The Jewish Holocaust.
The Jewish Holocaust was indeed one of the greatest crimes committed by white “Christian” Europeans against a people of another race and religion. I say “Christian” because anyone reading the works of Hitler and the Nazi’s cannot but conclude that religious beliefs and history formed part of the propaganda and policies against Jewish people. Jews were not only targeted because of their race but also because of their religious differences, practices and history. And yet, western historians have a tendency to sanitise Christian inspired violence and colonialism from their history books.
Genocide does not happen overnight. It is a gradual process that first takes normal ideas and notions about a people and demonises them through political ideas and propaganda via journalism, media, art, literature, caricatures and cartoons too. Whilst populist movements and politicians play a role, it is the work of intelligent and articulate people (often those that consider themselves liberals, the establishment, and champions of the host society and its values) who are usually the ideologues that contribute to genocides.
There are those who believe that the Jewish Holocaust was the greatest crime committed in history, and worthy of special memory. The view promulgated by some that the suffering of Jewish people at the hands of Europeans is worthy of special memory above others is one Muslims cannot accept because it historically exclusive, and prevents us from understanding the potential in Europe for a resurrection of similar attitudes and policies towards others.
The “White Man’s Burden”.
The correct approach for Muslims is not to raise the suffering of one race or people above all others because that can, in itself, be seen as a form of racism; even though for those who have been its victims they will understandably see it that way.
Muslims living in Europe need to remember all those who have been victims of genocide at the hands of European nations and, more importantly, understand how these genocides happened. We should encourage our schools and history clubs to remember all of them, not one above all others.
We may all have an opinion of which has been the worst holocaust of all time. If I had to pick one, and I don’t like too, it would be the African Holocaust. By this, I mean the enslavement of Africans in the West. Millions died in transit and millions died in the Americas. What marks this out for me is the industrialisation of crimes against humanity and slavery; the transportation of a people from one continent to another with differing climates and conditions; the sheer level of abuse, crimes and humiliation, torture and death of a people; the way they were bought and sold like animals but, above all, the length of time (400 years) in which they suffered. This was a slow and painful death of a people and their way of life.
And whilst we remember them, let us not forget the genocides against our brothers and sisters the Aborigines, the Maori, the Native North Americans, The South American indigenous people. Let us not forget the crimes of European colonialism and apartheid in South Africa. Let us not forget the holocaust of Africans in the Congo by King Leopold II of Belgium who reduced the population of the Congo by half by killing as many as 8-10 million between 1895-1908.
Let us not forget that Christianity had a role to play in the justification of all these crimes by the attempt to impose Christianity and European values on the “savages”. State and missionary were one in the colonial venture. The civilising mission and notions of the superiority of the European way of life and its values are summarised in Rudyard Kipling’s “White Man’s Burden”. In it we find that the notions that underpinned these historic crimes are very much alive today in both Europe and America. We need to understand that minority communities in Europe are all connected to wider communities, linked by a common history of genocide and massacre.
Anti-Semitism and Anti-Muslim Hatred.
Today Europeans point the finger of anti-Semitism at Muslims in an attempt to deflect from their own history and demonise Muslims. Muslims have a long history of tolerance toward Jewish people. Even in this country, our only Sheikh ul Islam of Britain, Sheikh Abdullah Quilliam, openly declared the Islamic position on Jewish persecution in Europe as early as the end of the 19th Century. Jews were welcomed to live in Muslim lands, even Palestine, under the protection of the last Ottoman Caliph.
It is true that some forms of anti-Semitism, holocaust denial, and conspiracy theories have found their way into the minds of a few Muslims. These ideas have come into our communities from some of the older European reverts to Islām who brought their previous European Christian prejudices with them and tried to give them an Islamic justification. More recently after 9/11, conspiracy theories emanating from left and right in the United States have been accepted by some Muslims.
We need to understand the sources of these anti-Jewish ideas (they are often anti -Muslim too), and firmly reject them as not being part of an Islamic approach to another people or correct reaction to oppression.
The reality is that anti-Muslim/Islām hatred and anti -Semitism have a deep and long history in Europe. Both Muslims and Jews were equally targeted for their religion as well as race. Jews, Arabs and Turks were targeted during the Crusades, the Inquisition and Colonialism. Even in the African holocaust, 30% of 22 million African slaves were Muslims, and they were systematically stripped of their religion once in the USA.
