Understanding Turkey’s Stance

2 03 2015

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by Adnan Oktar

Last Sunday, the global media reported that Turkish tanks had rolled into Syria to carry out an operation to evacuate the tomb of Suleyman Shah from the only Turkish territory in the war-torn Syria.

The region where the historical tomb was located — approximately 37 km from the Turkish border — is recognized as a Turkish territory under the Treat of Ankara in 1921, which was later confirmed under the Treaty of Lausanne. Until last year the area remained under the control of the Free Syrian Army but the self-prescribed Islamic State (IS) had recently entered the area thus threatening the Turkish troops guarding the historical site. Of course, the safety of its troops and historical site was of prime importance to Ankara. Secondly, a routine change of guard had also become a problem due to the ongoing unrest.

The operation has set off a frenzy of debate. Should the action be regarded as heroism, or necessity?

The overall manner in which the operation was successfully carried out is indeed heroic but it should not be considered a mere show of strength. It was necessary to ensure the protection of Turkish troops and historical relics. The action was taken in the territory belonging to Turkey due to the escalating unrest in that area. It was not an unnecessary exercise, as some circles wish to portray it. Their criticism of Ankara is unfounded and not very convincing due to the following reasons:

Had the historical site and Turkish soldiers been harmed in the event of an IS attack, these same elements would have thrashed Ankara for its failure to protect its people and interests. Interestingly, these elements are simply criticizing the government without suggesting any alternative that could have been adopted. Thus, making it all the more clear that the operation was the only viable option.

The small patch of Turkish territory inside Syria has become vulnerable. There is no dearth of elements trying to draw Turkey into an armed conflict with the IS. An attack on the tomb would have ended in Turkey getting embroiled in the ongoing Syrian conflict.

The road to the region is in a Kurdish area and under the control of the PYD/YPG. As I have stated here before, the PYD is an extension of the PKK, which has been at war with Turkey for the last 30 years, and is therefore Turkey’s worst enemy in Syria. It would be no surprise that the greatest provocation aimed at forcing Turkey into fighting IS came from the PYD. Ever since Kobane, the PYD has been trying to force Turkey to join in against the IS, and has the backing of almost the entire world.

Evacuation of the tomb was, therefore, the most suitable action instead of being dragged into an unwanted war in Syria to play into the hands of the PYD.

In the wake of the operation, certain quarters are posing one question: “What next?”

One of the threats to Turkey has been lifted, so will Turkey now take an active part in the coalition against IS and allow its air base at Incirlik to be used? No. Turkey will not take part in the war, and IS will not attack Turkey in any way. This question was raised as the Turkish Consulate staff who were taken hostage by IS in Mosul were being freed, but Turkey never supported the coalition in that sense. Indeed, the policy adopted toward IS by the coalition forces has to a large extent failed, and will continue to fail. That fact was admitted by US Chief of Staff Martin Dempsey last October, and the failure of the aerial attacks and that success cannot be achieved with such a strategy was openly expressed.

As I have reiterated many times, violence is the main incitement to war. A policy of education aimed both at IS and at the people of the region is essential for a solution. Washington is now aware of this. A statement from the White House last week announced President Obama’s desire to play the leading role in assembling an international coalition to fight an ideological war against the IS. Reference to this point, on which I have concentrated so much, from the US is welcome, and Turkey will always back that strategy.

Will relations with the PYD/YPG thaw and lead to an agreement? No, they will not. As government officials have frequently and explicitly stated, no permission was obtained from the PYD to allow the road to be used during the evacuation of the tomb of Suleyman Shah, and no development in the region will result in cooperation with the YPG. As presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin explicitly puts it, “The YPG is a terror organization.”

Will relations with the Syrian government change? Of course, there can be a change in policy regarding Syria to find a solution in the country. But the best thing will be to establish an alliance by way of Russia, rather than directly involving Assad. If Turkey is able to act as an intermediary in resolving the Syrian problem, then of course making changes to its Syrian policy will be the right thing to do.

