- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Dialog Press (16 Nov. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0914153145
- ISBN-13: 978-0914153146
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.2 x 23 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The Farhud: The Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust Paperback – 16 Nov 2010
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Islam had a long history of hatred and subjugation of the Jews, known as dhimnitude. The Jews in Islamic countries were reduced ton the status of humiliated and subjugated second class citizens, with a variety of laws to ensure this.
Dhimnis were barred from building any structure higher than a Muslims, could not ride horses but only donkeys without saddles, could not build any new houses of worship or repair existing ones and were forbidden from making any noises that would attract attention to their worship or burial of their dead.
They had to wear distinctive clothes to identify them, Jews had to wear yellow, and the mandatory yellow patch which was forced upon the Jews by the Nazis had it's origins in Baghdad, and not in Medieval Europe as commonly believed.
The idea of Jews in the Middle East being sovereign in an independent state, and not subjugated to Muslim rule and humiliated under Dhimni status is what was intolerable to the Arabs and the roots of the violent Arab rejection of the state of Israel, and before that of migration of Jews into the Land of Israel. This was anathema to the demand for Arab supremacy and dhimnitude
"Certainly the Palestinian population was accustomed to the many migrants from the far reaches of the Ottoman Empire and especially the extended Middle East who settled in the land. But the local Arab community harbored a special resentment, at one level or another, for all these new Jewish neighbours.Read more ›
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investigated. Particularly leftist polemicists are loath to present any historic accounts which can challenge their rigorous anti-Zionism. If we are going to truly understand the modern Middle East including ISIS, Hezbollah, Hamas, and Fatah, then the history of specifically anti Jewish hatred must be told. The Jews of Iraq were murdered, harassed and hounded out of the land they lived in for centuries prior to the Arab-Islamic invasion. This community has made a new life for itself in Israel where they preserve their traditions and enrich Israeli life and culture. Except for some digressions and some recounting of material that is redundant, this is a valuable book.
Some of these roots and their nourishing streams touch upon geology, cultural traditions, ideology, government, and modern corporate practices. Black does not paint a glowing picture of Arab culture, but neither is he about to salute the virtues of the western powers. The fact is (and this is a key to the dynamics leading up to the Farhud) the Arabs were betrayed in their hopes and expectations of a unified Arab state by the victorious allies in World War I. That, and then having to see the birth of a Jewish state fueled resentment that "justified" in the Arab mind a dual opposition to the British as well as the Jews, and alliance with Hitler was the path to "killing two birds" together.
There is another important aspect of this work, and that is the context Black gives us for understanding the notorious "Transfer Agreement" between Zionist Jews and the new Nazi regime. This event is often cited by flaming anti-Israel zealots as an example of nefarious Zionists doing anything to realize their plan to "steal" Palestine. Well, it isn't so simple as that, and you will know why if you read Black's searing account of anti-Jewish progroms in European countries and the reluctance of other nations to allow those fleeing for their lives to enter and take refuge. Where were the Jews to go? Black clarifies an important point--that in such a warped, hate-filled, and what we Christians call the "fallen" world there may be times when the only recourse left is to make a deal with the devil and try to save something. The Zionists, according to Black, were the only ones who understood that as bad as the pogroms were, things could get a lot worse, and people needed to have a place to go. He also gives us good reasons why the Zionists were opposed by other Jews, who felt themselves thoroughly assimilated into countries where they felt identified nationally and trusted in the civilized realities they were accustomed to. Why go to a flea infested, sweltering desert environment like Palestine?
One can understand what the Arabs were looking at from their point of view: the transmission of a largely German colony in the historic environment of the Middle East. This does not, of course, excuse the fundamentally anti-semitic element in Arab culture nor the Islamic-inspired savagery of the Farhud. Far from it. It's just that Black writes in such a way as to illuminate the various perturbations at work in this whole sordid story.