Monday, April 19, 2010

Nonie Darwish's Letter To Gaza has the full text of a letter Nonie Darwish wrote in response to a letter she received from a Gazan.

One of the themes Darwish touches upon is the effect of Islam and Islamic law on the Muslim mindset:
...Under Islamic law, non-Muslim countries are never equal to Muslim countries and actually their sovereignty as a non-Muslim nation must always be challenged by Islamic jihad. Islamic law codified jihad as a permanent war with non-Muslims to establish the religion. Muslims thus have to use Taquiyya, lies, to legitimize their aggression on Israel and the West. That is why Muslim countries can never abandon the constant hate propaganda, lies and misinformation about Israel and the West. If that ends, their jihad ends. The UN must be constantly bombarded by complaints from Arab countries against Israel. The Arab street must be constantly bombarded with ridiculous accusations and Zionist conspiracies. Lately on Syrian TV a Syrian intellectual accused Israel of stealing human organs in Haiti while they were helping them after the earthquake. This is not something new; it started in the 7th century, when the prophet Mohammed accused the Jews of treason to justify killing and expelling them and taking over their wealth. To explain this away, he stated that Jews are worthy of this treatment since they are the descendants of apes pigs and enemies of Allah. Muslims still use the same dynamic and the world still falls for it every time.

The Arab mind was trained to never venture outside of the box of Islamic superiority, and that prevented us from treating the rest of humanity as equals. It is alien to Muslim preachers today to preach love to all of humanity and wishing non-Muslims the same human rights as Muslims. I have never heard that from a Muslim preacher. Only after 9/11 and in the West today, do we see some Muslim preachers trying to preach some Western values and engage in interfaith dialogue, in order to rehabilitate the image of Islam in the West and attract more converts.

I often get mail from secular Muslims who ask me: I can understand that you chose to leave Islam, but how can you support the Jews? I get mail like this because, in the Muslim mindset, loving, accepting and feeling good about Jews or Christians and thinking of them as equals, is unthinkable and an act of treason to Islam itself and even worse. It is as though the whole religion of Islam is dedicated to hating and killing Jews.

After centuries of this kind of education, the Muslim world produced a dysfunctional society, unable to relate to the rest of the world. While wanting to convince the world they are a religion of peace, do not be afraid of Islam, they are still hell-bent on conquering the world for Islam. That is Islam’s dilemma today.
Read the whole thing.

According to what Nonie Darwish writes above, Mahmoud Abbas's refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state is based on Islamic law--as firmly established as the concept of Jihad itself.

These are among the issues that those pushing for the creation of a second Palestinian state still refuse to recognize.

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NormanF said...

Changing the culture in the Middle East is a lifetime's work, perhaps a project far longer than those of us alive.

There will be no peace in our lifetime simply because hatred of Jews and Israel is deeply ingrained in Arab culture and passed on from one generation to another.

A Palestinian state will neither be peaceful nor democratic.

Daled Amos said...

A Palestinian state will neither be peaceful nor democratic.

But it will allow the West to feel better about itself.