Saturday, December 22, 2012

Now Muslims demand Spanish nationality

 Ahmed Bensal el-salhi is angry at the denial of Spanish citizenship to those with Moorish ancestors

 Following the Spanish government's offer of automatic Spanish nationality for Jews of Sephardi ancestry, Muslims are now demanding equal treatment, according to this  Gatestone Institute article  :

Muslims are now demanding that the Spanish government grant automatic citizenship to millions of descendants of Muslims who were expelled from Spain in the seventeenth century.

Much of the Iberian Peninsula was occupied by Muslim conquerors known as the Moors from 711 until 1492, when the Moorish Kingdom of Granada surrendered to Ferdinand and Isabella. But the final Muslim expulsion from Granada, known in Arabic as Al-Andalus, did not take place until over a century later, beginning in 1609, when King Philip III decreed the Expulsion of the Moriscos.
The Moriscos were the descendants of the Muslim population that converted to Roman Catholicism under threat of exile from Ferdinand and Isabella in 1502. From 1609 through 1614, the Spanish government systematically forced an estimated 350,000 Moriscos to leave Spain for Muslim North Africa.

Today there are an estimated 5 million descendants of the Moriscos living in Morocco alone; there are millions more living in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Tunisia and Turkey.

In a December 3 essay published by the Morocco-based newspaper Correo Diplomático, the Moroccan journalist Ahmed Bensalh Es-salhi wrote that the "decision to grant Spanish citizenship to the grandchildren of the Hebrews in Spain in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, while ignoring the Moriscos, the grandsons of the Muslims, is without doubt, flagrant segregation and unquestionable discrimination, as both communities suffered equally in Spain at that time. The decision could also be considered by the international community to be an historic act of absolute immorality and injustice…This decision is absolutely disgraceful and dishonorable."

Bensalh then went on to threaten Spain: "Is Spain aware of what might be assumed when it makes peace with some and not with others? Is Spain aware of what this decision could cost? Has Spain considered that it could jeopardize the massive investments that Muslims have made on its territory? Does Spain have alternatives to the foreign investment from Muslims if they ever decide to move that capital to other destinations due to the discrimination against Muslims?"

Bensalh's article is the latest salvo in an escalating battle being waged by Muslim historians and academics who are demanding that Spain treat Moriscos the same way it treats Sephardic Jews.
Jamal Bin Ammar al-Ahmar, an "Andalus-Algerian" university professor at the Ferhat Abbas University in Sétif in northeastern Algeria, has been engaged in a four-year campaign to persuade Spanish King Juan Carlos to identify and condemn those who expelled the Muslims from Al-Andalus in the fifteenth century. Al-Ahmar is also demanding that millions of Moriscos expelled from Spain be allowed to return there.

In a letter addressed to Juan Carlos, Al-Ahmar calls for a "full legal and historical investigation of the war crimes that were perpetrated on the Muslim population of Andalusia by the French, English, European and papal crusaders, whose victims were our poor miserable people, after the collapse of Islamic rule in Andalusia."

The letter speaks of "the injustice inflicted on the Muslim population of Andalusia who are still suffering in the diaspora in exile since 1492."

Al-Ahmar wants the Spanish monarch to apologize "on behalf of his ancestors" and to assume "responsibility for the consequences" that this would entail. He says it is necessary "to identify criminals, to convict retroactively, while at the same time to identify and compensate victims for their calamities and restore their titles." This process would culminate with "a decree that allows immigrants to return to their homes in Andalusia, and grant them full citizenship rights and restoration of all their properties."

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Jesterhead45 said...

Unlike the Sephardic Jews who predated Christianity and did not come as invaders, the muslims are not owed or entitled to anything especially since most after their explusion typically joined the Barbary pirates and continued to practice enslaving non-muslims even as far as the British Isles and Iceland.

Slight OT - I cannot help but wonder if the Spanish hope by giving automatic automatic citizenship to millions of descendants of Sephardic Jews, that the returning Jews will somehow fix Spain's broken economy and reverse its steady decline from its peak when it used to be a global power under the Spanish Empire.

