Wednesday, July 27, 2011


"The West has made no effort to prevent this rewriting of history"

Moses Maimonides
Its a tough time to be a Jew. Alleged "Islamophobia" gets a lot of press these days, and old fashioned hatred of Jews has fallen out of disfavor, and across the western world, academia has become increasingly hostile toward Jews, again.

The latest bits I've seen are more of the same: Israel must die, Jews must be silenced on campuses, writing Jewish accomplishments out of history, and so on.

From Iran we hear from one of their top generals that "In order to protect the security of our country, we have no option but to have the Zionist regime wiped off the map." Israel must be obliterated as a nation in order for Iran to have security. Why? Because they blame Mossad for the assassination of one of their top nuclear weapons scientists. This isn't new for Iran of course. Their government has been calling for Israel to be obliterated since 1979. Which is probably why Mossad felt compelled to do something to stop their nuclear weapons program.

The island that the lunatic Norwegian shot up was a camp teaching children proper leftist and socialist ideology. Literally, it was like Jesus Camp for Che Guevarra fans. Among the projects of the camp was teaching kids that Israel should be boycotted and Jews were dangerous, bad people. Alan Dershowitz wrote in March what its like trying to talk in Norway and how Jews are treated:
My hosts expected, therefore, that their offer to have me present a different academic perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be eagerly accepted. I have written half a dozen books on the subject presenting a centrist view in support of the two-state solution. But the universities refused.

The dean of the law faculty at Bergen University said he would be "honored" to have me present a lecture "on the O.J. Simpson case," as long as I was willing to promise not to mention Israel. An administrator at the Trondheim school said that Israel was too "controversial."

The University of Oslo simply said "no" without offering an excuse. That led one journalist to wonder whether the Norwegian universities believe that I am "not entirely house-trained."

Only once before have I been prevented from lecturing at universities in a country. The other country was Apartheid South Africa.
Norway's professors have been working hard to prevent any Jewish speakers from coming to their universities, and want no viewpoints or speakers opposing their perspective on Israel.

There's a reason Norway's sizable Jewish population has been reduced to a tiny fragment.

And then there's the UN, whose primary goal seems to have shifted from preventing another Hitler to attacking Jews and Israel at every opportunity. Gulio Meotti has a great series of examples of this in Ynet magazine. In 2009, UNESCO declared Jerusalem the "Capitol of Muslim Culture," and described the Jews living there as an "occupation" of the city. A few months ago UNESCO declared Rachel's Tomb (where the patriarch Isaac's wife Rachel is said to have been buried) a mosque, despite having never been used as such in the past. That article has many, many other examples.

The most recent example is to change the faith and background of one of Judaism's most respected and honored scientists, scholars, and academics: Moses Maimonides. A great physician and one of the greatest thinkers and philosophers of the medieval period, Maimonides has been considered a Jewish icon for years. Now, UNESCO has decided he was Muslim:
For those who are skeptical, or who note that Maimonides, who lived under Muslim rule, was also called by that Arabic name, Elder of Ziyon has tracked down the original document in French. I double-checked his translation with a friend from France and with Google Translate, but then also realized that changing the “_fr” to “_en” in the URL would probably get me to the English version of the file, which it did. The English version contains the following passage:
“From AD 1100–1350 – during the first half of the European Middle Ages (AD 1100–1543) – the names of a few European scientists appear in scientific literature alongside a string of Muslim scientists, whose numbers include Ibn-Rushd, Musa Bin Memoun, Tusi and Ibn-Nafis.”
Musa Bin Memoun is the Muslim version of Maimonides' name. This is part of the mythmaking about an Islamic golden age in medieval Europe where science, medicine, philosophy, literature and other efforts all exploded in a tolerant Muslim culture centered in Spain. As I've written about in the past, the facts are significantly less rosy and immensely less Muslim.

This promotion of Islam and degradation of Jews by the UN is not surprising, since Islamic nations have been promoted to significant power and voice in the organization over recent years.

1 comment:

Tina said...

This is reason more than any other for the preservation of hard copies of books. (It is also a main reason why I avoid referring or linking to Wikipedia.)

I was never taught in school about the Armenian Genocide by Turkey, but I learned about it when I was 9 or 10 and found the remnants of an antique book discarded when neighbors moved out. I don't remember what was on the cover or the title although the beauty of the cover is what caused me to pick it up from the alley and take it home. I read graphic stories of the atrocities committed against those poor people, and of the Christian West's movement to evacuate and save as many Armenian refugees and orphans as possible.

That was the last time I heard anything about the massacres of the Armenian people until I was an adult, and Turkey was still denying any of it happened.

The old books, that tell the story of events at the time and are printed out so the words can't be changed, matter. They matter so much.