Muslims have managed to exchange historical facts simply by their words. And Linda Sarsour, the Palestinian activist connected to Hamas, has been continuing to promote that narrative.
In a Facebook post from December 9, she stated:
“Nobody gets to tell an occupied people how to respond to their own oppression and the continued stripping of their humanity, agency and land whether they are Palestinians or not. Nobody. Oppressed people determine how, when and where to resist. They set the parameters. You don’t have to agree. Unless you have lived in their condition under the boot of a racist, supremacist, violent regime that sees them as less than human – you have no say in this conversation… “
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Is she really saying that Palestinians “have the right” to stab, kill, and “resist” any way they choose. Sounds pretty close.
Her statements fly in the face of truth. In Israel, Arabs enjoy the freedom to be part of the Knesset, members of the Israel Defense Forces, members of the Israeli Supreme Court, Ambassadors for Israel, and all the other freedoms of Israeli life, even when they claim to be “oppressed.” Except the “right” to kill Jews and tourists. Sorry, they draw the line at that.
1660: The Jewish community in Safed is massacred. [p. 178]
1742: A rabbi is allowed to settle in Tiberias and his arrival “brought back the Jewish community of Tiberias, which had been virtually purged of Jews for seventy years” [p. 179]
1775: Blood libel is spread against Jews in Hebron, resulting in mob violence. [p. 179]
1799: Safed’s Jewish Quarter “was completely sacked by the Turks” [p. 179]
1801: Djezzar sends troops to destroy crops in Nazareth while in Ramleh “during the three days of pillage, the local Latin Christians were either murdered, or lost all their property and fled” [p. 180]
1834: In Safed, the Jewish community is “brutally attacked by Muslim and Druzes” [p. 183]
1834: In Safed, Muhammed Damoor ‘prophesies’ that on the 15th of June “the true Believers would rise up in just wrath against the Jews, and despoil them of their gold, and their silver, and their jewels”–this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. [p. 185-6]
1837: Safed is hit by an earthquake which results in another attack by the Muslims on the Jews. [p. 183]
1840: Blood libel in Damascus has repercussions in Palestine. [p. 183]
1847: Charge of ritual murder is brought against the Jewish community in Jerusalem. [p. 190]
1847: Jewish visitor to Palestine writes about the Jewish community “They do not have any protection and are at the mercy of policemen and the pashas who treat them as they wish…they pay various taxes every now and then…their property is not at their disposal and they dare not complain about an injury for fear of the Arabs’ revenge. Their lives are precarious and subject to daily danger of death” [p. 190-1]
1848 Hebron plundered. [p. 191]
1848-1878: Reports from the British Consulate in Jerusalem document scores of anti-Jewish violence. Example–“July, 1851: It is my duty to report to Your Excellency that the Jews in Hebron have been greatly alarmed by threats of the Moslems there at the commencement of Ramadan…”
1858: Muslim in Hebron is confronted with his theft and vandalism of Jews and responds that “his right derived from time immemorial in his family, to enter Jewish houses, and take toll or contributions at any time without giving account”
And that’s not counting terror attacks in more modern times:
- The Maalot massacre where 25 hostages, including 22 children, were killed and 68 more were injured.
- A Swiss airliner headed to Israel in which all forty-seven civilian passengers were killed
- The Lod Airport Massacre, in which twenty-seven civilians, mostly Christian pilgrims, were killed
- The Passover Massacre, where twenty-nine Jews were killed during a Passover seder
- The Dolphinarium Massacre, where twenty-one mostly Russian Jews were killed in a discotheque for teenagers
- The Hebrew University bombing, where nine people were killed in the Hebrew University cafeteria
If Israel were “apartheid,” it would be impossible for Arabs to hold any kind of office. The “oppression” and “war crimes” are done by Muslims far more than any Jewish violators. But the narrative has changed so drastically that 128 nations at the UN voted against the 9 who were in favor of Jerusalem belonging to Israel.
Muslims’ “Holy City” was Mecca…and even Medina, not Jerusalem –until they decided they wanted it.
Sarsour claims that the world must destroy all Jewish settlements and hold Jews accountable for war crimes based on their “illegal occupation.” She says she is tired of people being mad at Palestinians who stab and kill Jews.
“I am tired of people who are more worried about the response from the oppressed, who have critiques of the oppressed but are silent on the oppressors and their decades of brutalization and illegal occupation of Palestinians and Palestinian land.” Sarsour
Frankly, we’re more tired of people who run around murdering Israelis, stabbing police, IDF, and anyone else they view as the “oppressors.”
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