My Middle East Reality

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Recently, I made a visit that was specially arranged by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) to the Holocaust museum in Washington. It was my first visit to the Museum as I usually try to avoid coming face to face with the barbaric acts that humans commit against one another, and would rather just read the historical accounts. However, my friend Yigal Carmon, founder and president of MEMRI, convinced me of the importance of such a visit, since the Copts in Egypt are being subjected to a widespread culture of hatred similar to what the Jewish people had experienced in the past in Europe.

While the docents who accompanied me proceeded to explain about the different sections and paintings at the Museum, I let my imagination run free. I delved deeper into the events of the past, letting History itself and the victims speak to me, and in that process I reached a more profound and relevant understanding. I wondered: what could possibly make the Nazis exterminate about six million Jews in the most horrifying genocide in contemporary history? I could hear History answering me back: “Just one word, my friend: hatred.” The Supreme Court of Canada has recognized this truth, stating that “the Holocaust did not begin in the gas chambers, but with words.” As hatred gives birth to violence, in turn violence gives birth to crime; and the more vicious the hatred the more horrendous the crime.

I occasionally listened to the testimonies of Holocaust survivors that were broadcasted on screens found in the different levels of the museum. But History once more spoke and captivated my attention. “Come,” it insisted, “listen to the victims speak for themselves, those are the ones who can tell you about things that no one else had witnessed.” So I listened to Daniel, David, Jacob, Elijah, Moses, Cohen, Isaiah, Rachel, Deborah, Miriam, Hannah and Diana. They each told me about their last hours as they encountered a cruel and dreadful death. Some of them met death in labor camps, some in the overcrowded trains that were transporting them to places of execution, some in concentration camps, others in gas chambers, some were buried alive along with thousands of others in Jewish ghettos, while some were shot standing in line waiting to be killed — painful and horrifying stories that expose an appalling human brutality and ruthlessness. They spoke of the international community that failed them, neither offering protection nor refuge. They told me of the doors that were shut in their faces, irrevocably sealing their fate. They explained how they became the focus of a wave of hatred that infected Europe, spreading from one place to another like a deadly virus.

The one thing that gave me a measure of comfort after listening to the victims were Daniel’s words: “Write down what you hear from us so that humanity may avoid a repeat of that tragedy. We now dwell in a place of comfort and happiness, and the only reason we are telling you our story is to help mankind avoid similar disasters.” After being overwhelmed with grief at the atrocities that were revealed to me, I found real comfort in the fact that the victims of those atrocities had found happiness in the next life.

I came back to my own reality, and my own corner in the world in the Middle East, and I found the hatred against Jews had in fact changed places from Europe to the Middle East. In the Nazis’ era, the hatred against Jews was a state policy and a general culture. However, the hatred they face in the Middle East is much more dangerous, as it has morphed into some kind of human instinct and a religious culture. From a very young age, children are being fed hatred against Jews with their mother’s milk, inheriting it along with their genes. The sermons taught in mosques proclaim that the end of the world will not happen unless Muslims kill every single Jew, claiming that even the trees and rocks will call upon Muslims to kill the Jews taking shelter behind them. On the International al-Quds Day which was celebrated on August 17, 2012, Mr. Hassan Nasrallah[1] brazenly stated that “our struggle with the Zionist enemy is a matter of religion and doctrine,” which suggests that Mr. Nasrallah and his Islamist friends see no other solution except the complete eradication of the Jewish people. The Jewish State is surrounded by hate from all corners, caught in between terrorist organizations and states like Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, Sinai and soon Al-Qaida in al-Golan.

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  • Shmuel Malov

    Let us not forget that European Christians View Jews the same way.

    • Kufar Dawg

      I'd argue that antisemitism is doctrinal to the islamic faith, but not the Christian faith. Yeshua never advocated for, much less carried out any slaughter or persecution of Jews. Muhammad OTOH, had all the Jews in the Saudi peninsula slaughtered or enslaved or expelled. There are more antisemitic passages in the holey texts of islam than there are in Mein Kampf.

  • Frank Meyer

    Those of us who have serioulsly researched the Muslims history have found an obession that can only be described as rabid when it comes to the Jews. Christians are close behind. Before Muhammad started his forced conversion to his new religion, the Jews and Arabs in Saudi Aabia had been co-exisitng for centuries without any problems. Now we think that Islam is a faux religion. Amazing.

