ForÂ Akif EMRE, who’s chutzpah is as big as Muhammad’s ego, it wasÂ “ethnic cleansing”.
You knew this was coming:Â the expulsion of the Muslims was part of a Â 700-year war to end the occupation of Spain by North African invaders.
Muslims Demand “Right of Return” to Spain
Jews, Moriscos and Spanish Justice
The Spanish government has recognized the right of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Spain after the fall of Granada in 1492. This move will be applauded as an act of justice, albeit a late one.
However, the real reason behind this act has nothing to do with this. When Granada fell to the Catholics in 1492, Andalusian Muslims and Jews signed an agreement with the victors to guarantee their religious rights. Two years later, the Catholics broke this agreement with the Jews and expelled them from their homeland. Many Sephardic Jews then took refuge within the Ottoman Empire.
This is often claimed by Muslims, but little proof is offered for it.Â
Similarly, this act of ethnic cleansing by the Europeans is also unrelated. Five years after the agreements were signed, the Catholics also broke their side of the deal with the Muslims, leaving them with no choice but to convert to Christianity or face slaughter. Like this, a community of those who secretly remained as Muslims, known as the Moriscos, was born.
Typical Mohammedan claptrap. All treaties with non Muslims are worthless, as you can see here:
|Qur’an 9:3||“Allah and His Messenger dissolve obligations.”|
|Qur’an 66:2||“Allah has already sanctioned for you the dissolution of your vows.”|
The Muslims remained Muslims, plotting and committing crimes against Â Christians, so finally the Spaniards had enough and Â booted Â them out.
The new governors of Andalus did not support the exile of Muslims from the land, as they held key positions in the field of art, trade and agriculture.
No art whatsoever. Trade yes. Agriculture? The Muslims were mostly herdsmen, so there wasn’t much Â agriculture.Â
Rather, they wanted them to convert and remain in servitude. Speaking Arabic, dressing in Islamic attire and resembling Muslims in anyway through practice and behaviour were sufficient grounds to persecute this otherwise Christian-appearing community during the inquisition. They were even punished for going to public baths and refusing to eat pork.
“They wanted them to convert and remain in servitude”- sounds like the Islamic model to me. So the Spaniards learned it from the Muslims or Akif is projecting.
In the face of this oppression, some Moriscos tried bribing the authorities to delay or at least lighten their punishments. At times they attempted to rebel, but these attempts were quashed with violence. The Alpujara rebellion of 1569 lasted three years until the Holy Roman Empire sent reinforcements to contain the uprising.
The Muselmanic methods didn’t work? Infidels fought back? What a shame!
An interesting point to note, however, is the fact that not all of these Muslims who were forced to change their religion were Arabs. The chances are that most of them were natives of Spain who had become Muslim during the Andalusian era. By 1609, after a number of generations, it appeared as if the Spanish had been Catholicized. Despite this, it was decreed that the Moriscos were not good Christians and efforts began to banish them from Spain.
‘Reverts’ are usually worse than those who are born Muslims. Converted Muslims could not be trusted then and even less now.
This decision to exile the Moriscos was to open the way for greater dilemmas. Those Moriscos who had genuinely accepted Christianity but were still outcast had two choices. If they were exiled to Muslim lands, they would have to leave their children who were younger than the age of ten behind. On the other hand, if they went to another Catholic country like France, they could take their children with them. In the end, between 400,000 and one million Moriscos were exiled from Spain.
The Spanish had enough. They made tabula rasa. Who can blame them?
The Ottomans concerned themselves tremendously with this situation, accepting exiles to provinces such as Algeria and Tunisia, all the while exempting the Moriscos from paying taxes. Some travelled across France and Italy to the Balkans and the Ottoman capital Istanbul, where they settled in the Galata district. Some Moriscos who were forced out of Andalus fled to Granada before the city fell, until they too were exiled 100 years later.
The Moriscos were the sacraficial lambs of the first stages of Renaissance Europe and what we know as the becon of mordernity today. Braudel called this banishment of people from the same land and same bloodline as the result of the anger of a civilization.
The Renaissance was possible because the Muselmaniacs were driven out. With them present it nothing would have been achieved.
