While for Jews, Passover is a celebration, in Islam, the period that Muslims associate with the Jewish exodus from Egypt, is a time of mourning. The clash of religions is highlighted by a Hadith in which Mohammed tells Jews commemorating Passover, “We have more right to Moses than you.” According to a variant Hadith, Mohammed added it as a fast day, because it was a time of celebration for Jews.
The underlying reasoning of, “We have more right to Moses than you” fuels the violence against Jews. In 2002, Hamas carried out the Passover Massacre at a Seder in the Park Hotel in Netanya, killing dozens and injuring over a hundred. The dead were mostly senior citizens. In 2004, the Palestinian Authority’s Al-Aqsa Martyr’s Brigade plotted to detonate a bomb with HIV positive blood during Passover. In 2007, a car bomb with 220 pounds of explosives was supposed to be detonated in Tel Aviv when the suicide bomber backed out at the last minute, making for a happy Passover.
How can there be a better way to establish a claim to Moses than by killing off his people?
Hardly a year passes by without similar incidents and the consequences can be seen in the growing security precautions taken by synagogues to keep their worshipers safe. European Jewish facilities are constantly tightening their security in response to a spree of violence that has been going on for decades. In 2000, European Jews experienced the worst series of synagogue attacks since 1938. And year after year synagogues continue to burn around the world.
In Tunisia a week after Passover, a gas truck was detonated outside the Ghriba synagogue, the oldest synagogue in North Africa. It wasn’t the first time Muslims had targeted the synagogue and it would not be the last. The synagogue, one of the final outposts of Jewish life in the Muslim world, is also one of the most heavily protected synagogues in the world. There were once over a hundred thousand Jews in Tunisia. Today there are less than two thousand and their fading presence is a grim reminder of the fragility of Jewish life in the Muslim world. That fragility now extends beyond the Middle East and North Africa to Europe and the United States.
In Istanbul attending a synagogue requires advance notice and pre-approval. In Cairo, there are bomb sniffing dogs outside. In Milan, home of the latest Muslim synagogue terrorist plot, bags are checked. Metal detectors, bulletproof glass and armed guards are not unusual features of European synagogues. American synagogues are belatedly starting to catch up without acknowledging the source of the problem.
As the NYPD is under siege from the finks for trying to protect synagogues from Muslim terrorism, it may be wise to look to the modern exodus of Jews from the Muslim world, leaving behind Dhimmism for freedom, as the inspiration for a renewed determination to resist the oppression of those who wish to bring back the age of caliphs and pharaohs.
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