Calling for war may have produced results in many places. However, Turkey is the heir to an empire that lasted 600 years, an experienced and highly rational country. It considers the requirements of Islam and seeks solutions for peace, not war. It will therefore never be a tool in acts of provocation, will never bow its head to incitement and will never take part in a war that leads to the deaths of the innocent. This is the conclusion that the opposition in Turkey and the coalition forces should both draw in the wake of the Suleyman Shah operation.

Adnan Oktar’s piece on Arab News:

http://www.arabnews.com/columns/news/711251

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


Reclaiming our Congress and our Republic.

2 03 2015

Sami Jamil Jadallah

Members of Congress should know that the days when failing to support AIPAC and Israel is political suicide are over. Now supporting Israel and AIPAC is political suicide.

Bibi Netanyahu speech before a Joint Session of Congress, is the best time ever for the American people to rise up, as a proud nation and dethrone Bibi Netanyahu, his Royal Court AIPAC and put them out of business once and for all, and never ever again, allow the likes of Bibi to humiliate our nation and our presidents.

Members of Congress should know that the days when failing to support AIPAC and Israel is political suicide are over. Now supporting Israel and AIPAC is political suicide.

While we are it, it may be time to also vote out of office all those Israel-First members of Congress, those who chose to attend the speech and give Bibi his standard dozen ovations, and all those who chose to snub our elected president and insult our nation and our sense of honor and dignity.

Of course we all know that AIPAC and the Jewish lobby have lots of money and use it to buy power and influence. In fact AIPAC raises more money than any other special interest group. It has an annual budget of more than $200 million a year and it spends over $10 millions on its annual conference. This is addition to almost equal amount from other similar one-issue funds (Israel). No wonder why AIPAC does in fact control and owns the American Knesset lock stock and barrel? The power and influence it has in the media, in academia, in public relations, makes every members of Congress tremble and shake in fear.

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Though AIPAC does not contribute directly to political campaign or congressional candidates, its does promote and influence many PACs that contributes substantially to congressional campaigns. However in cheer numbers, AIPAC related campaign contributions are only part of what is needed by congressional candidates.

Not only does AIPAC “help” raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to individual congressional and senatorial campaigns, it also have an active army of “volunteers” on Capital Hill providing congressional staffers with “research” papers and of course all in support of Israel, it political, military and financial needs, fleecing our treasury out of billions annually.

If you ever wonder how our members of Congress are influenced by AIPAC in favor of Israel, consider this. Tens of thousands of dollars are spent on members of Congress and their wives during their visit to Israel. Of course all expenses are fully paid. So do not wonder why our tax dollars are going to Israel? It standards procedures for all newly elected members of the house and senate to make the mandatory visit to Israel all expenses paid.

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Wining and dinning members of Congress and their wives/husbands/partners and of course, they come back intoxicated, ready to sponsor resolutions and vote billions of dollars for Israel. When we look at what each member of Congress brings in fund to their own congressional districts, and compare that with what they vote for Israel we will see they vote far more money for Israel than for their own districts.

However, we all need to keep in mind; even tens of millions of dollars in campaign contributions to congressional candidates will not win them seats. It is our votes and only our votes that matters (well so far) and only our votes enable these candidates to take their seats in our Congress, not AIPAC money or any other lobby.

Next election, just remember those members of Congress who chose to attend Bibi Netanyahu speech in Congress and make sure. Through your vote, give them a lesson they will never forget. Only America-First deserve represent us in Congress. Please consider this as a small example how wining and dinning can costs us billions in tax dollars.

Please consider this:

“Rep. Michael Pence (R-Ind.): $24,010.50. Rep. Pence and his wife, Karen, went on a seven-day trip to Israel in late June 2008, which cost about $24,000. So far this year, Pense has co-sponsored a resolution supporting Israel’s use of military action against Iran if needed to take out its nuclear weapons program, He also co-sponsored a resolution supporting Israel’s terms for a two state solution under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which means no return to the 1967 borders.

Sen. John Barasso (R-Wyo.): $25,433.08. Sen. Barasso left for a five-day trip to Israel with his spouse, Bobette Brown, in late November 2008. The trip cost about $25,000. So far this year Barasso has co-sponsored a Senate resolution stating Israel should not have to return to its 1967 borders, which are the borders that existed before the occupation

 Rep. Geoffrey Davis (R-Ky.): $24,626.40.  Rep. Davis in August 2007, Rep. Davis went on an eight-day trip to Israel with his wife, Pat Davis. The trip cost about $25,000. In 2009, Davis co-sponsored a resolution that supported Israel’s three-week air strike against Gaza in response to Hamas rocket attacks

Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.): $28,121.50: Sen. Moran, who was a House representative at the time, went on a seven-day trip to Israel with his wife, Robba, in late June 2008. The trip cost about $28,000, nearly $4,000 of which was spent on his wife’s meals, according to congressional documents submitted by Moran. The American Israel Education Foundation documentation says it spent only $700 on her.  So far this year, Moran has co-sponsored a Senate resolution stating that Israel cannot return to the 1967 borders with the Palestinians, which are the borders before the military occupation began. He also co-sponsored a resolution stating the Palestinians should stop their statehood efforts at the U.N., and opposing the inclusion of Hamas in the Palestinian unity government.”

Source: History of AIPAC, Google search.

 


World In the Clutches of Have-Mores

26 02 2015

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by Adnan Oktar

In today’s world, a vast majority of the world population complains of impoverishment. They are being systematically made to believe that the financial strain they are being faced with is mainly due to the rise in population, which is overburdening the “limited” natural resources. Millions dying of starvation around the world is no longer breaking news. Such reports even fail to make it to daily news bulletins.

The deluge of “well-researched” reports mourning the rapid depletion of world’s resources has made people indifferent to the plight of others. They tend to accept reports about people starving to death in various parts of the world as a natural consequence of the scenario promoted through those “well-researched” reports.

It is true that our planet has grown old and the human population has increased manifold but few people are aware of the fact that the current world’s resources would suffice the needs of twice the current human population. So, what is this hullaballoo? Why a large number of people is being pushed below the poverty line each year? Why a major chunk of human population is unable to access natural resources?

It is not a matter of a lack of resources or their depletion. A very well-coordinated “poverty lobby” has been long at work. The reason why people are becoming impoverished and unable to access resources is not the lack of those resources, but a poverty lobby that has for long been at work, which wants to take control of all natural resources around the world. That lobby has been spreading disinformation systematically to mislead people so as to maintain its monopoly over world’s resources. Let me clarify my point through statistics for a better understanding.

According to the latest report from OXFAM, an international civil society active under the auspices of Oxford University in England, 85 individuals in the world are wealthier than 3.5 billion people, in other words half the world’s population. The GNP of the world’s 48 poorest countries is less than the total wealth of the world’s three richest people. To put it in another way, the populations of 48 countries could enjoy economic growth with the wealth possessed by just three people.

As per estimates, $6 billion are needed to educate the population of the world and $13 billion to provide basic foodstuffs. While those figures are before everyone’s eyes, $12 billion is spent on the purchase of perfumes in Europe every year, $17 billion on cat and dog food in Europe and America and more than $50 billion on weight-loss solutions in the US. $640 billion is spent on military equipment in the USA alone.

These figures clearly indicate that there is no organic reason for poverty in the world. Of course, people can spend money on perfumes or dog food, but there is no need for other people to die of hunger or want in the process. The world has plenty for everyone.

However, an organized poverty lobby refuses to allow it. An exploitative system in which people and countries are kept impoverished has been set in motion. Wars are one of the main sources of income of this lobby. During the last 10 years, non-industrial production in the US has contracted by 19 percent, while there has been a whopping 123 percent rise in military output. Another element in the same analysis is that military economies are three times greater than other economies.

One percent of the world controls 99 percent in material terms. The world’s resources circulate solely among this one percent, and while that is happening people are becoming increasingly impoverished and are dying of hunger, and the UN cuts of food supplies to refugees, saying, “We lack the resources.”

As the peoples of the world become impoverished, there is also a category of countries that need to be impoverished. The most important feature of those countries is their natural resources. Afghanistan, 36 percent of whose population live under abject poverty and which has to make thousands of children work as laborers; Iraq, scene of the worst slaughter in the Middle East; Myanmar, which is coming face to face with genocide, and the entire continent of Africa, are trapped in war and shortages, despite their rich natural resources. Africa still has to act under a monopoly of the former colonial powers, because despite having underground wealth such as uranium, oil, diamonds and natural gas, it has not been allowed to possess the industry to make use of these or a transport network to move them about. Countries with industrial and transport power use these resources for their own interest, not for those of the countries concerned. It is no surprise that warfare and famine should always be plaguing these countries.

This global activity on the part of the poverty lobby is also troubling developed countries. The number of homeless people in France has risen by 50 percent, with 3.6 million having no fixed abode. Hunger is a huge problem on the back streets of London, while the number of homeless children in the US is reported to have reached 2.5 million.

We are in a unique time of the most horrifying tragedies, when hatred is very powerful and human values have been all but forgotten. As the end times approach we will see a constant struggle between the good and the bad. The bad will be truly evil, while the work of the good in this most difficult struggle will be exceedingly valuable.

Islam describes a wonderfully just system that does away with economic injustices, the gulf between rich and poor, exploitative mechanisms and all forms of injustice. Muslims have the strength to implement this just system and to save the world through it. However, in order to do that they need to act together. In order to establish that unity they must have a desire to eradicate injustice and to liberate the defenseless. It is obvious that a system that considers its own interests alone will inflict troubles and wrongs on Muslims as well, as on the rest of the world.

Muslims should refuse to be part of such an exploitative system and to consider only their own interests and comfort. They should behave like saviors of people in general. They should feel ashamed of a mindset that falls prey to an exploitative system, that tries to consider only its own interests and that sits back saying, “Just so long as I am all right.” They have a responsibility to expose this inequality and the poverty lobby and to propagandize and strengthen the just system as envisaged by Islam. They can develop a solution that will neutralize this terrible system under which people weep tears of blood but are still being exploited.

First, however, they should remember that they are in the world to be tested, not to just get rest. Muslims have a responsibility toward all needy people (Qur’an, 4/75). Allah will always help those who strive together on the true path.

 

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


What is Jihad According to Quran?

22 02 2015

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by Adnan Oktar

The word jihad comes from the Arabic word “jahd.” Its meanings are:

1) To work, to strive, to exhibit determination and persistence or self-sacrifice, and

2) To control one’s lower self.

On the basis of these definitions, waging jihad in Islam means to inform the other side, to teach people proper moral values and to turn them away from evil. In doing this, a Muslim must train his own lower self in the direction of moral virtue and train himself to be someone far removed from rage and hatred.

In other words, what a Muslim engaged in jihad must do is to train himself on the one hand, and strive to teach people truth and goodness on the other. He must be a role model with his own moral values in order to spread love, peace and affection and to turn people away from evil.

The word “jahd” is never employed in any other sense in the Qur’an. Those who perpetrate slaughter under the name of “jihad” saying “Our point of reference is the Qur’an” are either lying or misinformed.

In the eyes of the Qur’an, those who are now slaughtering people in the name of jihad, taking their own lives as suicide bombers or inciting war are committing a grave sin, yet the great majority of these people are not even aware that they are contravening the Qur’an. That is because they have been led astray in the name of religion. They have their own faith in which there is hatred instead of love, rage instead of affection, enmity instead of brotherhood, horror instead of beauty and ignorance instead of art, science and culture. It is frighteningly simple to put a gun in the hands of someone who believes in such a faith and it is all too easy to tell them “This community is your enemy so go and attack it.” It is quite easy to incite them and shockingly easy to build communities of rage.

There is one important point that needs to be remembered here; the great majority of radicals spread violence out of ignorance. They do not know the true faith. Most of them have likely never even read the Qur’an.

That is why it is no use to condemn, curse, threaten, imprison or exile someone who kills under the misapprehension he is waging jihad. His problem is that he has not been educated with the Qur’an and has not understood the law of God. Since that is the problem, we have to accept the fact that so long as false education persists, there will also be radicals who are ignorant of what they do. If one accepts that this is the problem, one can also grasp the fact that the only thing that those who spread violence and terror under the name of jihad need is true education.

The writer has authored more than 300 books translated in 73 languages on politics, religion and science. He may be followed at @Harun_Yahya and www.harunyahya.com


If Netanyahu doesn’t represents all Jews, then al-Baghdadi doesn’t represents all Muslims.

21 02 2015

For a long time, Bibi Netanyahu and his American Zionist cohorts in the administration, certainly in the media and Congress have actively supported and sponsored the notion that Israel is the state for and of the Jewish People, and that Islam is a terrorist organization and religion. Very few voices within the American Jewish community spoke up and denied such claims.

Now that Bibi Netanyahu at the invitation of Speaker John Boehner decided to speak before a Joins Session of Congress, it is heartening to hear members of the American Jewish community speak up with very loud and clear message and voices that “Bibi Netanyahu does not speak for the American Jews.” Of course he does speak for a significant number of the American Jewish community, that funds AIPAC, Anti Defamation League, Israeli-American Council, Campus Watch, CAMERA, Zionist Organization of America, Steve Emerson, Daniel Pipes, Pamela Geller, and that ‘predator weasel” Elie Wiesel.

“I went to Paris not just as the prime minister of Israel, but as a representative of the entire Jewish people” Bibi Netanyahu speaking before the French speakers of the Likud activists.

 

Benjamin Netanyahu, centre, at the solidarity march in Paris

“ We are not at war with Islam. We are at war with the people who have perverted Islam” President Barack Obama speaking at the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism.

Certainly Netanyahu does speak for members of AIPAC, 200,000 strong die hard army of committed Jews who will occupy Washington that weekend, and are committed to an ever expansionist criminal Israel, an Apartheid Israel and yet another war, this time against Iran.

Netanyahu, certainly speaks for the well established, politically, economically and financially powerful American Jewish leadership, a leadership that should takes full responsibility for preventing US administrations from Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2 and Obama from pursuing a just and lasting peace between Israel and the Arabs.

And yes, the blood of both Israelis and Palestinians is on its hands. All successive American administrations were either blackmailed or are beholding to the Zionist agenda for America and the world. They all gave Israel the diplomatic; the military cover to continue with its occupation in defiance of countless UNSC resolutions.

Yes, for the very first time we hear loud and clear voices of American Jews who are American First not Israeli First. While all support the safety and security of the Jewish people of Israel they do not share the criminal vision of a racist Zionist Apartheid state.

Recent advertisement in major newspaper and in articles, organizations like J-Street, Jewish Voices for Peace, writers like David Harris-Gershom all came out against Bibi Netanyahu forthcoming speech before a Joint Session of Congress.

The annual conference of AIPAC called its marching orders to war against Iran, doing all it can to incite members of Congress (American Knesset) calling on them to vote for more sanctions on Iran and in fact seeking Congress to declare yet another war for Israel. A war where committed American Jewish Zionists enlist in the IDF, leaving Americans like you and me to fight and die for Israel. With us poor suckers paying and footing the bill, as if the tens of thousands who died and the more than 900,000 injured in America’s war on terrorism are not enough.

For a long time, American Jewish Zionist leaders always did their best in Congress in media, in Hollywood and on college campuses to label all Muslims as terrorists.

Well, al-Qaeda and Daesh do not speaks and represent Muslims and Islam as these American Zionists groups claim. And if we are to follow the same logic of American Zionists, and if are to accept Bibi claims that he speak for all Jews, then, all Jews are party to the continuous crimes committed by Israel, which they are not. In the same way that all Muslims are responsible for the crimes committed by al-Qaeda and Daesh, which they are not.


Anti-What? Anti-Semitism!

20 02 2015

Uri Avnery

February 21, 2015

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ANTI-SEMITISM is on the rise. All over Europe it is raising its ugly head. Jews are in danger everywhere. They must make haste and come home to Israel before it is too late.

True? Untrue?

Nonsense.

PRACTICALLY ALL the alarming incidents which have taken place in Europe recently – especially in Paris and Copenhagen – in which Jews were killed or attacked – had nothing to do with anti-Semitism.

All these outrages were conducted by young Muslims, mostly of Arab descent. They were part of the ongoing war between Israelis and Arabs that has nothing to do with anti-Semitism. They are not descended from the pogrom in Kishinev and not related to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

In theory, Arab anti-Semitism is an oxymoron, since Arabs are Semites. Indeed, Arabs may be more Semitic then Jews, because Jews have mingled for many centuries with Gentiles.

But, of course, the German publicist Wilhelm Marr, who probably invented the term Antisemitismus in 1880 (after inventing the term Semitismus seven years earlier) never met an Arab in his life. For him the only Semites were Jews, and his crusade was solely against them.

(Adolf Hitler, who took his racism seriously, applied it to all Semites. He could not stand Arabs either. Contrary to legend, he disliked the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who had fled to Germany. After meeting him once for a photo-opportunity arranged by the Nazi propaganda machine, he never agreed to meet him again.)

SO WHY do young Muslims in Europe shoot Jews, after killing cartoonists who have insulted The Prophet?

Experts say that the basic reason is their profound hatred for their host countries, in which they feel (quite rightly) that they are despised, humiliated and discriminated against. In countries like France, Belgium, Denmark and many others, their violent rage needs an outlet.

But why the Jews?

There are at least two main reasons:

The first is local. French Muslims are mostly immigrants from North Africa. During the desperate struggle for Algerian independence, almost all the Algerian Jews sided with the colonialist regime against the local freedom fighters. When all Jews and many Arabs emigrated from Algeria to France, they brought their fight with them. Since they now live side by side in the crowded ghettos around Paris and elsewhere, their mutual hatred lives on and often leads to violence.

The second reason is the ongoing Arab-Zionist conflict, which started with the mass immigration of Jews to Arab Palestine, continued with the long list of wars and is now in full bloom. Practically every Arab in the world, and most Muslims are emotionally involved in the conflict.

But what have French Jews to do with that far-away conflict? Everything.

When Binyamin Netanyahu does not miss an opportunity to declare that he represents all the Jews in the world, he makes all the world’s Jews responsible for Israeli policies and actions.

When Jewish institutions in France, the US and everywhere totally and uncritically identify with the policies and operations of Israel, such as the recent Gaza war, they turn themselves voluntarily into potential victims of revenge actions. The French Jewish leadership, CRIF, did so just now.

Neither of these reasons has anything to do with anti-Semitism.

ANTI-SEMITISM is an integral part of European culture.

Many theories have been put forward to explain this totally illogical phenomenon, which borders on a collective mental disease.

My own preferred theory is religious. All over Europe, and now also in the Americas, Christian children in their formative years hear the stories of the New Testament. They learn that a Jewish mob was shouting for the blood of Jesus, the gentle and mild preacher, while the Roman prefect, Pontius Pilatus, was desperately trying to save his life. The Roman is depicted as a humane, likable person, while the Jews are seen as a vile, despicable mob.

This story cannot be true. Roman rulers all over the Empire used to crucify potential troublemakers. The behavior of the Jewish authorities in the story does not conform to Jewish law. But the New Testament story, written long after the death of Jesus (whose real Hebrew name was Jeshua), was aimed at the Roman audience the Christians were trying to convert, in hot competition with the Jewish missionaries.

Also, the early Christians were a small, persecuted sect in Jewish Jerusalem, and their grudge lives on to this very day.

