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Fitzgerald: Arab racism & black Muslims

October 23, 2008

October 23, 2008

Fitzgerald: Arab racism and black Muslims

You can find online complaints about Arab racism from black Muslims (or Black Muslims, that is members of the Nation of Islam, who are not considered real Muslims by the Arabs) in this country. Despite the universalist claims made for Islam, it is, and has always been, a vehicle for Arab supremacism. The reasons are not hard to find. As Anwar Shaikh (an ex-Muslim who was born in Pakistan and died in Wales in 2006) noted in his book Islam, The Arab National Religion, the Arabs consider themselves to be superior to other Muslims because they “received” the message from Allah. It was given to them and was in their language. Non-Arab Muslims are supposed to read the Qur’an, or listen to its recital, only in Arabic. Any other version, in any other language, is not the same thing.

Compare this to the missionaries for Christianity, who in some cases became extraordinary linguists in order to study native languages and dialects and translate the Bible into them. And they did this for languages that in many cases had never had a written form — thereby helping to preserve the language for use, and for study.

And when a Muslim prays, wherever in the world he may be, he is directed to pray — it is a matter of fantastic importance — toward Mecca, toward the Hejaz, toward Arabia, the center of his being.

And the Sunnah, one should not forget, is at least as important as the Qur’an. Some Arabs even say that it is possible to imagine a guide to life with the Sunnah alone, but not with the Qur’an alone. Both matter. And what is the Sunnah? It consists of “practice” — the customs and manners of the early Arabs, that is, of Muhammad and His Companions, that serve to gloss the Qur’an. And the Sunnah is derived from two texts — the Hadith, the written record of the sayings and acts of Muhammad, and the Sira, the biography of Muhammad, the first version of which appeared a century-and-a-half after the historical (if he was historical) Muhammad’s death. What matters is not what parts of the Sira were imagined or which Hadith were made up, and by what means, but which parts Muslims take to be the genuine details of the life of Muhammad, and what Hadith they believe to be the most “authentic” in the compilations of the most “authoritative” — by their lights — muhaddithin.

As Anwar Shaikh notes, the Arabs of Arabia needed their own “religion” to compete with, but not to be completely unlike, the earlier-in-time monotheisms of the lands they first conquered. These lands were inhabited by Christians and Jews. The Jews were not confined to the Land of Israel, but were to be found living, and for a long time, in many parts of the Middle East. They were living in Iran and present-day Iraq, and of course in Arabia itself — for how else could they keep being encountered by Muhammad, in Mecca, Medina (Yathrib), the Khaybar Oasis? The Arab “religion” that they created is clearly the result of taking bits and pieces of pagan Arab pre-Islamic lore (the djinn, for example), mixed with misunderstood and misremembered bits of Judaism and Christianity.

This amalgam was presented to the conquered peoples, the Christians and Jews, as not the New and Improved Version of their faiths (as modern Western marketers might have done with a detergent), but rather as something else — the True Version of Their Faith, which they had misunderstood and distorted or perverted. This made it less strange a faith, and those elements of pre-existing beliefs to be found within it, however jumbled, made it easier for Islam to insinuate itself into the minds of non-Muslims who often converted purely as a practical matter. They did so in order to join the side of the conquerors, to be free of the many disabilities that as non-Muslims they would have to endure (the three choices were: to be killed, to convert, or to endure forever the status of dhimmi, with all that that meant). How many Christians in America today, if they had, in perpetuity, to pay $50,000 per head to remain Christians, would do so? For how many would there be a falling off, and how many each year?

Islam has been a destroyer of other cultures and other languages. In a world that worships “diversity,” the thrust of Islam has been to efface diversity. Languages other than Arabic have received no sympathetic study or attention by Arabs or Muslim missionaries — the effort has been to efface the many languages and cultures that could once be found in the lands conquered. There are, here and there, pockets of Aramaic-speakers in some Syrian villages, a handful of Mandaeans and Yazidis (450 of whom were killed by Muslim bombs in the worst act of Muslim terror in Iraq). There are the Copts in Egypt, or what is left of them, they who once were virtually the entire population of Egypt. There are Assyrians and Chaldeans in Iraq, or what is left of them, they who were once…ditto. And so on.

The history of Arab oppression of blacks, whether those blacks became nominal Muslims or not, is too long. The history of Arab enslavement of blacks started far earlier, was much more devastating in its effects, and continued much later, than the Atlantic slave trade. A scholar has estimated that because Arabs specialized in seizing young black males for use in harems (contrary to the Western imagination, harems were not just for the rulers), and would castrate their hunted prey in situ in the jungle, the mortality rate among those then taken by slave coffle to the waiting boats that would take them to the slave markets of Islam reached 90%. See “The Hideous Trade” or google that title and “Jihad Watch” for more.

