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- 1238 days ago - salsa.democracyinaction.org
Weeks before Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's scheduled visit to Israel, the Jerusalem Film Festival foreign office confirmed that the legendary basketball star and actor had canceled his planned July 2011 trip, due to concerns arising "after the Nakba Day violence"



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BarbCat SunshineLady (1672)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 10:46 am
That's one smart athlete!!! WTG Kareem!!! WTG *C*!!! Will fwd!!!
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 10:51 am
 
Thank you for signing the letter to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!
 
Now please consider endorsing the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) here.
 
You can also learn more about the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel here.
 
We're working to get this mesage into the mainstream media. You can see our media release about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar here.
 
 
 

BarbCat SunshineLady (1672)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 10:52 am
Action gladly taken!!! Thnx *C*!!!!
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 11:00 am
 
Freedom for Palestine - OneWorld


 
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 11:02 am

(Sorry about that.)
 
Freedom for Palestine - OneWorld
 
 
 

Patricia Cannell (757)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 11:03 am
Signed and noted. Thanks!
 

Sue D. (156)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 11:06 am
Good for Kareem! Voices in opposition of Israel's actions should be heard, and the voices of well known role models carry additional impact.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (447)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 11:12 am
If the man disliked Israeli politics to begin with, why did he wish to contribute to the Jerusalem Film Festival?
 

Constance F. (430)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 11:18 am
Thank you for posting, Carole. Yes, good on him! So signed. Let me see, considering my age, it's easily been about 25-30 years I have been hearing about this endless nightmare of violence and injusitce in Israel. And going on much longer than that. Honestly, sick, sick, sick to death of it that I can't even look at most of this stuff anymore. The human race is incomprehensible to me. No, not incomprehensible. I just don't want to state what I think. My mission now is to try to forgive the human race. What an utter tragedy is man. Tragic in the classical sense. Good, but fatally flawed. Good luck. Back to my animals.
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 11:18 am


Hey, when he became enlightened by full disclosure, he changed his mind.

(Is that wrong? Or is that a man of good conscience?)

 

Mandi T. (430)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 11:21 am
Thank You!! Signed.
Tks Carole
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 11:25 am

It takes a bigger person to admit when they've had an error in judgment . . . than those who realize it, but continue to (because of false pride) perpetuate injustice.

I respect this man for his informed and well-considered decision.

 

Past Member (0)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 11:26 am
Done, thanks Carole
 

Mike S. (86)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 11:41 am
Signed, shared and noted. Thank you Carole.
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 11:42 am

Thank you ALL for choosing to see REAL truth.

ANY group of people, who are oppressed, are a disrespect to us ALL (for either actively condoning the oppressors, or silently being complicit in the denial of their human rights).

 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 11:51 am

I just need to voice something:

It's incomprehensible to me how often opposing viewpoints are categorized as "unpopular."

Frankly, being "popular" is less important to me than being "conscientiously observant."

I am dismayed by those who promulgate empirical ideologies that perpetuate injustice.

The least of us (as a whole) are always a part of us. And, when we dismiss that judicial ideology, we become the least of humanity.

 

Joan for Peace (441)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 12:03 pm
kudos carole, great post and great comments. peace to all , may all be ruled by their hearts not their wallets.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (447)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 12:11 pm
Knowing Israel's policy on the Palestinians, why would he chose to participate in the Jerusalem Film Festival?
 

Sue D. (156)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 12:18 pm
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"

You cannot currently send a star to Just because you have done so within the last week.
 

Kathy Chadwell (367)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 12:19 pm
Thank You!
Your name (or your organization's name, if applicable) has been added to the letter to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!
Thank you Carole
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 12:34 pm

THANK YOU!

Simplistically stated . . . OPPRESSION is the opposite of FREEDOM!

 

(0)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 12:39 pm
Thank you very much Carole. I would send you a zillion green stars if I could!!!!
 

Dandelion G. (386)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 12:42 pm
Good for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and thank you Carole for putting this on the news. An injustice to one is an injustice to all no matter where it is done. Oh yes, signed.
 

wooddragon xx (88)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 12:49 pm
Cheers Carole...

I don't understand when people do not offer an apology for a making mistake. How hard is it really to say I am sorry I made a mistake?

We are not perfect and we never will be all make them but it takes a bigger person.Why is it so hard to say I made a mistake. to err is human to forgive divine

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. ~Confucius, Analects


Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift. ~Margaret Lee Runbeck
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 12:51 pm

Thank you, Wooddragon, I was unable to give you another well-deserved star, due to Care2 restraints.

 

wooddragon xx (88)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 1:04 pm
OMG the above comment was a total mistake!! HAHAHA!!! My daughter pressed a button before I wrote it properly!!! Well, that is my excuse and I am sticking to it!!! HAHAHAHA!!

Cheers Carole...

The comment was meant to say:
I don't understand when people do not offer an apology for making a mistake. How hard is it to say I am sorry I made a mistake?

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. ~Confucius, Analects

Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift. ~Margaret Lee Runbeck
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 1:05 pm

I know I have seen enough of oppression, and I hope other readers will agree.

Please join me in asking others to support its STOP!

 

Ge M. (218)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 1:13 pm
Supporting a man who spits on his brave father's action, wow, what a wonderful son!
 

wooddragon xx (88)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 1:13 pm

Thanks Carole for understanding what I was trying to say.... I haven't stopped laughing!! Lucky for me I am used to making crazy errors here on C2....But one thing I will always do is... apologise.


 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 1:18 pm

I cannot react in anger to the expressions of a brainwashed mind. Instead, Gillian, I hope for your enlightenment, and caring for all oppressed people.

 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 1:29 pm

I forgive you, Gillian.

 

Ge M. (218)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 1:48 pm
Discrimination Against Bidoons, Palestinians, and Other Immigrants in Kuwait
http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/2/4/2/3/9/p242399_index.html

Kuwaiti Writer Calls for Killing All Palestinians
http://www.mideastyouth.com/2007/05/29/kuwati-writer-calls-for-killing-all-palestinians/

Veiled4allah: Palestinians in Saudi Arabia
http://www.care2.com/news/member/100661215/2856612

Why Palestinians Are Second-Class Citizens in Lebanon
http://www.care2.com/news/member/100661215/2856549

Avrech: Gaza's Camps for Terror
http://www.virtualjerusalem.com/blogs.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=846:avrech-gazas-camps-for-terror&catid=21:seraphic-secret&Itemid=846

PA Hammers Hate Into Children
http://christianactionforisrael.org/antiholo/pa_hate.html

Antisemitism in Official PA Daily: Judaism Is a "Distorted, Corrupted, Falsified Religion"
http://palwatch.org/main.aspx?fi=157&doc_id=5190

Rioting Muslims Damage Church, Properties in Pakistan
http://www.christianpost.com/news/rioting-muslims-damage-church-properties-in-pakistan-50069/

ASIA/PAKISTAN-"Ban the Bible, a Blasphemous Book ": New Radical Islamic Attack Against Christians
http://deaconjohnspace.wordpress.com/2011/06/03/ban-the-bible-a-new-radical-islamic-attack/

Christians Flee as Islamist Influence Grows in Tunisia
http://barnabasfund.org/UK/News/Archives/Christians-flee-as-Islamist-influence-grows-in-Tunisia.html

Tortured, Beaten, Raped, Kidnapped, Imprisoned: Eritrean Christian Refugees in Egypt Need Your Help
http://barnabasfund.org/UK/News/Latest-emergencies/Tortured-beaten-raped-kidnapped-imprisoned-Eritrean-Christian-refugees-in-Egypt-need-your-help.html

Financed By the British Taxpayer, Brutal Torturers of the West Bank
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1133032/Financed-British-taxpayer-brutal-torturers-West-Bank.html


 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 1:54 pm

(Wutever)

 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 2:04 pm

Somehow, I feel assured that -- whether you forgive me or not -- that is meaningless to the overall positive purpose of my life.

In the meantime, I would appreciate NOT having to flag your off-topic comments, so please leave them on your own (largely unvisited) submissions.

 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 2:23 pm

Thank you, Gillian!

(Sorry, can't send you a star.)

 

Pat B. (353)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 2:38 pm
Thank you, Carole, for this. Definitely signed!! Way to go, Kareem!!! xox
 

Just Carole (338)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 2:49 pm

Thank you, my dear friends.

 

James W. (261)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 3:53 pm
Signed & Noted Thanks C
 

Debbie G. (311)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 4:43 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks C. I appreciate the great news and petitions you bring to Care2.
 

Alexa R. (330)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 5:01 pm
I agree with you Gillian.
 

Michael Carney (211)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 6:10 pm
Noted, and gladly signed, thanks for the post, Carole... :)
 

Tomoko Harris (83)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 9:10 pm
I sign letter and note!
 

Elena Arutiunova (34)
Sunday July 3, 2011, 9:39 pm
Thank You!
Share

Your name (or your organization's name, if applicable) has been added to the letter to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!
 

Ben Oscarsito (342)
Monday July 4, 2011, 12:37 am
Signed. (Using "Illinois, Postal Code 60601", does that make me a cheating little devil...?)
No, seriously; I live in Sweden, and wanted to sign...so my imagination came in handy...
And may I add; -Telling the truth doesn't make anyone popular, that's for sure!
As for myself, I prefere to tell the truth as I see it, -I HATE double standards of morality!
And; -How I wish that all of us spoke Swedish! That would make everything so much easier...
...Know-what-I'm-saying...???

"I said to Hank Williams: -How lonely does it get?
...Hank Williams hasn't answered yet..."
(Leonard Cohen)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yG5e1oaen-M
 

Ben Oscarsito (342)
Monday July 4, 2011, 12:40 am
And may I once again add:
NEVER underestimate the power of ignorant idiots in large groups!
 

Arild Warud (169)
Monday July 4, 2011, 2:49 am
Signed,thanks for the post "C"
 

Riyaz R. (45)
Monday July 4, 2011, 3:40 am
signed noted and action taken

let's people take clue for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Boycott the visit to Isreal.
 

TomCat S. (234)
Monday July 4, 2011, 3:51 am
Isn't it ironic that once upon a time being Muslim in America was considered cool.
 

Mrs Shakespeare (35)
Monday July 4, 2011, 3:52 am
May God bless you all and reward you for choosing to see the truth about this disgusting nation called Zionist Israel. Everyone else seems to be ignoring what they see and hear, so it must be very hard for you in the West to oppose those Zionist devils, but dont worry, the good guys ALWAYS win at the end.
I'd love to sign but I dont live in the states so I just wanted to thank you guys for being so brave, honest and moral.
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday July 4, 2011, 6:38 am

 
More and more people in the United States are opposing our government's policy toward Palestine-Israel and demanding an end to U.S. aid until Israel upholds international law.
 
Indeed, dozens of brave U.S. citizens are among this week's multinational flotilla seeking to break the collective punishment Israel has imposed on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, and to challenge its completely illegal blockade of Gaza's waters.  Read our action alert to find out how you can help them. 
 
In contrast to these brave "Freedom Riders," the U.S. administration has supported Israel as it pressures government after government to deny passage for the Freedom Flotilla II.  The State Department has gone as far as claiming that passengers on the U.S. Boat to Gaza could be engaged in illegal activity.  Find out about the latest developments, including how you can take steps to release Captain John Klusmire and the U.S. Boat to Gaza.
 
Israel is the largest recipient of U.S. military aid: We send across more than $3 billion each year in military aid, weapons that are misused to crack down lethally upon legitimate nonviolent Palestinian aspirations for freedom.
 
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday July 4, 2011, 6:43 am
 
Above from U.S. Campaign to END the Israeli Occupation.
 
 

Sandra T. (126)
Monday July 4, 2011, 6:59 am
Carole, thank you very much for this article. Letters and petitions gladly signed.

You have posted very beautiful and wise comments.

Times are shifting, the world is awakening to the truth and to the need of promoting justice for all and becoming supporters of it.

Thank you Kareem, and thank you Carole, God bless and protect you both.

 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Monday July 4, 2011, 7:57 am
Dear Carole, please don't take any of the insults personally. Standing up for justice and equality will inevitably make you enemies from racists, bigots and dictators and their slaves.

Every decent person in the world is against racism, apartheid, oppression, torture and slaughter. The noble and brave people and I include you and the others here who speak out against wrongdoers are rewarded by God for their compassion and courage.

Please view the insults you are getting as confirmation of your righteous stance and be glad because harsh words from them is similar to praise from the pious. Dismissing nasty remarks from devils is like accepting compliments from the kind hearted.

I know I am not alone in my disgust of the insults directed at you; it is just that most people prefer to ignore such petty personal attacks. It is clear from the support you have here that this is the case; we stand firm.


Abdul-Jabbar had never confirmed his visit to Israel in the first place. If he had confirmed it, perhaps his film might have reached the hearts of some of the perpetrators of the cruelty of the occupation. It is a tough decision but I think he made the right choice. Everyone should know that the policies of inflicting inhuman suffering because of race, nationality or religion are not tolerated by the vast majority of people.

