The Islamic Version Covers Everything
In the dreamy Islam-based version of things, there is really no case for Jews, or for that matter Copts, or Maronites, or for that matter, no doubt, for non-Arab Muslims either, such as the Kurds or black African Muslims in Darfur, to enjoy autonomy or a state of their own. The fact that every Western observer to the ill-considered backwater that in the West was called "Palestine" -- and in the Muslim East was simply part of the Ottoman Empire, divided administratively into various vilayets and a separate sanjak for Jerusalem -- reported on its "ruin" and "desolation" and "emptiness" -- means nothing. Nor does the fact that the Jews who never left the Middle East, but lived, as chattel slaves in some cases, as in Yemen, or as cringing dhimmis in other cases, or a bit better in still other cases, but only briefly, only while either the French (as in Algeria, with the loi Cremieux in force from 1870, allowing the local Jews to be treated under French law, with French guarantees, or as in Iraq, where during the time of the British presence the Jews of Baghdad -- then the second city of Asia for the Jews -- continued to be protected from Muslim depredation, a protection that was removed when the British left -- see the Farhud of June 1-2, 1941, and see the pillaging of Jewish property from 1948 on, and see the public hanging of innocent Jews, as "Zionist spies," back in 1968, to the evident delight of a Baghdad crowd of half-a-million Arabs).
More Arabs than Jews entered Mandatory Palestine -- but since Mandatory Palestine was set up, by the League of Nations, for the express purpose of establishing, on this small sliver, the Jewish National Home, it was outrageous for the British authorities not to stop this constant influx of Arabs, drawn in, paradoxically, by the very economic activity that the Jewish immigrants were responsible for.
There is so much more one could say, but why bother? Why bother with those whose Total Belief-System makes them impervious to appeals to logic, to evidence, to semi-fairness, to semihemidemi-equity? It's a waste of time.
Posted on 02/09/2008 2:24 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald