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Moments In History That Jews and Arabs Lived In Peace

The conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians has given many the tragic belief that Arabs and Jews have been fighting for centuries. However, history shows that Arabs and Jews lived in peace for many years. Tensions between Jews and Arabs is not some sort ancient blood feud, but rather recent instance in history.

Things to know before reading

1. Not all Arabs are Muslim. In fact some Arabs belong to the Christian, and Jewish faith.

2. Some Jews do consider themselves Arabs or Middle Eastern. They are known as Mizrahi or Sephardic Jews.  

The Times of Muhammad

In the time that Muhammad lived in Medina there was peaceful relations between Jews and Muslims. There were even  times that Jews and Muslims actually fought together. The tribes of Medina  which included several Jewish tribes had sworn an oath to Muhammad to protect Medina. The Quraysih tribe, whom were enemies of Muhammad, set out to attack to Medina.  Unfortunately the battle was set to take place on the Sabbath, and many of the Jewish tribes did not want to fight.  A Rabbi by the name of Mukhyriq told his followers that they had to uphold their promise to Muhammad. So, on the Sabbath, Rabbi Mukhyrib, and some of his followers went to fight with Muhammad to protect Medina. The Muslims won , but during the battle Rabbi Mukhyrib was killed. Muhammad was upset when he learned about the death of  Mukhyrib. Muhammad  praised the  memory of the Rabbi and called him “the best of Jews”.

Zohan wan’t the only badass Jew. 

Middle-East During the Middle Ages (5th – 15th Century)

The European Middle Ages was also known in history as the “Islamic Golden Age” .  During this period much of the  world’s scientific progress came from Muslim countries while Europe was still in the “Dark Ages”.  Advancements in medicine, astronomy, philosophy, poetry, mathematics were made during this time.  These advancements were not only made by  Muslims, but Jews as well. Jewish scientists were allowed to practice their religion, and were able to contribute to scientific advancements.

Non-Muslims had very prominent positions in this era.  One example is The Islamic Sultan Saladin had many personal physicians that were Christians, and Jews. The most famous of Saladin’s Jewish physicians was Maimonides, who was also one of the greatest Jewish scholars. In the middle-ages Muslims, Christians, and Jews not only lived in peace, but also were trusted colleagues in scientific progress.

 Jewish Scholar Maimonides Statue in Cordoba, Spain.
Statue of the Jewish scholar Maimonides

Morocco During World War II

During WWII, Morocco was a French protectorate . When the Germans occupied France a new government was formed called the Vichy French government (named after the city where it was based). The Vichy government allied themselves with the Germans, and followed the Nazi’s Anti-Semitic policies. The Vichy government instituted policies of identifying and rounding up Jews in France. They also instituted Anti-Semitic policies in  French controlled territories  like Morocco.  Morocco during this time had population of 200,000 Jews. For many years Jews and Arabs lived in peace in Morocco. King Mohammad V of Morocco  refused to obey orders by the Vichy government to identify all Jews in Morocco. Mohammad V believed that the Anti-Semitic  policies was against Islamic law, which protects Non-Muslims that live in Muslim countries. The King  replied to the Vichy government by saying “There are no Jews in Morocco. There are only subjects”.  If it was not for the actions of King Mohammad V, the Jewish population in Morocco could have suffered a horrible fate.

King Mohammed V of Morocco and U.S. President Eisenhower

By showing these historical examples I hope that you understand that Jews, and Arabs can live in peace.  The current tensions between Arabs, and Jews is recent, and not an ancient blood feud. If it was possible for Jews and Arabs to live in peace in the past, there is no reason it could happen in the future.

How did the tensions between Jews and Arabs begin?

After World War II many Jews fled  from Europe to the British protectorate of Palestine. The major reason that Jews fled to Palestine was because  European Jews could not go anywhere else . Many countries during and after World War II would not accept  a large amount of Jewish immigrants. Also, at this time many Arab countries were under the control of European countries such as Britain, and France.  There was a lot of anger by Arabs towards Europeans for occupying their countries.

When the British allowed Jewish immigration into Palestine many Arabs considered this European colonization. This confusion is understandable considering that the majority of Jewish immigrants were from Europe. Eventually Arab anger manifested itself as violence towards  the Jewish immigrants. These Jewish immigrants believed they were being victimized for similar reasons that Europeans victimized them during World War II.  Jewish immigrants were not fully aware of the building anger of Arabs towards Europeans, because of European Imperialism.  The fact that the immigrants were Jewish was less of a factor than they were European immigrants.  Today, the hatred between the two groups has evolved into a religious and racial conflict. This is a result of recent generations neglecting to understand how the conflict began.

Evil is Not Confined To One Nation

The attacks in Norway was a travesty, and a reminder of the darkness of human nature.  The police arrested Anders Breivik who is the only suspect at this time. Brevik admitted to the bombing, and  the shootings that claimed the lives of many.

