The Chosen Scapegoats
The Perpetually Fuming Left

The Plague of Jew-Hatred

Josh Scholar asks:

Here is the long shot of that.

The girl is in a line of people holding up a banner and a picture in front of home made American and Israeli flags being burned for the cameras. She's holding the picture.

Can you read the banner or figure out who is in the pictures?

I found a better photo here:

Pakistani Shias Protesting The Creation of Israel

Note that there are three lines of text. The Urdu transliteration and the English translations follow.

1st row, top right
Islam ka dushman America: The enemy of Islam, America.

1st row, top left
Quran ka dushman America: The enemy of the Quran, America.

2nd row
16 May Yom murdabad America: May 16th anniversary, Death to America.

(Israel came into being on May 14, 1948. Why are they protesting on May 16? I really don't know.)

3rd row
Israel ka wajood alam-e-Islam kay kalab may khanjar ki manand hai: The existence of Israel is like a dagger in the body / world of Islam.

I can't make out the small text in the lower left corner.

Are they hoping that publicly demonstrating their hatred for the west will make them more popular with Sunnis? Is the message really, "We're all Muslims here. See, we even hate the right people, just like you do!"

That's part of it. Shias (or Muslims who belong to a small sect) are considered to be traitors. This can be very troubling: the last thing one wants is to be put in the same group as ex-Muslims. So, to convey their loyalty, they attack America and Israel with a vicious passion. (The Iranian regime has made this practice into an art form.)

For many, though, Jew-hatred is the norm.

I remember an online conversation I had with a cousin of mine few years ago. We hadn't seen each other since 1995. He and his younger sister are the brightest among all of my cousins. We initially talked about family, school and studies; later the talk shifted to politics. For some reason, he listed the most powerful nations in the world.

The number one country was Israel. Then came the US. Largest economy in history, having a veto at the UN and grinding two regimes into dust while spending 1% of GDP still didn't buy America the ultimate status in his eyes. For him, a nation which is barely holding on to a diminishing sliver of land in the Middle East rules the planet.

Because it's made up of Jews. How could an educated person think that? He wasn't a rabid Islamist. Hell, being an Ahmadi, he suffered because of the religious craziness in Pakistan. Yet, still, in his eyes, the monsters at the top are Jews.

It seems that Jew-hatred has become a litmus test for Muslims. The easiest way to accrue streed-cred in the Muslim community is by spewing venom at the Jews. Those who want to be in the corridors of power have a simple recipe: be pro-sharia and loath the Jews. The Muslim Brotherhood and, its demon-child, Hamas are the premier examples.

Comments

Josh Scholar

Fascinating post. Thank you for answering.

Isaac Schrödinger

Sure. No problem.

David Boxenhorn

The number one country was Israel. Then came the US. Largest economy in history, having a veto at the UN and grinding two regimes into dust while spending 1% of GDP still didn't buy America the ultimate status in his eyes. For him, a nation which is barely holding on to a diminishing sliver of land in the Middle East rules the planet.

That reminds me of a joke:

One Jew says to another: Why are you always reading that anti-Semitic newspaper?

Answer: It’s always so full of good news. We’re rich! We control the world! But there’s one thing I don’t understand, how come I’m always the last to know?

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