hey yall, i just read the supposed words of ossama bin laden, with his hatred of the west and america for giving the land of israel to the jewish people. i thought i would start a whole new thread, and you know, increase the victot glory, heh.
this guy who wrote this goes to my university, not exactly a friend, but an aquaintance. he is a member of hillel, and he is a muslim of indian descent.
he is 1 of the most pro-israel people i know. i gave his email to this woman i know who has her own weekly e-letter, about various issues relating to the middle east. here is the interview they had with eachother:
"Victot" (instead of my real name) forwarded your address to me. I am the Director of the Mid East Education Team which seeks to present the facts about the Israel and her place in the Middle East with supportive integrity.
I would like very much to interview you for our weekly eletter.
I could do it by phone, but would prefer email since I have no tape
recording mechanism in the phone and may lose some of your answers.
Here is the core of what I would like to know!
1.Your name and a bit about who you are and where you are from
2. Why you show support for Israel even though you are a Muslim
3. Are you familiar with Sheik Palazzi?
4. Your message to the Jews
5. Your message to the Muslim and Arab world.
If you have time to grant me the interview I would be most grateful.
Thank you very much for taking an interest in interviewing me for your newsletter. I am quite flattered. I apologize for taking a while to reply to your message, but I was studying for my midterms. I am more than willing to have an interview with you. If an online interview is what would be more preferable, then it could be arranged. However, I should to tell you that I wouldnâ€™t be very much available in the next couple of weeks since I will have my face glued into my books gearing up for final exams.
I would also like to thank you for sending me a list of topics that you would like to discuss with me. Let me just give you some of my views and responses to the topics that youâ€™ve sent me.
I am a first year student at Concordia University studying Electrical Engineering (I actually just started last September this year). I was born in Montreal (Jewish General Hospital to be exact). My parents are from India. They are divorced and I live with my dad.
I show support for Israel for two main reasons. The first reason is that I believe that the Jewish people have a right to a state of their own with Jerusalem at its capital by the teachings of Koran and by Islamic law. The second reason is that if you look at the history of this region, the Jews are the true victims and, even today, are willing to have peace with the Arab aggressors on every side of their borders. Let me just emphasize on those two.
I have read the Koran, and it clearly states that God had told Prophet Moses (P.B.U.H.) to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt and bring them to the Promised Land. It clearly states that God sent Prophet David (P.B.U.H.) to create the Kingdom Of Israel, the Homeland for the Jews. The Koran also states that the followers of the Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H.) used to pray towards Syria (a term that was used for Jerusalem). Prophet Mohammed (P.B.U.H.) then changed the direction of prayer, while in significantly Jewish populated city called Medina, towards Mecca. The Holiest site in Islam is Mecca, that is the direction where all Muslims pray. The Holiest site in Judaism is Jerusalem, that is the direction where all Jews pray.
The second reason is that Israel has every right to exist if you look at history carefully. The Jews always kept Jerusalem as their holiest site even though many of them were exiled by the Roman Empire and renamed the Holy Land Palaestina, which is where the name Palestine is derived from. Even then, a significant Jewish population has stayed in the Holy Land all through 3 millenniums. The Jews maintained a significant population and presence in the Palestine throughout the four centuries of the Ottoman Empire, a Muslim Empire (where, from my point of view, they were treated with more respect than any other empire that ruled Palestine). The first Zionist settlement in Israel was in the very early 1900â€™s, during Muslim rule by the Ottoman Empire of Palestine. The Ottomanâ€™s, who were basically Turks not Arabs, allowed them to settle in Palestine since the place they were settling in was mostly desert. The Ottomanâ€™s were later on surprised to see how these Jewish immigrants could take a dessertâ€™s land and make it fertile.
Even after the Ottoman Empire fell, quite a few Arab leaders supported the Zionist movement. One them was King Feisal Hussein of Iraq and Syria 1919. Unfortunately later on due to his expulsion from Syria by the French and the influence of other Arab leaders, his attitude later became hostile. It was mostly Syria who hustled other Arab leaders into being hostile against the Zionist movement since to the Syrians, Palestine belongs to them.
Out of British Mandate Palestine, an entire region was closed to Jewish Settlement which is now called the Arab Kingdom of Jordan. Even then the U.N. decided that the Arabs needed more land and gave them a very generous portion of Palestine. The new Jewish State mostly got unfertile desert land while the Arabs got the prosperous lands. The Arabs refused and five nations invaded the new Jewish State. They attacked the new Jewish state 3 times, and each time they failed.
The majority of who have claimed to be refugees had no need to do so. Over 68% of all the Arabs who fled Palestine and became refugees never even saw a single Israeli soldier. They fled because the other Arabs told them too. The Arab nations, even today, use the Palestinian refugees as a political pawn. The Arab nations, especially Saudi Arabia (a country whose citizens are spoiled with an unbelievably large amounts of welfare and whose unemployed find themselves to prestigious to work in low class jobs which forces the country import six million people to take low class jobs), could have integrated these people into their own country. Instead, they used these people to create hatred towards Zionism and Israel. It has so far worked very well.
I can keep on going on for pages talking about how Israel and the Jewish People are the true victims, but I think Iâ€™ll stop here for now. My main point is that I personally and truly believe that both humanely and religiously Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish State with Jerusalem as its capital.
Oh by the way, yes, I am very familiar with Sheikh Professor Palazzi. I find it wonderful to see that a Muslim cleric would defend Israel as he has done and that there are so many more Muslims who are also doing the same. Itâ€™s great to see more and more Muslims saying no to fanaticism and fundamentalism, like these good people have been doing.
My message to the Jews is that you are not alone. You have Muslim friends. Many Jews donâ€™t know that Israel and Turkey have military alliance. They also have very good trade relations. Many Jews also need to know that not every Muslim is against them. Only those who do not really know Islam are your enemies and mine.
My message to my fellow Muslims is to look to what the Koran and Islam really says about a Jewish State and the Jewish people. I urge every Muslim to read articles written by Sheikh Professor Palazzi and to fall under all this propaganda that fundamentalists are putting the Muslim population under.
To the Arabs of the world, me message is that itâ€™s time to end this hatred. Israel is not your enemy. They are no threat to you. Only you can end this never-ending cycle of bloodshed. The Israelis just want their own state, which occupies less than 0.2% of all the land the Arabs rule over. Zionism is not racism. Even Martin Luther King Jr. defended Zionism. End the bloodshed and end it now.
Anyways, that was just a bit about my views and responses to those topics that youâ€™ve sent me. I hope I have given some good details about my views about Zionism and Israel. Send me a message whenever you wish to conduct a thorough interview and how you want to conduct it. I look very forward to getting a response from you.