The Tundra Tabloids’ good friend, Andy Bostom, is as skilled a writer as he is a scholar, so it’s always interesting to read what he’s dug up in the historical record and how it relates to present day situations. In this piece he looks at Libya’s relationship with its former “Arab Jewish” citizens, who no longer exist as a people in the Libyan state, having been persecuted in violent pogroms and driven out in the few years following 1948. The anti-Semitism on display in Libya over the past few weeks runs deep in this Islamic country, and Andy peels back a few layers of its history of anti-Jew hatred for us. KGS
The Libyan “Not Worthy Zone”—Recalling Qadaffi’s “Offer” to “Arab Jews”
Posted By Andrew Bostom On March 3, 2011
The unaddressed questions (from November, 1973) of Albert Memmi still address the unworthiness  of Libya
The most predictable outcome of Libya’s violent internecine struggle-cum-latest-Arab- “democracy movement” was aptly characterized by Andrew McCarthy : “The Libyan people are no more our ally than Qaddafi.”
McCarthy expanded upon these views with refreshingly singular honesty :
[I]t had been the swift military rout of Saddam Hussein that induced Qaddafi to renounce (or claim to renounce) his ambition to develop weapons of mass destruction in late 2003. But once the hard-power promise of the Bush Doctrine gave way to the belief that thugs could be democratized into submission, the wily old terrorist found a system he could game. And game it he did. I didn’t buy the remaking of Qaddafi then, and I don’t buy the remaking of Libya now. That puts me among a breed that, if news accounts are to be believed, is increasingly rare: I don’t care about the Libyan people — I’m sorry, I mean the “brave Libyan freedom fighters.”
Beleaguered, bizarre, and brutal Libyan dictator Muammar Qadaffi defiantly insisted during a delusional Monday 2/28/11 interview  with ABC, BBC, and The Times of London that he remains beloved by his people.
They all love me, all my people [are] with me. They will die to protect me.
The bloody despot Qaddafi’s most recent counterfactual pronouncement echoes in its wicked lunacy his November 1973 statements  about another “beloved” audience of his—so-called “Arab Jews”—inviting them to return to their former Libyan and other Middle Eastern Islamic homelands. Moreover, the seething Jew-hatred  now openly expressed by the protesting “brave Libyan freedom fighters”— directed in the absence of the liquidated Jewish community of Libya at Qadaffi  himself—justifies, or certainly it should, McCarthy’s lack of concern for the anti-Qaddafi Libyans.
Before describing Qadaffi’s November 1973 “proposal”—highlighted by a surreal “press conference”—an historical overview of the plight of Libyan Jewry under Islam is in order.
Mordechai Hakohen (1856-1929) was a Libyan Talmudic scholar and auto-didact anthropologist who composed an ethnographic study of North African Jewry in the early 20th century. Hakohen summarizes the overall impact on the Jews of the Muslim jihad conquest and rule of North Africa, including Libya, as follows :
They [also] pressed the Jews to enter the covenant of the Muslim religion. Many Jews bravely chose death. Some of them accepted under the threat of force, but only outwardly…Others left the region, abandoning their wealth and property and scattering to the ends of the earth. Many stood by their faith, but bore an iron yoke on their necks. They lowered themselves to the dust before the Muslims, lords of the land, and accepted a life of woe—carrying no weapons, never mounting an animal in the presence of a Muslim, not wearing a red headdress, and following other laws that signaled their degradation.
Hakohen’s study (pp.74,76 ) includes this mid-19th description of the Jews fate as Berber Muslim chattel slaves in the Atlas Mountains of Libya:
The Berber [Muslim] Lord passed his Hebrew slave down to his children as an inheritance. If the Berber lord had many sons, each inherited a share in the slave. Each could also sell his share in the slave…if the Hebrew slave met his obligation in giving homage to his lord and was able to acquire money, he could redeem himself by paying a sum agreeable to both parties. With this deed he could acquire a deed of manumission for that portion of the rights held by the seller.…[T]o this very day ..there is no Israelite family without an Ishmaelite master to whom the Israelite must make a token payment every year. The Ishmaelite may sell him to another, and this arrangement persisted until only six or seven years ago.
NOTE: The Tundra Tabloids fully agrees with Andy, the Libyans are truly not worthy. Cry me a river.