CIVILIZATION NEEDS TO EMULATE ISRAEL’S FORTRESS MENTALITY.
By Paul Merkley.
Our civilization is now living through an accelerated recapitulation of Israel’s experience with Islam since1948.
Israel’s Experience With Islam.
Islam came into the world, fourteen centuries ago, committed to a mission deriving from a simple principle: that Allah requires all believers to work towards eliminating all Jews, “the Sons of pigs and apes,” first from planet earth and then from the cosmos.
After many centuries of mixed success – which the imams attribute to lack of zeal among the faithful – Allah’s cause abruptly appeared to be nearing fruition in the middle of the Twentieth Century. Europe, the home of most Jews, was embroiled in a terrible war, one that had taken on dimensions suggesting that the End of Times was upon us all. During that War, one side had inaugurated and nearly completed a plan to remove all Jews from the world. But that War ended before the agenda of the Mufti and the Fuehrer could be completed – a circumstance that the imams have been openly bemoaning ever since.
Within a few months of the end of that once-promising Second World War, Muslims everywhere were shaken by the discovery that the United Nations was preparing to plant “A Jewish State” right at one of the margins of the world in which Islam’s proud legacy was born!
This story begins with adoption by the General Assembly of the United Nations, by a vote of more than two-thirds of its Members, of a Resolution of November 29, 1947, in favour of Partition of the Mandate that Great Britain held in Palestine, once a corner of the Ottoman Empire, on behalf of the League of Nations. The Mandate of Palestine was to be replaced by “a Jewish State and an Arab State” — not a Palestinian state, as the term “Palestinian” then invariably referred to Jews who lived inside Britain’s Mandate. There was to be a line (a rather wobbly line, but a perfectly legible one, one that had no walls upon it, and one to which all the nations were now required to subscribe) — on one side of which there would be “a Jewish state” and on the other “an Arab state.”
On the Jewish side, agreement on the name “Israel” was achieved just a few days before the State’s leaders declared its existence, May 14, 1948. On the Arab side, a name for the “Arab state” was never achieved, as no one in the Arab or wider Muslim world dared to say out loud that that only a part, no matter how large, of the whole thing belonged to “the Arabs” – and thus to Islam.
The Jews complied with this resolution, despite great unhappiness at the eccentric and stingy manner in which the UN’s several Commissions had drawn its tentative boundaries. But the Arab Nations and the Muslims Nations – true to the zero-sum thinking that has always governed in the Arab world since before the days of the Prophet himself — declared unqualified opposition to Partition. The Arab position was and is today that no Jews will ever have the right to live in any part of the world that had once belonged to Islam.
Israel Begins Life Under Siege.
Israel came into the world because the Jewish residents of Palestine heroically asserted their right to life against all the Arab governments of the region. These, incidentally, were all newly-minted “kingdoms” that had until the day-before-yesterday been ruled as parts of European Empires (British, French, and Italian.) Their newly-minted “kings,” locally-important clan leaders and generals, pretending to be descendants of ancient dynasties, declared in unison that a Jewish State was an abomination and immediately went to war, intending to strangle it in its cradle. The United Nations did nothing to help save the State of Israel, whose legitimacy was supposed to have been underwritten by its own Partition Declaration of 1947.
Having failed to destroy the Jewish State the Arab nations immediately set about punishing the Jews wherever they could reach them, driving them out of places in which they had lived, for the most part, for several centuries longer than the Arab people who now made up the majority of their citizens. As they drove out the Jews, they plundered all of their assets.
What the Jews Deserve.
The Qur’an declares that the whole of Jewish scripture from Genesis 15 forward is full of lies. The Qur’an offers a counter-history, wherein God’s promises devolve upon Ishmael, living in Mecca, and not upon Isaac. In Sura 5: 41-43 we read: “The Jews [are] men who will listen to any lie. . . . [I]t is not God’s will to purify their hearts. For them there is disgrace in this world, and in the hereafter a heavy punishment. . . . For they are not (really) people of Faith.”
Muslim preachers everywhere tell the faithful that hatred of all Jews is not merely something that exists (rightly) among human beings but something that exists no less in nature: indeed, it extends throughout the cosmos, and the depth of it will be revealed when the cosmos is redeemed at the end of time. Sheikh Mudeiris Sheikh Ibrahim Mudeiris, the imam of the Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, a paid appointee of the Palestine Authority, has made this point graphically:
Why is there this malice [on the part of the rocks and the trees towards the Jews?] Because there are none who love the Jews on the face of the earth: not man, not rock, and not tree, everything hates them. They destroy everything, they destroy the trees and destroy the houses. Everything wants vengeance on the Jews, on these pigs on the face of the earth, and the day of our victory, Allah willing, will come.”
[Source: Steven Stalinsky, “Kingdom Comes to North America,” National Review Online, May 13, 2004.]
