With some left-wing media outlets defending Muslim stone throwing at Jews as a response to the so-called occupation, Elder notes that like most other forms of Muslim anti-semitism, it long predates the revival of Israel.
“In former times–and in remote places even today–it was common for Muslim schoolboys to stone Jews. When the Turks conquered Yemen in 1872, an envoy was sent from the Chief Rabbi of Istanbul to inquire what grievance the Yemenite Jews had against their neighbors. It is indicative that the first thing of which they complained was this molestation by the schoolboys. But when the Turkish Governor asked an assembly of notables to stop this nuisance, there arose an old doctor of Muslim law and explained that this stone-throwing at Jews was an age-old custom (in Arabic ‘Ada) and therefore it was unlawful to forbid it.”
Jews and Arabs: Their Contacts Through the Ages by Shelomo Dov Goitein * , 1955
This incident took place when Jews lived under Muslim rule. The only occupation was the Islamic occupation of Israel. The stone throwing was not and is not merely a political protest, but an age-old expression of bigotry.
Islamic terrorism largely fits in the same category. Islamists target not only Jews, but Christians in Egypt and Syria, who cannot in any way, shape or form be accused of occupying them,
This persecution isn’t a protest against repression. It is repression.
(*Goiten was a scholar of Islam who studied it extensively at the University of Frankfurt and served as Professor of Islamic History and Islamic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and then as a professor of Arabic at the University of Pennsylvania. He was recognized with a MacArthur lifetime fellowship.)