In 2009, 400 years after the Moriscos were banished, a number of Spanish opposition intellectuals and non-governmental organizations started a campaign for the state to apologize for this atrocity. Meanwhile, those who felt that the public wasn’t ready for such an apology asked the authorities to start the process by granting royal awards. Neither demand was realized.
Liberation is ‘atrocity?’ Only in the queer and twisted mind of a muselmaniac.
Spain, however, has started by apologizing to the children of the Sephardic Jews by giving them the right of return. Up to 3.5 million Jews from around the world are expected to be elligable to apply. Justice may have been granted to one community, but the anguish of the other continues. Now the descendents of the Moriscos, who are the real children of Spain, also seek to end the aggrivation which has given them a sense of great loss.
The Jews, the Jews! (Me too, me too, screams the soldier of allah….)
Besides being an act of ethnic cleansing, the exile of the Moriscos is a manifestation of the consciousness of pre-modern Europe. It is one of the aspects that highlight modern Europe’s marginalizing attribute. A Europe that fails to apologize to the Moriscos and return their rights indicates their inability to clear their conscience and hold themselves to account for their crimes.
No apology should ever be considered for Â the Mohammedan occupation of Spain. This insolent Turk needs to be told that savages who murdered the Armenian christians should not ever talk about ‘conscience’ — and is them who need to be held to account.
byÂ Soeren Kern/Gatestone
Observers say that by granting citizenship to all descendants of expelled Muslims, Spain, virtually overnight, would end up with the largest Muslim population in the European Union.
“Is Spain aware of what might be assumed when it makes peace with some but not with others? Is Spain aware of what this decision [not to include Muslims in the return] could cost?… Does Spain have alternatives to the foreign investment from Muslims?” â€” Ahmed Bensalh, Morisco-Moroccan journalist.
“Persecution of Jews was just that, while what happened with the Arabs was part of a conflict. There is no basis for comparison.” â€” Jose Ribeiro e Castro, Portuguese lawmaker who drafted Portuguese law of return.
Muslim groups are demanding Spanish citizenship for potentially millions of descendants of Muslims who were expelled from Spain during the Middle Ages.
The growing clamor for “historical justice” comes after theÂ recent approvalÂ of a law that would grant Spanish citizenship to descendants of Sephardic Jews expelled from Spain in 1492.
Muslim supporters say they are entitled to the same rights and privileges as Jews because both groups were expelled from Spain under similar historical circumstances.
But historians point out that the Jewish presence in Spain predates the arrival of Christianity in the country and that their expulsion was a matter of bigotry. By contrast, the Muslims in Spain were colonial occupiers who called the territory Al-Andalus and imposed Arabic as the official language. Historians say their expulsion was a matter of decolonization.
|“Expulsion of the Moriscos at the port of DÃ©nia”, by Vincente Mostre.|
In any event, the descendants of Muslims expelled from Spain are believed to number in the millionsâ€”possibly tens of millionsâ€”and most of them now live in North Africa. Observers say that by granting citizenship to all of them, Spain, virtually overnight, would end up with the largest Muslim population in the European Union.
Much of the Iberian Peninsula was occupied by Muslim conquerors known as the Moors from 711 until 1492, when the MoorishÂ Kingdom of GranadaÂ surrendered to the Catholic Monarchs of Spain (Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon), in what is known as the Christian Reconquest.
But the final Muslim expulsion from Granada did not take place until over a century later, beginning in 1609, when King Philip III decreed theÂ expulsion of the Moriscos.
The Moriscosâ€”Moors who decided to convert to Catholicism after the Reconquest rather than leave Spainâ€”were suspected of being nominal Catholics who continued to practice Islam in secret. From 1609 through 1614, the Spanish monarchy forced an estimated 350,000 Moriscos to leave Spain for Muslim North Africa.
Today, up to five million descendants of the Moriscos are living in Morocco alone; there are millions more living in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania, Tunisia and Turkey.