Even though there is an enormous and virtually all-encompassing CFR-led mass media campaign to hide the atrocious behaviour of the Israeli apartheid of occupied Palestine, especially in Israel and America, the truth is pervading masha'Allah. Events like this help to cut through the propaganda. Respect to all those who can see and accept the truth in spite of state censored media.

I applaud you Carole for this article and for your comments. I applaud everyone who has supported this news, there is hope for our Palestinian brethren because of you and those like you.
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday July 4, 2011, 9:45 am

Thank you for your very kind words, Scott.

 

Jane H. (138)
Monday July 4, 2011, 10:53 am
noted and signed
 

Thomas b. (29)
Monday July 4, 2011, 10:56 am
god bless, and long life to Israel. may god protect her from the rockets of prejudice that explode all over this suppossed peaceful site. peace to all of you regardless.
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday July 4, 2011, 11:03 am

Thank you for voicing your opinion respectfully, Thomas.

 

Irene P. (26)
Monday July 4, 2011, 11:30 am
Noted and signed.
 

Elias Ayad (49)
Monday July 4, 2011, 11:31 am
‘‘If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor‘‘
– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Boycott the racism, boycott the apartheid, boycott the occupation, Boycott Israel.

Action tacked Carole.

Thanks for posting and the links.
EA

 

Elias Ayad (49)
Monday July 4, 2011, 11:32 am
Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"

You cannot currently send a star to Just because you have done so within the last week.
 

Linda E. (137)
Monday July 4, 2011, 12:50 pm
Thanks to Kareem for your integrity.
 

monka blanke (85)
Monday July 4, 2011, 2:17 pm
Thanks for posting, Carole. And Kudos for Kareem.
What do people say to that ?!? I think everybody should know this !!
Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, "Begin and the 'Beasts,"' New Statesman, June 25,1982:

"[The Palestinians] are beasts walking on two legs."


David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff.
From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978:

"We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population."


Joseph Weitz, head of the Jewish Agency's Colonization Department.

From Israel: an Apartheid State by Uri Davis, p.5:

"Everybody has to move, run and grab as many hilltops as they can to enlarge the settlements because everything we take now will stay ours... Everything we don't grab will go to them."


Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs of Palestine, "Complete Diaries," June 12, 1895 entry.:

"Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it employment... Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly."


Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, head of the Kever Yossev Yeshiva (school of Talmud) in Nablus stated:

"The blood of the Jewish people is loved by the Lord; it is therefore redder and their life is preferable."


Yitzhak Ginsburg, "Five General Religious Duties Which Lie Behind the Act of the Saintly, Late Rabbi Baruch Goldstein, May his Blood be Avenged":

"The killing by a Jew of a non-Jew, i.e. a Palestinian, is considered essentially a good deed, and Jews should therefore have no compunction about it."


In 1923, radical Zionist Ze'ev Jabotinsky-- spiritual father of not only of Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin but of Brooklyn Rabbi Meir Kahane-- wrote:

the "sole way" for Jews to deal with Arabs in Palestine was through "total avoidance of all attempts to arrive at a settlement"-which Jabotinsky euphemistically termed the "iron wall" approach. Not coincidentally, a picture of Jabotinsky graces Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's desk. Source: The Village Voice, "Death Wish in the Holy Land," Dec. 12, 2001.


The influential Israeli Rabbi Ovadia Yosef exclaimed during a sermon preceding the 2001 Passover holiday, :

"May the Holy Name visit retribution on the
Arab heads, and cause their seed to be lost, and annihilate them." He added: "It is forbidden to have pity on them. We must give them missiles with relish, annihilate them. Evil ones, damnable ones." -- Source: Ha'aretz April 12, 2001.


Moshe Dayan, address to the Technion, Haifa, reported in Haaretz, April 4, 1969:

"We walked outside, Ben-Gurion accompanying us. Allon repeated his question, ‘What is to be done with the Palestinian population?’ Ben-Gurion waved his hand in a gesture which said 'Drive them out!'"


David Ben Gurion, quoted in The Jewish Paradox, by Nahum Goldmann, Weidenfeld and Nicolson,
1978, p. 99:

"Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population."


Menahim Begin, speech to the Knesset, quoted in Amnon Kapeliouk, 'Begin and the "Beasts"', New Statesman, 25 June 1982:

"We must do everything to ensure they [the Palestinian refugees] never do return."


Yitzhak Rabin, leaked censored version of Rabin memoirs, published in the New York Times, 23 October 1979. Rabin's description of the conquest of Lydda, after the completion of Plan Dalet:

"We shall reduce the Arab population to a community of woodcutters and waiters."


David Goldman wrote:

"We declare openly that the Arabs have no right to settle on even one centimeter of Eretz Israel... Force is all they do or ever will understand. We shall use the ultimate force until the Palestinians come crawling to us on all fours."


Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir's infamous quote:

"There is no such thing as a Palestinian."


Ariel Sharon, Israeli Foreign Minister, addressing a meeting of militants from the extreme right-wing Tsomet Party, Agence France Presse, November 15, 1998:

"It is the duty of Israeli leaders to explain to public opinion, clearly and courageously, a certain number of facts that are forgotten with time. The first of these is that there is no Zionism, colonialization, or Jewish State without the eviction of the Arabs and the expropriation of their lands."


Israel Koenig, "The Koenig Memorandum":

"If I was an Arab leader I would never make [peace] with Israel. That is natural: we have taken their country."


And finally:

Michael Ben-Yair, Attorney General of Israel, 1993-1996 (in Ha'aretz):

"The Intifada is the Palestinian's people's war of national liberation. We [Israel] enthusiastically chose to become a colonialist society, ignoring international treaties, expropriating lands, transferring settlers from Israel to the Occupied Territories, engaging in theft and funding justification for all these activities.. we [Israel] established an apartheid regime."


Ehud Barak, on Israeli TV (date undetermined, but confirmed by former Israeli Knesset Member Marsha Friedman):

"If I were a Palestinian, I would be a terrorist."

(Speaking about Sharon's policies toward the Palestinians.)


Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel (date undetermined, in an Israeli cabinet meeting):

Don't worry, we [Israel] control the United States.

(In response to concerns raised by another cabinet member about Sharon's ["the butcher of Beirut"] invasion and brutality in the West Bank.)
 

monka blanke (85)
Monday July 4, 2011, 2:20 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Just because you have done so within the last week.
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday July 4, 2011, 2:29 pm

Thank you, Monka!