    Further, moving forward to WWII, a huge number of Muslims were recruited into service from today which is called Yugoslovia to help Germany "handle" the Jewish externation problem. This allowed more German soliders for battle. The Muslims were of the thought that the more Jews killed in the concentration camps the less they will be moving to the Palestine region. This was the plan of the Grand Mufti and well documented even by the British.

    I have stated many times the West will eventually fight a major war with Islamic followers. It has already begun.

    • EthanP

      The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem anticipated the Nazis. His first pogrom was staged in1928. He was an honored guest of Hitler. He preached jihad against the British. And was not punished for his crimes.

    • Maxie

      In the event of such a war it will be non-Jews in our military who will number by far the most casualties as was the case in Europe in WW II.

      • Kufar Dawg

        Over a million Christians died fighting the Nazis, including my great uncle.

    • Kufar Dawg

      I can't imagine that antisemitism would be a cornerstone of the Christian faith. Yeshua, the prime mover in Christianity was preaching in Jerusalem sometime around 0 CE. I'd imagine the Jewish population of Jerusalem in those days was probably higher on a percentage basis than it is today. Preaching an antisemitic ideology in the Jerusalem of 0 CE wouldn't tend to impress the local populous and might even generate some ill will.

      • ajnn

        1. 36 CE

        2. Yeshua ben Yosef (Jesus the son of Joseph) was likely a Pharisee preacher whose teachings emphasized passion in our daily lives more than Temple liturgy. Saint Paul brought the nascient religion away from its theological roots in Judaism. Jesus' status as a Jewish male peaching in a Jewish majority nation is not important to the issue of Christianity's attitude towards Judaism.

        3. Only fools believe that jew-hatred is embedded in the teachings of Jesus (or Paul) or the New Testament.

    • Sunbeam

      To the enemies the war against the West had already begun years ago. It is a little too late the West realized. What they do not realize is that their enemies had been taking advantage of their free rights and there had been too much compromising on the part of the government to the unending demands of these perpetrators. A line should have been drawn ages ago. Even if that's been fulfilled, we still have to be watchful and be alert because these foes never sleep or rest. I would say there's no way to go into a war, unless you can finish it once and for all.

  • PaulRevereNow

    Will the world intervene and save us….? A lot depends on the U.S. Presidential election. Obama won't do anything to help the Jews–that much is certain. But there are countries that will stand with Israel and Jews. Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and possibly India and Poland. And take heart from the fact that the Chinese don't like Islam. If there is a world war, the Chinese might abandon their Communist ways, and fight against the spread of Islam.

    • JoJoJams

      Interesting. Since a certain book states that as a certain powerful and charismatic leader is trouncing through the middle-east, attacking and conquering, he will be troubled by "news from the east", as a huge army comes marching in….

  • EthanP

    It's sad that you have only just awakened from the dream world. You only realize this NOW?
    Better late than never. By the way, the flood of Islamic immegrants to Europe and the USA have brought this hatred with them. And don't dare complain. You're an islamaphobe, a racist. The blood is coming.

  • Mr. Polly

    Hatred of Jews may unite the Middle East, but it has the potential to unite the world.

    • Kufar Dawg

      It might unite the ummah, but most of the rest of the world doesn't suffer from delusional antisemitism inspired by holey books of hatred.

  • Suzanne

    G_d will bless those who bless the Jews and curse those who curse the Jews.

    • Mr. Polly

      "G_d" will curse those who bless the Jews, judging by the way America is going economically, politically, culturally.

      By the way, since "God" is not the name of the Hebrew god, i.e. "God" is not the ineffable Sacred Tetragrammaton, what the heck is the point of omitting the middle letter of the word?

  • PAthena

    After Israel became a state in 1948, the Arab countries expelled the Jews, who had lived in the areas long before Mohamedanism, and confiscated their property. These Jews went to israel.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Which is almost exactly what happened to the Jewish tribes who lived in Saudi Arabia long before Muhammad was even born, except worse.

  • Ghostwriter

    They are also taught to hate America and Americans. The current violence in the Muslim world are the bitter fruits of that hatred.