Salim Mansur: “More than a half century after its founding, the lone Mideast democracy remains a useful scapegoat for failing Arab dictatorships.”
Originally published in the Western Standard, (you need to fill a free subscription form, the FPM has the full article here) Mansur articulates in an article precisely the reasons for the Arab world’s rejection of the Jewish state of Israel. Mansur quotes the late Prince Feisal, son of Sharif Husayn of Mecca, who was expressing his thoughts about the proposed plan that would enable Jews to return to their ancient homeland, saying:
“We will wish the Jews a most hearty welcome home.”
According to Mansur, the Prince meant what he said, which “represented an aspect of traditional Arab humanity, uncontaminated by the sort of nationalism that would soon inflame the tribal honour-shame culture. “
That sentiment was also expressed by one of the larger clans in Palestine, the Nashashibis who were at logger heads with the al-Husseini clan, led by the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, the uncle of the late Yasser Arafat. The Husseini clan back then, represents the very same sentiment that exists today in the Arab/Muslim world vis-a-vis Jews and the state of Israel.
It’s most unfortunate that the Nashashibis –who were more willing to accommodate the Jews– did not end up being the dominate political force in Palestine, because the detrimental politics embodied in the Palestinian war criminal, Haj Amin al-Husseini, is at the heart of the present day conflict.
Samir Mansur also brings to our attention one more interesting aspect of the Islam that Prince Feisal, son of Sharif Husayn of Mecca represented:
There is nothing in Islam that can legitimate Arab denial of the Jews’ rights as a people. The Koran (5:20-21) expressly indicates God instructing Moses to take his people into the land designated as Palestine. And when Mohammed was instructed to pray in the direction of Mecca and not Jerusalem–resulting in Mecca becoming the holy centre of Islam–any religious-based Muslim claim on Jerusalem was taken away by the Koran.
Sadly, Prince Feisal’s gesture was lost in the emerging new politics of the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini (1890s-1974) that became dominant between the two world wars. Haj Amin’s politics were demagogic and rabidly anti-Jewish. He collaborated with Hitler, destroyed any possibility of reasonable accommodation with the Jews and laid the template for Palestinian politics of self-destruction.
The irony of it all. *L* KGS