Black vs Red ants
Israel is held to different standards
By Ali T. Kazemi
May 13, 2002
In 539 B.C. the Persians under Cyrus conquered the Babylonians. Cyrus liberated the
Jews from their Babylonian captivity and allowed them to rebuild their temple in
Jerusalem. Cyrus was referred to as a great savior in the Old Testament. That was
a great moment in our ancient history. But we have come a long way since then and
for the past few centuries Iran has abandoned these more tolerant and liberal traditions
and adopted the anti-Semitism that has been prevalent in many other countries.
J.J. Benjamin a 19th century traveler to Persia wrote extensively about the mistreatment
of Jews. "... They are forbidden to go out when it rains; for it is said the
rain would wash dirt off them, which would sully the feet of the Mussulmans."
They no longer beat Jews who venture out of their homes in the rain, but the hatred
and mistreatment continues.
I remember how as a young child I was killing some ants inside our home and our
maid told me, in all seriousness, that I should spare the black ants because they
are Muslim ants but the red ones are non-believers and Jews and should be killed.
She would also tell me that the Jews were najes (unclean) and one should wash
oneself thoroughly after touching one of them and to never eat or drink anything
that a Jew has touched.
There were also stories about the Naane Fatir (unleavened bread) and how
Jews kidnap Muslim children, kill them and use their blood to make this bread. The
views of our maid were fairly common. I heard similar sentiments from many other
people. The Jews were najes as surely as the sky was blue. This type of rabid
anti-Semitism is quite wide spread in the region.
In March of this year Al-Riyadh, a leading Saudi newspaper widely regarded
as the mouthpiece of the ruling family, published an article by Umayma al-Jalahma,
a teacher at King Faisal University, claiming that "Jewish vampires" drain
the blood of Muslims and Christians to mix it with holiday pastries on the religious
feast of Purim after tormenting their victims by placing them in a barrel filled
The following are excerpts from an article by Fatma Abdallah Mahmoud titled "Accursed
Forever and Ever," which appeared also in March in the Egyptian government daily
They are accursed in heaven and on earth. They are accursed from the day the human
race was created and from the day their mothers bore them. They are accursed also
because they murdered the Prophets. They murdered the Prophet John the Baptist and
served up his head on a golden platter to the singer and dancer Salome.
These accursed ones are a catastrophe for the human race. They are the virus of
the generation, doomed to a life of humiliation and wretchedness until Judgment Day.
They are also accursed because they repeatedly tried to murder the Prophet Muhammad.
They threw a stone at him, but missed. Another time, they tried to mix poison
in his food, but providence saved him from their treachery and their crimes. Thus,
the Jews are accursed -- the Jews of our time, those who preceded them and those
who will come after them, if any Jews come after them.
I complain to Hitler, even saying to him from the bottom of my heart, "If
only you had done it, brother, if only it had really happened, so that the world
could sigh in relief [without] their evil and sin."
Increasingly many European anti-Semitic myths find an
enthusiastic audience in the Middle East "Protocols of the Elders of Zion"
a notorious anti-Semitic forgery popularized by the Nazis, is a best seller in Iran
and other Middle Eastern countries.
I recall many political cartoons in Iranian newspapers that depicted the Israelis
the exact same way the Nazis depicted the Jews. The Jewish octopus taking over the
world, the greedy Jewish banker with money dripping out of its pockets, the Jewish
vampire figure with blood dripping from its fangs. Referring to the US government
as ZOG (Zionist Occupation Government), originally a neo-Nazi invention is now the
habit of the Islamists.
The following passages are from the recent piece "Today,
I am a Palestinian" by Ms. Sabety. It is not crude and blunt like the
earlier Saudi and Egyptian examples. After all Ms. Sabety has benefited from an American
higher education system. But her piece is an example of a more sophisticated and
subtle form of anti-Semitism.
After witnessing Israel turn into Nazi Germany, over the many years and especially
in the past few months, I stand here to tell you that for the first time in my life
I agree with Khamenei and the Muslim hard liners on an issue. I do not consider the
suicide bombers in Palestine terrorists -- they are freedom fighters through and
through. They are fighting to end an unjust occupation and as such cannot, in my
book, be called terrorists. They are simply desperate.... [Israel] has lost its soul
to the myth of the need for self-preservation... I wish I had never become an American.
They can take their freedoms and openness and opportunities, make me wear a chador
any day, but do not kill innocent Muslim brothers and sisters, with my tax money,
in the name of Israel! I think all of us Middle-Easterners with American citizenship
should collectively burn our passports as an act of symbolic protest. Or better yet
collectively refuse to pay taxes.?
Israel turn into Nazi Germany? It is an absolutely wrong
comparison, but not accidental. The Israelis are often equated with the Nazis by
many of their anti-Semitic enemies. They must know how utterly hurtful that must
be to the Jews, many of whom lost family members in the holocaust.
Nazis systematically gathered, starved, gassed and burned 6 million Jews in their
effort to erase them from the humanity. Israel on the other hand, despite having
enough nuclear bombs to wipe out every major Arab city in the world, has only reacted
Let's assume Israel had not destroyed the Iraqi nuclear plant at the beginning
of Iran/Iraq war and Iraq had gone on to develop its nuclear bombs, does anyone think
that Sadam would have spared the Iranians the same way Israel has spared its Arab
"I do not consider the suicide bombers in Palestine terrorists -- they are
freedom fighters through and through... They are simply desperate..."
Suicide murderers/bombers are not freedom fighters. The very organizations they
come from, Hamas, Al Aqsa Brigade, Islamic Jihadd and Hizbullah are against freedom
altogether. They want an Islamic state based on Sharia. There is no room for freedom
in that type of state. That should not be news to anyone. Furthermore there is no
connection between willingness to sacrifice oneself and having a just cause.
And the fact that the suicide/murderer feels desperate does not make him righteous.
The Kamikaze suicide dive-bombers were defending a murderous genocidal regime in
a desperate state. The 9/11 hijackers were desperate to drive the infidel Americans
from the holly land of Saudi Arabia. Even the Columbine high school suicide/murderers
must have felt desperate against the school bullies.
She also says:
"[Israel] has lost its soul to the myth of the need for self-preservation."
Need for self-preservation is not a myth. It is an absolute reality. That is why
every country in the world has police and armed forces. Anyone with the slightest
understanding of history knows that. Israel has had to defend itself in 4 major wars
and has suffered relentless terrorist attacks.
The anti-Semitism becomes evident when we see the different standards that Israel
is held to. Israel must prove it has done absolutely everything to avoid every civilian
death, when we know that the Palestinian bombers systematically and consistently
target civilians. Passover dinners, Bar mitzvahs, weddings, bus stops and grocery
stores are all considered legitimate targets by the suicide/murderers .
"I wish I had never become an American. They can take their freedoms and
openness and opportunities, make me wear a chador any day, but do not kill innocent
Muslim brothers and sisters, with my tax money, in the name of Israel! I think all
of us Middle-Easterners with American citizenship should collectively burn our passports
as an act of symbolic protest. Or better yet collectively refuse to pay taxes."
Let's give the author the benefit of the doubt and assume she is sincere. (Actually
I don't think she is. There are no laws that compel her to stay here, but I don't
think she will go to Iran to put on a chador and avoid paying the U.S. income tax.
She will stay here , pay the tax and enjoy the "freedoms and openness and opportunities".)
In that case she is willing to condemn millions of Iranians to be ruled by the murderous
regime of the mullahs. The regime that has resulted in death, imprisonment and misery
of our compatriots in numbers that far exceed the number of Palestinians ever in
The Anti-Semitism is so strong in many Iranian/Americans
that it outweighs their love for Iran as well as the U.S., the country that accepted
us and gave us refuge and offered us its opportunities and freedoms. They don't mind
that Palestinians danced and celebrated the massacre of thousands of innocent Americans.
The death of suicide/murderers outrages them more than the death of their own
innocent countrymen and women. We have had tens of thousands of political prisoners
executed, and even more imprisoned but it was by our "Muslim brothers".
They plunder our country to the point of its utter economic ruin, but the thieves
are our "Muslim brothers". They stone our women but they are our "Muslim
These people defend the Palestinian "Muslim brothers" even when they
start a war because winning 97% of the territories in negotiations is not enough.
In their eyes the "Muslim brothers" are desperate and they have a right
to go on killing hundreds of innocent civilians who are not our "Muslim brothers".
Thank god for our "Muslim brothers".