by Gerald A. Honigman
Well, the day has finally arrived. I now find
myself in agreement with the Secretary General of the Arab League.
Recently, at the end of the Arab League Summit,
Amr Mussa declared that peace could not arrive until there was withdrawal from
occupied territories, the creation of another state, and the return of
He's basically correct. So what if he got a few
details mixed up.
Native Copts in Egyptmillions of themhad their country
overrun by conquering, settling, subjugating, and occupying Arabs.
To this day, they never know when the next murder will occur, the next
church will be burned down, and have learned that to survive they must
consent to the forced Arabization process. Their leaders have even written
that for Israel to "get along," then it too must consent to a
variation of this. Pretty pathetic...Uncle Butros instead of Uncle Tom
but the same breed, if you know what I mean. Just imagine the
world-wide outcry if Israel's Jews did this sort of thing to Israeli Arabs.
The majority Berber population of North
Africa saw its lands overrun as well over the past centuries by conquering,
settling, and subjugating Arab hordes creating Arab empires. Imperialsim
is evidently only nasty when non-Arabs so indulge. Berbers who dared to insist
on keeping their own pre-Arab language and culture have been murdered for
trying to do so. A look on any number of websites dealing with
Berbers in these regards will be revealing indeed.
In 1968, Ismet Cherif Vanly wrote The Syrian
Mein Kampf Against The Kurds (Amsterdam). A Kurdish nationalist, he
described the murderous and brutal Arabization policies Syrian settling,
conquering, and occupying Arabs employed against Kurds who predated them in
the land by thousands of years. Settling, conquering, and occupying Iraqi
Arabs did likewise to Mesopotamia's ancient native Kurds (the Hurrians, Guti,
Kassites, and Medes of old), Assyrians, and other non-Arab peoples as
Literally millions of native African Blacks have been butchered, maimed,
enslaved, turned into refugees (all of this still going on today), seen
their lands forcibly Arabized, and such. And not just in the Sudan.
Half of Israel's almost six million Jews originated in the
"Arab"/Muslim World. They too predated the Arabs in many of those
lands that they were forced to flee as refugees, leaving far more property
and valuables behind than Arabs who fled in the opposite direction after the
latter's brethren invaded a reborn Israel in 1948.
Alexandria Egypt's famous Jewish community was prominent centuries before
Jesus. The Jews of Iraq had been there at least since the days of the
Babylonian Captivity and Nebuchadnezzar. The Jews of Yemen were on the
Arabian Peninsula before Muhammad was born, and the latter Prophet of
Islam fled Mecca to Medina, a Jewish date palm oasis on that peninsula where
the Jews were still prominent when Muhammad sought refuge there during the
Hijra. When they would not convert to his new faith (based largely on
their own) nor accept his religio-political leadership, he butchered and
enslaved them. Jews also took part in the resistance against the Arab imperial
invasions of North Africa in the 7th century C.E.
Etc., etc., and so forth.
So, considering Amr Mussa's above demands...
It's time that the Africans of southern Sudan gain
independence from the Arabs who have butchered, subjugated, and enslaved them
over the centurieslong before the hypocrites in the United Nations only
recently first started to mutter anything at all about this.
It's time for thirty million truly stateless peoplethe
Kurdsto finally get their sole state. They were promised
one after World War I but saw it sacrificed on the altar of British
petroleum politics and Arab nationalism. An Arab Iraq was pieced
together in its stead.
Trusting Arabswhether Shi'a or Sunniis probably not a wise
decision (regardless of what Foggy Bottom says)given the track records
of Arabs of any stripe towards these people. While Arabswith almost two
dozen states already, including one carved out of almost 80% of the original
1920 borders of "Palestine" and today called Jordanhave
an American-sponsored roadmap to help create yet another for
themselves, somehow those same folks demanding justice for Arabs seem deaf,
dumb, and blind regarding Kurds.
And it's time for the subjugation of North Africa's huge Berber populations
to come to an end and for those folks to be able to decide if they want to
remain forcibly tied to Arabs or not. If not, then why should they not get
territory to create a Berber State if Arabs can get to have yet a second
one carved out for themselves in "Palestine?"
You see, Mr. Musa, justice should not be exclusively for Arabs.
Unfortunately, for the Copts, not too much to offer here...So many more
will become refugees.
And the above Arabs' victims' list is by no means complete. Just ask native
Christian, Semitic but pre-Arab Lebaneseas just one other example.
The hypocrisy of the conquering, racist, and
subjugating Arab League is nauseating enough. That the latter, however, is
widely supported in its demands on Israel by much of the rest of the
world should be appalling to anyone with any semblance of fair play. I
thought Dubya knew better. Unfortunately, despite his comments last
April to the contrary, it now looks like I was wrong...a cruel April
Fool's joke, indeed, played on Mr. Sharon and his tiny, vulnerable country
Despite all of the international pressure on it to consent to becoming a
reincarnated 1938 Czechoslovakia, ready to sacrifice itself for another
"peace for all time," Israel must now muster the strength to
do what it must do.
The only appropriate response of Israel to all of this should be to counter
offer the Arab League peace for peacenot consent to slowly being
eroded via the Arabs' openly admitted "Trojan Horse" destruction in
stages plans. And it must free itself from the belief that it must allow Arabs
to determine the rules of the road if widespread violence erupts again. Abbas'
folks have said that they would support quiet only as long as Israel continues
to cave in to all of their demands. And they're the "moderates."
Millions upon millions of non-Arabs became refugees because of the Arabs. Many
of these people fled to America, Great Britain, Germany, and elsewhere. They're
not returning to those "Arab" lands. Likewise, Arabs will have to
take care of their own refugeescreated in a war that they started and
far fewer in numberin the same manner.
The occupied territories Amr Musa mostly speaks of are disputed
landsnot purely "Arab." Jews had as much or more rights to be
on those lands as Arabs had. Much has been written about this, UN Resolution
242 indirectly addressed this, and leading experts such as Eugene Rostow,
William O'Brien, Arthur Goldberg, Lord Caradon, and others have been quite
vocal on these matters as well.
Jews have a word describing demands such as those made by Amr Musa. It's
Israel must have leaders who will respond to such so-called Arab prerequisites
for "peace" by telling them where to stuff them.
Gerald A. Honigman is a Florida educator who has done extensive
doctoral studies in Middle Eastern Affairs. He has created and
conducted counter-propaganda programs for college youth, has
lectured on numerous university campuses and other platforms,
and has publicly debated many anti-Israel spokesmen. His
articles and op-eds have been published in hundreds of
newspapers, magazines, academic journals and websites around the
Our special thanks to the author for submitting this article. A. G. S.