Arab Pop Music

June 23, 2010 at 10:02 am | Posted in Islam | 1 Comment

Islamists have the understanding that the West is attacking the Muslims, by cultural means. It was always on their agenda to push back Western developments. What makes them most furious is, when Muslims “become like Westerners”, i.e. when they life a modern life and celebrate individual liberties. They do not care about American porn, since America is immoral for them anyway. In contrast Arab Pop musics makes them furious. So, if you want to support liberal Arab society and make a sign against Islamism, all you have to do is listen to Arab Pop Music.

Some suggestions:

(of course Coca Cola is also perceived as part of a war waged by the West)

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Der Judenstaat

March 21, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Posted in Arab-Israeli conflict, Islam, Israel, Palestinians | Leave a comment

I live in a mixed neighborhood. Mixed means that Jews and Arabs are living here (while the term “mixed marriage” in Israel mostly means (or at least used to mean) that an Ashkenazi Jew marries a Sfardi/Mizrachi Jew). About 30 m from where I am sitting now is a mosque. Four times a day I can here the cal for prayer (for whatever reason there is not call before dawn). The carpenter shop where I bought my closet is run by Arabs and Jews together (I think Ahmed is the boss). The Jews are observant. The door of the shop has a mezuza. The mini market where I sometimes shop is run by Arabs who even when they talk to each other use hebrew words. Some time ago I overheard an old Arab couple (the woman was covering her hair) talking Hebrew to each other. Ajami is not far. Everybody here is living his life. Together, in peace. There is sometimes trouble, like there is everywhere. Gentrification makes living more expensive. But that is nothing uncommon anywhere else in the world.

Peace is very easily possible, when just one think is accepted: This is Israel, a country founded by Jews and this will stay Israel, a country founded by Jews.

anti-judaism, anti-semitism, anti-zionism

December 22, 2009 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Antisemitism / Antizionism, Arab-Israeli conflict, Germany, Islam, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinians | Leave a comment

I usually do not tend to tell people what to get and read. Everybody wants to do so can go to a nearby library and find what he wants and needs. But recently I stumbled upon some intriguing literature. And given that a considerable part of this blog deals with Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism and Radical Islam, I while do so anyway:

Lewis, Bernard. “Semites and anti-Semites,” in Bernard Lewis,”Islam in History.”

Sivan, Emmanuel. “Islamic Fundamentalism and Antisemitism.”

A symposium on antisemitism and Anti-Zionism: held at the van leer Institute, Jerusalem, November 1st, 1982 / chairman: Yehuda Bauer ; lecturers: Shlomo Avineri, Robert Wistrich.

Radical Islam, the DVD and the VCR

December 1, 2009 at 10:10 pm | Posted in Islam | 3 Comments

Radical Islam wants to restore Islamic order. That means that Islam should be the system according to which people in the Muslim world will have to organize their daily life. This was more or less the case for about 1300 years untill the end of the Ottoman Empire. In all these years Islamic society did develope and change. It was far away from being static. Several empires followed each other taking over power with violent means. But: Islam was always dominating the society.

But with the end of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of Nationalism in the Muslim world and the subsequent forming of modern national states this Islamic order ended. Continue Reading Radical Islam, the DVD and the VCR…

Swiss minarets

November 30, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Posted in Islam | Leave a comment

Yesterday Israeli radio news reported about the vote in Switzerland, banning the building of minarets on mosques. Ironically I was passing the Hassan Bek mosque between central Tel Aviv and Yafo at the very moment. This mosque is located right in the middle of Tel Aviv, next to the beach where yesterday many Muslims were celebrating Eid al Adha. On the other side of the street is the Dolphinarium, a club. In 2001 a Palestinian terrorist killed 21 young Israelis who were waiting in line to enter. There was a rumor that the terrorist did hide in the mosque before he started the murdering. Since he killed himself in the terrorist attack, nobody knows for sure. Continue Reading Swiss minarets…

Antisemitism and Antizionism: (3) Antisemitism without Jews

November 15, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Antisemitism / Antizionism, Arab-Israeli conflict, Germany, Islam, Israel | Leave a comment

I talked about todays Antisemitism that seems to get along without Antisemites. At least if you would ask the latter. It is quite understandable that they do not want to be called Antisemites though they are. 