Slavery is legitimate in Islam. Muhammad had slaves. Muhammad is the Perfect Man. Seventh-century Arabia allowed slavery. Seventh-century Arabia provides the Sunnah, the customs and manners that are to be followed. The Arab slave trade went up and down East Africa, with the chief entrepot for the local trade in African blacks being the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, held by the Arab rulers of Oman. The Arabs also went deep into Central Africa, and into West Africa too, while the European slave-traders never managed to penetrate the interior, preferring to remain on the coast of West Africa and having slaves delivered to them by local tribes.

Slavery was not abolished willingly by the Arabs. It was stamped out, rather, by Western powers. There is no Arab William Wilberforce. There never has been a declaration, by any Arab leader, or government, or theological institute, that slavery is always and everywhere morally wrong. And there cannot be such a declaration, because Muslims are hemmed in by the Example of Muhammad, uswa hasana, al-insan al-kamil, and the practice of the Sunnah. If the French ended Arab enslavement of blacks in much of North Africa, it was the British — the Royal Navy — that helped stamp out the slave trade that continued between Africa and Arabia. This tale is told most fully in J. B. Kelly’s “Britain and the Persian Gulf, 1795-1880.” But the Arabs still managed, as the British presence on the seas diminished, to resurrect that slave trade, which continued into the 1960s.

In 1962, just before slavery was formally abolished — because Saudi Arabia was not yet rich from oil revenues, it had to succumb to Western pressure — 20% at least of the population consisted of black slaves. For more google “Arab slave trade in Africa,” or start here.

It is not surprising that in Dayton, a Muslim girl might have made up a story blaming black men. Nor is it surprising that the Arabs in this congregation want to move from a black neighborhood to a white one. Look at how unwelcome Arabs and Pakistanis have made black Muslims who wish to attend, in any numbers, the same mosques with them. Blacks are seen as fit fodder for conversion to Islam — without really letting potential converts know much about Islam. The proselytizers hold back so much, until their targets are deeply committed and can’t easily get out. They do this so as to swell Muslim ranks and perceived (and real) power, but are not so happy for the new converts to actually associate with Arabs and Pakistanis, who find such an association distasteful. Compare that with the welcoming practice of Christian churches, not least among those evangelicals who have become the butt of so much self-assured mockery.

Not only are most forms of art — sculpture and most painting — forbidden in Islam (look at any major museum at the “Islamic art” — Arabic calligraphy on ceramic plates, and Qur’anic calligraphy on paper), but it is difficult to conduct science within a society suffused with Islam, that discourages every sign of free and skeptical inquiry about the most important thing — Islam — and hence about everything else as well).

And then there is music. There is no Muslim equivalent to the church music of Christianity. Music is forbidden (Black Muslims in America may at times ignore this ban — one more sign of un-orthodoxy). Wherever strict Muslims are in power, they attempt to ban all kinds of music, the folk-music that naturally wells up, as it does in Afghanistan, because it responds to a universal need that the Shari’a laws do not allow to be met. The wedding-singers killed in Afghanistan, the gamelan players in Indonesia disparaged by local Muslims, the RAI singers (often Berbers) threatened or killed in Algeria — all of these are signs and symbols of the Islamic hostility to music. This does not mean that there are not singers. No one denies that there is Arabic music — that oud, those other exotic instruments, or even singers such as Umm Kalthum. But the role of music is much smaller, and it is despite Islam and its discouragement that music appears. The texts and the spirit of Islam, truly adhered to, would deny a role for music altogether. It distracts, you see: distracts from worship.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe begs to differ.

And in the earlier, pre-old-time-religion phase of her career, Rosetta Tharpe’s performance begs to differ with, and demands to ignore, just as much as does her later work, the hostility to music that is inculcated by Islam. And her many admirers — whose numbers may swell with the two examples of her art posted today — will agree.

http://www.jihadwatch.org/dhimmiwatch/archives/023209.php

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One moderate Arab vs Arabism’s racism

October 7, 2008

One moderate Arab vs Arabism’s racism

‘Arabs, Israel should sit together,’ says Bahrain minister
Web posted at: 10/2/2008 1:35:54
Source ::: AFP

dubai • The foreign minister of staunch US ally Bahrain has called for the creation of a regional grouping of Arab states with historic foe Israel, as well as Iran and Turkey, a newspaper reported yesterday.

“Israel, Iran, Turkey and Arab states should sit together in one organisation,” Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al Khalifa was quoted in the pan-Arab daily Al Hayat as saying.

“Aren’t we all members of a global organisation called the United Nations? Why not (come together) on a regional basis? This is the only way to solve our problems. There’s no other way to solve them, now or in 200 years.”

Al Hayat, which interviewed the Bahraini chief diplomat in New York, said he had proposed the establishment of a regional bloc in a speech to the UN General Assembly.

Bahrain’s crown prince, Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, met Israeli officials during World Economic Forum summits in 2000 and 2003, while Sheikh Khaled met Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni at the UN last year.

But political groupings in Bahrain, which is ruled by a Sunni dynasty and has a Shia majority, resist any attempt at normalisation of ties with Israel.

