated in the name of religion.

8:53 PM  
Blogger hibbalicious said...

Rani - I know exactly what u mean, my grandfather is Jewish and when im in saudi and i talk to people and they are like what religion was ur mum before she changed and I say um Jewish lol there faces nearly change colour its funny to see the reactions of some ignorant people

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of curiosity.. would you continue to publish your blog once you're back in Saudi Arabia?

6:04 PM  
Blogger Rani said...

I think so, even though I'm thinking of ways to keep the home pc safe. The 'Religious policeman' blog mentioned ways to have a foreign ip while in Saudi via satellite connection or so. We have satellite connection but my husband thinks it does not work that way. We'll see, we're going home by the end of next week. If need be I can rely on the help of my German cousin.. ;)


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11:13 AM  
Blogger Jordan said...

It is also important to remember that since 1948, 750,000 jews were kicked out of Arab countries and had everything taken away.

Unlike Palestinians, no one cares about their right of return... its a terrible double standard.

Fortinately, Israel took in these Jewish refugees and allowed them to become citizens when no one else would.

The Palestinians were not so lucky. No arab nation (except Jordan) would take them in! No one would give them jobs!

Why would Arab nations turn their backs on their fellow muslims? Why 50 years later, Palestinians still have to live in refugee camps in Syria, Lebenon, and Jordan?

Its almost if Arab nations want Palestinians to suffer... can you think of a reason why? Is it possible, just possible, Palestinians are being used to stir up hatred and arab nationalism?

It is also strange that when 300,000 Palestians get kicked out of Kuwait, no one says a word! Same goes for Christian Copts in Egypt, Hindus in Pakistan, infidels in Saudi Arabia, Kurds in Iraq, and so on. Based on current trends, within 50 years there will be no non-muslims left in the Islamic world... except for Israel of course.

In the end, does it serve the Islamic world to spend all its time trying to destroy israel rather than help its own citizens?

Does it serve the UN to spend 30% of its time on the relatively tiny Israel when 25,000 people die every single day from war and hunger?

In the end, Jews are not going to be forced into the sea. We will not live in ghettos again. We will not be exterminated.

It is horrible that 30% of the Palestinians were unfairly kicked out, but lets face it, this happens to jews all the time and no one cares. It is unfair to hold Jews to a much higher standard than its arab neighbors... specially considering how many muslims/infidels are still being kicked out of Islamic land.

We just want what muslims enjoy, a tiny sliver of land to live freely without fear. That is not racism, that is a reasonable right.

I trully hope that there will be a Palestinian state very soon. But I will always reject the idea that jews are the only people who should be denied the right to nationalism (zionism) and the right to exist.

I also hope that people will recognize that people don't hate jews because of Israel, people hate jews because they are jews. I am not sure how much holocaust denial and calls for burning of the jews have to occur for this to happen...

"How come this country (Israel) has developed a democratic regime, although it too has been at war and is surrounded by enemies, whereas the Arabs have not developed democratic regimes, using the existence of Israel as a pretext? How come Israel is not using the Arabs as a pretext for delaying its democratic development, its free economy, and its free press? Are they better, smarter, or stronger than us? We have oil, we have water, we have land, we have great minds - we have it all. Nevertheless, we have backward, tyrannical, and dictatorial regimes - and the peoples readily accept this. There is no real demand for democracy in Arab countries." - Iraqi politician Iyad Jamal Al-Din - 2005

"when people
criticize Zionists, they mean Jews.
You’re talking anti-Semitism." - Martin Luther King Jr. - 1968

12:08 PM  
Blogger Jordan said...

So sorry to go on such a LONG rant...

Its just that you clearly are a good person. And if good people can be taken in by this "we hate zionists, not jews" argument, then the Jews are completely screwed.

My muslim Iranian girlfriend was tought to hate "zionists" all her life by her government...

...good thing for me she was not terribly fond her government :)

If you are interested, here is a great counter-argument:

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Julia, Ontario said...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

". . . You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you are merely 'anti-Zionist.' And I say, let the truth ring forth from the high mountain tops, let it echo through the valleys of God's green earth: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--this is God's own truth.

"Antisemitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently antisemitic, and ever will be so.

"Why is this? You know that Zionism is nothing less than the dream and ideal of the Jewish people returning to live in their own land. The Jewish people, the Scriptures tell us, once enjoyed a flourishing Commonwealth in the Holy Land. From this they were expelled by the Roman tyrant, the same Romans who cruelly murdered Our Lord. Driven from their homeland, their nation in ashes, forced to wander the globe, the Jewish people time and again suffered the lash of whichever tyrant happened to rule over them.

"The Negro people, my friend, know what it is to suffer the torment of tyranny under rulers not of our choosing. Our brothers in Africa have begged, pleaded, requested--DEMANDED the recognition and realization of our inborn right to live in peace under our own sovereignty in our own country.

This is Zionism, nothing more, nothing less.

"And what is anti-Zionist? It is the denial to the Jewish people of a fundamental right that we justly claim for the people of Africa and freely accord all other nations of the Globe. It is discrimination against Jews, my friend, because they are Jews. In short, it is antisemitism.

"The antisemite rejoices at any opportunity to vent his malice. The times have made it unpopular, in the West, to proclaim openly a hatred of the Jews. This being the case, the antisemite must constantly seek new forms and forums for his poison. How he must revel in the new masquerade! He does not hate the Jews, he is just 'anti-Zionist'!

"My friend, I do not accuse you of deliberate antisemitism. I know you feel, as I do, a deep love of truth and justice and a revulsion for racism, prejudice, and discrimination. But I know you have been misled--as others have been--into thinking you can be 'anti-Zionist' and yet remain true to these heartfelt principles that you and I share.

Let my words echo in the depths of your soul: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews--make no mistake about it."

From M.L. King Jr., "Letter to an Anti-Zionist Friend," Saturday Review_XLVII (Aug. 1967), p. 76.
Reprinted in M.L. King Jr., "This I Believe: Selections from the Writings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."

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