Ariadne said...

They may be the equals of "Palestinians" in lying but they are certainly far inferior in their birthrate!

Sylvia said...

I don't know if this is of any import in this context but there are to this day, two distinct traditions/rites among Moroccan Jews: the Megurashim are identified by the Castillan rite (mentioned on the marriage ketouba and invoked for inheritance rulings) and the Toshavim follow what is called the mosaic law (though both are mosaic law).

According to a book by Dr. Ahmed Sefrioui on the personal status of the Moroccan, generally speaking, the Castillan rite has been followed in the North from ElJadida to Spain, while those following the rites of the Toshavim were generally in the South : Safi, Essaouira, Marrakech, Tarudant.

In other words, while there are ways to help identify descendents of Jews expelled from Spain, there is nothing that can help identify Spanish ancestry among Muslims as a group, except individual documents to prove it since they all practice the same Maliki rite.

Empress Trudy said...

I hope 400 million Muslims wash up in Spain demanding free services and whatnot. It can be their new homeworld.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree with my Empress!
i do not think Juan Carlos will aplogise to Muslims.

Unknown said...

When returning to North Africa , in full decline of Islam, the Moriscos were never fully accepted and integrated in the Muslim world .
They were mixing Judaism, Christianity and Islam together, they were seen as traitors .
In Tunisia , Testour , there is a mosque with 2 Magen David , I believe they also build Sidi Bousaid in Tunis.
A few years ago , a Qoran with a Magen David was banned from Algeria, it was a from the Moriscos.

La Gran Mezquita de Testour (Túnez)

Los moriscos - Los moriscos en Túnez

This is the 2 comments on the last video :

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Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

I believe that what we call the Magen David [shield of David] was not exclusively a Jewish symbol historically, although carved on ancient Jewish structures in Israel. I once had a Moroccan coin with a Magen David on it. Of course, today, when the Muslims are more fanatically anti-Jewish than ever --also encouraged in this by the West-- any symbol at all considered Jewish by them would be rejected.

In line with Muslim fanaticism, the Taliban in Pakistan now oppose polio vaccine injections --going so far as to murder some volunteers giving polio shots-- on two main grounds, 1) the Pakistani physician who tipped off the Americans about Bin Laden's location in Pakistan was working in the polio vaccination field; & 2) the inventor of the vaccine was a Jewish doctor [actually two doctors, Salk & Sabin], therefore the vaccine was meant to hurt Muslims. This second claim I heard on France24 [as I recall] from a Paki imam. He argued that if a Jewish doctor invented it, then it had to be meant to harm Muslims.

The predictable result is that in Pakistan, the rate of polio infection and death has risen significantly in the last couple of years.

Sylvia said...

Indeed the Magen David, otherwise known as the seal of Solomon was first adopted by Suleiman the Magnificient when he entered Jerusalem and saw the symbol on Jewish buildings.

The emirs/sultans of the Maghreb and Andalusia adopted it when they became independent of the Damascus califate.

In fact, until 1915 the Moroccan flag was adorned with a six-pointed star but it was changed then in favor of the green five-pointed star on a red background.

So a Magen David on an old Coran should not necessarily be understood as a Judaic element.

Unknown said...

I am Atheist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim who fully Submitted to the Almighty Creator of All, and let face it, We all came from the same source, but the truth must be told, and it must be accepted by everyone on this planet; The Moorish Ruled in peace for more then 700 Years, and contributed more then any other society to humanity; Therefore; The Moorish descendent including Sephardics Jews deserves to claim their rights back fully in Europe, and the Maghreb (Morocco). Spain should never return Sebta (Seuta) to anyone, and the UK should never return Gibraltar to anyone; Both Spain, England and Portugal should create new nation called the Moorish Nation with coast to coast boundaries from Malaga on the Mediterranean with strait lane to the Atlantic Ocean on the Portuguese side including the Northern part of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya....