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Perspectives that perpetuate


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The increasing tension sometimes erupted into violence, with Arab mobs rioting in Jewish areas on numerous occasions, leading to deaths and injuries inflicted mainly on the Jewish population.

Apart from a strong demand by the Arabs to curtail Jewish immigration to Palestine, another major source of contention was the Wailing (later renamed “Western”) Wall, regarded as the most hallowed site in Judaism, which had been a retaining wall of the Second Temple compound, destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. For many Muslims, this was seen as an affront, because of its proximity to the Haram el Sharif (the Noble Sanctuary), the large compound enclosing the el-Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, regarded as the third holiest site in Islam. Furthermore the area of the Wall was also regarded as Muslim property.

A ruling issued by the British Mandatory Authority, in order to placate Muslim sentiments, forbade the Jews from placing benches or other items by the Wall. On a few occasions British police forcefully removed a screen that had been put up to separate men and women at prayer.

Meanwhile, the Arabs claimed that the Jews were trying to extend their rights at the Wall, with the aim of taking possession of the sacred Al Aksa Mosque. The Jewish National Council, representing the Zionists, responded in an official statement, saying: “We herewith declare emphatically and sincerely that no Jew has ever thought of encroaching upon the rights of Moslems over their own Holy places …”
But this did nothing to calm the situation. Indeed things kept getting worse. The narrow prayer area by the Wailing Wall suddenly became a thoroughfare for Muslims, who sometimes brushed past the Jewish worshippers, with their donkeys dropping excrement. The British authorities remained indifferent to Jewish protests.

A dominant figure in the Arab population was the Grand Mufti, Mohammed Amin Husseini, a young firebrand preacher, whose declarations led to rioting, often resulting in death and destruction. In protest, on August 15, 1929 hundreds of Jews converged on the Wall area and sang the Zionist anthem “Hatikva.” A flag with a Star of David was raised. This prompted an Arab riot in the area of Wall, which spread to the Jewish commercial area of Jerusalem and to other parts of the country. 133 Jews were killed, and over 300 wounded.

In Hebron, where the rampage was especially severe, 67 Jewish men, women and children were killed and hundreds wounded. Here, the prolonged violence and slaughter had been unexpected, because Jews and Arabs had lived in fairly amiable, mutually respectful co-existence for centuries. Furthermore, in those days when few people had a radio or telephone, they were not close geographically to the rantings of the Mufti.

Nevertheless, the pogrom in Hebron was sparked by false reports of Jews murdering Arabs in Jerusalem. Rumors claimed that hundreds of Arabs in Jerusalem were being killed by the Jews. This monumental lie inflamed once peaceful, friendly folks to butcher their helpless Jewish neighbors, not only in a momentary fit of anger, but for many hours of crazed fury! The town had a British police station, but it did little to stop the violence. After three days the surviving Jews were evacuated by the British to Jerusalem, and Hebron’s ancient Jewish community, in existence for hundreds and possibly thousands of years, had come to an end – until the Israeli victory during the Six Day War 38 years later.
Similar events took place in other parts of the country, but on a smaller scale. What set off this terrible wave of bloodshed, which had a serious bearing on the future? Understandably, the Arabs of Palestine had cause for concern with the influx of Jews into Palestine.

At the same time, however, Arabs from all the neighboring regions were also entering Palestine because of the improved prospects for better lives, brought on to a large extent due to Jewish enterprise.

Despite repeated Jewish declarations that they did not wish to take anything from the Arabs, that all their land purchases were legally done, and that they only wished to live in peace with their neighbors, the Arab nationalistic and religious leaders chose to alarm their people that if they didn’t act strongly, they would be shoved aside, and with the connivance of the British, lose their lands, livelihood and their holy sites.

But all these fears were unfounded. Regarding the El Aksa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, situated on what the Jews regard as the Temple Mount, Jewish tradition states that it is even prohibited for Jews to go anywhere on the Temple Mount, lest they inadvertently stand on what had been the Holy of Holies when the Temple existed, because that is where the presence of God was the strongest. In addition, according to Jewish tradition, the Temple can only be rebuilt when the Messiah comes. So clearly, this assertion by the Arab leaders was based on a false premise. It was a clear fabrication, spread with the intention of inflaming the mobs and thus assert their own leadership.

Throughout most of the century-long conflict, misunderstanding and falsehood have continued to stoke the raging passions and deepened the rift. To this day the untruths continue. Here is a short list of popular misconceptions that many Arabs and Israelis have for each other:

Among Israelis there are those who have had little contact with Arabs, yet they consider Arabs to be lazy, unintelligent, unfriendly, cowardly and untrustworthy. As generalizations, these notions have been proven time and again to be nonsensical. Israelis with contacts with Arabs, either through work, business, services, studies or conversely on the battlefield, have learned that among the Arabs, like every other nation, there are many very hardworking, intelligent, amiable and extremely courageous people. Similarly, with regard to trustworthiness, many Israelis who have had working relationships with Arabs, regard them to be as trustworthy as their Jewish counterparts. Indeed, regarding laziness, by and large they are at least as hard-working as the Jews, if not more so because they tend to be less pampered. One reason why negative impressions of Arabs are not more widespread, especially when considering the ongoing struggle between the two peoples, is that Israel’s media is largely run by people with liberal sentiments, who for years have favored the Arabs with a fair measure of respect and sympathy. Even Israeli media sources with Right Wing sentiments will frequently feature controversial articles by their ideological adversaries and even by Arabs, many of them hostile to Israel. Also, whenever a public figure comes out with a blatantly negative announcement about Arabs that might smack of racism, he is summarily pounced on in every public forum and news outlet. That’s because as Jews, Israelis are probably more sensitive about racism than most other people.