In a recentÂ essayÂ published by the Morocco-based newspaperÂ Correo DiplomÃ¡tico, the Morisco-Moroccan journalist Ahmed Bensalh wrote that the “decision to grant Spanish citizenship to the grandchildren of the Hebrews in Spain in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, while ignoring the Moriscos, the grandsons of the Muslims, is without doubt, flagrant segregation and unquestionable discrimination, as both communities suffered equally in Spain at that time. The decision could also be considered by the international community to be an historic act of absolute immorality and injustice…This decision is absolutely disgraceful and dishonorable.”
Bensalh then went on to threaten Spain: “Is Spain aware of what might be assumed when it makes peace with some and not with others? Is Spain aware of what this decision could cost? Has Spain considered that it could jeopardize the massive investments that Muslims have made on its territory? Does Spain have alternatives to the foreign investment from Muslims if they ever decide to move that capital to other destinations due to the discrimination against Muslims?”
Bensalh is one of many Muslim journalists, historians and academics who are demanding that Spain treat Moriscos the same way it treats Sephardic Jews.
Consider Jamal Bin Ammar al-Ahmar, an “Andalus-Algerian” university professor at the Ferhat Abbas University in SÃ©tif in northeastern Algeria. Al-Ahmar has been engaged in a six-year campaign to persuade Spanish King Juan Carlos to identify and condemn those who expelled the Muslims from Al-Andalus in the fifteenth century. Al-Ahmar is also demanding that millions of descendants of the Moriscos expelled from Spain be allowed to return there.
In aÂ letterÂ addressed to the Spanish monarch, Al-Ahmar calls for a “full legal and historical investigation of the war crimes that were perpetrated on the Muslim population of Andalusia by the French, English, European and papal crusaders, whose victims were our poor miserable people, after the collapse of Islamic rule in Andalusia.”
The letter speaks of “the injustice inflicted on the Muslim population of Andalusia who are still suffering in the diaspora in exile since 1492.”
Al-Ahmar wants the Spanish monarch to apologize “on behalf of his ancestors” and to assume “responsibility for the consequences” this would entail. He says it is necessary “to identify criminals, to convict retroactively, while at the same time to identify and compensate victims for their calamities and restore their titles.” This process would culminate with “a decree that allows immigrants to return to their homes in Andalusia, and grant them full citizenship rights and restoration of all their properties.”
The Moroccan historian Hasan AouridÂ believesÂ Spain has a policy of “double standards” vis-Ã -vis the Moriscos. Aouridâ€”who recentlyÂ wrote a novel, entitled “The Moriscos,” to “remember the tragedy of those expelled from Al-Andalus”â€”told an audience at theÂ Casablanca International Book FairÂ that Spain cannot become “reconciled with itself without recognizing its Moorish dimension” and asked if “the suffering was lower for Muslims than for Jews.”
The Association for the Historical Legacy of Al-Andalus, a group dedicated to reviving the memory of the Muslim presence in Spain, says the Spanish government should treat Muslims and Jews the same way. By failing to offer Spanish citizenship to both groups, Muslims would become victims of “selective racism,”Â saidÂ the president of the association, Bayib Loubaris.
Spain is unlikely to concede to these demands anytime soon. While few deny there are potentially millions of descendants of Moriscos living in North Africa today, the challenge lies in reconstructing reliable genealogies to determine legitimate heirs.
The issue of who is a Morisco and who is not will be a topic for discussion at aÂ major international conferenceâ€””The Descendants of the Andalusian Moriscos in Morocco, Spain and Portugal”â€”to be held in Tangier from April 4-6, 2014.
But even if such genealogies could be compiled, calls to naturalize the descendants of expelled Muslims are sure to be opposed for another reason: the fact that the expulsion of the Muslims was part of a war to end the occupation of Spain by North African invaders.
Jose Ribeiro e Castro, a Portuguese lawmaker who drafted Portugal’s law of return for Sephardic Jews,Â putsÂ it this way: “Persecution of Jews was just that, while what happened with the Arabs was part of a conflict. There is no basis for comparison.”
Soeren KernÂ is a Senior Fellow at the New York-basedÂ Gatestone Institute. He is also Senior Fellow for European Politics at the Madrid-based Grupo de Estudios EstratÃ©gicos / Strategic Studies Group. Follow him onÂ FacebookÂ andÂ Twitter.