Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Name that Zionist!
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
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.