In 1903 a UK Parliamentary Commission referred to Whitechapel and Mile End as Jerusalem and Little Palestine. Today, propagandists invent conspiracy theories of Muslim attempts to take over Britain/Europe and their refusal to integrate like the Jews in the past. They use terms like Londonistan and Eurabia, Trojan horse, Entryism and the imposition of Sharia law on European cities. Concerns and language used about Jewish ghettoes have been replaced with “segregated” communities and “parallel” lives. Where once the talk was of a global Jewish world conspiracy to control the world, today it has been replaced by a global Jihadist threat to take over the Western world. Once Jews and their values and laws were portrayed as alien to Europe’s values, today it is sharia law and Muslim values. Talk of Jews being un-German has been replaced by talk of Muslims being un-British, un-French, un-German, un-European and un-American. Talk of Jewish men raping and being a threat to German women has been replaced by Muslim sex groomers. The language and imagery used for Muslims today is uncannily similar to that used in Nazi’s propaganda. To cap it all, the leader of the so called “free world” is now a man who embraces much of this rhetoric and ideology.
European anti-Semitism was often twinned with anti-Muslim attitudes. We should not forget that even in that awful place where one of the most despicable acts of history took place, the gas chambers, European perpetrators did not forget their other great hatred: Islam and Muslims. The Jew that was lifeless and prostrated on his knees on the brink of death was mockingly called a “Muselmaner”, in Buchwald camp they were called “tired Sheikhs” and in the woman’s camp Ravensbruck they were called “Muselwieber” – Muslim woman. So it was entirely predictable that the next time there were going to be concentration camps in Europe it would be Muslims in them, as indeed they were in Bosnia.
Muslims should not deny or question the Jewish Holocaust. Denial is a tradition amongst some Europeans that has found inroads into a few Muslim minds. And neither should we remember and consider the Jewish holocaust exclusively as a suffering above all others. Instead, we should understand the historical European instincts that found it difficult to accept peoples of other faiths, cultures and races and committed genocide and holocaust against them.
We need to remember and understand all these holocausts and genocides because Europe and the United States are deeply emboldened by the same ideas and policies that eventually led to these previous ones, and Islām and Muslims are the focus of them.
The White Man’s Burden
TAKE up the White Man’s burden –
Send forth the best ye breed –
Go bind your sons to exile
To serve your captives’ need;
To wait in heavy harness
On fluttered folk and wild –
Your new-caught sullen peoples,
Half devil and half child.
Take up the White Man’s burden –
In patience to abide
To veil the threat of terror
And check the show of pride;
By open speech and simple,
An hundred times made plain,
To seek another’s profit,
And work another’s gain.
Take up the White Man’s burden –
The savage wars of peace –
Fill full the mouth of famine
And bid the sickness cease;
And when your goal is nearest
The end for others sought,
Watch Sloth and heathen Folly
Bring all your hopes to nought.
Take up the White Man’s burden –
No tawdry rule of kings,
But toil of serf and sweeper –
The tale of common things.
The ports ye shall not enter,
The roads ye shall not tread,
Go make them with your living,
And mark them with your dead !
Take up the White Man’s burden –
And reap his old reward,
The blame of those ye better,
The hate of those ye guard –
The cry of hosts ye humour
(Ah slowly !) towards the light:-
“Why brought ye us from bondage,
“Our loved Egyptian night ?”
Take up the White Man’s burden –
Ye dare not stoop to less –
Nor call too loud on Freedom
To cloak your weariness;
By all ye cry or whisper,
By all ye leave or do,
The silent sullen peoples
Shall weigh your Gods and you.
Take up the White Man’s burden –
Have done with childish days –
The lightly proffered laurel,
The easy, ungrudged praise.
Comes now, to search your manhood
Through all the thankless years,
Cold-edged with dear-bought wisdom,
The judgement of your peers.
You forgot to mention the millions of Black Africans that were enslaved and sent to Muslim nations? More of them were sent there, than ever were sent to the Americas. You also forget the many millions of Hindus and Buddhists who were butchered by Muslims in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. You also left out the Armenian Genocide carried out by the Ottoman Turks. Your article is propaganda.
Nice “Alternative Facts”
Thick white apologists like this is precisely how they got with so many holocausts in the first place. The playbook is simple: “Point the finger at others, spin, and just lie through your teeth when faced with irrefutable and uncomfortable facts of the white savagery that the whole world outside your head knows well.”
Look at troll bot – even though the author clearly states that SOME Muslims of course were influenced by the white man and likewise copied his savagery/primitive culture/racism, this troll bot thinks mentioning one real massacre (done by the Late Ottoman a.k.a. wannabe Europeans) with the rest of the WHITE man’s sins he tries to push onto others. Despicable.
Your bout of written diarrhea needs cleaning!
