Tashbih Sayyed ― A Fearless Muslim Zionist
24 Jun, 2007
No one could intimidate him into silence. His right to think and
speak his mind was as sacred to him as his own honor and he devoted
his life to defending it.
Tashbih understood the meaning of honor. In his culture, honor is
everything and loss of face and humiliation incur grave
consequences. Because he loved Israel, Tashbih favored any measure
to elevate her status, and to spare her humiliation--especially, in
the eyes of the Islamic world, which sees the Jews as dhimmi--a
people to be humiliated.
The preeminent scholar, Bat Ye'or coined the term dhimmitude to
describe the dhimmi condition of non-Muslim peoples subjugated by
Islam. Dhimmitude is what gives eternal life to jihad--Muslim holy
war--the deadly plague threatening all of civilization today. If
jihad is like the cancer that invades the human body in order to
destroy it, then dhimmitude is the compromised immune system that
enables the cancer to multiply.
The religion of Islam denies equality between Muslims and
non-Muslims. In lands subject to Islamic law, the dhimmi lives by
the grace of the Muslim who is obliged to humiliate him in return
for sparing his life. The non-Muslim must literally choose between
dhimmitude and death.
In Christendom, during much of the last two thousand years, Jews
faced a similar choice. They had no rights, lived at the whim of
Christian authorities, and were subject to massacres, expulsions,
confiscations, punitive taxation, the church-sanctioned kidnapping
of their children, forced conversion, ghettoization, and perpetual
humiliation. Many Jews of European origin harbor disquieting
generational memories of atrocities inflicted upon them or their
ancestors by Christians.
However, in Islamic lands, both Christians and Jews were and are
subject to the same types of calamities. Moreover, Christian Europe
itself has been terrorized by 14 centuries of jihad from her Muslim
neighbors including the jihad that is being played out in real time
today. Jihad against Europe never stopped, even if you include the
200 years of the Crusades.
I believe that whether we are Christians or Jews, we may be
afflicted with the syndrome of unwarranted humility towards those
peoples who are known to have persecuted us in the past. The
nauseating and repetitive declarations of respect by American and
European leaders for the religion that supplied the ideology for 911
are a choice example. Consider whether Jewish and Christian sympathy
for Palestinian Arab terrorists is another.
Unwarranted humility constitutes dhimmitude-but, it is dhimmitude
of the most degrading nature; degrading because it is voluntary. We
non-dhimmi peoples are not being forced to choose between dhimmitude
and death. However, we are being forced to choose between dhimmitude
and human dignity. For dhimmis, the fear of the oppressor's fury,
rejection and punishment is ever-present. Translate the word fear as
"terror." I believe that the terror that is inseparable from
dhimmitude is imbedded in our collective DNA and explains the West's
pervasive tendency to embrace humiliation as a strategy of survival.
To understand my point, simply recall the chorus of Western
apologies that ensued after the publication of the Danish cartoons.
Global Muslim rioting, mayhem and murder served as an effective
rejoinder to the exercise of free speech.
Somehow, we all understand that dhimmis must know their place. In
lands governed under Islamic law, Christian and Jewish dhimmis must
display their humility at all times or risk forfeiting their lives.
The scandal is that dhimmitude is making its inroads in the West.
When the Jewish people created the State of Israel, they
committed an unpardonable crime against the Muslim world: the crime
For the Jews, this is precisely where the problem lies. Listen to
these words from Israel's national anthem: "Lehyoit am chofshi bi
arzenu: to be a free people in our own land." After Auschwitz, we
renounced not only our humiliations of the recent past, but the
longstanding dhimmitude we endured under Christian and Muslim rule.
If Tashbih were here, he would tell you that this is the
transgression that must be avenged against the Jews. We abrogated
our dhimmi status by daring to stand as equals alongside all other
So I ask you, what should the Jews do? Should we apologize for
breaking ranks with dhimmitude, or should we reject humiliation and
behave as a free people, in our own land, with a sovereign nation
that is capable of defending itself without begging our enemies for
the right to exist?
Israel's restraint when attacked, her withdrawal from Jewish
lands, her freeing of Palestinian Arab terrorists from prison, the
arming of her enemies, and the expulsion of her citizens are
humiliations not lost on her assailants.
Humiliation is not a substitute for foreign and domestic policy!
Israel derives no benefit from advancing the goals of her enemies.
In September of 2000, Palestinian Arabs launched a pre-planned
Terror War against Israel's civilian population that they call their
second "intifada." It is nothing more, nor less than jihad. Israeli
Arabs, largely weighed in with the terrorists, as they augmented
their daily activities with rioting, vandalism, arson and murder.
The US demanded that Israel respond with restraint and--as if she
had no sovereign interests of her own--Israel complied-clear
evidence that her immune system was slack. As to be expected, the
The result of Israel's unwarranted humility toward the United
States has been six solid years of terror, withdrawal from Gaza, the
proposed evacuation of most of Judea and Samaria, and now the
possible loss of the Golan, which Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud
Olmert has offered to Syria.