The picture of the evil Jews crying out for the death of Jesus is unconsciously imprinted in the minds of the Christian multitudes and has inspired Jew-hatred in every new generation. The results were slaughter, mass-expulsions, inquisition, persecution in every form, pogroms, and finally the Holocaust.

THERE has never been anything like this in Muslim history.

The Prophet had some small wars with neighboring Jewish tribes, but the Koran contains strict instructions on how to deal with Jews and Christians, the People of the Book. They had to be treated fairly and were exempted from military duty in return for a poll tax. Throughout the ages there were some rare anti-Jewish (and anti-Christian) outbreaks here and there, but Jews in Muslim lands fared incomparably better than in Christian ones.

If this had not been so, there would have been no “Golden Age” of Muslim-Jewish cultural symbiosis in medieval Spain. It would have been impossible for the Muslim Ottoman empire to accept and absorb almost all the hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from medieval Spain, driven out by their Catholic Majesties, Ferdinand and Isabella. The outstanding Jewish religious thinker, Moses Maimonides (the “Rambam”) could not have become the personal physician and adviser of the outstanding Muslim sultan, Salah-al-Din al-Ayubi (Saladin).

The present conflict started as a clash between two national movements, Jewish Zionism and secular Arab nationalism, and had only slight religious overtones. As my friends and I have warned many times, it is now turning into a religious conflict – a calamity with potentially grievous consequences.

Nothing to do with anti-Semitism.

SO WHY does the entire Israeli propaganda machine, including all Israeli media, insist that Europe is experiencing a catastrophic rise of anti-Semitism? In order to call upon European Jews to come to Israel (in Zionist terminology: “make Aliya”).

For a Zionist true believer, every Jew’s arrival in Israel is an ideological victory. Never mind that once in Israel, new immigrants – especially from countries like Ethiopia and Ukraine – are neglected.

As I have frequently quoted: “Israelis like immigration but don’t like immigrants”.

In the wake of the recent events in Paris and Copenhagen, Binyamin Netanyahu has publicly called upon French and Danish Jews to pack up and come at once to Israel for their own safety. The prime ministers of both countries have furiously protested against these calls, which insinuate that they are unable or unwilling to protect their own citizens. I suppose that no leader likes a foreign politician to call upon his citizens to leave.

There is something grotesque in this call: as the late Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz remarked, Israel is the only place in the world where Jewish lives are in constant danger. With a war every few years and violent incidents almost every day, he had a point.

But in the wake of the dramatic events, many “French” Jews – originally from North Africa – may be induced to leave France. They may not all come to Israel. The US, French Canada and Australia offer tempting alternatives.

There are many good reasons for a Jew to come to Israel: a mild climate, the Hebrew language, living among fellow Jews, and what not. But running away from anti-Semites is not one of them.

IS THERE real anti-Semitism in Europe? I assume that there is.

In many European countries there are old and new super-nationalist groups, who try to attract the masses by hatred of the Other. Jews are the Others par excellence (along with Gypsies/Roma). An ethno-religious group dispersed in many countries, belonging and not belonging to their host countries, with foreign – and therefore sinister – beliefs and rituals. All the European nationalist movements which sprang up in the 19th and 20th centuries were more or less anti-Semitic.

Jews have always been, and still are, the ideal scapegoat for the European poor. It was the German (non-Jewish) socialist August Bebel who said that “anti-Semitism is the socialism of the stupid guys”.

With frequent economic slumps and a widening gap between the local poor and the multinational super-rich, the need for scapegoats is rising. But I do not believe that these marginal groups, even if some of them are not so marginal anymore, constitute a real anti-Semitic surge.

Be that as it may, the outrages in Paris and Copenhagen have nothing to do with anti-Semitism.

Uri Avnery (Hebrew: אורי אבנרי‎, also transliterated Uri Avneri, born 10 September 1923) is an Israeli writer and founder of the Gush Shalom peace movement. A member of the Irgun as a teenager, Avnery sat in the Knesset from 1965–74 and 1979–81.[1] He was also the owner of HaOlam HaZeh, an Israeli news magazine, from 1950 until it closed in 1993.


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