Alex Rose

Ignoring History

“Over the years, Gaza has become a symbol to Israelis as a liar of some of the most rabid Jew-haters in the Middle East.” [Fighting Terrorism by Benjamin Netanyahu ]

Andrew G Bostom’s, 766 page book, “The Legend of Islamic Anti-Semitism” provides a convenient backdrop to today’s events. The brilliant Islamic scholar Ibn Waraq furnishes an insightful Foreword for this book. According to him, Mohammed set the example for anti-Semitism. His intolerance of other religions is well known.
“I was told that the last injunction the apostle [Mohammed] gave [before his death] was in his words ‘Let not two religions be left in the Arabian Peninsula’, or as Abu Dawoud put it, ‘The Apostle of Allah said, ‘I will certainly expel the Jews and the Christians from Arabia’”.

“Here are examples of the persecution of Jews in Islamic lands: the massacre of more than six thousand Jews in Fez [Morocco] in 1033; of the hundreds of Jews killed between 1010 and 1013 near Cordoba, and other parts of Muslim Spain; and the massacre of the entire Jewish community of roughly four thousand in Granada during the Muslim riots of 1066. Referring to the latter massacre, Robert Wistrich writes: ‘This was a disaster, as serious as that which overtook the Rhineland Jews thirty years later during the First Crusade, yet it has rarely received much scholarly attention.’

Wistrich continues: in Kairouan [Tunisia] the Jews were persecuted and forced to leave in 1016, returning later only to be expelled again. In Tunis I 1145 they were forced to convert or to leave, and during the following decade there were fierce anti-Jewish persecutions throughout the country. A similar pattern of events occurred in Morocco after the massacre of Jews in Marrakesh in 1232.

Indeed, in the Islamic world from Spain in the Arabian Peninsula the looting and killing of Jews, along with punitive taxation, confinement to ghettos, the enforced wearing of distinguishing marks on clothes [an innovation in which Islam preceded medieval Christendom] and other humiliations were rife. Until Islamic countries acknowledge the realities of anti-Jewish persecution in their history, there is no hope of combating the continuing hatred of Jews in modern times, from Morocco to Indonesia.’”

Arutz 7, October 12, 2023: “Rape as an Arab terrorist’s weapon” by Rafael Medoff. This is not exceptional. Many accounts of the Arab invasion of the newborn state of Israel in 1948 have described the sexual mutilation of Jewish corpses that was discovered after Arab forces overran the Kfar Etzion bloc. During the Kristallnacht pogrom of 1938 and throughout the Holocaust years to follow, there were numerous instances of Nazis raping Jewish women. A report on a pogrom in another village, Kremenchug, referred to”three hundred and fifty cases of rape—neither children of 12 nor old women of 60 were spared. After they had been ravished, the little girls were thrown down the water-closets.”

In her acclaimed book, ‘Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape”, the sociologist Susan Brownmiller wrote about the use of rape as a weapon against Jews in Europe before and during the Holocaust—-it would have been highly illogical if rape were not in the German soldiers kit bag of weapons—-Rape for Germans—played a serious and logical role in the achievement of what they saw as their ultimate objective: the total humiliation and destruction of ‘inferior peoples’ and the establishment of their own master race.

In recent times President Joe Biden was intended to meet Jordon’s King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel El-Sisi and President Mahmud Abbas after visit to Israel, but the meeting was canceled. And this left Biden puzzled. It should not have.
As recently as May 8, 2023, JNS featured Stephen M. Flatow’s,” Will the Munich panel acknowledge the role of Abbas?” He reminds us that one of the planners of the attack, Mohammed Oudeh, better known as ‘Abu Daoud’, was quoted in the Jordanian newspaper Al-Dustur in 1972 as saying,’ There is no such organization as Black September. Fatah announces its own operations under this name so that Fatah will not appear as the direct executor of the operation’.

In his book, ‘From Jerusalem to Munich’, published in 1999, Daoud wrote that Abbas personally arranged the funding for the Munich attack!!!

The Tower published, “How Holocaust Denial Shaped Mahmud Abbas’s Worldview “ by Edy Cohen on May 2016. At commencement the author remarks, “Global leaders hope that the longtime president of the Palestinian Authority can reach a peace agreement with the Jewish state. But his historical beliefs about Israel’s founding- and the Zionist movement’s alleged complicity in the murder of millions of Jews – may call that into question.

Anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial comes from the top. Although it is either unknown or denied in the West, PA President Mahmoud Abbas is profoundly fascinated by Nazi propaganda and has employed it in his own writings, particularly in his doctoral dissertation on the subject of the Holocaust, ‘The Other Face: The Secret Connections Between Nazism and the Leadership of the Zionist Movement,’ which he wrote in Moscow in 1982.

Two years later, Abbas published a book based on his dissertation. It is written in Arabic and tellingly, has never been translated into any other language. There is a reason for this: The book is inspired and based on the work of Adolf Eichmann, the architect of the Holocaust.