“Why don’t we sit together even if we disagree, even if we don’t recognise each other? Let’s be in a single organisation in order to overcome the difficult stage through which the Middle East is passing — a stage that remains hostage to the past,” Sheikh Khaled told Al Hayat, referring to the decades-old Arab-Israeli conflict.
http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=World_News&month=October2008&file=World_News2008100213554.xml

The Arabism’s Racism reaction

Bahrain activists slam call for grouping of Arabs, Israel
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PLAN SLAMMED: Lawmakers and opposition activists in Bahrain have slammed foreign minister Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa (pictured) for calling for a regional bloc. (AFP)

Lawmakers and opposition activists in Bahrain on Thursday slammed the foreign minister of the Gulf state, a staunch US ally, after he called for a regional grouping of Arabs and historic foe Israel.
http://www.arabianbusiness.com/532958

Al Jazeera = Example of Arab Racism

September 22, 2008

YouTube – aljazeera
channel is an example of racism in
the ARAB WORLD…

https://i1.wp.com/i3.ytimg.com/vi/JbQNZHwIDJU/default.jpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p94t2YkoGQo

This Arab admits on video that: “the Arabs are the most racist people in the world“.

Oppression in the Arab Muslim world, Algeria: Kabylia

August 25, 2008

Algerian’s songs of defiance live onSince his killing, he has become voice for Berber minorityBy Michael Slackman Published: MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2005TIZI OUZOU, Algeria: High in the jagged mountains covered with olive and fig trees, his voice booms from a minivan as it twists along narrow winding roads to drop off students after a day of school.

Head down into this city and there he is again, this time larger than life, in a poster mounted on a café wall while, of course, his voice booms from the stereo behind the counter. In shops, offices, restaurants – everywhere in this region, it seems – is the voice of Lounes Matoub.

“Never surrender, never surrender,” he sings, strong and folksy.

“Of course times change, but you should never forget.”

Someone tried to silence Matoub on June 25, 1998; his car was sprayed with 79 bullets. Instead, he became in death a powerful symbol of defiance for an ethnic minority that has challenged the government’s decision to define Algeria as an Arab nation.

This is Kabylia, one of Algeria’s most restive regions – home to a stubborn and proud ethnic minority of Berbers who since the end of the colonial era four decades ago have fought to preserve their cultural identity and independence. While there have been politicians and village elders helping lead the fight, the soul of this struggle is captured in music, especially the music of Matoub…http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/10/10/news/algeria.php

Amazigh-Voice.com [Amazigh News – Amazigh Events – Amazigh Art] “Tell the world that we have risen up against the oppression of the government.” (demonstrator in Bejaia, Kabylia, Algeria) … http://www.amazigh-voice.com/the%20world.htm

Towards the end of the colonial arabic islamic tyranny in North …Nov 29, 2007 … The Arabic Islamists terrorists invaded North Africa and succeeded to control … racism, or post-colonial nationalistic self-determinism. … http://www.kabylia.info/observer/spip.php?article112

When will the Arabic-Islamic colonialism end? – Kabylia Info Centuries and centuries of oppression, persecution, exploitation, murders, destruction and falsification have deprived this “redoubtable and numerous” … http://www.kabylia.info/letters/when-will-the-arabic-islamic-colonialism-end.html

…the question which needs an urgent answer is how an oppressed people such as Kabylians can manage to put an end to the devastating insecurity and anarchy when their despotic and tyrannical government uses them to maintain itself in power? http://www.kabylia.info/north-africa/for-a-federal-system-guaranteeing-provincial-autonomy.html

The Strategies of the Algerian regime to subdue Kabylia – Kabylia …Sep 28, 2007 … Kabyle politicians and the Kabyles at large, both in Algeria and in the … where there is nation-state oppression of regional cultures. … http://www.kabylia.info/observer/spip.php?article108

 

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Soyinka Links Darfur Crisis linked to Arab Racism, Slavery

August 21, 2008

Soyinka Links Darfur Crisis to Arab Racism, Slavery
afrikanews ^ 25 April 2007

Soyinka Links Darfur Crisis to Arab Racism, Slavery Written by Evan Mwangi: Afrika News Books and Arts Editor Wednesday, 25 April 2007 Nigerian author Wole Soyinka has linked the Darfur genocide to the history of Arabs enslaving Negroid Africans in Sudan, the Harvard Crimson has reported.

The first African winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature and a consistent critic of the Sudanese government asked the Arab section of Sudan to confront its enslaving past and acknowledge its current role in the violence in Darfur as racist instead of remaining in a “state of amnesia.”

An articulate intellectual and dramatist, Soyinka delivered the speech “Darfur: Anything to do with Slavery?” to a full house at the Center for Government and International Studies, Harvard University. He addressed the ongoing violence that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of displaced refugees.

Soyinka argued that Arabs played a historic role in the African slave trade, and a feeling of supremacy still prevails among the Janjaweed, a militia terrorizing the Negroid part of the Sudan.

