From the ‘Whoring for Petro-dollars”-Department
‘The Golden Age” of Islamic Spain, where everyone “got along wonderfully under Islamic rule”- is NOT simply an Arabic fairytale: It is (and was) a nightmare for the dhimmies who were trying to survive under the rule of the moors. Curiously it is a myth that has been perpetuated and widely believed.
Now the Arabs have found a Jew to make a movie about how great it all was, and he’s telling us to all go back to sleep:
* People in the west talk of the clash of civilizations,” Out of Cordoba filmmaker Jacob Bender tells GulfNews.com. “They argue that the London, Madrid and New York attacks were the manifestations of a millennium-long conflict between the West and Islam. I believe there is a need for a different voice that would show that this idea has no basis in the actual history that was lived by Muslims, Christians and Jews for hundreds of years.”
All you really need to know is this:
Bender’s film is slated for 2008 distribution, and has most recently received funding from Saudi Arabian Prince Al Walid Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud’s Kingdom Foundation
Al Walid Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud
Robert Spencer: Exhibit A, apparently, will be the Jewish philosopher Moses Maimonides, a resident of this paradisaical Al-Andalus. You can find in my book Religion of Peace? some quotations from Maimonides’ actual writings that I doubt will make it into this documentary, in which Maimonides complains of the brutality of the Muslims toward the Jews. As soon as I get close enough to a copy of the book I’ll post them.
* Those who know their history will not be deceived:
Remember, my coreligionists, that on account of the vast number of our sins, God has hurled us in the midst of this people, the Arabs, who have persecuted us severely, and passed baneful and discriminatory legislation against us … Never did a nation molest, degrade, debase, and hate us as much as they…”
This is taken from Bat Ye’or’s The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians Under Islam pg 351. The expulsion Maimonides was victim to was the final of three major expulsions ordered by the Almoravids, the prior two taking place in 1106 and 1126. Reinhart Dozy, the Dutch Arab historian, chronicled the events leading up to and surrounding the mass deportations:
The Christians, or Mozarabs as they were called, suffered still more: the Fakihs and the populace fostered against them a yet more envenomed hatred. In most towns they formed but a small community: but in the province of Granada they were still numerous, and near the capital they possessed a beautiful church, which had been built about 600 C.E. by Gudila, a Gothic noble. This church was an offense to the Fakihs. Basing their action, probably, on the autority of the Khalif ‘Omar II … they issued a fetwa decreeing its demolition. Yusuf having given his approval, the sacred edifice was leveled with the ground (A.D. 1099). Other churches seem to have met with a similar fate, and the Fakihs treated the Mozarabs so oppressively that the latter at length appealed to Alfonso the Battler, King of Aragon, to deliver them from their intolerable burdens. Alfonso acceded to their request. In September, 1125, he set out with four thousand knights and their men at-arms, all sworn on the Gospels not the desert one another. Alfonso, did not however, achieve the results he aimed at … the ultimate object of the expedition had been the capture of Granada, and this was not effected. Upon the withdrawal of the Aragonese army, the Moslems cruelly avenged themselves on the Mozarabs. Ten thousand of the Christians were already out of their reach, for knowing the fate in store for them they had obtained permission from Alfonso to settle in his territories; but many who remained were deprived of their property, maltreated in endless ways, thrown into prision or put to death. The majority, however, were transported to Africa, and endured terrible sufferings, ultimately settling in the vicinity of Saleh and Mequinez (A.D. 1126). This deportation was carried out by virtue of a decree which the Kady Ibn Rushd – grandfathter of the famous Averroes – had procured from Ali. Eleven years later a second expulsion of the Mozarabs took place, and very few were left in Andalusia.
From Spanish Islam, pp 721-722.
As historian Richard Fletcher puts it, “The witness of those who lived through the horrors of the Berber conquest, of the Andalusian fitnah in the early eleventh century, of the Almoravid invasion – to mention only a few disruptive episodes – must give it the lie … Beauty? Yes, a fair amount of it. Tolerance? Ask the Jews of Grenada who were massacred in 1066, or the Christians who were deported by the Almoravids to Morocco in 1126 (like the Moriscos five centuries later).” Al-Andalus “was not a tolerant and enlightened society even in its most cultivated epoch.”
