All too typical…
I met Heidi Zitting at the film screening of Seinäjoen Arabikevät in Helsinki at the beginning of this month, where Tommy Robinson was supposed to deliver a speech. She was seated with the Iraqi who was one of the participants in the documentary dealing with pro and anti-immigration sentiment in Finland during the height of the mass wave of Muslim male migration into Finland (mainly coming from Sweden).
After the event, I wanted to challenge her on her perceptions of Islam, reform of Islam, and Arab Christians living in Israel. The woman was clearly under the influence of propagandists within her church and from the circle she travels with. Inside out, upside down and wrong way around. She had no concept of understanding the koran in chronological order, nor of the koranic doctrine of abrogation. Totally clueless of the later verses nullifying the more tolerant verses in the koran when they are in conflict with those stemming from the Medina period.
This woman is typical of the church hierarchy who trust only in whomever the Lutheran Church regards as “reliable sources”. Since the Lutheran Church has been rolled by operatives of the Muslim Brotherhood, and other sharia supremacist groups, far too often representatives of the Church behave like classic dhimmis. I’ve seen it time and again.
The following text is from an email I sent to her, which received no response.
Thank you for the spirited exchange we had after the screening of the documentary Seinäjoen Arabikevät. The issue of reform of Islam, as well as your concern for the Arab Christians in Jerusalem, is something that I promised to get back with you on. I know how impassioned the discussion can become when dealing with such items, and I thank you for the civility of the exchange.
“Christians and Jews have historically been able to practice their own religions openly in Oman. The society is tolerant, though social hierarchies do exist. In Ibadi communities, the traditional Arab coffee is served to Muslims first, with Christians being served after the poor Muslims;” [1.]
While paying, the dhimmi will receive a slap and will be pushed back in such fashion that he will think that he has escaped the sword thanks to this [insult]. [2.]
…the dhimmi is obliged not to mention Allah or His Apostle.. .Jews, Christians, and Majians must pay the jizya [poll tax on non-Muslims]…on offering up the jizya, the dhimmi must hang his head while the official takes hold of his beard and hits [the dhimmi] on the protruberant bone beneath his ear [i.e., the mandible]…[3.]
In recent years the travails of the Christians in the Middle East have included savage attacks on churches in Iraq9 and Egypt.10 Increasing numbers of Christians have been leaving the region for overseas destinations. For example, before the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 there were 1.5 million Christians in Iraq; today only a quarter-million remain. Some 1.75 million Christians were living in Syria in 2010; by the end of 2013 close to half a million had left. Until 2010 approximately nine million Copts lived in Egypt; after the fall of Hosni Mubarak an estimated 250,000 emigrated.11 The PA, too, is no stranger to this phenomenon. Whereas Christians once constituted 90 percent of the population of Bethlehem, today the town’s Muslims form a 75 percent majority. Most of Beit Jalla’s Christian residents left after armed Muslim gangs started attacking the Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo from the town at the start of the 2000s. Virtually the only place in the Middle East where the Christian population has grown is the state of Israel. In 1949 there were about 34,000 Christians in the country; by the end of 2009 there were 152,000 – an increase of 346 percent.12 The number of Christians in Lebanon is also declining, and the regional situation led the top priest of Baghdad to make the dramatic statement that “the only safe place for Christians in the Middle East is Israel.”13
Ever since Jasser Arafat and his regime were allowed to set foot in the Judea and Samaria region, the Fatah/PLO regime systematically rooted out all European/Western clerical leaders of the various Christian denominations and replaced them with lackeys that they could control. I mentioned the word Dhimmi to you during our talk, here is Dr.Bostom giving a dissertation on the system of Dhimmitude at the Hudson Institute a few years ago. Here he gives a detailed review of how the Jew, and Christian were treated by Islam over the centuries. Still to this day the Iranians enforce purity laws against the non-Muslim, who are deemed impure and cannot be touched or handled prior/during the carrying out of Islamic rituals.
The dhimmi mindset, which former Egyptian Jew, Bat Ye’or, details in this pdf file, goes to the heart of the reason why ‘Palestinian’ Christians are either relatively passive, or ardent supporters of their Muslim rulers. It’s a state of mind. It’s a system by which each and every non-Muslim knows that they exist at the whim and good pleasure of whoever may be currently in power. Both passive or overtly active Christian leaders in ‘Palestinian’ administrated areas must be viewed with a degree of skepticism. They are products of the non-free society in which they dwell. As with religious leaders in the former Soviet Union or in their satellite states, as well as in China or Cuba, they simply cannot be trusted with giving an accurate picture, due to their environment and mindset. The Arabs of PA/Gaza administrations are not free people, they are held captive by their regimes.