Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Inside Every Islamist Is a Latent Smotrich


It is no coincidence that ISIS operates in countries such as Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Libya, which in the past were the standard bearers of Arab nationalism.


Salman Masalha ||

Inside Every Islamist Is a Latent Smotrich


The terrorists of the Islamic State, who carried out the slaughter of the Copts in Egypt last Friday, left behind a statement that shows the massacre was planned for the beginning of Ramadan. With a picture of the Kaaba in Mecca and a Koran in the background, the statement included a request and prayer to all Muslims: “We pray that Allah will accept your fast and forgive your sins. A good year and happy holiday.”

Holy places and times have never kept fanatical Muslims from carrying out their crimes. For example, the fourth caliph after Mohammed, who is considered the founder of the Shi’ite branch of Islam, Ali ibn Abi Talib, was murdered in the month of Ramadan inside a mosque while he stood at the head of a group of worshippers. If this is how they treat a Muslim, then how much more so when it comes to heretics, of all types.

From the Islamists’ viewpoint, the source of all the backwardness of the Arab and Muslim world during the modern period lies in Muslims distancing themselves from the commandments of the religion, according to the example of the earliest period of Islam, or as they imagine it.

When the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt was asked once whether he sees the country as a national entity, he answered, basically, that as far as he was concerned Egypt could go to hell. So the Islamists feel they are outsiders in every nation-state. This is the case in Arab countries, as well as in the West. Their vision is an imperialist one, whose goal is to impose the laws of Islam by force throughout the entire world.

It is no coincidence that ISIS operates in countries such as Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Libya, which in the past were the standard bearers of Arab nationalism. The Islamists, in all their movements, completely reject Arab nationalism. The leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Israel are no different in this regard. We can learn this from an article published last week by Sheikh Kamal Khatib, deputy head of the Islamic Movement in Israel’s Northern Branch, which was declared an illegal organization. The article appeared on the popular Arab-Israeli website “Al-Arab,” which operates from Nazareth.

“Here comes this Ramadan for us. It is Ramadan that reminds us of the glorious days of the past and the humiliations that we suffer from in these days, the humiliations that are the result of carrying the banner of Arab nationalism detached from religion,” wrote Sheikh Khatib.

Khatib goes on to mention nostalgically the conquest of Constantinople and its becoming the capital of the Muslim empire that reached the gates of Vienna. He does not skip over other conquests, beginning with Cyprus and ending with Andalusia. He compares the Byzantine emperor who tried to flee dressed in women’s clothes to the “Egyptian soldiers who stripped off their uniforms and tried to escape [from the Israeli army] in the clothes of Bedouin women from the Sinai.”

ISIS BREAKING NEWS - EGYPT: "55 Christian enemy soldiers killed and wounded by Caliphate fighters west of al-Minya "

Khatib exploits the visit to the region by U.S. President Donald Trump for his purposes. He compares the sword dance with Trump in Saudi Arabia to a different drawn sword: The one drawn by Khalid ibn al-Walid during the early days of Islam’s confrontations with the Byzantines, Persians and the rest of the unbelievers, and “with it he humiliated and defeated them and brought down their kingdoms.”


What do these things teach us?

The answer is clear. Inside every Islamist is a sort of “latent Bezalel Smotrich,” who dreams of his own kingdom, the Islamic caliphate. He is waiting for the propitious moment to begin his campaign of conquest, with the goal of returning the crown of the caliphate to its past glory. He dreams of the day when “the army will know what to do.”

Ideology of this type will continue to inflict disasters on the peoples of the region, and all the rest of the world. You have been warned.
*
Haaretz, May 30, 2017
***
For Hebrew, press here





Share:


Facebook comments:
0 Comments:
Post a Comment

Middle East
  • The Arab world's quagmire

    Only a society that can engage in introspection and self-examination can emerge from its dark past and march confidently to a different future. Otherwise, it will continue to sink into the same marshy swamp.

    Read more

    A Feeble Middle East

    The West learned on its own flesh that this region conducts itself by other codes. Iran has continued to entrench its standing by means of its religious ideology. The toppling of Saddam Hussein shattered the illusion of the existence of a unifying “Iraqi identity” and gave an encouraging shot in the arm to Iran, which is forging ahead.

    Read more

  • The decay in the Arab world

    With great sadness, it can be said that in the absence of a sane civil alternative, the Arab world will continue along this path.

    Read more


    Neither Arab nor Spring

    The vicissitudes that have, for some reason, been collectively dubbed the "Arab Spring" are neither Arab nor Spring. One can say that they are actually living proof of the identity crisis and reverberating bankruptcy of Arab nationalism.

    Read more

  • another title

Israel - Palestine
  • Our troubles come from us

    And so we have reached a situation in which every Arab is concerned with his own problems and everyone talks about what preoccupies him personally – that is, his own troubles.

    Read more


  • Never-ending tragedy

    The Israeli right, in all its forms, wants exclusively Jewish control over all of the Land of Israel. To the Palestinians who live in this space, it promises residency – temporary, of course, on condition that they keep their heads down, accept their designated status and behave accordingly.

    Read more
  • Solomon’s Mosque

    Religion, every religion, is the No. 1 enemy of nationalism. But under conditions of tension, such as tribal warfare, these polar opposites combine into a toxic soup that consumes all common sense.

    Read more


Racism
  • They see not, nor know

    The term "neutralize" is very popular with people who have served in the security and expulsion forces. The question to be asked is, What did the poet who spoke of "neutralization" mean in this plan?

    Read more

    For Jews only

    From the moment the pundits followed in the footsteps of the politicians, both large and small, they carried this noxious melody everywhere. They were part of legitimizing the illegitimate in Israeli politics.

    Read more

  • With yearning soul

    The Zionism that aspired to establish a "Jewish home" in the Jews' "ancient homeland" did not take into consideration the fact that the land was not empty. It thus adopted the principle of population transfer, based on the same ancient biblical tradition.

    Read more

    Rabbis of the Dry Bones

    Racism surfaces when a society loses its self-confidence and turns to seeking ways to defend itself against what is different and perceived as increasingly threatening.

    Read more

  • الحلم

    حلمتُ:
    أنّي في سجن جدران بيضاء
    حيث لا يعرفني أحدٌ، وأصواتٌ
    تختفي في الرّدهات، وأضواء تستنشقُ
    جمجمتي اللّاهثة.
    ...
    تتمة الكلام


Press photo to Email

Classic

***
Jazz




Site Archive

Selected Topics

 
Essays
  • The pit and the pendulum

    In those days, we did not drink four goblets of wine, because everything that gladdens the human heart is not a part of our custom.

    Read more

  • Welcome Back to History

    Islam, like other imperialist ideologies, still needs enemies to flourish. Enemies have served Islam in the past as fuel for its wagons. Without enemies Islam declines and stagnates...

    Read more

  • another title

Poetry
  • Balkrishna Sama

    Man Is God


    He who loves flowers, has a tender heart.
    he who cannot pluck their blooms,
    has a heart that's noble.

    Read more

  • Martin Niemöller

    First They Came

    First they came for the Communists
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Communist.
    Then they came for the Socialist
    And I did not speak out
    Because I was not a Socialist.


    Read More

  • Salman Masalha

    The Song About the Child

    Boston Gospel Choir

    Text: Salman Masalha
    Composer: Stephen Feigenbaum


    listen

TOPICS