Micah Ben David Naziri
Ha'Shem is a Verb.

Palestinian pogroms before 1948 prove that attacking Jews was never about Israel

Headlines from an array of Pogroms against Jews in Mandate Era Palestine. Image via Hashlamah Project, used with permission

Every Pesach, during the Seder night we read that in each generation someone – an incarnation of evil itself – stands up to annihilate the Jewish People… and yet Ha’Shem saves us from their racism, xenophobia, religious fascism, or whatever form their bigotry may happen to take against us.

Throughout the millennia, we have survived countless attempts to exterminate our people. Every Purim, we commemorate the thwarting of the wicked Haman’s genocidal designs, as recorded in the Megillat Esther; in Pesach it is Egypt, in Chanukah, we commemorate our resistance against the Greek Seleucid invaders who oppressed us and polluted our Beyt Ha’Miqdash, the Holy Temple, and sought to compel us to follow their religion.

Yes, we have been been in Eretz Yisrael Hashlamah for many years, centuries and millennia.

Crunching the Historical Population Numbers in Mandate Era Palestine

Consider then that there were more Mizrachi Jews in Mandate Era Palestine when the first ever census was taken (1922), than there were Palestinian Christians.

The Jewish population in Mandate Era Palestine was larger than all the Palestinian Druze, Sikhs, Bahais, Metawalis, and Samaritans – all combined – as well.

How strange that this is never mentioned in the Israel-Palestine rhetoric, nor the fact that over half a million Jews had legally immigrated at the invitation of Palestinian mayors of an array of cities, and also joining with that existing massive Jewish population in the Land.

These Jews all 100% purchased their homes. They did not steal one centimeter of land, nor houses. This was all before 1948.

So why had der Grossmufti von Jerusalem – Hajj “Amin” Al-Husseini – and his terrorist gangs been massacring Jews for three decades prior to that? It certainly wasn’t because of land theft. It sure wasn’t about “freedom fighting.” It was about hatred of the Jewish People.

Arab and Muslim Pogroms Against Jews Prior to 1948

I have often heard the propagandistic lie that “before Israel, Jews and Arabs were best friends – we had no problem with them!”

That’s certainly a romantic idea. Unfortunately, it is simply not true.

So, you say, this violence against Jews in our ancestral home of the Levant (both of our ancestral home) is only because of “Zionism” – whatever that means, since so few seem able to accurately define it? It all started in 1948, right?

Then what prompted the violence of the Nabi Musa pogrom in 1920? Oppression by Jews? Over what? The stated reason for the pogrom was because elderly Jews had the audacity to sit in folding chairs for religious services at the Kotel – the “Wailing Wall” – all that is remaining of OUR Temple, which antisemites try to pretend never existed, just as Jordan sought to hide the Dead Sea Scrolls from the world for this same reason.

What of the pogroms in Chevron and Tz’vat in 1929? Or the Chevron pogroms of 1834 or 1517 for that matter?

What of the so-called “Arab Revolts” where der Grossmufti von Jerusalem – a close personal buddy and pen-pal of Hitler, requested (and received) Nazi funding to attack Jewish refugees and thousands-of-years-old-villages? There was not one centimeter of Palestinian land stolen at that time and still, the man who Yasser Arafat claims is his “uncle” decided to align himself with Hitler and help the Reich recruit Bosnia Muslims for the Hanschar SS Division.

Or the Farhud pogrom in Iraq in 1941? Arab Jews oppressing Arab Muslims? There was no such incident. The violence was a one-way-street of Arab Muslims against Mizrachi Jews.

Or how about the AllaHdad pogrom in Iran way back in 1839? Jews oppressing Persians?

This is a sincere question for Muslim readers. As a historian of the region and religions that have sprung from it, I am curious what data led you to arrive at this conclusion.

The Hypocrisy

Making a point to say how much you “Stand With Palestine” after Palestinian Gazans just carried out the biggest mass murder of non-combatant, unarmed Jews – including raping many others – is a bit like having an Open Carry march through the Oregon District the day after the Dayton Shooter carried out his mass murder in the Midwest city where I am currently working, in the United States.

I do not believe there is anything wrong with carrying a weapon for self-defense or for the defense of other innocents. And there is nothing wrong with supporting Palestinians – but there certainly is something wrong with supporting Hamas or Fatah. The timing, however, of making a point to voice how supportive you are of Gaza, when you didn’t just the day before makes it clear you are saying that to indicate your support for murdering unarmed, non-combatant Jews.

