Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Palestine IS "a Muslim Issue"

In the latest of many poorly penned articles, Mona Eltahawy of PMUNA fame argues that the Palestinian cause has nothing to do with Islam and is merely a land dispute which has been hijacked by "Islamists." The essay, as expected has received accolades and approval from familiar quarters. Paul Wolfowitz, a man known for his fetish of ultra-leftist Arab woman,(just ask his Saudi companion) has endorsed Eltahawy (an Egyptian national) as a "good moslem." Its always reassuring to know that these journalists come with the neocon war criminal seal of approval.

Eltahaway, along with fellow neocon spaniel Amir Taheri, also writes for the Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat, a medicore paper published out of London. Apparently the Saudis haven't been paying attention to the editorial process - or maintaining standards for that matter. The intrepid Eltahawy has also published articles sardonically calling on ulema to condemn and declare jihad against tsunamis. In similar vein, Eltahawy dismissingly refers to the desecration of the Holy Quran as being merely "ink on paper," while berating Muslims worldwide for their justified anger and reaction. She also feels that modest Muslim girls are "salafist tools." A true "progressive" Muslim indeed.

That being said, her article on Palestine is especially poor, lacking facts and relying heavily on empty secular arguments. For starters, the conflict, right from the beginning has been immersed in religion. Oh, but weren't many of the Zionist pioneers secular athiests? Indeed they were, but why then did they refuse offers for a jewish homeland in either Brazil or Uganda, picking Palestine instead? Apparently the biblical symbolism of jews "returning" to their "ancestral homeland" was too good for these European Askhenazi athiests to pass up. The paradoxical argument being that "God gave us this land," yet when asked if they believe in a Supreme Being, the answer is invariably "no." Then again, I have yet to come across a Zionist argument which is based on either truth or reality.

Eltahawy also fails to mention the hypocritical Messianic Christian armagedonists who support Israel. It's odd how she doesn't seem to find fault with the fervent religiosity of Judeo-Christo fascists, yet seems adamently opposed to the Islamic response. While it is true that the conflict took on an a more overt religious tone with the defeat of the Arabs in the 1967 war, it was the specific act of terrorism committed against Masjid Al Aqsa, the third holiest masjid and first qibla of Islam by an Australian pro-Zionist terrorist that shocked the Islamic world. She deliberately leaves this revealing bit of information out.

Then comes the absurd -- the issue of suicide bombing, a favorite amongst selective moralists who find them abominable yet are nowhere to be found when "shock and awe" is being conducted. Ah, but that's how war is isn't it ? One man's suicide bombing is an act of terrorism while another's use of 200 tons of depleted uranium is "liberation." Suicide bombing is never seen within the context of the century long conflict which spawned it. Root causes are never addressed.

If Palestine is an Islamic issue, what about the Christians, asks Eltahawy. What about the Church of the Nativity, and other Christian landmarks and holy sites ? If Eltahawy had done her homework she'd know that the keys to the Church of the Sepulchre have been entrusted to a Muslim family for the last 800 years by the local bickering Christian sects. In fact, Christianity in Palestine has sharply declined under Israel's brutal occupation. Last time I checked non-Muslim friends of Palestine like Tom Hurndall were being used for target practice by the IDF. Nor was Rachel Corrie bulldozed to death by an Islamist.

So just why is Eltahawy so keen to make Palestine a non-Islamic issue? The answer is the fear of Muslim unity, the unique feature being the concept of ummah amongst the Muslims, transcending race, tribe, language, and geography. This, of course, is the nightmare scenario for both the puppets and their masters. It's far easier to take over a house divided than to face a unified force. Just take a look at the "modern" Arab world, a veritable jigsaw puzzle of tiny artificial nation-states crippled by the ideologies of pan-Arabism and its various permutations, Nasserism, Ba'thism, etc. Take a look at "modern" Turkey, the police state established by its Kemalist generals. Is it any wonder that Muslims are fed up with these thugs and gangsters? I can't say I'm surprised that large parts of the Islamic world are in the condition they are today. Just look at who is calling the shots, and they've been doing it for decades. It's time for a change. "Surely Allah does not change the condition of a people until they change their own condition." (ar Ra'd, 13:11)

In conclusion, Palestine is an Islamic issue because it involves Muslims fighting against oppression and tyranny. It is only when we feel and support the struggles of our fellow Muslims in Palestine, Kashmir, Chechneya ,etc that we have earned the right to truly call ourselves believers. Prophet Muhammed (peace be upon him) was reported by Imams Bukhari and Muslim to have said : "The believers having love among themselves, being merciful among themselves, and being kind to each other are like one single body, if any part of the body is not well, the whole body shares the sleeplessness and the high fever with it."


Blogger callieischatty said...

I am an American and like many abhor the war in Iraq.

What a terrible waste of human life.

However, I must say that Palestine is an issue that has caused much pain as well.

Of course the Palestinians deserve a homeland.

But so do the Israeli's too.

There is much to do, peace will not be easy.

But until the Islamists are willing to let Israel exist, there will only be more war.

Lets move on, and let all the kids on earth live in peace.

6:36 PM  
Blogger DrMaxtor said...

I agree with you Callieschatty, however lets keep in perspective that Israel's "right to exist" has been recognized long ago by Palestinian factions. That being said, I find it amazing that a nuclear armed state whose every head of state has been a terrorist in some capacity is being put on par with Palestinians who have largely fought a defensive war.
Even the Europeans got it right when they picked Israel as the greatest threat to world peace in a continent wide poll. Moreover anybody opposed to the Iraq war, must logically oppose Israeli expansionism, and draw a line in the sand, and say ENOUGH. The world took a stand against Nazi Germany and Apartheid South Africa, its time to do the same with Zionist Israel.
Until such measures are taken, peace will remain elusive. Sharon, Bush, Netanyahu and the neocon cabal will make sure of this.

10:36 PM  
Blogger La Bona said...

Is circumcision, Female Genital Mutilation specifically, an Islamic issue?


9:59 AM  
Blogger DrMaxtor said...

La bona, FGM is a practice which predates Islam and is a cultural practice seen in various African tribes, amongst Muslimd, Christians and Animists. That being said, stay on topic.

3:09 PM  
Blogger izzymo said...

Salaam alaikum Dr. Max and thanks for this post. Stop being so hard on yourself and thanks for the correction for our self-made prophet La Bona. Really though, it's amazing how ignorant people are about the realities of FGM, especially since it is practiced amongst all religious groups in rural spots of Africa and it's usually the mother, not the father, who determines whether or not the daughter should be "circumcized" but that's just another stick for people to beat the Muslims up with so...back on topic.

Now, as Muslims, because we have the concept of the umma, or community, naturally if our brothers and sisters are suffering somewhere, it effects us all everywhere.

And then there is the dismissal of the fact that Jerusalem is the 3rd holiest city in Islam. Of course the Palestinians have a good case based on secular law. They are a colonized and deplaced people who have been suffering under apartied conditions for years. Muslims are supposed to be concerned for the oppressed whether or not the oppressor is the Israeli state or the Taliban.

In light of this, how can she say that Palestine is not an Islamic issue? Isn't the alleviation of Israeli-Palestinian suffering an Islamic issue? Isn't the alleviation of any suffering an Islamic issue?

5:13 PM  
Blogger Abdul said...

I don't really agree with the view that the Palestine issue is an religious one.

There are certainly muslims and jews (and other religions) involved in the process, and it is easy to delineate the two sides based on religion.

However what we are seeing here is establishment of political identity. It is not about freedom to practice the religion of Islam.

Thus it is a political issue first and foremost. The religious aspect is by "association" of the two sides, not by the nature of the issue itself.

5:38 PM  
Blogger DrMaxtor said...

Quite incorrect Abdullah. As I stated in the post, why did zionists pick Palestine over Brazil and Uganda ? Why is Jerusalem the capital of Israel? What about "Eretz Israel" ?
Politics is just one part of the larger religious struggle.
Those who seek to keep the conflict restricted to politics are the ones who have largely prolonged the it by avoiding its root causes. Secular and nationalist client regimes in the Arab world and beyond have done just that.

6:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't the first Palestinian suicide bombing claimed by the Palestinians to be revenge for Baruch Goldstein's Hebron massacre?

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As I stated in the post, why did zionists pick Palestine over Brazil and Uganda?

Because previous Jewish states (Davidic Israel and its successor Judah, Maccabean Judea) were located in Palestine. The only other possibility with any historical validity would have been Ukraine and/or southern Russia (where the Jewish Kingdom of Khazaria had once been), but I don't think this would ever have been practical.

Why is Jerusalem the capital of Israel?

Because the Zionists needed to gain support for their vision from religious Jews (and Jerusalem as capital would achieve this, as it's Judaism's holiest city).

Also perhaps because Jerusalem had a Jewish-majority population (the only time since the 7th century Islamic conquests that Jerusalem wasn't Jewish-majority was during Crusader rule).

I wonder if the Jewish-majority population was the reason why no Muslim empire ever had its capital there, even though it's the third-holiest city in Islam...

What about "Eretz Israel" ?

An irredentist movement to restore the frontiers of biblical Israel.

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