 

Mary P. (157)
Monday July 4, 2011, 2:35 pm
Thank You ,JUST, great article and invaluable comments!!! I am with Scott, dont allow fascists, racists and uncompassionate people, Stop YOU, from speaking up, against oppression and injustices by fellow humans, to fellow humans. We all are one, and should be allowed, the right to a free and just life, irrelevant of country, religion, race and cultures.
 

Just Carole (338)
Monday July 4, 2011, 2:39 pm

So true, and well said, Mary.

 

Anne T. (179)
Monday July 4, 2011, 6:29 pm
Noted, signed and shared! :)
 

Vicynthia Tjahjadi (57)
Monday July 4, 2011, 11:29 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Carole.
 

Stan B. (121)
Tuesday July 5, 2011, 3:08 am
It's a shame he didn't go to Israel. I guess he was threatened by Muslim extremists as many celebrities are.Still he has done a lot to build bridges between Jews and African Americans.

Archive The image is striking: An African-American man who is a Muslim talking to audiences about Jewish people who were leaders in the early civil rights movement and how African-Americans and Jews shared a common fight against oppression. And to add to this eye-catching image, the speaker -- the man working to rebuild bridges between the African-American and Jewish communities -- is a giant in the sports world.

The man is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

It's happening. Abdul-Jabbar is a speaker in high demand at Holocaust events and for groups fighting anti-Semitism. And to those who know him, that role isn't surprising at all.

Kareem recently told me, "It is important that African-Americans and Jewish Americans understand their common history, especially at the beginning of the early civil rights movement. Jews supported what African-Americans were trying to achieve in attempts to attain equality. Jewish lawyers worked for the NAACP and played a key role."


The sky hook helped make Kareem Abdul-Jabbar one of the greatest players of all time.
Forty years ago, Abdul-Jabbar, still playing as Lew Alcindor, ended his amazing college basketball career with a third straight national championship, this one coming in UCLA's 92-72 victory over Purdue, as well as a third straight award as the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA tournament. That season, 1968-69, he also won the first Naismith College Player of the Year Award.

Twenty years ago, he retired from the game as the NBA's all-time leading scorer, a six-time league champion, a six-time league MVP and a 19-time All-Star. Many consider him the greatest player of all time.

I met Lew Alcindor when I was a 13-year-old and he was 12, and we remain friends to this day. He is the most intelligent athlete I know -- a person of conscience who stands up for what he believes.

Last year, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, whose Black Power salute on the medal podium at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics is one of our most enduring images of the civil rights movement, were finally and rightly celebrated for their courage. That moment was captured in statues; their story was told in documentaries made in the United States, Britain and Australia; and they were honored across the globe for their bold protest against injustice at the Games. It's easy to forget, however, that Smith and Carlos competed in Mexico City because protest organizers could not pull off a proposed boycott of the Olympics by black athletes.

Alcindor, then a 20-year-old UCLA junior, and a handful of others did not compete in the Olympic basketball trials because they believed the boycott was going to happen. Therefore, they were not part of the Olympic team. Those players were as passionate and outspoken as any who were ostracized by much of America and later celebrated for their fight against discrimination.

In that era, many white Americans did not welcome African-Americans speaking out against racism, whether the protestors were civil rights advocates such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King or athletes such as Muhammad Ali and Bill Russell. I believe Ali, Russell and Abdul-Jabbar were able to keep competing because they simply were so extraordinarily gifted athletically, although Ali was kept out of boxing for three years for his stance against the Vietnam War. An outspoken athlete with lesser talent than those three brought to their sports would not have been able to continue his athletic career.

Now, years later, Ali is perhaps the most beloved sports figure of all time. After many years of estrangement, Boston and Russell are in a lovefest. And Abdul-Jabbar is a renaissance man.

Kareem has written six books on, among other things, Native Americans, the Harlem Renaissance and World War II. He knows martial arts through his friendship with Bruce Lee. He does yoga, is a jazz historian and breeds horses. He has appeared in movies and on TV; has his own blog; and is about to produce a multimedia show with music, dance and theater in New York, Philadelphia and at Washington's Kennedy Center, culminating with a performance at the White House.


In 1997, Abdul-Jabbar visited the Western Wall in Israel and greeted Rabbi Moti.
My favorite Abdul-Jabbar quote is this: "I can do more than stuff a ball through a hoop. My greatest asset is my mind."

When I was growing up and becoming active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, the strong historic alliances between African-Americans and people in the Jewish community were inspiring to me. But a rift slowly grew between blacks and Jews after the '60s. With the assassinations of leaders like King, Malcolm X and Medgar Evers, many African-American activists withdrew to their own community to fight for their rights, and old alliances with whites withered. The closest of those alliances -- with Jewish people -- fell victim to the times. I became saddened to see two groups that should be working together, perhaps more than any others in their common goals and histories, going in different directions.

I often wondered what it would take to bring those groups back together. I had a dear friend in Boston named Lenny Zakim who was the head of the New England Anti-Defamation League. Lenny, who died too young at age 46 in 1999, was a civil rights hero in Boston, where there is a long history of overt racism. Zakim's work included efforts to bring different groups together, especially the Jewish and African-American communities in Boston. When he died, the city named a new bridge in his honor -- the Leonard Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge -- and one of his heroes, Bruce Springsteen, performed on it the day it opened.

I introduced Lenny to two of his other heroes, Ali and Abdul-Jabbar. Lenny, who worked with presidents and popes in his quest for unity, was dazzled by both men. I was struck that this Jewish leader held these two African-American men, both of whom were Muslim, in such high regard.

Recently, I went with Abdul-Jabbar to a fundraiser for the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, which had invited him to speak at its annual event. Again, that could seem like an odd choice for those who don't know Kareem. But he might have been the perfect choice. It is hard these days for nonprofits to sustain their previous levels of fundraising, yet Kareem was a great draw and the event sold out.

Many people, no doubt, came to see a basketball legend. But no one could have left thinking only about Abdul-Jabbar's athletic fame.

Among his books is "Brothers in Arms," about the 761st Tank Battalion of African-American soldiers who fought at the end of World War II. Perhaps the most famous member of the regiment was somebody who never got to fight with it in Europe: Jackie Robinson, who was facing a court martial for insubordination after he refused the order of a white driver to go to the back of the bus in 1944. The charge eventually was dismissed, but he left the army before the battalion was deployed on its heroic mission. Jackie used sport in his own way as a vehicle for social change.

