Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Name that Zionist!
1. It is a quote I have posted before, but the timing is such that it needs to be raised again.
Here is a quiz: Can you name the Zionist who said the following:
"Those good Jews brought civilization and peace to the Arab Muslims, and they dispersed gold and prosperity over Palestine without damage to anyone or taking anything by force. Despite this, the Muslims declared holy war against them and did not hesitate to massacre their children and women…. Thus a black fate awaits the Jews and other minorities in case the Mandates are cancelled and Muslim Syria is united with Muslim Palestine."
Those with good memories may recall the answer. That statement is from a letter sent to the French prime minister in June 1936 by six Syrian Alawi notables (the Alawis are the ruling class in Syria today) in support of Zionism. Bashar's great-grandfather, Suleiman al-Assad, was one of them.
That is right – the great-grandfather of the dictator currently massacring his own civilians supported Zionism. He and the rest of the Alawi leadership did so for a variety of reasons.
The Alwais are a Shi'ite minority group that is not even regarded as Muslim by most other Muslims, and the Alawis traditionally did not see themselves as Arabs at all. To survive, they struck a deal with the French colonial occupiers of Syria and Lebanon. The French essentially put the Alawis in power as their puppets in Syria. The Alawis feared the French would withdraw from Syria as tensions grew in Europe, leaving the Alawis high and dry. At the very least they sought to form a separate Alawi mini-state independent of Syria, one that would not be oppressed by the Arabs should Syria gain independence.
The Alawi leadership, which included Grampsy Assad (or should I call him Zayde Assad?), dispatched a letter to the Jewish socialist Prime Minister of France begging him to remain in Syria, and expressing emotional support for Zionism. In the letter the denounced Arabs and Muslims as barbarians who would persecute and massacre all minorities if the French were to leave Syria. The Jews, by contrast, were held up by the signers of the statement as the model of civilized people who bring progress and tolerance when they migrate into and area.
2. The Israellycool blog is often a joy to read but I particularly liked this item I found there:
Asher in Austin says:
Funny, but seeing as how Israel bashers misdefine everything from Apartheid to Zionism, nothing they say ever should be taken seriously.
Especially the shit the Israel-bashers say:
"I'm not anti-Semitic. Arabs are Semites."
"I'm not anti-Semitic. I'm anti-Zionist."
"I'm not anti-Semitic. I just don't think Jews should live in Jerusalem."
"How dare those Jews build a 3000 year old temple underneath a 700 year old mosque!"
"How dare Israel send sharks to eat German tourists in Egypt."
"How dare Israel stop missiles through war."
"How dare Israel cause cancer patients to die 2 hours before they actually die because they built a wall to stop suicide bombers."
"How dare Israel stop suicide bombers!"
"How dare Israel not kill themselves for my own sanity."
"Where's my Congressman? Why is he supporting AIPAC?"\
"OPEC loves me."
"Hizbullah loves me."
"Hamas loves me."
"Bashir Assad is a Zionist tool."
"The Syrian resistance is a Zionist tool!"
"The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt loves me."
"I can't be part of the Klan. I love Arabs!"
"Arabs are dark skinned. Jews are white skinned. I'm not a racist!!"
"Arabs are trustworthy. Jews are not trustworthy! I'm not a racist!!!"
"Arabs believe in peace. Jews believe in war. I'm not a racist!!!!!"
"My professor has formulated my opinion about Israel."
"The Jews own the media. The Jews own the banks. The Jews own the oil importers."
"Judaism isn't a race, so I'm not a racist!!!!!!!"
3. The Origins of the notion of "Nakba": http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=30873
4. Dersh on Iran and Israel: http://frontpagemag.com/2012/02/14/iran-has-declared-war-against-israel-and-the-jewish-people/
5. Berkeley anti-Semitism: http://frontpagemag.com/2012/02/13/berkeley-jew-hate-on-trial/
6. Zeev Sternhell, leftwing fascist: http://www.isracampus.org.il/third%20level%20pages/HebrewU%20-%20Zeev%20Sternhell%20-%20defends%20Leftist%20McCarthyists.htm