Fred Maroun
A believer in peace and human dignity

No morals and no excuses: The Arabs living in the West

Anti-Semitism has reached nauseating levels, and while some Western politicians recognize this, they have done little to address the problem. The world is highly biased against the one and only Jewish state, non-Israeli Jews are increasingly victims of violence, and Israeli Jews are under threat from multiple fronts while the criminals attacking their civilians are called a “resistance” movement.

A terrorist attack on French civilians raised the world’s ire, but almost daily stabbings of Israeli civilians over weeks and months go practically unnoticed. In fact, Jews are blamed for defending themselves. We live in an age of heightened human rights awareness, but human rights abuses against Jews are considered unimportant.

There are three parties mainly responsible for this anti-Semitism:

  • The Arabs who refused to accept the 1947 UN partition plan, fought over a dozen wars trying to destroy Israel, and continue to promote hatred against Jews.
  • The Muslims who blindly support anti-Zionism while using Israel as an excuse for their own crimes.
  • The modern West that has allowed anti-Semitism to disguise itself as anti-Zionism and infect its universities and much of its media and political class.

As an Arab immigrant in the West, I am implicated twice in this crime, first as an Arab and then as a citizen of the West. It is my duty to do my part in reversing the anti-Semitism that is promoted in my name.

But only tiny minorities of Arab and Muslim immigrants are doing their part. The guiltiest are those who advocate anti-Zionism, and the slightly less guilty are those who remain silent and let the haters, such as the Council on American Islamic Relations, speak in their name.

While Jews in the West spontaneously help us when we need help (such as with the Syrian refugee crisis), we Arabs do less than nothing for the Jews. We in fact maliciously battle against Israel’s right to exist, and we threaten the security of Jews in the West.

While Jews endorse a two-state solution, lobby the Israeli government, and denounce the slightest ethical transgression by Israel, we Arabs routinely lie about Israel and about Palestinian terrorism, and we demand nothing less than the end of the Jewish state.

If we Arab immigrants were not morally bankrupt, we would demand that Palestinians work genuinely towards a viable two-state solution, we would support peace by supporting Israel, and we would fight the BDS movement.

If we Arab immigrants told the truth openly and without fear, the anti-Semitism of so-called “pro-Palestinian” organizations would be exposed. We have the power to do great good, but we choose to do great harm.

When I note that Israel has many organizations promoting peace with the Palestinians while the Palestinians have zero organizations promoting peace with Israel, I am told that Palestinians are afraid to create such organizations because their society is controlled by thugs. But what about us, Arab immigrants? What is our excuse?

We Arab immigrants are the accomplices and the enablers of the crime of anti-Semitism. We lament our wars and dictators, but then we move to the West and we support both while enjoying the West’s economic opportunities and freedoms.

This is absolutely disgusting, and we should be ashamed of ourselves.

About the Author
Fred Maroun is a Canadian of Arab origin who lived in Lebanon until 1984, including during 10 years of civil war. Fred supports Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state and to defend itself. Fred supports a liberal and democratic Middle East where all religions and nationalities co-exist in peace with each other, and where human rights are respected. Fred is an atheist, a social liberal, and an advocate of equal rights for LGBT people everywhere.
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