Jewishness as an accusation

by Datechguy | September 15th, 2011

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Jewishness as an accusation

Via Glenn, Legal Insur­rec­tion and Andrew Sul­li­van (who still has some scru­ples as this link indi­cates) comes a story that will likely shock the vast major­ity of read­ers who don’t pay atten­tion to the real­i­ties of the Arab world:

While walk­ing in the street some­one pushed me from behind with such force that I nearly fell over.

Turn­ing around, I found myself sur­rounded by five men, one of whom tried to punch me in the face. I stopped the attack by point­ing out how shame­ful it was for a Mus­lim to assault a guest in his coun­try, espe­cially dur­ing Ramadan.

Relieved that a seem­ingly ran­dom assault was over, I was appalled by the apol­ogy offered by one of my assailants. “Sorry,” he said con­tritely, offer­ing his hand, “we thought you were a Jew.”

Shak­ing his head in dis­be­lief on hear­ing the news, an Egypt­ian friend sym­pa­thised: “That’s stu­pid, you are obvi­ously not a Jew.”

The chill­ing impli­ca­tion I was left with was that, had I been Jew­ish, the assault would have appar­ently been justified.

That’s bad enough but I found his descrip­tion of an encounter a few days ear­lier just as…interesting (empha­sis mine):

Even­tu­ally one of the men struck up a con­ver­sa­tion, revolv­ing pri­mar­ily around what exactly I was doing in Egypt at a time when most for­eign­ers had left.

My answers met with fur­rowed brows and clearly dis­sat­is­fied shakes of the head, when sud­denly, rais­ing his hand in front of his mouth in a con­spir­a­to­r­ial ges­ture one man shot, “I bet he’s from Israel” into the ear of his friend so quickly as to be barely discernible.

I was shocked. In nearly six months of liv­ing in Syria, where orches­trated hys­te­ria about Israel is inte­gral to the very iden­tity of the state, I had never heard the accu­sa­tion sur­rep­ti­tiously lev­elled against me.

The accu­sa­tion Accu­sa­tion! Who does he think he is David Rosovsky?

Ask them, Sis­ter tell them I am NOT A JEW!

As a per­son con­stantly mis­taken for a Jew (par­tic­u­larly when I wear my beard) I’m disgusted.

Con­sid­er­ing that this comes a day after the unre­pen­tant speech of one of the Fogel Family’s mur­ders and the dec­la­ra­tion that any Pales­tin­ian state much be Juden­rein this shouldn’t get me all that worked up.

(BTW if you are a Huff-​po reader cry­ing “mis­in­ter­pre­ta­tion” per­haps you can explain why Politico reports he has explic­itly called for this in the past and tell us; how many Jews cur­rently live in Gaza?)

I should be more char­i­ta­ble, after all Din­ham arti­cle plainly reveals the anti­semitism and the para­noia behind it that is the real­ity of the Arab Mid­dle east to a BBC audi­ence that doesn’t acknowl­edge its exis­tence. Of course Dr. Jack Sha­heen will likely disagree.

But I feel bad for the Egyp­tians in ques­tion as well. Their mis­take made them look bad in the eyes of the west­ern media, if only they could find some way to iso­late those trou­ble­some Jews this would not be an issue. I won­der how that can be done?

Let’s be blunt, if the Jews in Israel thought of the Arabs the way the Arabs in the Mid­dle East thought of the Jews every Arab east of the Nile and west of the Jor­dan would have been slaugh­tered decades ago.

Via Glenn, Legal Insurrection and Andrew Sullivan (who still has some scruples as this link indicates) comes a story that will likely shock the vast majority of readers who don’t pay attention to the realities of the Arab world:

While walking in the street someone pushed me from behind with such force that I nearly fell over.

Turning around, I found myself surrounded by five men, one of whom tried to punch me in the face. I stopped the attack by pointing out how shameful it was for a Muslim to assault a guest in his country, especially during Ramadan.

Relieved that a seemingly random assault was over, I was appalled by the apology offered by one of my assailants. “Sorry,” he said contritely, offering his hand, “we thought you were a Jew.”

Shaking his head in disbelief on hearing the news, an Egyptian friend sympathised: “That’s stupid, you are obviously not a Jew.”

The chilling implication I was left with was that, had I been Jewish, the assault would have apparently been justified.

That’s bad enough but I found his description of an encounter a few days earlier just as…interesting (emphasis mine):

Eventually one of the men struck up a conversation, revolving primarily around what exactly I was doing in Egypt at a time when most foreigners had left.

My answers met with furrowed brows and clearly dissatisfied shakes of the head, when suddenly, raising his hand in front of his mouth in a conspiratorial gesture one man shot, “I bet he’s from Israel” into the ear of his friend so quickly as to be barely discernible.

I was shocked. In nearly six months of living in Syria, where orchestrated hysteria about Israel is integral to the very identity of the state, I had never heard the accusation surreptitiously levelled against me.

The accusation Accusation! Who does he think he is David Rosovsky?

Ask them, Sister tell them I am NOT A JEW!

As a person constantly mistaken for a Jew (particularly when I wear my beard) I’m disgusted.

Considering that this comes a day after the unrepentant speech of one of the Fogel Family’s murders and the declaration that any Palestinian state much be Judenrein this shouldn’t get me all that worked up.

(BTW if you are a Huff-po reader crying “misinterpretation” perhaps you can explain why Politico reports he has explicitly called for this in the past and tell us; how many Jews currently live in Gaza?)

I should be more charitable, after all Dinham article plainly reveals the antisemitism and the paranoia behind it that is the reality of the Arab Middle east to a BBC audience that doesn’t acknowledge its existence. Of course Dr. Jack Shaheen will likely disagree.

But I feel bad for the Egyptians in question as well. Their mistake made them look bad in the eyes of the western media, if only they could find some way to isolate those troublesome Jews this would not be an issue. I wonder how that can be done?

Let’s be blunt, if the Jews in Israel thought of the Arabs the way the Arabs in the Middle East thought of the Jews every Arab east of the Nile and west of the Jordan would have been slaughtered decades ago.

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