Soyinka said the Janjaweed are “motivated” by a mentality in which they see their victims as slaves. “You destroy a people if you treat them with disdain,” Soyinka is quoted as saying.

http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=518470

http://afrikanews.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=74&Itemid=39

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‘GENOCIDE IN ISLAMIC APARTHEID AFRICA’ Arab racism & power – Arab League “condemns” ICC prosecutor of monstrous Al-Bashir

July 30, 2008
Arab League “condemns” ICC prosecutor
It’s Arab racism ‘standing behind the racist genocide on Africans for being non-Arab = blacks’, but it has also a designed policy as a pretext assurance that Arab leaders won’t get charged on their crimes on non Arabs, such as Mauritania’s slavery of blacks, persecution & crimes on indigenous Egyptian Copts [Christians], Kurds, Jews [inside or outside Israel], Maronites, Amazigh (Berbers), Al-Akhdam and on other minorities.

Sudan dictator Omar al-Bashir ‘committed Darfur genocide’ – Telegraph Sudan’s military dictator was held accountable for Darfur’s bloodshed today when the International Criminal Court began

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/sudan/2403770/Sudan-dictator-Omar-al-Bashir-committed-Darfur-genocide.html

DARFUR – ARAB RACISM & ISLAMIST OPPRESSION … The Islamist government of Sudan and its Janjaweed proxies.. launched fresh offensives

http://www.petertatchell.net/international/darfurprotest.htm

South Sudan and the problem of Arab racism in Black Africa

http://www.petertatchell.net/international/darfurprotest.htm

Blacks offensive to Arab Muslims (Islamic Apartheid-Arab Racism …Jun 23, 2008 … Things Offensive to Muslims : the BLACK race [ISLAMIC APARTHEID – ARAB … The awful truth is that Arabs ravaged Africa for a 1000 years …

http://www.national-anthems.net/forum/article/misc.immigration.usa/249024

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OMAR HASSAN AL-BASHIR – ANOTHER TYPICAL ARAB MUSLIM DICTATOR – MONSTER

July 28, 2008

OMAR HASSAN AL-BASHIR – ANOTHER TYPICAL ARAB MUSLIM DICTATOR – MONSTER

BBC NEWS Africa Profile: Sudan’s President Bashir Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir came to power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989. Since then he has introduced elements of Sharia law which are opposed by …


http://sudanwatch.blogspot.com/2005_11_01_archive.html

Arab racism: ‘We Want to Make a Light Baby’ (washingtonpost.com) The New York-based organization Human Rights Watch said in a June 22 report that it investigated “the use of rape by both Janjaweed and Sudanese soldiers …
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A16001-2004Jun29.html

Arab women singers complicit in rape, says Amnesty report
[July 2004]
While African women in Darfur were being raped by the Janjaweed militiamen, Arab women stood nearby and sang for joy, according to an Amnesty International …

During an attack on the village of Disa in June last year, Arab women accompanied the attackers and sang songs praising the government and scorning the black villagers.

According to an African chief quoted in the report, the singers said: “The blood of the blacks runs like water, we take their goods and we chase them from our area and our cattle will be in their land. The power of [Sudanese president Omer Hassan] al-Bashir belongs to the Arabs and we will kill you until the end, you blacks, we have killed your God.”

The chief said that the Arab women also racially insulted women from the village: “You are gorillas, you are black, and you are badly dressed.”

The Janjaweed have abducted women for use as sex slaves, in some cases breaking their limbs to prevent them escaping, as well as carrying out rapes in their home villages, the report said.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/jul/20/sudan.ewenmacaskill

The great betrayal: how the world is ignoring the victims of the tracist… The Janjaweed has been immersed in an openly racist Arab supremacist ideology since … are on a par with slaves, and still use the derogatory name “abid”. …

http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4158/is_200412/ai_n12826640

Islamic Fascism… racist hatred… It is linked to racist hatred of blacks in Sudan, slave trading of black Africans, and racist hatred of other ethnic minorities in the Islamic world.
http://markhumphrys.com/islamic.fascism.html

Darfur refugees debunk (Arabists propagandists’ racist myths against Israel’s democracy like:) “apartheid” comparisons. Sanka, a Sudanese Muslim told reporter……

http://backspin.typepad.com/backspin/2007/07/index.html

Jihad for Abyei oil is disintegration of Sudan Nov 28, 2007 … Bashir’s call for his holy warriors to be ready for a jihad by all
http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article24916

United Nations: Sudan carried out mass-rapes in Darfur [March 20, 2008]

A displaced woman from Darfur, one of an estimated 2.3 million affected by the conflict

The United Nations today accused the Sudanese government of being directly involved in the mass-rape of girls and women in the crisis-hit region of Darfur — a damning indictment of the part played by the country’s Islamist dictatorship in the humanitarian catastrophe.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article3591198.ece

… the term ‘Islamo-Fascism’… Third, given the horrors being perpetrated by some Muslims in the name of Islam — from the genocide currently being practiced by the Islamic Republic of Sudan, to the mass murders of innocents in Iraq, Israel, America, Britain, Bali, Thailand, the Philippines and elsewhere — what term is more accurate than “Islamo-Fascism”? “Islamic totalitarianism”? “Jihadists”? “Bad Muslims”? [Oct. 2007]
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2007/10/the_left_and_the_term_islamofa.html