Justin Mcarthy, Norman Stone, Stanford Shaw and even Bearnard Lewsis have all thoroughly debunked the so-called Armenain. Genocide myth. It suffices to say that the heavily Armenian regions bordering Russia, who was at war with the Ottomans, openly collaborated with their stain coreligionists and took part in appealing massacres of Muslims in order to create ‘ethnicly/religiously pure regions (where have we heard that before!) bordering the hostile Russian empire. Obviously no country could tolerate this, this Armenians were moved from the sensitive border regions. In the heat and fog of war, thousands, like the thousands of Muslims, were killed/died. Any Ottoman officers caught behaving in an untoward manner were arrested and some were even executed!
Regarding Afghanistan, India// Pakistan etc. millions voluntarily embrassed Islam. You imbecility prevents you from understanding this fact! The 1947 part ion of India into the new state of Pakistan, saw 1000s killed from all communities.
Denial is not a river that flows in Africa. It is estimated that between 850,000 to 1,500,000 Armenians lost their lives due to the direct (murder) or indirect(starvation, exposure) of the Ottomans. Armenian genocide deniers like you, claim these casualties were the result of war? When in fact, the systematic elimination of Christian Armenians began long before the start of WW1. The only reason that the Armenian genocide is forgotten, is because it makes Turkey look bad . Islamists are the masters of denial and deception.
Yes Aziz, thousands, perhaps more, Indian colonial subjects massacred each other due to the incompetent implementation of the British policy of giving the Indian Muslims a home ruled by their own co-religionists, at the instigation of Jinnah, the main Muslim leader, in spite of hundreds of thousands of Hindus and Buddhists being massacred when the Moslems invaded Afghanistan and the Indian states.
Your claim that “millions embrassed Islam” (I assume you mean embraced) is true, because, as with many Islamic invasions, it’s a case of “convert or die”.
What you conveniently forget about the creation of Pakistan is the sequel, the murder of a million so-called East Pakistanis by the (West) Pakistan army when they tried to get independence from the domination of the (West) Pakistanis. Neither do you mention that India saved them, leading to the creation of Bangladesh. I was there and saw the trainloads of prisoners going west.
Regards Armenia, however it happened, the Armenians claim one million died on the forced death-march out of their homeland, which was anyway an Ottoman colony. I know who I believe, the Armenian who I played rugger with at school.
Godless systems always degenerate to terrorism and nazism in the end. God documented a conversation from the future/ day of judgement (not a problem for God as he invented the idea of time, and his knowledge is perfect, so he can inform us of tomorrow just as accurately as he can of yesterday) where he mentions that the godless criminals overstepped ALL limits. God didn’t bother to qualify it. They overstepped all limits, including the limits of terrorism and nazism….
On the other hand God congratulates the Muslims/ believers for being the champions of civilisation. ‘You are the best people raised up for the human race; You promote that which is good, and you challenge the iniquity/ injustice.’ Quran(3:110)
Rejoice then in the promise of God, that the sequel belongs to those with standards & values. God would enter the believers in to the Paradise, as they were striving to establish his word on earth, and hence paradise on earth in their life time, so they get to see the fruits of what they were striving for.
Interesting article. I agree the holocost did happen and was a horrific episode in human history but what surprises me is the fact that members of the Jewish community today are the ideologies of anti Muslim hate propaganda in Europe. I hear Jewish affiliated politicians and people who sympathise with Jewish people always emphasising in the media that Europe is a Jeudaio Christian civilisation excluding muslims. But history tells us that was never the case in Europe and the European phsyche according to your article has been quiet the opposite. I remember Nigel Farage also emphasising British values as being jeudaio christian but if we go back to remind him that Jews were never welcome in Britain either. British Jewish history tells us that Jews were expelled many times from the island by the monarchs and were also massacred in York tower. I think it’s high time that good Jewish people stand up and defend Muslim minorities in Europe. Muslims only have love and sympathy for the Jewish people and the future is for Muslim, Christian and Jewish union. Peace, love,justice, tolerance and inter marriage is the way forward for the world.
A very thoughtful and nice piece Wahshi. I would love it if there was a Muslim, Christian and Jewish union (plus non-believers like myself, who is married to a women from a Sikh family), and all the other religions in Britain. There is already a kind of union, called Parliament, but it’s not respected by all groups.
Unfortunately it won’t happen unless there is one law for all, not pick-and-mix as many Muslims want.
Only democracy can reconcile all religions, races and colours under one union, with one law, no discrimination, and law-makers elected by a reformed voting system to make every vote count.
Then all religions can practice within the commonly agreed laws passed by the elected government.
All this clear and undisputed history and yet the white man still has far too big a proportion of the Muslims bending over and apologising for their religion. Needs to stop. They need to humble themselves not us.