January 11, 2009
***Updated: Few Misconceptions of Israelis and Palestinians***
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
I am not someone who promotes violence, war, religious fanaticism (i.e. as in leading to violence–to practice one’s religion with fervor for sake of the better good and not hurting others is okay…but in a balance.) and I am not saying I am extremely knowledgeable about the Palestine’s history, but there are some stereotypes that need to be cracked.
Palestinians/Palestinian Muslims that are considered anti-Semitic. –>They are not. Arabs ARE Semites, so this is an issue of justice, NOT race/ethnicity…
All Jews want to bomb Palestine and believe in violence.–>Not all Jews are Zionists. There are many Jews who are against the atrocities and violence in Palestine ( I know few personally) and Jews should NOT be discriminated. (Yes, I am a Muslim and I am standing up for Jews who are easily stereotyped and labeled just like Muslims are.) Zionists are ones who push for the state of Israel and believe that the ends justify the means.
Palestinians are not citizens. –> They should be. Only Jordan recognizes them as such. If Israelis can be citizens, so should Palestinians.
Muslims and Jews only want to fight/are against peace.–> There are Muslims AND Jews who promote peace. Not all Jews are gold diggers and not all Muslims are terrorists (there are people out there who think like that and I am addressing them).
The conflict is the war of God–>I heard this one couple times. Get this–Jews and Muslims (and Zionists!) all believe in one God–the *same* God. This is not an issue of my God vs. your God, this is an issue of “us” vs. “them.”
Palestinians are barbaric and started the war and violence–>if you think this, you have not been studying at least an INCH of the conflict. True, Palestinians may have *defended* themselves from an attack, but they don’t even have a proper security (or sense of security). But history suggests that Israel has done most of the bombing and attacking. If you are not sure, go google it.
*For Muslims* Only pray for the Muslims who die/suffer in Palestine–>No. You should pray for any innocent civilian getting hurt so long as they are not involved with the oppression and are against violence too. I know Jews who are pacifists and dislike war and if they got hurt, I will pray for them too. I can only imagine there are some Jews in Palestine who feel the same way.
So Muslims (or anyone for that matter), please do not discriminate. Everyone–Jewish, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Taoist, Wiccan, etc. all deserve respect. Even Atheist and gays–their acts/decisions may be condemned in Islam, but they as human beings are not. And if you live in the United States, you do not live in an Islamic country and you cannot discriminate them. You have to pray for them and offer some form of love to them just because Allah created them. Allah created human beings for eternal progress and we have to believe in it. For all you know, even though an atheists and gays, etc. are condemned, they may be better than you one day (or today) and one day they may actually change. But you should not look at them with disdain because that can give them the right to look at you that way. (At least in the United States, Islamic countries, although there aren’t any proper ones, different rules apply–not of discrimination, but different rules.) We dislike the choice, but not the person. I am not saying to become best friends with anyone or everyone, but in Islam, we believe in love, compassion, peace, justice, mercy and many other things when interacting with others. We have to take it one step at a time. Similarly with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we have to stop fighting for a minute, sit down and talk with love how we can solve this. But seeing that isn’t possible, the least we can do is fix ourselves and hope for a ripple effect. We can’t discriminate anyone or look down on anyone because we do not know what is in their hearts. We pray for those who need help and pray for those who don’t because maybe one day they will need it.
Anyway, I should stop ranting, but I want to make a point that social justice is for EVERYONE. Not just Muslims, not just Jews. Everyone. Where is the love? [?]
***I just saw missrahim’s blog (www.missrahim.wordpress.com) and I HAD to add one video she just put up***
On the topic of misconceptions, here is Ron Paul’s two cents: