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    • Samuel
    • 05.11.09 | 04:45 (IST)

    The Muslim Middle East was for centuries a place of refuge for Jews fleeing the congenital hatred that the Christian West held toward them. We should therefore expect, nay be certain that these Muslims would violently and unequivocally reject any attempt to Westernize their society, even if for no other reason than that they would then be subject to this worthless, abhorrent, irrational hatred for Jews. For this hatred contravenes traditional, normative Islam. Islam and its empires taught and practiced tolerance for Judaism, along with other religions of the book. It is the Secularization and Westernization of the Middle East which introduced anti-Jewish ideology to the region. Again, anti-Jewish ideology contravenes traditional, normative Islam. If you import the West to Jaffa, you are bringing its diseases to Jaffa, among them anti-semitism. Again, your Jewishness and your Democraticism are dissonant. As if one could be a monotheist and a secularist simultaneously!

    from the article: Comparing Islamic anti-Semitism to Nazi Germany at its worst
    First published 19:07 03.11.09 | Last updated 20:18 03.11.09
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