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3 years ago  ::  Feb 11, 2012 - 7:44PM #1
JAstor
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The first step in creating a society that will tolerate and eventually perpetrate a genocide is the delegitimization of its intended victims. By portraying them as liars, criminals, sub-humans, always guilty of the most nefarious schemes against world order based on the just principles of current political correctness, it becomes not only desirable but necessary to destroy this people, nation or country.

Sadly, thanks to the likes of Hamas, Hezbollah, the government of Iran, and various mullahs/imams, etc. -- but, of course, not all Arabs -- a number of Middle Eastern nations (and Palestinian governing/administrative authorities) are now wrestling with the issue of anti-Semitism. Let's hope the good people in the Middle East have success in combating this evil.

Here are some examples of government-sanctioned anti-Semitism in the Middle East, as noted in Wikipedia


Egypt


Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Mahdi Akef has denounced what he called "the myth of the Holocaust" in defending Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's denial of it.[25]


The Egyptian government-run newspaper, Al-Akhbar, on April 29, 2002 published an editorial denying the Holocaust as a fraud. 


Cartoons appearing in the daily Al-Wafd in 2003 depict Jews as Satanic figures with hooked noses and equates them with Nazis.[citation needed]


In an article in October 2000 columnist Adel Hammoda alleged in the state-owned Egyptian newspaperal-Ahram that Jews made Matza from the blood of (non-Jewish) children.[27] Mohammed Salmawy, editor of Al-Ahram Hebdo, "defended the use of old European myths like the blood libel" in his newspapers.[28]



Jordan


Jordan does not allow entry to Jews with visible signs of Judaism or even with personal religious items in their possession. The Jordanian ambassador to Israel replied to a complaint by a religious Jew denied entry that security concerns required that travelers entering the Hashemite Kingdom not do so with prayer shawls (Tallit) and phylacteries (Tefillin).[29] Jordanian authorities state that the policy is in order to ensure the Jewish tourists safety.[30]


In July 2009, six Breslov Hasidim were deported after attempting entry into Jordan in order to visit the tomb of Aaron / Sheikh Harun on Mount Hor, near Petra, because of an alert from the Ministry of Tourism. 


Saudi Arabia



Saudi Arabian media often attacks Jews in books, news articles, at their Mosques[36] and with what some describe as antisemitic satire.[37] Saudi Arabian government officials and state religious leaders often promote the idea that Jews are conspiring to take over the entire world; as proof of their claims they publish and frequently cite The Protocols of the Elders of Zion as factual.[38][39]


One Saudi Arabian government newspaper suggested that hatred of all Jews is justifiable. 

Saudi textbooks vilify Jews (and Christians and non-Wahabi Muslims): according to The Washington Post, Saudi textbooks claimed by them to have been sanitized of anti-Semitism still call Jews apes (and Christians swine); demand that students avoid and not befriend Jews; claim that Jews worship the devil; and encourage Muslims to engage in Jihad to vanquish Jews.[41]


Palestinian territories



The Hamas, an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, has a foundational statement of principles, or "covenant" which claims that the French revolution, the Russian revolution, colonialism and both world wars were created by the Zionists. It also claims the Freemasons and Rotary clubs are Zionist fronts and refers to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.[46] 


Arab newspapers


Many Arab newspapers, such as Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, the Palestinian Authority's official newspaper, often write that "the Jews" control all the world's governments, and that "the Jews" plan genocide on all the Arabs in the West Bank


Lebanon


Hizbullah's Al-Manar TV channel has often been accused of airing antisemitic broadcasts, blaming the Jews for a Zionist conspiracy against the Arab world, and often airing excerpts from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion,[55][56][57]

Al-Manar recently aired a drama series, called The Diaspora, which is based on historical anti-Semitic allegations. BBC reporters who watched the series said that:



Correspondents who have viewed The Diaspora note that it quotes extensively from theProtocols of the Elders of Zion, a notorious 19th-century publication used by the Nazis among others to fuel race hatred.[58]



In another incident, an Al-Manar commentator recently referred to "Zionist attempts to transmit AIDS to Arab countries". 


"Horseman Without a Horse"


In 2001–2002, Arab Radio and Television produced a 30-part television miniseries entitled "Horseman Without a Horse", which contains dramatizations of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.[62] The United States and Israel criticized Egypt for airing the program, which includes racist falsehoods that have a history of being used "as a pretext for persecuting Jews."[63]


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3 years ago  ::  Feb 11, 2012 - 9:04PM #2
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One post has been removed for violating the rule against hate speech.  All the mods are agreed, there will be no tolerance for hate speech against entire religious groups, racial groups or ethnicities.  Just as we will not allow negative generalizations against Jews or Judaism, we will not allow negative generalizations against Muslims, Arabs or Islam.  Political groups, including governments, are fair game for criticism and derision.  Please refer to the forum rules for reinforcement of this directive; please keep it in mind when posting on sensitive subjects.


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3 years ago  ::  Feb 12, 2012 - 10:28AM #3
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What is going on in the Middle East is not merely isolated individuals inciting the masses or committing atrocities. It is a deeply entrenched, trans-national, trans-regional, trans-ideological frenzy of one of the world's oldest hatreds threatening to become (if it is not already) a societal norm.


As I said in the opening post, there are good people in the Middle East who are resisting this hatred -- and I hope they win out in the end.


