Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Myth of "Peace Under Muslim Rule"

One of the biggest lies that is constantly repeated by Islamists and Anti-Zionists is that Christians were at fault for persecuting Jews, while Jews enjoyed peace and prosperity under Muslim rule in Spain, etc. Unfortunately, many Ashkenazim, who constitute the majority of American Jews and Israeli elite, believe these lies because they have no experience living under Muslim rule. Mizrahim and Sephardim know the truth about dhimmi status. Here is just a brief list of events that proves otherwise, and does not even begin to scratch the surface on the subject (note: I did not write most of the list off Youtube from "SultanKnish"). I will add to it when I get the time.

"In year 20 of the Muslim era, or the year 641 AD, Muhammad's successor the Caliph 'Umar decreed that Jews and Christians should be removed from all but the southern and eastern fringes of Arabia—a decree based on the (sometimes disputed) uttering of the Prophet: "Let there not be two religions in Arabia". The two populations in question were the Jews of the Khaybar oasis in the north and the Christians of Najran.

The Almohads, who had taken control of much of Islamic Iberia by 1172, far surpassed the Almoravides in fundamentalist outlook, and they treated the dhimmis harshly. Jews and Christians were expelled from Morocco and Islamic Spain. Faced with the choice of either death or conversion, some Jews, such as the family of Maimonides, fled south and east

1033 -- 6,000 Jews killed in Fez by Muslim mobs.

1106 -- Ali ibn Yusuf ibn Tashifin founds Marrakesh, decrees death penalty for local Jews even as his military leader and physician are Jewish.

1148 -- Almohadin become rulers of Morocco, offer Christians and Jews the choice of conversion or expulsion. Many Jews convert, but continue to practice Judaism in secret.

1165 -- Almohad ruler declares all Jews must convert to Islam. Judah ha-Kohen ibn Shushan burned alive for refusing to convert. Maimonides flees Fez for Egypt.

1438 -- Jews of Fez forced into mellah (ghetto).

1465 -- Massive anti-Jewish rioting in Fez spreads across Morocco. Hundreds murdered. Only 11 Jews left alive in Fez.

1630-1700 Yemenite Jews were considered "impure" and thus forbidden to touch a Muslim or a Muslim's food. They were obligated to humble themselves before a Muslim, to walk to the left side, and greet him first. They could not build houses higher than a Muslim's or ride a camel or horse, and when riding on a mule or a donkey, they had to sit sideways. Upon entering the Muslim quarter a Jew had to take off his foot-gear and walk barefoot. If attacked with stones or fists by Islamic youth, a Jew was not allowed to defend himself.

1679 - "Part of the Jewish community of central Yemen was expelled to Mawza, on the southern shore of the Red Sea. Many of the exiles died there from disease and starvation. About a year later, the surviving Jews were taken back to central Yemen, for economic reasons. The Jews were a vital asset the economy in Yemen because they made up a majority of the craftsmen and artisans. The exiles came back to a different country then the one they left. Most of their houses and religious articles had been destroyed They were forced to live in quarters outside cities and they were told that they could not build their houses higher then the Muslims houses in the area."

1790 -- Pogrom in Tetouan (Morocco): All Jews stripped naked, many women raped, most homes ransacked.

1808 -- Mulay Suleiman orders Jews of Tetuan, Rabat, Sale, and Mogador into mellahs.

1800's - Jews of Yemen are forbidden to wear new or good clothes, nor could they ride a donkey or a mule. They were compelled to make long journeys on foot when occasion required it. They were prohibited from engaging in monetary transactions, and were all craftsmen.

1815 -- Jews of Mogador (Morocco) ordered to pay sudden jizya poll-tax. Those who pay punched on the forehead after turning over coins, those who refuse thrown in dungeon.

1834 -- "Suleika affair": Jewish woman from Tangier refuses to convert and marry a high-ranking official. She is executed in Fez.

1884-1888 -- 307 Jews murdered over four years by Muslims, yet no Muslims put on trial.

1903 -- 40 Jews killed by Muslims during riots in Taza. More killed in Settat.

1907 -- In Casablanca, 30 Jews killed, 200 women, girls and boys abducted, raped, then ransomed.

1910 -- 12-year-old grandson of Fez's Rabbi Abensur abducted and forcibly converted to Islam.

1912 -- Franco-Moroccan Treaty signed in Fez makes Morocco a French protectorate. Muslim rioters massacre 60 Jews in Fez, leave 10,000 homeless.

1918-1948 -- Yemenite Jewish children whose parents had died were taken from relatives and raised as Muslims.

1948 -- Jewish Population approximately 285,000. Israel established. French officials ban aliyah of Moroccan Jews to Israel. Muslim riots in Oudjda and Djerada kill scores of Jews, wound 150."

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