Why ‘history’ lesson proves the point

Mr. Naushad Omar raises some good points about how Jews have been persecuted by various Western regimes for many centuries. However, Mr. Omar omitted a number of crucial facts from his simplistic timeline and to refer to Muslims as the “hand that fed” the Jews is an incredibly misleading statement.

Over the years, Muslim leaders have repeatedly made clear their animosity towards Jews. For example, in November 1937, Saudi Arabia’s King Ibn Saud was quoted telling British Colonel Dickson: “Our hatred for the Jews dates from God’s condemnation of them for their persecution and rejection of Isa (Jesus) and their subsequent rejection of His Chosen Prophet.” He added: that for a Muslim to kill a Jew, or for him to be killed by a Jew ensures him immediate entry into Heaven and into the presence of God Almighty”. I can quote hundreds of other Muslim leaders who have shared similar views towards Jews.

Another example that comes to mind is during the time of Nazi Germany. When Hitler introduced the Nuremburg racial laws in 1935, he received telegrams of congratulations from all corners of the Arab world. During the war, it is well known that one of his most ardent supporters was the Mufti of Jerusalem. Even today, an Arabic translation of Mein Kampf is freely available in Palestinian Territories and has in fact become a bestseller in these regions.

However, the irrefutable mistreatment of the Jews by Muslims is evident when one simply analyses the evolution of Jewish population numbers in Arab countries over the past century. Using just a few examples; in 1948 Egypt had 75 000 Jews, Morocco 265 000, Lebanon 20 000, Tunisia 105 000 and Iraq 150 000 respectively. Today the numbers are virtually zero in Egypt, Lebanon, and Iraq and less than 1000 to 2000 in Morocco and Tunisia. These dwindling numbers can be directly attributed to the persecution and numerous pogroms Jews have faced in these Muslim dominated countries. If not for the option of immigrating to Israel, these people would have faced a miserable life in these countries as second class citizens, living in constant fear of their life. Jews and Israel are not trying to “bite the hand of the Muslims” and would in fact love the opportunity to welcome the “hand of peace” with any Muslim country that is willing to make the offer (as proven in the past with Jordan and Egypt). However, all that Mr. Omar’s history lesson has confirmed is that the Jews need their own country. Thankfully we have Israel.

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