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This review is from: Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I Renounced Jihad for America, Israel, and the War on Terror (Kindle Edition)
This illuminating , penetrating, engrossing and heartfelt book is essential reading for anyone who wishes to truly understand the realities and dynamics at play concerning terrorism, the threat of Islamist radicalism to the free world , the Arab-Israel conflict and Islamic oppression of and atrocities against women and minorities.
Nonie Darwish in the first chapter of the book describes her childhood in Cairo and Gaza. Her father a top officer in Egyptian military intelligence was the man in charge of facilitating attacks of the terrorist 'fedayeen ' incursions into Israel in which many Israeli civilians were murdered. He was assassinated by Israeli intelligence in a military operation . This , Darwish , rightly puts the blame for squarely of the Egyptian tyrant Gamel Abdel Nasser, the greatest enemy of Israel and the Jewish people from 1953 to 1970, and who in his obsessive passion to destroy Israel and drive her Jewish population into the sea, thus in his mind restoring Arab honour, also caused many Egyptian deaths and suffering.
When she arrived as a child in Gaza she recalls the poverty of the areas when it was then under Egyptian control (under Israeli control from 1967 to 2005, the standard of living shot up exponentially) . The Arab powers wanted to see the lives of the 'Palestinian' Arab refugees as intolerable and pushed up against the Israeli border with no where else to go so that A) They could be used as terrorist infiltrators to attack and kill Israeli civilians and B) World pressure would be brought to bear on Israel. And thus Nasser's regime refused to relocate the 'Palestinian' Arab refugees into the vast spacious and almost empty Sinai peninsular.
In January 1956 Nasser vowed a renewed campaign of aggression against Israel and more fedayeen terror groups were trained in Gaza to infiltrate Israel and kill Israeli Jews. Israeli commandos were sent to Nonie's heavily guarded home but she only found out in the morning and slept throughout. This struck Nonie that the Israelis did not harm the women and children in the house though the Egyptian-organized terrorist fedayeen frequently murdered Israeli civilians, women and children.
In Chapter 2 Darwish describes 'Growing up in Cairo' where women were horrifically oppressed and abused, and could not enjoy any of the basic human rights women in western countries take for granted, where hatred for Jews and Christians was and the culture of jihad (holy war) inculcated in all Egyptian Muslims since birth. As she describes 'No Arab could avoid the culture of Jihad. Jihad is not some esoteric concept. In the Arab world the m,earning of jihad is clear: It is a religious holy war against infidels. , an armed struggle against anyone who is not a Muslim. It is a fight for Allah's cause to promote Islamic dominion in the world.'
The calls in the mosques as the author describes were frequently followed by fiery sermons that urged Muslims to destroy all Jews and infidels, the enemies of Allah.
And then of course there was the class system. social classes in Egypt were and are very stratified. The upper classes treat the poor in Muslim countries with arrogance, contempt, cruelty and injustice.
This is a far cry from the more egalitarian society Israel was founded on, and I believe that the fear that Israel's democratic and egalitarian society would inspire the Arab proletariat to want the same was a large part of the reason that the Arab effendis stirred up the masses for jihad against the Jews.
Darwish stresses that few Westerners can comprehend the degree to which hatred of Jews (Not just Zionists but Jews) permeates every aspect of Arab culture. She began to wonder 'What was wrong with allowing a few million Jews to live among us in peace?Arab land was plenty. They had only a small sliver of land, in some places only thirty kilometers wide. But the hatred and anti-Semitism was frighteningly prevalent in our society'
In Chapter Four Darwish further elaborates the culture of oppression, atrocities and institutionalized rape in Muslim countries Poor Egyptian girls without fathers or brothers who decide to wear Western clothes are seen as deserving of rape and/or murder.
For this reason many young women, even though secular choose to cover their heads for their own safety and survival. And yet leftwing Western feminists very seldom speak out against gender oppression in Muslim countries, because this would not fit in with their perfidious political agenda.
A women who chooses her own sexual partners is often punished by death in these societies . And Darwish also refers to the system of slavery in Sudan by the Muslim Arabs of the North against the Christians and Animists of the South.
Darwish boldly and valiantly points out against the hypocritical and wicked Islamist and neo-leftist propaganda that 'Judeo-Christian culture has greatly contributed to humanity and the order of things in Western civilization by it's insistence on the value of one man and one women joined in holy matrimony'
Chapter Five 'The Invisible Wall' describes the culture of indoctrination and bottomless hate against the Free West and particularly against Jews and Israel, which can only mirror that of Nazi Germany in the 1930s and 40s. The author tells us how 'The public was continually told that the Jews and Israel wanted to conquer the Arab world. Golda Meir was portrayed in Egyptian cartoons as an ugly, bloodsucking woman with dangling breasts, messy hair and blood dripping from her mouth . All Jews were supposed to look like that - holding bloody daggers after killing little Arab babies' How sad one can only reflect it is how the leftist media in the West and elsewhere around the world have copied this anti-Israel demonology.
To survive one had to agree with this hatred or at least pretend to. A similar culture which exists across the Muslim world is now also reproducing in universities, leftwing media and NGO circles and regimes like South Africa and Venezuela.
In the sixth chapter where she describes life in America she both describes a freer more humane society (and for all the faults of American and Western society no decent person can deny that is far morally superior and more humane than any Islamic society) as well as Islamic radicalization in American mosques and universes
She makes the point that most Muslims all over the world today are part of a 'political Islam' rather than any introspection of personal relationship with their Creator. And that often the nonpartisan Muslims are just as extreme , biased, violent and supportive of terror as the religious extremists.
Those who brainwash children in Muslim countries are no doing the same in Western countries they have immigrated to and aim to invade and claim Western societies that have received them as their own. The West must be conquered for Islam.
Furthermore Darwish observes how their is a venomous jealousy of Jewish achievement in the Muslim world Instead of trying to emulate and learn from those achievements Muslims want to murder them , demonize and destroy them, Perhaps because they remind them of the inadequacies and mass poverty of Arab societies despise these Arab nations halving rich oil reserves.
On her visit to Egypt after 20 years of living in America Darwishpointsout that she saw more radicalism and religious repression than ever before. the 'religion of peace' in Egypt are suppressing ands genocide the Copts.
Darwish outlines her noble initiative of Arabs for Israel which aims to spread understanding and tolerance and the acceptance of the right of the tiny state of Israel to exist limn peace and security in the Middle East neighborhood. Darwish would like to tell the Palestinians and the Arab world that having a neighbor of a different religion and culture need not be a reason for hatred , violence, feminization and genocidal intentions. that it can be a blessing. and an asset.
Sadly Darwish in her campaign for genuine peace, tolerance and human rights has been prosecuted and attempts made to silence her not only by Islamist extremists but also by the radical left who today care nothing for human rights, truth or real justice but only their wicked jihad to destroy Israel and the free world. They therefore try to silence those who want peace in the middle East rather than genocide of Israel, and who want real rights for women and minorities
These wicked nihilistic far left radicals control universities , the media and NGOS and even some governments and have decided it suits tier nefarious purposes to back uncritically the IslamoNazis. They refer to all who speak up against the Islamist oppression and terror as ''racist's , 'Islamophobes' and 'bigots. But it is people like Nonie Darwish, Brigitte Gabriel, Wafa Sultan, Bat Yeor, Robert Spencer, Melanie Philips, Julie Burchill, Geert Wilder, Ayaan Hirsi Ali Pat Condell, Daniel Pipes, Guilio Meotti, Caroline Glick, Nadia Matar, Pilar Rahola and the late Oriana Fallaci who are the brave forces of truth and humanity who refuse to be politically correct and cowardly and who refuse to allow evil and inhumanity to prevail.