Thursday, June 06, 2013

We live in times of mad and lethal hatred: Chesler

  Phyllis Chesler: melting at Moorish arches

A mad and lethal hatred targets Jews on the internet and in every language, yet Israel is the only country to be villified and boycotted. Judenrein Muslim states are losing their Christians. But the decision to leave is not easy and most have nowhere else to go. Moving article by Professor Phyllis Chesler in Israel National News. 

But we are a people whose first ancestors, Abraham and Sarah, left town, left all that was familiar to them, and obeyed God’s commandment to Abraham: “Leave your land, your birthplace, your father’s home.”

But not every Jew is a pioneer or a crusader; not every Jew hears God’s command.

In my lifetime, the 850,000 Jews who were forced to flee Arab and Muslim lands in the 20th century still cherished the lands that had impoverished them, and that, for millennia, had tortured and murdered their religious compatriots. Moroccan- and Persian-Jewish cookbooks appear every year. Spanish music sings in my bloodstream, speaks of long forgotten origins. 

I am the daughter of Ashkenazi Jews, and yet I melt at Moorish arches, beautiful glazed tile-work, the sights and smells of a bazaar, the taste of cardamon and cinnamon in my coffee. I write about the Jews of Islam in my forthcoming book, An American Bride in Kabul, especially in the chapter about the Jews of Afghanistan.

But now, as before, the times have grown exceedingly grave. A mad and lethal hatred against Jews is available 24/7 on the internet and in every language on earth; Western intellectuals, academics, political leaders, and human rights activists have joined forces with Islamists in choosing only one country and one people to hate and scapegoat--and for no rational reason: Jewish Israel.
Arabs massacre Arabs, Sunnis kill Shi’ia, Muslims kill each other and every infidel they can find—but it is only Israel who is demonized and boycotted.

Today, Germany has joined the selective boycott of Israeli products that are grown or produced or manufactured in Judea and Samaria, the "West Bank".. Germany has affixed a new kind of Jewish star on certain Israeli citizens. (Consider this a diabolical beginning of sorts.)

No one cares that Arabs are employed in the manufacturing process; that Israel has not only made the desert bloom, it has also been the most stable and most productive state in an unstable, illiterate, nihilistic, and unproductive region.

Most Muslim states are now either failed states or Islamist autocratic or Islamist totalitarian states. Gone are the freedoms of yesteryear in Muslim North Africa, central Asia, and the Middle East. The women are wearing black sheets again and being honor-killed in droves.

The Arab and Muslim world, which has long been judenrein, is rapidly losing its Christian populations. The lucky Christians have already fled. The unlucky dhimmis praise their overlords and scapegoat Israel as a form of appeasement. But Christians are also being murdered, sometimes in their churches which have been burned to the ground. Their Church has not rescued them.

Like Jews, the Christians do not leave. Where would they go? Who will accept them? What language would they speak? How would they earn a living in a foreign country?

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