The 761st fought in the Battle of the Bulge and in five countries. It helped liberate Dachau, the Nazi death camp, and thus came face-to-face with the Holocaust. In the book, Abdul-Jabbar describes the horrors the soldiers saw in the death camp -- jars full of human eyeballs, shoes and clothes left in storage bins, deteriorating bodies and, of course, the infamous showers and ovens where millions of European Jews died.
Kareem's post-playing career has featured numerous good works, including with the NBA Cares program. Here, he's signing autographs for members of the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Monica.
Kareem, a student of history, saw a connection between the Holocaust and the African slave trade, where an estimated 10 to 15 million Africans lost their lives.

About that night in Florida, Kareem said, "I thought the audience was interested in what I had to say. So many told me they had no idea that black soldiers helped liberate the death camps. They gave me a very warm reception."

Like so many others, Abdul-Jabbar formed his own values in part as a response to that historic destruction of human life, and he came to comprehend the phrase the Jewish community uses about the Holocaust: "Never before, never again." He read about the Jewish community in Harlem and the active role of Jews in the early civil rights movement. He wrote "Brothers" to inform America about a group of soldiers who were heroes in battles thousands of miles away and then were forgotten at home, much like their Air Force counterparts, the Tuskegee Airmen.

The Airmen became better known after books were written, a movie was made and numerous documentaries were produced. That increasing awareness is one of the reasons Abdul-Jabbar wrote about the 761st Tank Battalion. He wanted people to know those soldiers' stories, too.

President Jimmy Carter finally acknowledged the 761st with a Presidential Citation in 1978.

In the process of writing the book, Kareem's sense of horror about the Holocaust was renewed. What he wrote resulted in his desire to reach out to the Jewish community.

My late friend Lenny Zakim must be smiling, knowing his hero, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, is carrying on his work of bringing Jews and African-Americans together.
Perhaps he will visit Israel some time in the future when Islamo-fascists are finally defeated.
 

Esther Z. (96)
Tuesday July 5, 2011, 6:46 am
Noted and signed. It's perplexing to me how a group of people who have been scapegoated and oppressed through out history can turn around and oppress another group.
 

Jim V. (10)
Tuesday July 5, 2011, 7:20 am
Although you were an LA Laker and I am a Celtic fan...
...but seriously - sports is entertainment - this is real and he shares my feelings on his.
Thanks.
 

Bob Algeron (47)
Tuesday July 5, 2011, 1:31 pm
Thank you Stan for the good article. I think Kareem would feel awkward during the scheduled Arab riots and decided to postpone the visit for some better time. I tried to get more details, and only websites with any info were Electonic Intifada or the same, tens of them, as usual.

His page does not have a statement, or at least I could not find it there.

 

Marty H. (119)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 4:37 am
Thanks Carole and noted! Signed! I see you still have the same attack squad that can't seem to see the truth or should I say, WON'T see the truth! In the end, that is something they will have to come to terms wtih!

Sending a Green Star is a simple way to say "Thank you"
You cannot currently send a star to Just because you have done so within the last week.
 

Abo r. (103)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 9:55 am
Thank You JUST for posting and Thanks for you Riyaz R for forwarding.

Noted and signed
 

Amena Ravenwing (187)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 3:31 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks, Carole.
 

Scott Freewheeler (45)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 6:39 pm
What a low down and dirty trick Stan. It's polite to use quotation marks and provide the reference when you are using someone else's writing but it is also polite not to add your own nasty and warped fantasies.

I would mention the name of the man you have plagiarised in most of your post but I won't because it would seriously embarrass him with the bigoted nonsense you have added. I will just say that the original article was free of such obvious added prejudice and hate.

I have a good mind to email him so he can see what you have done. I know he would not be happy about it.
It just proves what kind of man you are. I hope others will remember that whenever they read your posts. I cannot imagine what possesses you to be so deceitful. Have you no shame?
 

Stan B. (121)
Wednesday July 6, 2011, 7:17 pm
Scott. if you don't have the intelligence to work out that the comments before and after this article were mine, you shouldn't be posting on a public website.
Feel free to email anyone you like, including Albert Pike, Lucifer, the Freemasons and all the others you seem so totally obsessed with.
 

SuS NoMail Plez P. (244)
Thursday July 7, 2011, 8:19 pm
TY Sweetie.
Your name (or your organization's name, if applicable) has been added to the letter to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

Now please consider endorsing the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) here. DONE.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 11:11 am
Mrs. Shakespeare
You can sign.in the window where you have to choose a state just select other and put a 5 figures zip code it is going to work. No don't need to be a US citizen to sigh and thank Abdul Jabbar.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 11:18 am
Thank you Carole for this post.Your efforts on the side of the truth is highly appreciated.Signed and forwarded.
 

Angelika R. (144)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 12:22 pm
thanks Carole, got here only now and had to read my way through all of this. I admit I have not heard of the man before, forgive me. ( I'm not into sports and he is not Dirk Nowitzki)
I most certainly added my name to thank Kareem for standing on the right side of history!
 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 12:52 pm

Awwwwwww . . . Thank you, dear Angie!

 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 12:54 pm
Gladly signed. Stan, you mention the rift between African-American and Jews. This rift could have been resolved if Israel didn't take the actions it did toward the Palestinians that it has taken. Israel appear to have taken a page from aparthied South Africa, Southern American Jim Crow segregation, and Nazi Germany instead of pluralistic America in it's treatment of the Palestinians.

The rift between Jews and Blacks is being healed not between Blacks and Zionist, but between Blacks and Jews who have decided to put their energies behind the BDS movement, Moveover AIPAC, The Freedom Flotilla, and other non-violent movements against Israeli ocupation.

Stan, show me that the Palestinians had anything to do with the holocaust. Not one Israeli apologist have answered my question. "If the holocaust took place in Nazi Germany, why are the Palestinians being subjected to such horendous treatment of occupation, land convescation, and the denial of basic human rights? Please Stan, answer this question.
 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 1:02 pm

Thanks for giving this submission a "second wind," guys!

 

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 1:05 pm
Signed, Thanks Carol for posting, every man, woman & child are all born equal, we are all ONE & all Connected! Evils are blinded by greed & needs to be awakened to this TRUTH!
 

Just Carole (338)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 1:12 pm

You certainly DESERVE a green star for that comment, Henriette . . . but, I'm out of them for you right now. ((hug))

 

Laura Mancuso (7)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 1:17 pm
thanks so much....
 