It's not about isolated individuals. It's not even about a lot of isolated individuals. It's not exclusively Islamist. It's not exclusively Arab. As the links from Wikipedia -- and these represent only the tip of the iceberg -- there is a critical mass building up that those inside the mass as well as those outside the mass need to be made more aware of. Exposing this particular hatred for what it is -- and not being afraid to say it is radiating more from one area than another, while acknowledging that there are still a lot of good people opposing it -- is an important step in fighting it, and for giving those good people the internal fortitude to reduce its effects -- not only for the sake of Jews but for they themselves, their religions and their cultures. 

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3 years ago  ::  Feb 12, 2012 - 1:57PM #4
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I have also read on Yahoo that Iran had blocked internet access to 30 million of their citizens.


The Iranian Government is the worst offender.Haman now is king.

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3 years ago  ::  Feb 12, 2012 - 3:09PM #5
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Feb 11, 2012 -- 7:44PM, JAstor wrote:

The first step in creating a society that will tolerate and eventually perpetrate a genocide is the delegitimization of its intended victims. By portraying them as liars, criminals, sub-humans, always guilty of the most nefarious schemes against world order based on the just principles of current political correctness, it becomes not only desirable but necessary to destroy this people, nation or country. 



Zionism, the philosophy followed by the founders and the current leaders of Israel, do the same as above to the Palestinians on a daily basis.  From the days during the creation of Israel when they began loading up Arabs on trucks and removing them from their homes, business and confiscating their property, to the fervant PR effort to deny or distort their history on the land and as a people, Zionists have been hell bent to destroy the legitimacy of the Palestinian cause.  Laws have been passed to discourage the commemoration of the Nakba, to facilitate housing discrimination, to allow further confiscation of privately owned Arab property, to separate Palestinian spouses, and that's not all.  


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3 years ago  ::  Feb 12, 2012 - 3:23PM #6
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My feeling about what's going on in the Middle East includes the following:


-- In the ME much of this propaganda is broadcast on government-controlled TV.


-- One government at least, Hamas, has embedded it in it charter.


-- Mein Kampf has become a bestseller in parts of the Middle East. Protocols even more so -- so much that it became a 30-part movie. The latter, at least, would not be tolerated in the West. 


Again from Wikipedia:


Since World War II governments or political leaders in most parts of the world have not referred to theProtocols. The exception to this is the Middle East, where a large number of Arab and Muslim regimes and leaders have endorsed them as authentic, including endorsements from Presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat of Egypt, one of the President Arifs of Iraq, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, and Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi of Libya. The 1988 charter of Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist group, states that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion embodies the plan of the Zionists.[69] Recent endorsements in the 21st century have been made by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Ekrima Sa'id Sabri, and the education ministry of Saudi Arabia.[70]


in short, the West -- whether via government or culture -- has it much more under control. The worry in the Middle East is that its pervasiveness brings it much closer to political and physical action, especially when one considers the actions of Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, etc. 

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3 years ago  ::  Feb 12, 2012 - 4:22PM #7
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Feb 12, 2012 -- 3:23PM, JAstor wrote:


My feeling about what's going on in the Middle East includes the following:


-- In the ME much of this propaganda is broadcast on government-controlled TV.


-- One government at least, Hamas, has embedded it in it charter.


-- Mein Kampf has become a bestseller in parts of the Middle East. Protocols even more so -- so much that it became a 30-part movie. The latter, at least, would not be tolerated in the West. 


Again from Wikipedia:


Since World War II governments or political leaders in most parts of the world have not referred to theProtocols. The exception to this is the Middle East, where a large number of Arab and Muslim regimes and leaders have endorsed them as authentic, including endorsements from Presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser and Anwar Sadat of Egypt, one of the President Arifs of Iraq, King Faisal of Saudi Arabia, and Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi of Libya. The 1988 charter of Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist group, states that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion embodies the plan of the Zionists.[69] Recent endorsements in the 21st century have been made by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Ekrima Sa'id Sabri, and the education ministry of Saudi Arabia.[70]


in short, the West -- whether via government or culture -- has it much more under control. The worry in the Middle East is that its pervasiveness brings it much closer to political and physical action, especially when one considers the actions of Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran, etc. 



Given the political climate in this country and the economic hard times, it would be advisable that every Jewish and Muslim person keep their passports up to date and invest abroad in the countries that they may have to flee to.


Some of the political trends in the US are beginning to frighten me.

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3 years ago  ::  Feb 12, 2012 - 4:29PM #8
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Feb 12, 2012 -- 4:22PM, Roodog wrote:


Given the political climate in this country and the economic hard times, it would be advisable that every Jewish and Muslim person keep their passports up to date and invest abroad in the countries that they may have to flee to.
Some of the political trends in the US are beginning to frighten me.




I can't disagree with that.

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3 years ago  ::  Feb 12, 2012 - 6:46PM #9
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Feb 12, 2012 -- 4:29PM, Miraj wrote:


Feb 12, 2012 -- 4:22PM, Roodog wrote:


Given the political climate in this country and the economic hard times, it would be advisable that every Jewish and Muslim person keep their passports up to date and invest abroad in the countries that they may have to flee to.
Some of the political trends in the US are beginning to frighten me.




I can't disagree with that.





: ((  Nor I.  BOTH sets of homegrown extremists here scare me.

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3 years ago  ::  Feb 12, 2012 - 7:33PM #10
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Agreed :((

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