A Defending Crusader…

The best defense is to be good and offensive…or something like that.

More on the Theme

Posted by Godefroi on January 14, 2009

It’s been my experience that few people outside of the blogosphere – and disappointingly few within it as well – are aware of what happened with Jews in Iraq, Yemen, Morocco, Syria and other places within Dar-al-Islam as what was then the Turkish territory of Palestine was being purchased and developed by early Zionist Jews.

In short, pogroms and other abuse prefaced their eviction from their communities, many of which had been Jewish for thousands of years.  Most left with literally nothing by command of law, and their belongings were confiscated.  One can learn more about the approximately 800,000 Jews evicted from Arab/Muslim lands here.

Why do I bring this up?  Well, aside from this facts importance in the current fighting between Israel and Hamas, it’s happening again.

Jews in Muslim Lands Feeling the Heat

by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

(IsraelNN.com) Jews living in majority-Muslim countries are in a precarious situation as Israel fights the Islamist Hamas regime in Gaza. While pro-Hamas, anti-Semitic rallies and sporadic attacks are continuing worldwide, Jews in Muslim lands face an additional danger as a vulnerable minority.

Synagogue Shut by Force
In Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim state, that nation’s only synagogue was forcibly shut down and sealed.


In Turkey, synagogues in Izmir were also shut down, but this time out of serious security concerns, after someone scrawled “We will kill you” on the door of one of the biggest synagogues in the city…In Istanbul, a shop owned by a local Jewish family was targeted, as well. A huge poster saying, “Do not buy from here, since this shop is owned by a Jew,” was plastered on the shop and other posters on the wall said, “Jews and Armenians are not allowed, but dogs are.”


This year, a coalition of Egyptian political opposition parties came together to prevent the pilgrimage of Israelis to the rabbi’s tomb.

Elsewhere in North Africa, the Al-Qaeda offshoot known as Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (North Africa) has issued explicit calls for Muslims to attack Jews “wherever they are found.”

See more evidence of the gut-wrenching hatred here…and here, and here.  Disturbing is putting it mildly.


One Response to “More on the Theme”

  1. purchased and developed

    I’d like to call attention to the word “purchased.” That aspect of the establishment of the modern state of Israel is so rarely brought up in discussions about the region.

    As for the targeting of Jews today, I often feel that we’re reliving hideous chapters of modern history.

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