Henriette Matthijssen (148)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 1:49 pm
Likewise my Friend Carol! You cannot currently send a star to Just because you have done so within the last week.
 

linda b. (190)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 2:32 pm
Signed thank you dear Carole and bless you, and also dear Abdessalam for the forward.
 

linda b. (190)
Saturday July 9, 2011, 2:35 pm
PS, Sorry Carole i can't send you another star just now sending a hug instead.
 

Mary P. (157)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 1:03 am
JUST, PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR GOING OFF THE TOPIC !!!

Poor Gillian, she NEVER stops, grudging and BLAMING, the whole nations of Muslims
,for the evil acts of a Handful of muslims
( I wonder if they(terrorists), can even be called muslims, when they blatantly
DISOBEY the Commands of GOD).

Gillian, imagine if, we, Blamed All Americans, for Bush's Massacre,
Of millions of innocent people, in iraq and afghanistan,

OR
Blamed ALL Christians, for the molestations of little kids, by Priests,

OR
Blamed, the Beautiful Religion of Christianity, for the molestations, taking place by
The priests, in God's Churches.

WAKE UP!!! From your narrow mind, of puttting ALL Muslims
In the same category, as the 'terrorists'.
Please Note ,ALL MUSLIMS ARE NOT TERRORISTS!!!

Stop, Demonising, the exquisit And Peaceful ISLAM, its NOT a new message,,
But a confirmation of, of the SAME messages, as, in the Torah and Bible,,
of the ONENESS of GOD, and how
To live a good and just life, with All of mankind,

Gillian, we all are one!!! Islam does NOT promise Salvation, to
Muslims Alone, but gives Equal Hope, to the Righteous and Godfearing;
Gillian, maybe if you stop being a Fan, of the islam hate sites;
Your heart wil be cleansed, of your inner Fear and Hatred, of
All muslims. May GOD Almighty bless you and all others like you.
 

Stan B. (121)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 1:47 am
Terrance. You asked some questions in a civil way and I'm going to try to answer them in the same tone.
The Palestinians had nothing to do with the Holocaust. This could be something to do with the fact that the Palestinians as a race didn't appear on the Middle East scene until after the 1948 war when the fledging Jewish state was attacked by all its Arab neighbours. Having said that, there was a close liaison between the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin Al Husseini, who was very close to the Nazis and who provided Muslim fighters to help the Nazi cause.
Comparing Israel's policies to those of South Africa's apartheid system couldn't be further from the truth. Israel's Arab population has the same rights as its Jewish citizens, including the right to vote, freedom of movement, political representation, free health, education and some even serve in the IDF. I've been there and I've seen it. Have you?
Believe it or not, I used to be a strong advocate for Palestinian self-determination and used to contribute to several Palestinian charities. This came to an end around 2000 when Palestinian suicide bombers deliberately targetted Israeli kids queuing to buy pizzas or to visit a Dolphin show. What's your opinion about that?
Before the Palestinian terror wave of 2000, there was an open border between the West Bank and Israel. Many Palestinians worked and travelled freely in Israel. Sadly Yasser Arafat and his cronies were more interested in making themselves rich than reaching a just peace with Israel so they gave the terrorists the go ahead.
Let me ask you a question. How would you go about making peace with terror groups who refuse to recognise your right to exist, are determined to exterminate you, deliberately target kids on school buses and slit the throats of infants?
Israel cannot afford to let its guard down even once because the extremists who represent the Palestinian people would exploit the situation regardless of who the victims were.
Ever thought why the entire world is inconvenienced by the strict security measures at airports around the world? I don't need to give an answer to this question because everyone knows who is to blame.
 

Stan B. (121)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 1:51 am
P.S. Terrance. Please check out this story and let me know your opinion of it.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/israel/eldad.asp
 

Stan B. (121)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 2:46 am
Abdessalam. Are these lovely people friends of yours?

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/radical-egyptian-leader-threatens-jews-christians-all-of-humanity-whole-world-belongs-to-us/
 

jay way (33)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 2:53 am
Thankyou for this one, very encouraging to see this - - - -
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 1:22 pm
Stan
1 - I want to ask you first if this your name or your nature?
2- The Palestinians are not a race. They are a Nation.They have been living on this land for thousands of years.This is a fact.They have resisted the crusaders ,who invaded this part of the Islamic world in the middle ages and killed thousands of Palestinians in Jerusalem and were obliged to leave this land after 100 years. They revolted against the British authority which controlled Palestine according to an unjustified decision from the League of Nations. Their several resolutions against the British obliged the British government to suspend the Jewish immigration to Palestine for some time.
3 - If there was Palestinian support for Germany during world war 2,this was because of the British policy against the Palestinians especially after Balfour declaration that gave Zionists the right to have a state in Palestine and neglect the national interests of Palestinians.
4 - This is a post about a thank you letter to a MAN for his courageous move when he cancelled an expected visit to Israel due to its policy and violence against Palestinians on Nakba day. It has nothing to do with some Egyptian extremists who behave in a way that reminds me with the Israeli extremists like Shahs party whose leader insulted all Arabs and Muslims.The ultra right wing who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin to put an end to the peace process and voted for the extremists and brought to the leadership of the Zionist entity a looser like Netanyahu who is not qualified to proceed towards peace.He is really too coward to step towards peace. Are you a friend to these lovely people? The people whom you talked about aren't my friends for sure and millions of Egyptians are against them.
 

Ellyn S. (45)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 2:13 pm
Noted and signed!
 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 4:22 pm
Thanks for you civil response Stan. " How would you go about making peace with terror groups who refuse to recognize your existence"? Stan, when four little Black girls was killed in church in Alabama in 1964 by the cowardly KKK, individuals like kareem Jabbar could have called for revenge and reacted with similiar violence as the KKK. This would have resulted in a back and forth in which African Americans, and America would have come out the overwhelming loser. Instead the KKK was discredited in the full view of the whole world. Where is the KKK today? Time is on the side of the non-violent and peace loving people.

I thank God that we had a Martin Luther King and a Mahatna Ghandi before him to guide us in a sensible direction Where has violence gotten the Palestinians? Where has violence gotten Israel? Israel to this day is the most reviled country on earth. The acts of Israel against Gaza and aboard the Marvi Mara freedom flotilla has made Israel into a pariah nation. With every passing day the defenders of Israel on care2 are dwelling.

What would I do? I would turn from racist leaders and war criminals like Netanyahu, Leiberman, and Livni.These racist are leading Israel down the road to international rejection. When the BDS movement gains momentum like it did in South Africa, Israel's fate with be doomed. No amount of weapons and technology will be able to restore a turnished reputation.

"Israel cannot let it's guard down because the extremist will exploit the situation". Stan, do you honestly believe that the rockets Hamas or whoever is shooting into Israel( it might even be a black ops tactic to justify attackes against Gaza) is really a threat to Israel? The fourth most powerful military in the world.

Israel has been a state since 1948. Do you really need recognition from the Palestinians, who are not even a state as yet? Would this lack of recognition destroy Israel? Recognition of Israel as a "Jewish State" and a democracy is a contradiction, religiously bias, and racist. What about the non Jews who live amongst you? How can you call Israel a Jewish state which discriminates against everyone else? What rights would they have? Imagine if America all of a sudden wanted to be recognized as a Christian state. There would be a constitutional crisis.

Thankfully Stan most young Jews and enlightened Jews are moving away from the strictly Zionist, racist model that Israel is projecting to the world. Unfortunately, in the US we have an Obama administration that seems to have lost all principals, if it had any to begin with, who sides with those elements like AIPAC because AIPAC appear to be the most powerfu lobbyl. There is a price for this hypocrisy however. For you Stan, I would suggest that you do what decent individuals like MLKing, Ghandi, and the majority of young and enlightened Jews are doing. Turn away from the racist. Give the Palestinians what you want for yourself and your family.
 

Stan B. (121)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 5:49 pm
Terrance. Thanks for your response. I disagree categorically with just about every point you made so we are going to have to agree to disagree on this topic. All we do on these threads is go round in circles and this I guess reflects what is happening in the Middle East. Time will tell who is right.
Just for the record , did you check out the link I sent? I see you made no comment about it.
Abdessalem. I can't understand your first question. Perhaps you could re-phrase it.
Re your third point. I know you have problems with confirming or denying just about everything but it's a proven fact that your fellow Arabs were more than happy to join the Nazis during WW2. This had nothing to do with the Balfour Declaration. They were just thrilled to go out and help their Nazi friends, especially if this meant killing a few extra Jews.
 

TERRANCE N. (65)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 6:33 pm
I did view both your links. Initally I commented but the thread got deleted. I had to rewrite and forget to include it. It's commendable that Israeli hospitals performed skin craft on an individual who unfortunately turned out to be a suicide bomber. All I can say is the oppression, poverty, and occupation is going to bring out the worst in a human being.

The second threaddepicted an extremist hater. I have yet to hear this kind of hatred coming from anyone on care 2. But we have these individuals in both extremist camps. Netanyahu, Libermann, and Livni breed these individuals. To bring this individual up for discussion to justify not giving Palestinians a state is collective punishment.

To say,"I catagorically disagree with everything I say on every point", and not give an example or a reason is to me dishonest, lazy, or both.

I have made some very clear charges against Israel and it's leaders that shouldn't long too refute. Do yuo think violence have benefitted Israel or the Palestinians? Why do you think Israel is a democracy and a Jewish state? Why isn't Netanyahu, Liebermann, and Livni racist? Is Israel about to go the same way as the KKK, andSouth African aparthied? If not why? Is saying you are a Jewish state religious and racial bigotry? Why don't Israel protest non-violence since the Palestinians have decided to be non-violent? Would Kareem Jabber visit Israel if Israel treatment of Palestinians changed for the better?
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Monday July 11, 2011, 3:46 am
Stan
I understand from your answer that you agree to the fact that Palestinians lived in Palestine for thousands of years and DID exist certainly thousands of years before 1948.
As for what you call the cooperation with the Nazi and that had nothing to do with Balfore declaration,I cerainly ,like many others,disagree with you.The fact is that the Balfore declaration was the beginning of the problem that still exists.Britain gave what it didn't own( Palestine ) to whome doesn't deserve( Zionism ). It is absolutely untrue that Arabs wanted Nazi to kill more Jews. The Arab and Islamic world was a shelter for the Jews since the Spanish wanted to force them to convert to Christianity.Thousands of Jews lived in the Arab world and are still living in peace there.Egypt had over 57 thousand Jews who lived peacefully with christians and Muslims untill the creation of Israel when they prefered to leave to the promised land and drive the Arab Palestinians from their homes,land and property. There is a lot to say in this respect but this is a thread about a thank you letter to a brave man who dared to say NO.I apologyize to all commentators for commmenting off topic.
 

Abdessalam Diab (154)
Monday July 11, 2011, 3:55 am
Only seferdim Jews ( around 5000 ) applied for the Egyptian citizenship after the fall of the Othoman empire.Others didn't because they were apparently looking forward to get European and American citizenship. They,however,continued to live in Egypt because of the harassment and haterid they faced from Europeans.
 

Stan B. (121)
Monday July 11, 2011, 8:41 pm
Abddessalem. I know English isn't your first language and you may have comprehension problems on some occasions. I most certainly did not say say " that Palestinians lived in Palestine for thousands of years." Could you please indicate where I did.
As for your claim that " the Arab and Islamic world was a shelter for the Jews," I find this very hard to reconcile with the actual facts. Muslims have had an open season on killing Jews since Mohammed arrived on the scene in the 7th century.
Below are some of these facts in a piece by Dr.Gergard Falk.



In 1948, after Israel had declared its independence, 850,000 Jews who had lived in the Arab world at once streamed into the new country. The reasons for this immense migration was centuries old subjugation, oppression, and anti-Jewish violence that made the lives of Jews in most of the Arab countries as miserable as it had been in Christian society. Although Jews and Arabs had gotten along well prior to the seventh century and the development of Islam, the teachings of Mohammed and his followers became catastrophic for the Jews living among them.

While Mohammed at first hoped that the Jews among whom he lived would accept him and his new religion, he became as virulent a persecutor of Jews in his day as did Martin Luther nine centuries later.

The fact is that the Muslim world's second holiest city, Medina, a Hebrew word for community, was actually first settled by Jewish tribes. Because that Jewish city was successful and wealthy, it attracted numerous Arabs from surrounding areas until they outnumbered the Jews in their own town. Then, when the Arabs attained both superiority in numbers and unity through the new religion of Islam, they attacked the Jews and eliminated them entirely from Yathrib, which was another name for Medina.

Persecution of Jews began during the lifetime of Mohammed. His anger at the Jews was principally fueled by their refusal to recognize him as a prophet but was further enhanced by their economic superiority. Moreover, the Jews would not accept the new religion preached by Mohammed because it included Jesus and Ishmael as messengers of God.

Upon the death of Mohammed in 630 C.E., his successor, Omar, issued a charter consisting of 12 laws under which a non-Muslim or dhimmi was allowed to live among believers or Muslims. This charter codified the conditions of life for Jews under Islam and specified that any Jew who broke these codes forfeited his life. Included in this charter was a prohibition forbidding Jews to touch the Koran. It also compelled Jews to wear distinctive clothes, usually dark blue or black, and further compelled them to wear a yellow piece of cloth as a badge (This yellow cloth became the inspiration for the yellow star which the Nazi government of Germany forced upon Jews). Jews were also prohibited from performing their religious practices in public. Jews were not allowed to own a horse nor to drink wine in public. The anti-Jewish laws went so far as to prohibit Jews from letting their grief be heard by Muslims during or after a Jewish burial.

Both Jews and Christians had to pay a special head tax and a special property tax as protection money to the Muslim government. This tax came from an edict in the Koran: "Fight against those Jews and Christians who believe not in Allah …. until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.”

At all times Jews faced the danger of entering into a dispute with a Muslim, in which case the Muslim could charge, however falsely, that the Jew had cursed Islam. Jews were not allowed to defend themselves against such an accusation. Instead, a Muslim could murder any Jew with impunity except for the obligation to pay a small amount of money to the family of the slain “infidel”. Even this penalty was most unlikely because the law held the testimony of a Jew or Christian invalid against that of a Muslim. In fact, that penalty could only be demanded under the unlikely the condition that two Muslims were willing to testify against a third Muslim for the sake of a Jew.

These laws and others were enforced upon the Jews in Muslim lands for centuries. In Yemen, for example, Jews were forced to clean the street of animal carcasses and clean the latrines on their Sabbath without pay. In short, in Yemen, Jews were slaves. It was also in Yemen that Jewish women had to wear one white and one black shoe, while in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Iran and Turkey a variety of other chicaneries were used to torment the Jews. In all Muslim countries the greed of the Muslims demanded money, even as physical humiliation accompanied daily Jewish life.

The Sultan of Morocco in 1884 forced Jews to work on the Sabbath and other holy days; carry heavy burdens on their backs; clean the latrines; sell merchandise at half price; accept false coinage instead of real currency; hold their beds and furniture at the disposal of government guests and act as beasts of burden for Muslims without pay.

Jews living in Arab lands were forced to live in Jewish ghettos or haramellah. These were “close, miserable, and dirty quarters intersected by lanes, many of which are so narrow as hardly to admit two persons passing each other in them.”

As late as the 19th century a visitor to Cairo, Egypt observed the Jews were “crowded and clustered into houses about to collapse, in dark cellars, narrow alleys and crooked lanes choked with mud and stinking refuse, earning their meager living in dark shops and suffocating workshops, toiling back-to-back, sunscorched and sleepless. Their hard struggle for existence both inside and outside the home is rewarded by a few beans and black bread.”

Although there were here and there a few individual Jews who succeeded despite these persecutions, in general Jews were treated in this most brutal manner throughout the Arab world unto the present time. It was only the establishment of Israel which rescued the Jews from Arab lands and gave them for the first time in their history an opportunity to live in decency and freedom.

The Jews in Arab lands were also the target of sporadic mass murders. These murders were often precipitated by the claim that Jews bake their Passover bread or Matzah with the blood of non-Jewish children and that furthermore Jews drink the blood of non-Jews.

In 1840 a Christian priest disappeared from Damascus, Syria. The priest was a Frenchman. Thereupon the Christian community and the French government claimed that the Jews had murdered the priest in order to drink his blood and use it for ritual purposes. The Muslim government of Syria, controlled by the Pasha of Egypt, tortured numerous Jews so as to get confessions from them concerning this alleged crime. It was through the intervention of the English Jew Sir Moses Montefiore and the French Jewish lawyer Adolphe Crėmieux (1796-1880) that the Jews who survived the torture were finally released.

In 1962 the Egyptian Ministry of Education published a book entitled Human Sacrifices in the Talmud which claims that Jews use human sacrifices and make it a religious obligation to drink the blood of non-Jews.

In 1964, a professor at the University of Damascus published a pamphlet which stated that mothers must be warned against letting their children out late at night lest the Jews take their blood for the purpose of making matzot for Passover.

In 1973 a minister in the Egyptian foreign service published a play based on this 1840 blood libel in Damascus, showing gory descriptions in a widely circulated Egyptian weekly. The play was called The Tragedy of Good Father Thomas.

Additional recitations of this insane blood libel have appeared in the Arab media continuously throughout the 20th century and into the beginning of the 21st century.

In the 1940s, the Mufti of Jerusalem proposed to the Nazi government in Germany that they "settle the question of Jewish elements in Palestine and other Arab countries in accordance with the national and racial interests of the Arabs and along lines similar to those used to solve the Jewish question in Germany and Italy."

The mass murder of six million Jews by Hitler and his cohorts was also defended and justified by numerous Arab writers, including an open letter to Hitler written by Anwar Sadat, the later president of Egypt. That letter was published in 1950 in the hope that Hitler was still alive. Sadat sympathized with Hitler and his cause. Sadat claimed that Hitler was maligned and slandered, for he did no more to the Jews than Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, the Romans, the Byzantines, Titus, Mohammed and the Europeans, all of whom wanted to save the world from “this malignant evil”. This was the same Anwar Sadat who, as president of Egypt, attacked Israel in 1973 and, with the help of President Jimmy Carter, browbeat Israel into relinquishing the Sinai in 1981.

Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian authority, published his doctoral dissertation, which he completed at Moscow Oriental College in 1983. This dissertation is called: The Other Side: the Secret Relations between Nazism And The Leadership of the Zionist Movement. This book claims that the number of Jews murdered by the Nazis was far less than 6 million and that the historian Raoul Hilberg estimates the number murdered at 890,000. The truth is that Hilberg, the author of The Destruction of the European Jews, never wrote such a thing. Furthermore, Abbas absolves the Nazi leadership of these murders and claims that the Zionist leadership was to blame for these killings. Abbas argued that the Zionists “offered human beings under any name to raise the number of victims.” According to Abbas, this policy served the Zionist purpose in promoting the immigration of Jews to the Holy Land.

Anis Mansour, a prominent Egyptian writer, wrote that the vicious medieval blood libel was historical truth. Claiming that Jews have confessed that they killed children and used their blood, he justified the persecution of Jews on the grounds that they are all “wild beasts”.

So don't blame the Balfour Declaration; blame the bigotry, intolerance and savagery of your own ancestors.

 

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Tuesday July 12, 2011, 4:56 am
Stan, what year did you graduate from Hasbara College?
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (280)
Friday July 15, 2011, 3:51 am
Thanks Carole signed
 
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