But, aside from the rising number of Jewish dead and maimed, and
sky-rocketing anti-Semitism worldwide, people stopped visiting
Israel for a period of years because they lost confidence in her
power to maintain basic security. Loss of confidence is another name
The continuing jihad against Israel has caused over 1 million
people to slip below the poverty line. Holocaust survivors have lost
the means to support themselves and can be seen lining up for food
at the country's many soup kitchens. Hundreds of thousands of
Israelis are unable to feed and provide for their children. Families
that used to be middle class are disintegrating, the result of
Israel's failure to adequately defend her sovereign interests.
Today's hungry and neglected Jewish children will be needed to fill
military and professional ranks in the future. But, thousands upon
thousands of children are dropping out of school and living on the
Israel's enemies have been permitted to heap not only
humiliation, but disability, upon the youth that remain our only
hope for a better tomorrow.
This, because Israel chose to answer jihad with dhimmitiude,
instead of with victory.
Israel capitulated to US demands as though she were a dhimmi
state that can do no better than hope to survive. Despite her
occasional bluster and phony defiance, Israel has become a stand-in
for the dhimmi people we used to be, when we had no other options,
when our fate rested on the whim of oppressors, and when we lacked
the means to defend ourselves.
To the satisfaction of our enemies, in 2005, the Israeli
government inflicted humiliation upon 21 thriving communities in
Gaza and Northern Samaria by removing Jews from their homes and
forcibly evacuating them, most of whom are now unemployed and living
in squalor. To demonstrate our humiliation, former synagogues now
fly the flag of Hamas and the PLO, terrorist organizations that want
to kill us. They are the new rulers of Jewish Gaza. Is it a blessing
for anyone but our enemies that Gaza is now free of Jews? Gaza is a
racist, terrorist hive.
Siderot, Israel's southernmost city is under constant bombardment
from terrorist Gaza. Fourteen thousand of its twenty-four thousand
citizens have fled.
Last year the United States forced Israel to allow elections in
the Palestinian Authority though a Hamas victory was a possible
outcome and which, in fact, occurred. Have you heard any American
official object to the Koranic quote in the Hamas Charter that calls
for treating the Jews as dhimmis? It reads as follows:
"They (the Jews) are smitten with vileness wheresoever they are
found; unless they obtain security by entering into a treaty with
Allah, and a treaty with men."
That treaty is known as the dhimma. Security in exchange for
I have heard President Bush chastise Israel for humiliating
Palestinian Arabs at checkpoints, but I have never heard him
criticize Hamas for its plan to humiliate the Jews in exchange for
sparing our lives. I have never heard him criticize Hamas for its
plan to subjugate the Jewish people to the whims of killers.
If Israel had had a healthy immune system, she would have said,
"No to Hamas elections!"
Instead, the cancer of Hamas is spreading.
But, the Palestinian Authority, Israel's supposed "peace
partner," is not even offering us dhimmitude. Its national charter
calls for the "liquidation of the Zionist presence." In May, the
speaker of the Palestinian Authority parliament, Achmad Bahar,
pleaded with Allah, his god, to destroy America and Israel, to kill
every Jew and every American, and to make sure that not a single Jew
or American remains alive.
Nevertheless, the United States compels Israel to arm the
Palestinian Authority, though it is comprised of a host of terrorist
organizations of its own, whose only purpose is to kill Jews.
Of course Israel did not say no to the arming of her "peace
partner" -because dhimmis don't say no!
The cancer is metastasizing. When will Israel's immune system
begin to function?
In June of 2005, Israel's Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert said, "We
are tired of fighting, we are tired of being courageous, we are
tired of winning, we are tired of defeating our enemies...." When
the Prime Minister took the oath of cowardice on behalf of every
Jew, he might have added: "We are tired of being a free people and
would prefer to be dhimmis."
The immune system has failed.
Tashbih knew that Olmert had besmirched the honor of the State of
Israel. Do we know it?
We should know it because the foreign ministry repeatedly issues
the same message.
Israel's leaders are impervious to shame, incapable of
recognizing their own humiliation. But, they have no right to shame
the Jewish people.
We just celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War. Israel's victory in 1967 brought her popularity to an all time high and worldwide anti-Semitism to an all time low. There were no signs of dhimmitude during those 6 days. Now, the world treats Israel as if she owed it an apology for having won. Now, Israel is the world's pariah. Israel's worldwide pariah status is a direct result of her constant humiliation on the world stage! Last week, I heard an Israeli academic complain about the "horrors of victory."
Only a dhimmi apologizes for winning when defeat means his
We all know in our hearts that Israel's existence is the answer
to a fundamental question.
"The Jewish Question." That's how the Nazis phrased it. What to
do with the Jews? If we prefer dhimmitude to human dignity, our
enemies will supply the answer to the "Jewish question."
Israel is a world leader in cancer research. But, should she not
also lead the world in resisting jihad? We are supposed to be a
light onto the nations. But, as long as we continue to answer jihad
with dhimmitude, we will remain dhimmis.
If Tashbih were here, he would tell us to keep the faith, to believe in the justice of Israel's cause, and to cast off our dhimmitude once and forever. He used to say that he came from the dark side of the moon. He meant that he could see things in the dark that we, who take our freedom for granted, cannot see even in the light of day. Please understand that the end-game of dhimmitude is NOT humiliation. The end-game of dhimmitude is annihilation, first spiritual, then, physical. We must endeavor to learn exactly what our enemies have in mind for us, to understand the language of surrender and humiliation but never to submit to it.
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