[His ‘good Islamic’ friends… other brutal oppressors:] Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, Iran’s supreme leader, met yesterday in Tehran with President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, center, and with Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Islamic Republic of Iran: Nuclear power available for Al-Bashir’s Sudan…

By NAZILA FATHI

Published: April 26, 2006

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/26/world/middleeast/26iran.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Islamofascist femicide, rape, domestic violence, child molesting …In Sudan – where Arab Muslims slaughter black Muslim and Christian Sudanese … Describing how gang rape is rampant in the banlieues, she explained to Time …
http://www.omdurman.org/femicide.html

(Hezbollah for genocide inc.) Hezbollah pledges support for Omar Al Bashir & Sudanese Government [July, 2008]http://www.istockanalyst.com/article/viewiStockNews+articleid_2432545&title=Lebanese_Hezbollah_Holds.html

A Genocide Foretold

By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

Published: February 28, 2008

The Sudanese government started the first genocide of the 21st century in Darfur, and now it seems to be preparing to start the second here among the thatch-roof huts of southern Sudan.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/28/opinion/28kristof.html

Democratic Peace: Women In Islamofascist land Feb 4, 2008 … In one of the more barbaric applications of this antediluvian code, a 19 year old Saudi gang rape victim was recently sentenced to 200 …
http://freedomspeace.blogspot.com/2008/02/women-in-islamofascist-land.html

Sudan’s Department of Gang Rape
http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article12702

Sudanese dictator Omar al-Bashir faces war crimes charges – Telegraph Sudan’s military dictator Omar al-Bashir was accused of.

Sudanese women awaited aid in February in West Darfur State. The conflict has displaced an estimated 2.7 million people.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/15/world/africa/15sudan.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Locking up Sudan’s Al-Bashir could let in some light into war-torn Darfur … Al Bashir launched his own version of terrorism in 1989 when his government promulgated the ‘Popular Defence Forces Law’ which legalised paramilitary training to militias to execute a “jihad against Christian influence in the South”. […]
Under this umbrella fundamentalist Islamic revivalism, the legitimate claims of the peoples of Darfur for an end to their economic backwardness and marginalisation would be subverted through the “jihad”. […]
Al Bashir was urgently accused of committing “genocide” in Darfur. Sudan’s tragedy has been the pathological cruelties of successive leaders (from Jaffar al Nimeiry, Sadiq al Mahdi to Al Bashir), against citizens of their country. Sudanese intellectuals, like Deng and Prof Ibrahim, have seen Arab racism as the curse of Sudan. This terrible virus is claimed to be most virulent in leaders with varying degrees of dark skin and West-African tribal marks—the Janjaweed.
http://www.nationmedia.com/dailynation/nmgcontententry.asp?category_id=39&newsid=128002

Sudan president al-Bashir charged with genocideJul 14, 2008 … Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir gestures to pro-government …. with the good news out of Mosul, al Qaeda’s last urban stronghold in Iraq? …
http://www.washtimes.com/news/2008/jul/14/sudan-president-al-bashir-charged-with-g-32311640/

Omar al-Bashir defiant dance over war crimes charges – SUDANESE President Omar al-Bashir danced, punched the air in delight and shouted “God is great” in his first public appearance yesterday as a war crimes suspect…. Sudan promised to turn Darfur into a graveyard as it reacted to charges laid by an international prosecutor accusing Mr al-Bashir of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes
http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,24025669-663,00.html

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Arab Racism – Rooted in Islamic Heritage

July 23, 2008

Arab Racism – Rooted in Islamic Heritage

A paler shade of black

Arabs like to imagine that their countries are comparatively free from racism. But it exists, nonetheless

[March, 2008]

The word ‘abd – Arabic for “slave” – was often used in our household when I was a child. In fact, it was so common that I had no awareness of its negative connotations until well into my teenage years. My father’s family, a proud northern Sudanese clan, used it to refer to anyone who had darker skin than themselves – from southern Sudanese house servants to migrants from Darfur– clear intent to demean.. addressing a particularly dark-skinned or thick-lipped child.

was a kind of racism that no one challenged, addressed,..through a child’s eyes.. on a scale of colour, lighter was good, darker was bad. The word ‘abd, although strictly meaning “slave” or “servant”, became synonymous with negritude. my Islamic heritage reinforced this with quotes from Muhammad such as “You should listen to and obey your ruler even if he was an Ethiopian [ie black] slave whose head looks like a raisin” (Sahih Bukhari Volume 9, Book 89, Number 256).

When we moved to E. Africa.. ‘abd was seamlessly transferred to the locals whom we interacted only in their capacity as domestic staff , grounds-keepers at international schools. While I myself was “black” of North African descent, my family believed its Arab roots were somehow genetically dominant, giving us smaller features and a marginally lighter skin tone – deeming ourselves to be an entirely a different race from “pure” Africans.

