WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
“Arabs and Muslims must speak out against attacks against Jews and Christians.”
“For Arabs and Muslims to not speak out forcefully and convincingly against this growing wave of anti-Jewish and anti-Christian assaults is a true example of Haram, the Arabic word for ‘sin.’ ” – Palestine Note
Where is the outcry against the slaughter of Christians in Iraq or the attempted murder of Jews in the United States by Al-Qaeda operatives in Iraq and Yemen?
In Iraq, terrorists took a church full of Christian worshippers hostage and Iraqi security stormed the church to free them. More than 19 of them, mostly Christian worshippers were killed.
Across the world in the United States, bombs wrapped in boxes and shipped via UPS and sent from Yemen were delivered to Jewish synagogues in Chicago.
President Barack Obama has said he believes there are more of these bomb packages in the mail.
In both cases, the victims were targeted because of their religion.
We know that the al-Qaeda terrorists hate Jews and Christians and also secular Muslims. We know their brand of terrorism is insidious and exploits sacred cows such as the suffering of the Palestinians and the Western exploitation and murder of Arabs and Muslims throughout the Middle East.
But allow these terrorists to hijack our reputation as Arabs and Muslims when we sit back silent without a major protest of this clear pattern of anti-Semitism and anti-Christian atrocities.
Where is the outcry from the Islamic World, whose leaders insist that al-Qaeda does not represent the Islamic World? Where is the outcry from the Arabs who are quick on the draw to denounce Israeli atrocities but seem dysfunctional when it comes to denouncing the killing of Christians and Jews?
Arabs and Muslims in their struggle to liberate Palestine are not anti-Semitic, yet our cause is being turned into an anti-Semitic plague. Our just struggle is being dragged down by the silence of the majority in the Arab and Muslim worlds against a growing incidence of anti-Jewish and anti-Christian attacks.
Arabs are NOT anti-Semitic. We do not hate Jews. Our fight is NOT with Judaism. We challenge the policies of Zionism, a political movement that exploits Judaism to defend its brutal occupation of Palestine and the expropriation of lands from both Arabs and Christians.
Yet when Christians are victimized, the response is tokenism. It is pathetic. It is weak.
Arabs and Muslims cannot complain when Americans stereotype all Muslims as terrorists when the outcry against Muslim driven terrorism by Muslims is muted. They cannot demand justice in Palestine where innocent civilians are being persecuted and even massacred by Israel’s oppressive military occupation when they remain silent when terrorists who are Arab and Muslim assault and kills Jews, because they are Jews.
The attacks by terrorist based in Yemen is an insidious plot not just against Jewish targets in America, but an assault on the spirit of Islam which recognizes and respects Jews as a religion.
And to not speak out harshly against the assault by terrorists who identify themselves as Muslims is a shame on the entire Muslim World.
The terrorists have managed to tarnish the image of Arabs and Muslims, claiming to represent our peoples. But for Arabs and Muslims to not speak out forcefully and convincingly against this growing wave of anti-Jewish and anti-Christian assaults is a true example of Haram, the Arabic word for “sin.”
(Based in Washington, DC, the Palestine Note offers different perspectives into all things Palestine – daily updates of aggregated news and human interest stories and blog commentary) (Photo credit: saveiraqichristians)
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