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Why should the Palestinians pay for Europe’s wrongs during the Holocaust?
Antisemitism is not exclusive to Europe, Muslims have also persecuted Jews
The belief that Christendom persecuted its Jews while the Islamic world protected them is one of the many myths that plagues Middle East discourse. In reality there were Christian rulers that bestowed great kindness upon their Jewish citizens, while other Christian rulers inflicted unimaginable horrors. The same was true for the treatment of Jews at the hands of rulers Muslim rulers – at times it was good and other times brutally cruel.
Jews living in Muslim lands are considered dhimmis (protected people) and thus subjected to a number of restrictions – the application and severity of which varied with time and place. Restrictions included residency in ghettos, obligation to wear distinctive clothing, public subservience to Muslims (such as these conditions from the Pact of Umar: A Jew must rise when a Muslim enters a room, and they should offer up their seat if a Muslim want it), Jews were also ordered to pay a special poll tax (the “jizya”). These conditions ensured that even when times were good Jews were still second class citizens (their status was considerably worse than in today’s liberal democracies).
When times were bad they were gruesome and through the centuries hundreds of thousands of Jews were slaughtered by the hand of their oppressive Muslim rulers. Since the 19th century this has got progressively worse in the Arab world and by the 1980s, according to Bernard Lewis, the volume of antisemitic literature published in the Arab world, and the authority of its sponsors, suggests that classical antisemitism has become an essential part of Arab intellectual life, considerably more than in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century France, and to a degree that has been compared to Nazi Germany. During the Nazi era it was also horrendous and many Arab leaders lusted after the annihilation of the Jewish people, so much so, that when Hitler introduced the Nuremberg Race Laws many of them sent messages of congratulations. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem went on to work closely with the Nazi’s, providing them with advice for their “Jewish problem”, meeting with Hitler and even setting up a German division of the Waffen SS.
Below are a list of just some of the antisemitic massacres carried out by Muslims (before the establishment of the State of Israel), it is by no means complete and there were many more that took place (particularly in Israel).
In Medina, Saudi Arabia Muhammad beheads 900 Jewish males
In Khaybar, Saudi Arabia 93 Jews are killed
The Jews of Cordoba are slaughtered when Sulayman ibn al-Hakam attacks
A Muslim leader conquers Morocco’s former capital city Fez and massacres upto 6,000 Jews.
A Muslim mob stormed Grenada in Spain and slaughters 4,000 Jews
Again in Grenada 2,000 Jews are slaughtered in another massacre
The Almohads conquer Tlemcen in Algeria and slaughter any Jew that doesn’t convert to Islam
The Almohads take Sijilmasa in Morocco and slaughter 150 Jews who refuse to convert
The Almohads capture the Moroccan cities Fez and Marrakech and slaughter over 100,000 Jews
The Jews are allowed to return Marrakech, but this enrages local Muslims who slaughter all of them
Jews were again offered Islam or death in Meknes, many were massacred
Moors massacre 40 Jews in Fez
The Jews of Baghdad in Iraq are massacred
The entire Jewish community of Fez is massacred
Abd-al-Karim al-Meghili orders destroys the synagogues of Touat and massacre many Jews
Ottomans rape and massacre Jews in Hebron, Israel
The Jews of Algiers in Algeria are massacred
The Jews of Basra in Iraq are massacred
Ali Gurzi Pasha murders hundreds of Jews in Tripoli, Libya who refuse to convert to Islam
Sultan Yazid orders the murder and rape of dozens of Jews in Tetuan, Morocco
Muslims massacre 500 Jews in Algiers, Algeria
Muslims burn eight Jews at the stake in Algiers
The Jewish community of Baghdad in Iraq are massacred
The Jews of Algiers are massacred
The throats of 400 Jews are slashed in Tabriz, Iran
Half of the Israeli city of Safed were Jewish, but the city was subject to a viscous massacre in which Muslims raped, murdered and then expelled the Jews
In Mashhad, Iran thirty six Jews were murdered and seven young girls kidnapped and forced to become Muslim brides
There are continuous pogroms against the Jews of Marrakech
In Barfurush, Iran twenty two Jews were murdered, while the women and girls kidnapped and forced to become Muslim brides
Sixty Jews were slaughtered in Settat and Taza, Morocco
Thirty Jews were massacred in Casablanca, Morocco
Twelve Jews were slaughtered in Shiraz, Iran
Forty two Jews were slaughtered in Fez, Morocco
A number of Jews were massacred in Damascus, Syria
In Constantinople, Algeria 34 Jews were butchered
Inspired by Nazi Germany the Muslims of Baghdad massacre 750 Jews
The Tripolitania pogrom in Libya leaves 140 Jews dead
The Aleppo massacre in Syria leaves 75 Jews dead
In Aden 82 Jews are slaughtered by a Muslim mob
With such ancient and growing antisemitism in the Muslim and Arab world, it is understandable that the Jews of this region desired a nation of their own to escape these horrors. To date over one million Jews have fled to Israel from Muslim lands. The Palestinians didn’t need to pay any price, they simply needed to agree to share the land with another people who had lived their for centuries.