Our next move was to Saudi Arabia, where the Arab ethnicity with which I identified so strongly was suddenly cast into doubt: now it was my turn to be the “slave”. My belief that I was an Arab, racially superior to non-Arab Africans, became laughable in the heartland of Arabia – a place where “Arabness” was not only determined by skin colour but by whether you could uninterruptedly trace your lineage back to the founding father of your clan. In fact, ancestry is so important in Saudi Arabia that courts have the power to annul a marriage if gaps are later discovered in a person’s lineage oppening up the possiblity.. blood line pollution.

Read more at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2008/mar/05/apalershadeofblack

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[Arab racism, Arabism, Darfur & Israel] Darfur, Mr. Peanut, Hamas, etc….All In A Day’s News

June 15, 2008

Darfur, Mr. Peanut, Hamas, etc….All In A Day’s News

All In A Day’s News…
by Gerald A. Honigman

Along with other related articles, three covering the Middle East and North Africa caught my eye on April 26th.
The first was written by a journalist whom I have long admired–and I don’t admire many in the mainstream media.
I met Tom Teepen, now a syndicated columnist for Cox News, some three decades ago. I was visiting Cincinnati for a few days out of my Columbus office and had assorted media, university, and other visits, lectures, and televised debates scheduled. We have, on occasion, briefly touched base afterwards over the years.
Tom was editorial editor, I believe, for either the Cincinnati Post or Enquire. We spent a good deal of time reviewing the Middle East. Unlike too many others in the liberal camp, Tom still has maintained clear vision when it comes to Arab-Israeli politics. The real surprise was that my local newspaper published his op-ed. After many years of batting heads with the paper brass (first on my own, then with others), I’m finally noticing a bit more balance.
So, Tom’s Blaming Israel, Freelancing On Hamas–What Is Jimmy Carter Thinking? made it into the Daytona Beach News-Journal. He recapped Mr. Peanut’s recent hot date with Hamas in Syria, where Carter tried his best to make the deliberate disembowelers of Jewish babes and other innocents look good by getting it to provide him with some foggy cover for his non-stop assault on Israel, but Hamas–to its credit–wouldn’t let him. Headlines soon claimed, anyway, that Mr. Peanut achieved a breakthrough, with Hamas offering to ‘accept’ Israel.
When will they learn? Tom exposed Carter’s nauseating comedy act.
While an allegedly ‘born again’ Carter evidently doesn’t put much value in honesty, Hamas does. It has no–and will never have–any intention of granting Jews in one tiny state what Arabs demand for themselves in some two dozen others on over six million square miles of territory…including one already created from almost 80% of the original 1920 borders of Mandatory Palestine renamed ‘Jordan.’ The new state Arabs insist on creating on the ashes of Israel, not along side it, would be their second–not first–in ‘Palestine,’ the name the Roman Emperor Hadrian gave to Judaea after the Jews’ second costly revolt for freedom in 133-135 C.E. He renamed the country after the Jews’ historic enemies, the Philistines–a non-Semitic sea people from around Crete. Contemporary Roman historians such as Tacitus, Dio Cassius, and others wrote extensively about this themselves.

To most Arabs, the whole region is simply purely Arab patrimony…in their own words. As for the scores of millions of non-Arabs who have been conquered, massacred, and suppressed, Egypt’s past Uncle Tom Copt Foreign Minister, Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali, perhaps said it best…accept forced Arabization and /or dhimmi status (like he did) or else. Copts were the native Egyptians conquered by Arabs after the 7th century C.E. along with numerous others.

As Mr. Peanut also knows, regarding the above, Hamas is no different than the alleged moderates of Abbas’s latter day Fatah Arafatians–regardless of how much whitewash he, Washington, and others throw upon them both. In order to force the Jews to play ball, a supposed Arab good cop had to be created to counter the State Department’s Arab bad cop.
Fatah (with as much, if not more, blood on its hands than Hamas) is simply more willing to play the Arabs’ well-known destruction in phases ‘diplomacy’ game vis-à-vis Israel to use petrodollar greased-international pressure to force Israel back to its pre-’67, 9-mile wide, armistice line–not border–existence to set it up for a combined Arab/Iranian final blow…something that UNSC Resolution 242 expressly stated was not to happen in the aftermath of the 1967 War.

But, Honigman, you say, you keep repeating these same points in many of your articles.
Yes, I do.
And as long as Arabs keep on repeating their lies and distortions, and morons or deliberate accomplices like Mr. Peanut do the same, those of us who care must repeatedly answer them. Their approach is if they repeat a lie often enough (and it goes unanswered), it will be accepted as truth.
Teepen did a good job with his short op-ed, especially since he has been a fan of Carter in the past. But let me continue to pick up yet a bit more where he left off.
With a new Presidential election approaching, I’ll never forget the last televised Democratic National Convention featuring ‘Apartheid Israel’ Mr. Peanut chasing ‘Israel is one of the top three evils in the world’ Michael Moore all over the convention floor. Closer soul brothers do not exist–unless you want to throw in a more slick Obama and the company he keeps to make a trio.
It was befitting that Carter visited Hamas in Syria, for Syria–not ‘Palestine’–was indeed the birthplace of Hamas’s patron saint, Sheikh Izzedin al-Qassam (for whom its ‘militant’ wing and rockets are named )…Latakia, to be exact. Of course, back then, many if not most Arabs in the area considered themselves to be southern Syrians, espousing one version or another of a Greater Syria plan. ‘Palestinians’ were the Jews.
Along with scores (if not hundreds) of thousands of others who poured into the Palestine Mandate (after the break up of the over four century old Ottoman Turkish Empire) due to its economic development by Jews, the Sheikh joined numerous other ‘native Palestinians’ who entered relatively recently from the latter 19th century onwards from Syria, Egypt, and elsewhere in rejecting the rights of Jews to do the same thing in any part of the ‘purely Arab patrimony,’ the Dar ul-Islam. Recall that half of Israel’s Jews were refugees from so-called ‘Arab’ and /or Muslim lands.
Moving on.
Article # 2, in the same paper, quoted Mahmoud Abbas complaining that, in his recent Washington visit, no one was talking about forcing Israel back to the ‘’67 borders.’
I do admit, that was a pleasant surprise.
While the State Department (and President Clinton and President Bush off and on) has tried its best to ignore 242’s call for the establishment of secure and recognized borders to replace Israel’s absurd 1949 armistice lines (which simply marked the point where Arab invading armies were halted upon Israel’s rebirth in 1948), Israel, despite the weakness of Prime Minister Olmert and his crew, has evidently made it clear that it took President Reagan’s words seriously when he stated on September 1, 1982:
In the pre-1967 borders, Israel was barely 10-miles wide…the bulk of Israel’s population within artillery range of hostile armies. I am not about to ask Israel to live that way again.
Not only were there mostly no Arab-Israeli ‘borders’ back then, but the Abbas/Arab claim that Israel is setting up settlements on Palestinian land has the same amount of truth in it as does the ‘67 border claim.
When Transjordan (army led by British officers)–created from most of the Mandate of Palestine in 1922–attacked Israel along with a half dozen other Arab states loaded with arms left over by the Allies in World War II in 1948, it seized Judea and Samaria…British imperialism’s west bank (of the Jordan River) as opposed to the Trans(’across’)jordanian east bank. Sir Alec Kirkbride, the Brits’ East Bank rep, wrote extensively about this in his A Crackle Of Thorns: Experiences In The Middle East.
The Arab land grab was illegal, only two nations recognized it. Still, Transjordan renamed itself Jordan, since it now held both banks, and saw to it that no Jews could reenter lands where their ancestors had lived and owned land for thousands of years until their massacres by Arabs in the 1920s and 1930s.
At the same time, huge numbers of Arabs continued to pour in…more Arab settlers setting up Arab settlements.
All together, so many Arabs were recent arrivals themselves into the Palestinian Mandate that
the United Nations Relief Works Agency–UNRWA–had to adjust the very definition of the word ‘refugee’ from its prior meaning of persons normally and traditionally resident to those who lived in the Mandate for a minimum of only two years prior to 1948 when counting those who fled the fighting Arabs started upon Israel’s rebirth.
Contrary to the Arabs’ claim that these were ‘occupied Palestinian lands,’ Judea and Samaria were non-apportioned parts of the Mandate, and leading international legal authorities such as Eugene Rostow, William O’Brien, and others have stressed that these areas were open to settlement by Jew, Arab, and other residents of the Mandate alike.
How could you occupy lands taken from an illegal occupier?
The territory in question is indeed disputed…not occupied Arab lands a la Abbas, Hamas, and Mr. Peanut.
When Israel captured Judea and Samaria in the ‘67 War as a result of a bad decision by Jordan to join Egypt’s Nasser, Syria, and others in the Arabs’ latest attempt upon its life, it came to hold territory of the Mandate officially apportioned to no one…not ‘Palestinian’ land. The Arabs themselves rejected a proposed 1947 partition of the remaining 25% of the Mandate left over after the creation of Transjordan in 1922.
While I do not advocate Israel holding on to the entire area, certainly a reasonable territorial compromise which corrects the travesty of the ‘49 armistice lines–a la 242–is a must. And Judea–land of the Jews–must never become Judenrein again…unless Arabs are prepared to see the one-fifth of Israel itself who are Arabs–many hostile–get the boot as well. Such population transfers have indeed already occurred elsewhere. Consider those involving Turks, Greeks, and Bulgars, Israel’s Jewish refugees from ‘Arab’ lands, and India and Pakistan for starters.
Now, about those Jewish settlements Abbas complains about in that second article.
If Jews are to return to Judea and Samaria in the context of a 242-type territorial compromise, then how and where else will this come about if not by establishing/reestablishing Jewish towns and so forth–’settlements?’ Without the latter, Israel doesn’t get the former.
Article # 3…
The News-Journal finally gave the genocide in Darfur some of the attention it deserves…large front page article with maps and big pictures.
Unlike the Arab-Israeli mess, however, the perpetrators might as well have come from Mars. No where was the word Arab mentioned.
After the Arabs burst out of the Arabian Peninsula in the 7th century C.E. and forcibly Arabized millions of non-Arab peoples in the process, the Sudan (Nubia, etc.) held out for quite some time. In other parts of North Africa, native Jews aligned with Imazighen (’Berbers’) to resist this conquest as well. We’ll revisit this a bit later.
Back in the ‘60s, the first modern civil war broke out between the non-Muslim black African south and the Arab and Arabized (remember Dr. Boutros-Ghali’s comments above?) north in the Sudan.
Sudanese President Nimeiry’s stated during the slaughter of over a half million blacks at this time (and over a million more ever since) that…
‘the Sudan is the basis of the Arab thrust into…black Africa, the Arab civilizing mission (Arabism and Pan-Arabism in Sudanese Politics, Journal of Modern African Studies, Vol. 11, #2, 1973, pp. 177-78).’
Rudyard Kipling’s late 19th century poem, ‘The White Man’s Burden,’ supposedly typifies Western colonialist and imperialist attitudes towards the Third World. If that’s the case, then what does Nimeiry and the other example below, expressed in the Syrian Arab Constitution of the Ba’th, typify?
‘…The Arab fatherland belongs to the Arabs. They alone have the right to direct its destinies…The Arab fatherland is that part of the globe inhabited by the Arab nation which stretches from the Taurus Mountains, the Pacht-i-Kouh Mountains, the Gulf of Basra, the Arab Ocean, the Ethiopian Mountains, the Sahara, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Mediterranean Sea.’
Yet, the more recent full scale outbreak of violence in the Sudan in the 21st century has an even more revealing twist.

