THE RIGHTS OF JEWS IN MUSLIM LANDS

By Samuel Fistel

Soon after the formation of the "Jewish" State of Israel, the Muslims drove out every one of the one million Jews who had been living in Muslim lands since long before Islam even existed. In the process, they stole everything of what little the Jews had, and then went on to destroy every trace of Jewish presence, particularly the synagogues and cemeteries, which they considered the abode of Satan's minions. Up until the moment when they drove them out, what follows details some of the "rights" that were extended to Jews, and are still extended to the few remaining Christians unfortunate enough to remain in Muslim lands.

No Jews or Christians are allowed to live in Saudi Arabia. Jews may not even set foot in Saudi Arabia, while Christians are allowed temporary residence. No churches are allowed in Saudi Arabia. The American government does not allow its soldiers, who are stationed in Saudi Arabia to prop up the Saudi king against his own people as well as his fellow Muslims, to have an open display of Judaism or Christianity.

Outside of Saudi Arabia, pre-existing synagogues and churches are allowed, but no new ones may be built, and permission must be obtained to repair old ones. Synagogues and churches may never be apparent, no Jewish stars, no crosses, no church bells. They may never be higher than any mosque. There may be no public processions, and funerals must be discreet.

Jews may not enter mosques on penalty of death. In the "good old days", Jews were killed for coming too close to a mosque. Jews were never allowed into the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, or onto the Temple Mount. Arafat looks forward to the time when this condition can be restored. He used the opening of the tourist tunnel as practice for the Jew-killing he plans to do in the future. It is an amazing example of the (Jews as) dhimmi mentality that still exists, that Arafat was exonerated for killing Jews, and Netanyahu was blamed.

Jewish and Christian religious "leaders" in Muslim lands may only serve with the permission of the Muslim authorities. The Muslims allowed the Babylonian Jews to keep an official "Head of the Community" and "Head of the Yeshivas" for several hundred years, but then abolished it. The Turks continue to choose who may be the Greek orthodox patriarch, and Mubarak chooses the Coptic Pope. Every couple of centuries they would murder one or the other of these guys to remind them who is boss. Needless to say, they do not complain much out loud.

In fact, it is forbidden to complain out loud. Anything taken as a criticism of Islam or Muhammad is punished by death. A non-Muslim proselytizing a Muslim is killed. A Muslim who converts is killed. A non-Muslim who becomes a Muslim and then reverts is killed. The recent poster in Israel by a disturbed Jewish girl proclaiming "M. is a pig." was grounds for killing Jews. A further example of the continuing dhimmi mentality is that Muslims are allowed a never-ending stream of hatred towards Judaism and Christianity, while a Jew who says something about Islam that is not flattering "should know better", and is therefore guilty of "incitement".

Israelis are accused of "arrogance" when they say that Jews may in some instances have rights equal to those of Muslims. It is a religious obligation of Muslims to humiliate and degrade non-Muslims. When Jews used to live in Muslim lands, they could not own property. If they lived in villages they were tenant farmers or serfs. If they lived in cities, they had to pay a special tax to demonstrate their subservience, which involved their being hit at the time they paid it. They could not serve in the army, they could not carry weapons, they had to step into the gutter when a Muslim passed, they could not ride a horse, they had to wear special clothes that identified them to Muslims so that Muslims would not be "contaminated". Marrying a Muslim woman was death. They could not vote (as if "voting" for Saddam Hussein or Hosni Mubarak is a real privilege). The idea of Jews being able to control an Arab election, the way Israeli Arabs control Israeli elections is so laughable that I lack an appropriate metaphor.

A Jew who struck a Muslim was killed. There is no such thing as a Muslim murdering a Jew; at most it is manslaughter and the killer pays a fine. There is no such thing as the rape of a Jewish woman by a Muslim. (The idea that Sephardic Jews are "pure Jews identical to the ones who originally lived in Judea" is idiotic.) Jews may not testify in a court of law against a Muslim, and have no legal recourse to anything done to them by a Muslim.

This is the reality of Islam. We see it every day in Algeria, Egypt, Sudan, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, and Palestine. The idea of a "moderate Arab" is as insane as that of a "moderate Nazi". Every inch of Israel that Netanyahu hands over to Arafat reverts to these conditions.

We all know that. So why are we doing it? Unfortunately for Israel, the non-Muslim world has made a devil's bargain with the Islamic world, and has agreed that the Muslims may have their "Dar-al Islam" (Holy Muslim lands in which Islamic law holds), as long as they sell us oil cheaply, buy things from us, and minimize terrorism. The price for that deal means the "sell-out" of the minority peoples who are "trapped behind the lines", which includes Christians in Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Armenia, and Cyprus, and of course, most of all, the "arrogant Israelis".

The Israelis are now negotiating the terms of their surrender to the "Dar-al Islam", just as the Lebanese Christians were forced to. Like losers everywhere, they try to sugar-coat it with terms like "pikuakh nefesh" and "recognizing the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people", but deep down inside, we all know what's really going on. (Most of the above is based on Bat Yeor's book "The Dhimmi".)


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