Thirteen-year-old Maurice Zekaria looked out through the curtained window of his house in central Baghdad and saw Iraqi men dragging two Jewish girls down the street by their hair.Read it all: Sephardim want Baghdad pogrom included in education on Holocaust
He saw Iraqis attacking Jewish men with axes and hammers, and he saw heavy smoke rising from torched Jewish businesses and homes.
It was June 1, 1941 â Shavuot â and over the next 48 hours, Muslim rioters killed some 180 Jews and injured 240, raped Jewish women and burned and looted 586 Jewish stores and homes.
Anti-Semitism in Britain and Europe is worse than 20 years ago and public figures are partly to blame, according to a leading academic.From Eric the Unread
Professor Peter Pulzer, an expert in Jewish history, says politicians and the media are responsible for reinforcing "pre-Holocaust stereotypes" when referring to the Arab-Israeli conflict.
"We are not back in the 1930s, but at a time when anti-Semitism should have been dispersed the trend has reversed direction. One now has to worry about it again in a way that 10 or 20 years ago you did not," said the Gladstone Professor of Government and Public Administration at the University of Oxford and fellow of All Souls College.
Professor Pulzer, author of The Rise of Political Anti-Semitism in Germany and Austria, said he was concerned about the alarming rise in "soft" anti-Semitism since the 11 September 2001 terror attacks, with MPs and writers using "coded" language to express prejudiced views.
"Some of the coded allusions that you find in coverage of that particular issue and the sort of things public figures say do tend to reinforce traditional unfavourable images of Jews. It's not explicit or violent but it's subtle and it's coded," said the professor.
Meanwhile, in Stamford Hill, north London, there have been at least eight attacks on Charedi Jews in the past six weeks.
A confidential summary of talks between key European powers and Iran made available to The Associated Press on Tuesday shows there has been no progress in getting Iran to scrap nuclear enrichment â even though Tehran acknowledged it does not need nuclear energy.And here I've been so happy lately, thinking we finally found a diplomatic solution to Tehran's nuclear plans...
EU Makes No Headway on Iran Nuke Program
"What's important now is to undertake efforts to work towards solving the Arab-Israeli conflict," Schroeder said. "We agree that this requires a really dynamic role of the U.S."
The incoming Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice made an unsettling statement during her confirmation hearing on January 18th, saying: âWe didn't understand the role of non-governmental organizations [that were] carrying out or funding terrorist activities. Others didn't understand that, in the Muslim world, like the Saudis.â?Really? So, when they were collecting funds for the mujahideen in the mosques, where did they think the money went? And how much longer will we be making excuses for the Saudis, anyway?
Living with the hammer and sickleFunny, that's what my dad used to say to me too, during my quest for freedom, equality and a just society. He also made me read The Gulag Archipelago.*
"The afternoon's drama came toward the end of the panel, with this skinny kid sitting in the front row, who happened to be wearing a bright red T-shirt with the Soviet hammer and sickle. I wanted to call him out from the start. I just felt a little crass about it. But as the panel wore on, it continued to gnaw at me. It dawned on me that I or the leftists on the panel would have had no problem calling the kid out if he'd been wearing a T-shirt with neo-Nazi regalia.
And he applauded vigorously when the lefties spoke and sat on his hands when the rest of us spoke, meaning of course that he wasn't wearing the shirt with any sense of irony.
"So when he finally raised his hand during the Q&A, I decided that, what the hell, I might as well point out how silly he looks advertising a belief system rooted in slavery and murder. I recommended that he read Anne Applebaum's Gulag, the Pulitzer-winning book that documents the horrors of the Soviet work camps. He didn't seem to get it. So I added, `I know Soviet chic is hip right now, particularly on college campuses. But you really ought to think about the message you send by wearing that shirt.'
"Maybe it was boorish to call the kid out. But there's something really aggravating about these middle-class kids born into the most privileged conditions in all of human history suddenly finding it trendy to carry water for a belief system that murdered hundreds of millions of people, and enslaved billions more... Me, I just wanna smack 'em a few times."
"After performing all the rituals of the haj, I feel closer to God," Suha explained. "I also feel internal peace."Suha Arafat performs 'haj' to Mecca
Her daughter, who was also interviewed by the paper, said she enjoyed the experience. "I didn't feel tired at all and I prayed for the soul of my father," she said. "I want to return to this holy site every year."
In a related development, relatives of Arafat in the Gaza Strip are demanding that Suha and her daughter move back to the Palestinian areas.
Jarir al-Kidwa, one of Arafat's prominent cousins in Gaza City, said the family wants the two to return home because "life in Paris contravenes with Islamic morals and traditions."
Suha and Zahwa, who turns 10 next July, had been living in Paris before they moved to Tunis a year ago. The two were invited by the wife of the Tunisian president to stay in the country, where Zahwa attends a private school.
"We don't want Zahwa to live in Paris and be affected by the climate there," Kidwa added, claiming that Arafat's daughter was a descendant of one of the nephews of the Prophet Mohammed.
Kidwa, 80, said the family set up a 10-member committee to seek custody over Arafat's daughter so that she could be raised in an Islamic and Arabic environment. He said the team had contacted a number of lawyers in France to file a lawsuit against Suha, asking that she hand her daughter over to them.
America finds itself at war with the exponents of a particular form of Islam, a strain that is, as Gelernter puts it, "a religion of death, a religion that rejoices in slaughter." The world has some two billion Muslims, the vast majority of whom are not radicals; and a religious crusade to convert them to Christianity (or Judaism, or atheism) simply is not an option. The only way to defeat the radical Islamists is to establish an accommodation between Islam and democracy--to assimilate the Islamic world into the modern world.I thought that sounded kind of high. Adherents.com, who say their figures are usually on the high end, has 0.9-1.3 billion.
Islam: Contemporary figures for Islam are usually between 900 million and 1.3 billion, with 1 billion being a figure frequently given in comparative religion texts, probably because it's such a nice, round number. The largest and best known branches of Islam are Sunni and Shi'ite. More.Here's another overview which looks as well at comparative growth rates of Islam and Christianity. He's right that a religious crusade to convert them all to Christianity is not an option, of course, I'm just, you know, fact-checking his ass. It's
Many Muslims (and some non-Muslim) observers claim that there are more practicing Muslims than practicing Christians in the world. Adherents.com has no reason to dispute this. It seems likely, but we would point out that there are different opinions on the matter, and a Muslim may define "practicing" differently than a Christian. In any case, the primary criterion for the rankings on this page is self-identification, which has nothing to do with practice.