Abbas claimed there was a Zionist conspiracy against the Jewish people. Moreover, he maintained that this has never been revealed because all those who tried to expose the conspiracy were assassinated by the Israeli government!!!
At present his actions suggest he is determined to gain power through the dysfunctional ‘Two-State Solution’.

A response to this:

JNS: “Hamas atrocities explode the two-state myth” by Jonathan S. Tobin [October 11, 2023]. He opines, the United States may finally be prepared to let Israel defeat the Islamist terror group. But that shouldn’t lead to a push for a Palestinian state after that is accomplished.

Further, he reminds us about an obvious fact that is generally ignored. That there is already an independent Palestinian state in Gaza, from which Israel withdrew every soldier, settler and settlement in the summer of 2005, thanks to Sharon.

Hamas has ruled Gaza since mid-2007 in a coup after winning an election the prior year. It then transformed it into a terror base from which it has launched rockets and missiles against Israeli villages, towns and cities, a war crime in which it seeks to indiscriminately target civilians as well as cross-border assaults.

They have always said “no” to peace because Palestinian national identity—-whether expressed through the ideology of Fatah or that of Hamas—–remains inextricably linked with efforts to eradicate the Jewish state rather than a desire to build their own nation.

When Palestinians speak of the “occupation”, they don’t refer to Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria or Jerusalem, but topre-1967 Israel. Hamas is merely more explicit about that goal than the P.A.

At this time, the obvious objective is to defeat Hamas and Hezbollah. Should Iran elect to engage, the US will undoubtedly enter the war zone. Looking ahead, we should make clear that Israel, and not the militant Arabs are the indigenous people of the Land of Israel.

Richard Mather understood this back in April 26 of July 2017. His, “So-called Palestinians have no history in Israel – except as terrorists” is brilliant. His introduction: “Until it is acknowledged by the UN and other bodies that the Jewish people and not the Arabs are the indigenous inhabitants of Eretz Israel, it is going to be difficult to break the impasse of anti-Jewish prejudice that is the real obstacle to peace.”

The date is 1714 and a Utrecht mapmaker Hadriani Relandi publishes,”Palestina ex monumentis veteribus illustrate.”It is about his trip to Eretz Israel in 1695-96, where he surveyed around 2,500 places. They are mentioned in the Tanackh and Mishnah, and Relandi carried out a census of the people who resided in these places. To begin with, he discovered that not a single settlement in Eretz Israel had a name which was of Arabic origin. Instead they were derived from Hebrew, Roman and Greek languages.

Relandi’s interesting discovery demonstrated a conspicuous absence of a sizeable Muslim population. Most of the inhabitants were Jews, along with some Christians and a few Bedouins. There was one exception, Nazareth home to less than a thousand Christians and Jerusalem with 5,000 people, mostly Jews. Gaza homed around 250 Jews and about the same number of Christians. Nablus held around 120 Muslims living along a handful Samaritans, whose ancestors belonged to the northern tribes of Israel.

Roberto Bachi, a statistician and demographer estimated there were only 151,000 non-Jewish inhabitants of Palestine in 1540. By 1800, the non-Jewish population had grown to around 268,000, rising to 489,000 by 1890, 589,000 in 1922 and just over 1.3 million in 1948. The vast majority of these non-Jewish migrants were Muslims. This suggests that most of the Muslim [and Christian] inhabitants of Palestine were recent immigrants and had not been living there for generations.

There were very few non-Jewish inhabitants in the 16th and 17th centuries. All the evidence points to the conspicuous absence of Arab culture in late 17th century Palestine; and even in the 18th and 19th centuries the Arab inhabitants were not indigenous but were latecomers.

It wasn’t until the mid-1960s—nearly two decades after Israel declared independence—that a semi-coherent [and terroristic] Palestinian Arab identity came into being. Even Egyptian-born Yasser Arafat engaged the truth when he stated, “The Palestinian people have no national identity. I, Yasser Arafat, man of destiny, will give them that identity through conflict with Israel.”

In a conversation with the Dutch newspaper Trouw in March 1977, the leader of the pro-Syria as-Sa’qa faction of the PLO, Zuheir Mohsen, remarked: It is only for political reasons that we carefully underline our Palestinian identity[—-] yes, the existence of a separate Palestinian identity serves only tactical purposes.. The founding of a Palestinian state is a new tool in the continuing battle against Israel.

Hen Arab and/or BDS call for Palestine o be free “from the river to the sea” what they are really calling for is the genocide of the Jews.—-It is surely time to remind the Arabs and the international community that Jews are the true Palestinians.—-“—-the United Nations—passed Resolution 2334, one of the most anti-Semitic rulings in recent years.” [Thanks to Obama].

About the Author
Alex Rose was born in South Africa in 1935 and lived there until departing for the US in 1977 where he spent 26 years. He is an engineering consultant. For 18 years he was employed by Westinghouse until age 60 whereupon he became self-employed. He was also formerly on the Executive of Americans for a Safe Israel and a founding member of CAMERA, New York (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America and today one of the largest media monitoring organizations concerned with accuracy and balanced reporting on Israel). In 2003 he and his wife made Aliyah to Israel and presently reside in Ashkelon.