* The Sauds must be laughing their butts off just thinking how the hated Jooozzz are doing their bidding in presenting taqqiya to the western public.
* Old Jacob (mind-) Bender is a veteran ‘Interfaith’-schlock-peddler who has been on the Saudi payroll for a long time:
“After 9/11 I felt an urge to respond to the attacks as well as to the growing evidence of Islamophobia and attacks upon Muslims with a film that would talk about the coexistence between Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” Bender told Gulf News.
“Now that in the West some people talk of the clash of civilisations and argue that the London, Madrid and New York attacks were the manifestations of a millennium-long conflict between the West and Islam, I believe there is a need for a different voice that would show that this idea has no basis in the actual history that was lived by Muslims, Christians and Jews for hundreds of years.”
Bender, a Jewish interfaith activist, highlights in his documentary how the three religions at the time of Averroes and Maymonides shared medical knowledge, astronomy, mathematics, history and most of all of religion.
p.130-131, from Spencer’s Religion of Peace:
In 1291 Isaac ben Samuel, a noted Kabbalist and Palestinian Jew, sought refuge in a Christian-controlled area of Spain after the collapse of the last Crusader kingdom in the Levant. He explained, “For in the eyes of the Muslims, the children of Israel are as open to abuse as an unprotected field. Even in their law and statutes they rule that the testimony of a Muslim is always to be believed against that of a Jew. For this reason our rabbis of blessed memory have said, ‘Rather beneath the yoke of Edom [Christendom] than that of Ishmael [Islam].’ They [the rabbis] plead for mercy before the Holy One, Blessed be He, saying, ‘Master of the World, either let us live beneath Thy shadow or else beneath that of the children of Edom’ (Talmud, Gittin 17a).”
Ben Samuel’s choice of Christian Spain is paradoxical, as Muslim Spain was supposed to have been a famous exception to the oppression of Jews that prevailed elsewhere among both Muslims and Christians. Islamic apologist Karen Armstrong enunciates the common wisdom when she states that “until 1492, Jews and Christians lived peaceably and productively together in Muslim Spain — a coexistence that was impossible elsewhere in Europe.” Even the U.S. State Department has proclaimed that “during the Islamic period in Spain, Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together in peace and mutual respect, creating a diverse society in which bibrant exchanges of ideas took place.”
Yet the philosopher Maimonides, a Jew who lived for a time in Muslim Spain and then fled that supposedly tolerant and pluralistic land, remarked, “you know, my brethren, that on account of our sins God has cast us into the midst of this people, the nation of Ishmael, who persecute us severely, and who devise ways to harm us and to debase us…No nation has ever done more harm to Israel. None has matched it in debasing and humiliating us. None has been able to reduce us as they have….We have borne their imposed degradation, their lies, and absurdities, which are beyond human power to bear.”
Notably, Maimonides directed that Jews could teach rabbinic law to Christians, but not to Muslims. For Muslms, he said, will interpret what they are taught “according to their erroneous principles and they will oppress us. [F]or this reason…they hate all [non-Muslims] who live among them.” But the Christians, he said, “admit that the text of the Torah, such as we have it, is intact” –– as opposed to the Islamic view that the Jews and Christians have corrupted their scriptures. Christians, continued Maimonides, “do not find in their religious law any contradiction with ours.”
* Abu Hamza, self-styled mufti of Londonistan, also known as Abu Hook, is more truthful. But we like honest Muhammedans, don’t we?
“If a kafir (non-Muslim) is going into a Muslim country and he is walking by, he is like a cow. Anyone can take him. That is the Islamic rule. If Muslims cannot take them, you know, and sell them in the market, then kill them. It is ok”.
US helps Saudis train oil security force: report
AFP: US defence giant Lockheed Martin is reportedly training thousands of recruits for a special force designed to protect Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities from attack.
Saudi authorities have recruited around 5,000 members of the Facilities Security Force and plan to raise the number to 8,000-10,000 over the next two years as an interim target, the Nicosia-based Middle East Economic Survey said.
The plan to set up a 35,000-strong force to guard oil and other vital installations was announced in July by Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz as the oil powerhouse continues to battle suspected Al-Qaeda militants.