One of the challenging phenomena of Antisemitism is Antisemitism without Jews. Apparently Antisemitism can emerge, exist without Jews. This is not a new phenomenon. Even Herzl wrote about that in Der Judenstaat. Arguing for the need of a Jewish State, stating that emigration to other countries is no solution. Since – even if there are no Jews living yet – the Antisemites are already living there. Continue Reading Antisemitism and Antizionism: (3) Antisemitism without Jews…

Religion and State I

November 1, 2009 at 11:45 pm | Posted in Islam | 6 Comments

It is amazing to see Westerners talk about Islam. It is interesting how they see Islam, from this very Christian perspective, although mostly they are probably atheists. 
Westerners anticipate that there is a modern Islam somewhere, well at least they think, that there should be something like that. And if not than there should be a reformation in Islam like there was one in Christianity and out of this should follow a more modern Islam with a divison between Religion and State.

It shows how little they understand of Islam and even of Christianity and the Reformation.

Continue Reading Religion and State I…

“This is the end of the Jewish Diaspora of Yemen. That’s it.”

November 1, 2009 at 10:58 am | Posted in Antisemitism / Antizionism, Islam | Leave a comment

I mentioned it some time ago: It is most likely that Yemen will soon be judenrein. Now some more Yemenite Jews have left Yemen – after 2500 years there – because life was made unbearable for them. Last year a Yemenite Jew was murdered because he dismissed demands to convert to Islam

Islam used to do be a civilization that does not persecute religious minorities of the monotheistic religions. Whereas Christianity persecuted just everybody. Under Islam Jews and Christians were second class citizens, but they were in some way protected, although acts of violents were not uncommon, and they had to pay a special tex. I really wonder what happened, that all that changed. Why is Islam declining and declining and no end in sight?

What went wrong?

Violence toward the country’s small remaining Jewish community began to intensify last year, when one of its most prominent members was gunned down outside his house. But the mission also hastens the demise of one of the oldest remaining Jewish communities in the Arab world.

Jews are believed to have reached what is now Yemen more than 2,500 years ago as traders for King Solomon. They survived — and at times thrived — over centuries of change, including the spread of Islam across the Arabian Peninsula.

“They were one of the oldest exiled groups out of Israel,” says Hayim Tawil, a Yeshiva University professor who is an expert on Yemeni Jewry. “This is the end of the Jewish Diaspora of Yemen. That’s it.”

Maping Palestine in minds

July 19, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Antisemitism / Antizionism, Arab-Israeli conflict, Islam, Israel, Palestinians, The blogosphere | Leave a comment

I will present some maps and give a brief explanation, from a historical point of view.

Palestinian_land_loss_Map

The second map shows something that never existed in reality. It shows the political landscape according to the UN partition plan. The very plan that the Arabs did not accept and the Jews did accept. Two states. An Arab state for Arabs and a Jewish state for Jews and Arabs. Continue Reading Maping Palestine in minds…

Antisemitism in the Middle East: North Africa

June 21, 2009 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Antisemitism / Antizionism, Islam | Leave a comment

A notorious explanation for Antisemitism in the Muslim world is the existence of the State of Israel and Zionism. Hence the victim is blamed for the offenders action, a common antisemitic argumentation.

The common notion about Antisemitism is that it was an exclusive European phenomenon that from there made its way to the Muslim world. However, that might not be true.

I am currently conducting research about Antisemitism in the Middle East. Since I am at the stage of looking for literature and sources I stumble over a lot of stuff.

Today I found a book (The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, edited by Andrew Bostom, p. 468) with maps that point out antisemitic incidences in the Middle East under Muslim rule between 750 AD and 1900 AD.

Here are the incidences in North Africa (chronological): Continue Reading Antisemitism in the Middle East: North Africa…

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