While earlier bloodshed there and elsewhere could largely be seen as modern extensions of the fourteen century-old clash between the Dar ul-Islam and the Dar al-Harb, the one in the Sudan’s Darfur (as those in Arab-occupied Kurdistan and much of the rest of North Africa) is mostly about Arab racism and chauvinism…pure and simple. You know, those folks who like to scream about ‘racist Zionism.’ Over a thousand years earlier, this led to the overthrow of the Syrian-based Arab imperialist Umayyad Caliphate.

So, in Sudan’s western region of Darfur, it’s Arab and Arabized versus black Africans…regardless of religion. Ditto for Arab versus Kurd, Amazigh, and so forth. These victims are mostly Muslims.
In Sudan’s largely non-Muslim south, it’s a combination of both Arab racism and the conquest of the Dar ul-Islam–as exemplified also in the expected subjugation and dhimmitude of Egyptian Copts, Lebanon’s Christians, Near Eastern Assyrians, and Israel, Jew of the Nations, and home to whom Arabs call ‘their’ kilab yahud…Jew dogs.
An Amazigh (Berber) publisher friend ( http://www.north-of-africa.com/ ) recently sent me a video produced by the highly respected Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Its contents http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XROAu1cTcQ8 showed a debate on Al-Alam TV (Iran) on July 21, 2007over a new Berber-Jewish Friendship League set up in Morocco. Even more recently, Morocco has outlawed the creation of an Amazigh political party…especially since it espoused good relations with Israel.
Keep in mind that Morocco has had, relatively speaking and as an ‘Arab’ country, reasonable relations with Israel itself. Hundreds of thousands of Israeli Jews had their roots there. But the prospect of former and current fellow victims of forced Arabization getting together has implications for Arabs that even the Moroccans can’t allow. Much if not most of North Africa is of Amazigh–not Arab–descent.
Among other comments in that debate, the Amazigh spokesman pointed out that both Jews and Berbers predated the Arab conquest by thousands of years, fought long and hard against that conquest, and want nothing to do with Arab identity and forced Arabization. Keeping in mind that in modern times many Berbers have already been killed by Arabs for less, very brave words indeed.
To sum things up, those three news articles on April 26th were loaded with important material.
The problem is that, without further extensive explanation such as what I’ve attempted here, the issues are too complex for many readers to grasp.
Having said this, journalists and folks like ex-Presidents shoulder huge responsibilities and should therefore dig much deeper before commenting and pontificating a la Carter on such issues.
By the way, when’s the last time anyone heard Carter comment on any of the above non-Arab civil, political, and humanitarian issues?
If they don’t involve Arabs, he doesn’t want to know. And a look at the contributors to his library and such may explain at least some of Mr. Peanut’s Arab-colored vision.

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[Arab] Racism and Historical Truth: Jewish Refugees from Arab Lands

April 1, 2008

[Arab] Racism and Historical Truth: Jewish Refugees from Arab Lands
UN Watch (press release), Switzerland – Mar 19, 2008
We thank the Special Rapporteur for his work against racism, and address two areas of his report…

http://www.unwatch.org/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=bdKKISNqEmG&b=1313923&ct=5118137