In one of his extra-Qur’anic sayings, Muhammad proclaims:
Judgment day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims kill the Jews, and then the Jews will hide behind stones and trees, and Allah will make the stones and trees speak, saying, “Oh Muslim, the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him’, except the Guarqad tree, which is the tree of the Jews.
It is important to keep in mind that this insight on the future of the Jews is equally the clue to how history will end. In the words of this same cleric:
We have ruled the world before, and by Allah the day will come when we will rule America. The day will come when we will rule Britain and the entire world, except for the Jews. The Jews will not enjoy a life of tranquility under our rule, because they are treacherous by nature, as they have been throughout history. The day will come when everything will be relieved of the Jews – even the stones and trees which were harmed by them. Listen to the Prophet Muhammad, who tells you about the evil end that awaits the Jews. The stones and trees will want the Muslims to finish off every Jew (PA TV, May 13, 2005, [Quoted in Palestinian Media Watch Special Report, July 14, 2005, email@example.com)]
The need for vigorous defense against mindless Muslim hatred is as old as Israel itself – indeed, it was a daily reality throughout the entire period when the Jewish community lived under the aegis of Great Britain, in the years of the Mandate. But then, living under existential threat from hatred of one’s neighbours on account of everything that belongs to you has been the typical experience of the Jewish people for at last three millennia.
With the creation of the State of Israel, the Jews now for the first time acquired the means of self-defense against mindless hatred. The cost has been extremely high. The Arab nations have cooperated in launching several wars explicitly devoted to driving the Jews back into the sea—reversing the history of Zionism. After each of these wars, that cause has been set back, but never abandoned or disowned.
With each passing decade since then, more and more Jews still living within the diaspora have concluded that it is impossible to appease Muslim hatred in parts of the world that have hitherto had no Muslims in them. As this recognition sets in, more and more Jews have concluded that it is only within the Jewish state that Jews can have any hope of providing for their own defense.
Well before the Jewish State came into existence it was under siege by enemies dedicated to its elimination. Having survived—but only by the skin of their teeth – annihilation by Hitler, the Jews were prepared to make their State a fortress. This was certainly not what any Zionist had ever wanted. But in was the need of that hour. And it has proved to the need of every hour since.
The latest chapter in this story of Islam’s uncompromising contempt for Jews has been called “the knife intifada;” it is characterized by sudden attacks on Israeli civilians (lately averaging two or three every week) by spiritually-exalted individuals or small gangs of Muslim Arabs resident in Israel – most of them citizens of the State of Israel and beneficiaries of its social programs and graduates of its schools.
The Intifada Against Civilization
Civilization is now facing the challenge of recognizing that it is under siege and that it needs to develop a fortress mentality.
The bottom line to the great moment that our media called the Arab Spring is that there is less democracy, less civil liberty, less economic justice, and certainly less religious freedom than ever before in the Arab world. Simultaneously, Muslim people have been fleeing from the Arab world, taking up residence in Europe and America. The latest phase in his story is the present massive Muslim swarm.
The largest lesson borne on the headlines of the last few weeks is that Christians and Jews, wherever they live, have no right to expert acknowledgement from Muslims of their right to life. The intifada against civilization is intended to make all Christians, all “polytheists,” as well as all who imagine that they are “atheists” seek salvation in “submission” – which is, not incidentally, the literal meaning of Islam. We see the small-change of this submission in such simple matters as refraining to say “Merry Christmas” to a clerk in a store, in case – just in case –he might be a Muslim and must therewith be offended.
Exorcism of this spirit of submission has to start with recognition of the absolute incompatibility of the message of the Qur’an with the wisdom that we believe informs our civilization.
All of us who believe that there is such a thing as” civilization” and that we belong to it and that it is up to all of us to defend it in every waking moment, are now in the situation of the Jews of the diaspora prior to 1948. The difference is that the threat of subversion of civilization by Islam is vastly greater today. Islam has acquired an ally for its cause among college-educated intellectuals who treat the very notion of “civilization” with contempt and who today participate openly and gleefully in the campaign for liquidation of the Jews under the banner of “anti-Zionism.’
Shimon Samuels, International Relations Director for the Simon Weisenthal Organization, has come to the twofold conclusion: that “what began with the Jews has crossed a new threshold for Europe.” The Jews in Europe are now less safe than ever; and (here is the larger truth) this is because the real target it is not the Jews but European Civilization, “the delicate fabric of democracy itself.”
In the slum belts around French cities, twin cries in Arabic now resonate among native-born Islamists, fired up by jihadist imams and Internet sites: “Maut al Yahud” (Death to the Jews) and “Na’al Fransa” (Curse France) … These are the appurtenances of Middle East terrorism – honed over years against Israel – now transplanted to European soil. (firstname.lastname@example.org, November 17, 2015.)
Those who proudly claim to “belong to civilization” are under siege. That is not what any proud, civilized person had ever expected. But it is what has befallen us all.