Before the apprehension of Anders Brevik many thought the attacks was the work of al-Qaeda and their allies. Reporters discussed Norway’s membership in NATO, operations in Libya and Afghanistan as possible reasons for the attacks. When the police finally apprehended Anders Brevik many were surprised that he was blonde, blue-eyed,  and a native Norwegian. The only good thing that may come out these attacks is that it will remind us that evil can come in all forms. For many years people always blame Islamic militants initially for any violent attacks. This trend  of blaming Islamic militants started with the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center by al-Qaeda in 1993. Since the 1993 attack people  have always looked to Islamic Militants as their prime suspect. This video shows how Islamic militants were the initial  suspect in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombings.  The Oklahoma City bombings and Oslo attacks are similar in the respect that people blamed the wrong culprits. Later it was discovered that Tim McVeigh, an American was responsible for the bombing. Some people refused to believe that an American could kill so many of their own.

The suspect Anders Brevik. Image from his website.

Evil is not confined to one nation, one religion, or one race. The potential for evil resides in every one of us.  The choices we make is what makes us good or evil. The major problem is that evil does not always recognize itself as evil.  Many times in history people believe they’re doing good, but do evil things. The best example is Hitler who believed all his actions were justified to protect Germany. Anders Brevick also claimed his actions were for the good of his country, and described himself as a modern Knight.  We must be aware that evil can come from anyone, and any place. If we neglect this fact we put ourselves in great danger.

Honest 2012 Presidential Slogans

Mitt Romney

I wear special Mormon underwear

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Herman Cain 

Republicans needed a token black candidate

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Ron Paul

I like the attention

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Sarah Palin

I want to sell more of my books and stuff

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Michele Bachmann

I’m like Sarah Palin, but hotter

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Barack Obama

A lot of people don’t like me, but I did kill Osama!

Reasons Why The Casey Anthony Trial Shouldn’t Be News

Children Are Often Victims 

The murder of children is unfortunately not unusual. There have been many cases of parents accused of murder this year. An Alabama couple were accused of torturing his two children, who were then murdered.  This case is more horrific than the Casey Anthony Trial, so why wasn’t that in the news. Was it because the Casey Anthony Trial was about a mother accused of killing a young child? That can’t be the reason, because there have been many cases of mothers accused of killing their children. Texas mother Julianne McCrery made her first court appearance in the murder of her 6-year-old son. Again I ask, why does the Casey Anthony Trial get special media coverage? When you give one case special attention others, you are basically stating that the lives of the other victims do not matter as much. We should not pretend that the abuse and murder of children is rare. What happened to Caylee Anthony was horrible, but it’s not unique.

There are Tragedies All Around The World 

At this very second people are dying in Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. In Libya people are fighting, and dying for their freedom from a horrible dictator. People are being killed in Syria for protesting against their government.Also, the United States is still fighting two wars. Recently in Iraq three U.S. soldiers were killed.  In Afghanistan the U.S. military deaths in Afghanistan have reached 1,542. There is nothing we can do to bring back Caylee Anthony, but it’s possible to save the lives of others all around the world right now.

Innocent Until Proven Guilty

Many already decided that Casey Anthony was guilty even before the case began. Many are now upset that she was found innocent, but in the U.S. you are innocent until proven guilty.  The problem is that the how and where Caylee died is still a mystery. Her remains were so mutilated  by animals that determining how she died is impossible. Her death could have been easily an accident, and her mother covered it up.  There is no proof that Casey Anthony was directly responsible for her daughter’s death. The lack of proof, and the possibility of an accidental death means nobody has the right to judge Casey Anthony as a murderer. The sad fact that we may never know how Caylee died.

In Conclusion

There are many of you who feel quite passionate about this case. I’m sure many of you will not agree with me, and some of you are mad that I feel this way. I do care about the death of  young Caylee Anthony, but I don’t think its’ more important than the other horrible things going on the world this very minute.

Feel free to comment, and express yourself on this topic.

Disqualifying The Iranian Women’s Soccer Team Is Not Democratic

Today as a fan of soccer I’m very upset with the recent decision of FIFA. For those that may not know. FIFA officials disqualified the Iranian women’s soccer team in a crucial match that would qualify them for the Olympic Games. The reason they were disqualified was because the female athletes were wearing religious head scarfs. Earlier in April FIFA decided to ban all religious garments in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  The Iranian team toke it upon themselves to make a headscarf that was tight around the head, and complied with FIFA regulations. When the FIFA officials found that they were still in breach of regulations they were disqualified. This decision left these hardworking athletes in tears.

FIFA states that another reason for the ban is for the safety of the players. The official rules state  a player must not use equipment or wear anything that is dangerous to themselves or another player. FIFA contends that these head scarfs are dangerous. I would disagree. Also, a number of FIFA players wear headgear that I would consider more dangerous.Petr Cech, goal keeper for the team Chelsea. He is seen here wearing headgear every game after a serious head injury. I would contend that his headgear poses a bigger threat since it contains padding.

I am not a supporter of Iranian policy of forcing women to wear the headscarf. I believe that religion should be a choice, and shouldn’t be forced. To force women to wear the headscarf is oppression of the women’s right to express their faith as they see fit. That being said banning the headscarf also means that Muslim women from other countries, including western countries cannot compete. This ban forces observant Muslim women to choose between the beliefs, and their desire to compete. I suspect that this decision was made with other motives.  Whether the motives were political in nature, I’m not sure. I am sure that this decision is not Democratic, because Democracy is inclusive not exclusive. I’m sure that it’s not religious freedom. It’s simply wrong. This decision hurts the spirit of the Olympic Games, and FIFA should be ashamed.

What do you think?

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