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The Arab Holocaust

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BDS and other pro Intestinal groups see their campaigns as moral.  Moral, however needs to be judged by history.

Antisemitism was not just the sin of Christian Europe.  While Jews did live better in Islamic Arab lands, that life was at best parlous.  The Quran itself records the Prophet’s extermination of the indigenous Jews of Arabia and banning all Jews (till this day) from that country.

The story of Iraq is especially horrible. Jews have lived in what is  now Iraq at least since the  conquest of Judea by Nebuchadnezzar.  Hostages taken to Babylon prospered there and created a tradition of Jewish leaning that later produced the Talmud.  Modern Israel began 2500 years ago when  Cyrus, the Persian Emperor, conquered what is now Iraq and allowed the Jews to return under the prophet Ezra.  Later, in the Muslim, era, the Caliph Harun Al Rashid built Baghdad and invited Jews to join Muslims in what became one of the most powerful commercial intellectual cities in the world.

That tradition lasted until June 1-2 1941 with the Farhud.  The Farhud was the Holocaust-era massacre committed by Arab nationalists, done in coordination with the Nazis. Hundreds of innocent Iraqi Jews were murdered, thousands more were brutalized, and Jewish property was pillaged on the holiday of Shavuot.

Palestinian Arab leaders, including the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, were central instigators of the violence in Baghdad.


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