Apparently the rule is mass shootings at music concerts are bad unless the victims are Jewish and at a PEACE FESTIVAL on the land of our ancestors which the vast majority of us are willing to share with peaceful Palestinians who do not target non-combatants and do not defend kidnapping, rape, child torture and necrophilia like what Hamas proudly engaged in yesterday, recorded and spread throughout social media.

There is a deeply-rooted hypocrisy or “Nifaq” within the Palestinian collective conscious. On one hand, they will refer to customary international law, human rights law, the United Nations and this treaty or that to support their claims and yet they completely disregard rule of international law when they cheer on the targeting of unarmed civilians.

Sorry (not sorry), if history got in the way of your hyperbolic and racist rhetoric masquerading as a critique of the Israeli government (of which I am a much more noted and previously-banned critic).

About the Author
Dr. Micah Naziri was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. The son of a multitude of peoples, Micah has Ashkenazi Jewish, German, Native American and Melungeon Sefardic background. Micah has often said he has “one foot in the masjid and the other in shul.” Spiritually, Micah considers his understanding of Judaism to be “Judeo-Sufi,” or “Istislam” as described by Rabbeinu Bachya ibn Paqudah, in his Medieval Judeo-Arabic work “Guide to the Duties of the Hearts” (Al-Hidayat ila Fara`id al-Qulub), which quoted Muhammad and his son-in-law `Ali profusely – reference each as being “a great chasid” – while fully embracing the Torah as the framework of religious practice for the Jewish people. Dr. Naziri is the founder of the Martial Sufi Tariqah alternatively known as the Taliyah al-Mahdi (2001) and the Jamat al-Fitrah (2005), as well as Hashlamah Project Foundation (2012), and the White Rose Society “reboot” (2016). As the founder of the Hashlamah Project Foundation, Micah uses his education in Near Eastern Languages, Religions and historical models of building bridges between Jewish and Muslim communities, to help reconcile and unite Jews and Palestinian Muslims. He is a prolific author who has penned numerous academic articles, donating 100% of the proceeds to charities working towards social justice. He has also authored a science fiction novel fused with history and politics. His Master’s thesis on the religious milieu of Judaism in Muhammad’s life time, in Arabia, has been published by New Dawn Publications and is available on Amazon, with all proceeds similarly going to charity work. He has served as an editor for written works on Martial Arts and Eastern Medicine, transcribing and creating numerous titles for some of his teachers. He has himself authored several martial treatises using the pen name Seng, Hern-Heng – his Taoist lineage name given to him in 2006 by Huang, Chien-Liang. On that front, he is currently working on a new Taoist translation of the Tao Te Ching (Daodejing) based on the original Mawangdui manuscripts. Micah became well-known for activism confronting an anti-Muslim protester peacefully and reasoning with her outside of a Dublin, Ohio mosque. After nearly 45 minutes of debate and reconciliation, the woman embraced a Muslimah woman from the mosque, and went into the mosque with her and Micah for bagels, coffee and a tour of the house of worship. When she left, the Muslims there gave her a gift bag. Micah became somewhat infamous – loved by some, hated by others – not only for several high-profile, viral protests, but also for teaching free self-defense classes available to all interested parties from historically oppressed communities. Law enforcement, however, have without question been the most hostile to Naziri, as he became a regular protester against police brutality and murder of unarmed African-Americans. Micah has been equally as virally-known as an avowed anti-rape activist, who confronted the Stanford Rapist, Brock Turner at his home in Sugarcreek Township, Ohio, after he was released from his mere three-month jail sentence for raping an unconscious woman. Today, Micah continues activism in the areas surrounding Yellow Springs, and abroad, focusing on weekly protests and vigils supporting families of innocent, unarmed African-American youths, gunned down by local police or vigilante citizens attempting to hide behind gun culture and the Second Amendment, such as in the recent case of Victor Santana – who was recently arrested, charged with murder, and convicted after months of pressure put on Montgomery County prosecutor Matt Heck by protests Micah organized in conjunction with Donald Dominique of the New Black Panther Party. Micah is currently coordinating expanded work with international Hashlamah Project chapters and the Jam`at Al-Fitrah, the name used in the Palestinian Territories for the Sufi Martial Tariqah known as the Taliyah al-Mahdi. He is seeking grant-writing partnerships to grow the Hashlamah Project organization’s efforts – particularly in the State of Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
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