The Arab media inside and outside Israel, however, is largely contemptuous of Israel. It reflects the sentiments of their governments and seems to be disinterested in veracity. For instance, a common assertion by Arab leaders and echoed by the media is that the First and Second Temples mentioned in the Bible never existed. They say that the Jews claim the existence of the Temples in order to justify their coming to Palestine. One can’t help wondering at the mind-set that is able to totally ignore or refute something repeatedly stated in what has probably been the world’s best-selling book for a thousand years. Many Arabs have been taught to believe that the Jews had never ever dwelt in Palestine in any numbers until a few generations ago.

Another favorite Muslim assumption is that the Nazi Holocaust is a hoax that was concocted by the Jews in order to gain world sympathy in their quest to dislodge Arabs from their homes in Palestine. This sentiment is also shared by many non-Muslims. Again they easily ignore or refute an enormous amount of evidence which the Nazis themselves had meticulously documented. On the other hand, many acknowledge that the Holocaust might have happened, but not nearly on the dreadful scale as claimed by the Jews, whom, they believe, make out that the Holocaust was far worse than it actually was as an excuse to come to Palestine and steal Arab land.

Arab newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and hundreds of blog sites are guaranteed public interest in stories about Jewish plots for world domination through the control of financial institutions, and conspiracies to manipulate governments and the media. They borrow heavily from the ideas found in the perennially primary sources of lies about Jews – Hitler’s Mein Kampf and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which happen to be best sellers in all Arab countries. Other popular themes have included academic reports suggesting that the Jews did not originate in ancient Israel, but rather were descended from non-indigenous peoples who usurped Palestine. (A few Israeli academics subscribe to this idea, which is generally regarded as a mere foray into fantasy.)

Al-Arab el-Yaum, a Jordanian daily, has published articles such as “Killing Children According to Jewish Faith,” (March 8, 2008), which reported that Jews kill Gentile children and use their blood for religious rituals.

Al-Riyadh, the Saudi daily, writing about the Jewish holiday of Purim, claimed that the Jew must prepare special pastries, baked with the dried blood of a Muslim or Christian adolescent. For celebrating Passover, the paper asserts that the blood of slaughtered Muslim or Christian children under the age of ten is used.

On March 11, 1997, the Palestinian representative to the UN Human Rights Commission claimed the Israeli government had injected 300 Palestinian children with the HIV virus. At the time of writing this blood libel remains on the UN record. Why and how the Israeli government should do such a thing when at any given time, there are scores of Palestinian children being treated in Israeli hospitals, often by Arab doctors and nurses, defies logic.

In a meeting in November 1999, Suha Arafat, the Palestinian leader’s wife, announced to Hillary Clinton, then USA’s First Lady: “Our people have been subjected to the daily and extensive use of poisonous gas by the Israeli forces, which has led to an increase in cancer cases among women and children.” She added that 80% of water resources were contaminated, and that the ground was full of chemicals banned internationally.

The Palestinian daily, “Al-Hayat Al-Jadida,” on August 22, 1998, carried a report in which Palestine Authority deputy minister Abd Al-Hamid Al-Qudsi stated: “Israel carries out a clear policy of annihilating our people and destroying our national economy by smuggling into Palestinian territories spoiled foodstuff … not fit for human consumption … which aims to kill and destroy our people.”

These are a tiny sampling of statements of various Arab public figures and media outlets, which clearly compromise credibility for eloquence and tendentious gall. What Arabs should be asking themselves is, why would the Israelis do all these terrible things? Just for spite? Or because they are so intrinsically evil? And if the answers are in the positive, they should be asking themselves why a tiny nation of six million Jews chooses to enrage three hundred and fifty million Arabs surrounding them, who are largely supported by another billion two hundred million Muslims. The answer is in the question. None of these claims makes any sense at all. They are all baseless fabrications.

Meanwhile, in the West as well as in Israel, great care is taken not to offend the sensibilities of Arabs and Muslims. Therefore statements coming from Arab sources, so often patently false, are allowed to go largely unchallenged and keep festering and poisoning the minds of Arabs and others. Thus the tragedy of the Arab-Israel conflict is perpetuated, after having, to a large extent, gotten started as the result of lies.

Taking great care not to offend Arabs and Muslims is part of a trend that has taken root in many media and intellectual circles throughout the world, and is sometimes abbreviated as P.C.

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