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Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

It’s not about religion. It’s about geopolitics. It’s about controlling precious natural resources. It’s about expanding an empire.

And no, Islamophobia is not a recent phenomenon. It has been around for a few hundred years even though it has not always been known by that term.

There is no monolithic West and no monolithic East. Likewise, Islam has not always been associated with East; neither is Christianity inherently Western (bear in mind that Jesus was a Jew born in Bethlehem). The Christian Byzantine Empire thrived in “the East” up to the fifteenth century while Islam in al-Andalus lasted for almost 800 years. The notion of “clash of civilization” between Christian West and Muslim East is highly flawed.

The first contact between Islam and Europe was in the seventh century. At the time, the Europeans saw the Muslim invaders as nothing more that yet another enemy, no different from the idolaters of Northmen, Slav and Magyars. There is no indication that anyone in northern Europe knew anything about Islam or had heard of Muhammad. This lack of information didn’t stop them from developing an image of the people they called the Saracens, who they reviled as barbarians.

Muslim rule of the Iberian Peninsula (al-Andalus) lasted for eight centuries. During this period, Christians and Jews were tolerated as People of the Book and were allowed to practice their religion. This sustained contact mitigated and tempered the more hostile images.

While the rest of Europe endured a period of stagnation during the Dark Ages, al-Andalus experienced growth and development of knowledge. Various great works of great scholars, from the Greeks and the Persians, were translated into Arabic and made available in many libraries established by Muslim rulers. In the context of this flourishing civilisation, negative attitudes toward Moors (Spanish Muslims) dissipated.

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Gaza Under Attack 2014

For those of you who believe that Hamas is a terrorist organisation and that Hamas is Israel’s problem, consider this. Hamas was only formed in 1987, but the occupation of Palestine started in 1948. This means 39 years of massacres, imprisonment and displacement. 39 years of pretexts to kill more Palestinians. If Hamas were destroyed, Israel will find another pretext to kill.

Israel’s problem is not Hamas, it is the entire Palestinian population. Don’t let yourself be deceived. Resistance is only there because of the occupation and will remain as long as the occupation continues. Israel attack on Gaza is not self defense, it is genocide. Palestine has a right to defend itself.

The Gaza Bombardment – What You’re Not Being Told

Israel doesn’t want peace. It wants land. This is what the bombardment of Gaza is about — another land grab. Another Nakba — another cruel land grab by murder and expulsion of non-Jews.

44% of Gaza has been taken by the Israelis. They call it a ‘buffer zone’, and they have expelled the people from that region into the remainder of Gaza. The population of the most densely populated place on earth has been crammed into an even smaller space.

Why Doesn’t the Media Care About Dead Palestinians

Nothing more shameful than attacking sleeping children

5 Reasons Why Israel is an Apartheid State

CrossTalk: Gaza Under Siege

Inside Gaza’s Al-Shifa Hospital

BBC Hard Talk — Dr. Mads Gilbert

The Children of Gaza — Channel 4 News

Manchester Rabbi for Gaza

Chris Hedges Speech on Gaza

Miko Peled: If Israel Doesn’t Like Rockets, Decolonize Palestine

U.S. Aid to Israel

Life in Gaza Explained

Israeli Settlements Explained

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Palestinian resistance in Gaza is “fighting for all of us,” says Dr. Mads Gilbert
Gaza crisis: Israel attacks ‘not accidental’, claims UN
The Gaza Bombardment — What You’re Not Being Told
Lieberman calls Gaza devastation a ‘good thing’

Genocide permissible: Times of Israel
Reprint of Yochanan Gordon’s “When Genocide is Permissible”
Claim that Hamas killed 3 teens is turning out to be the WMD of Gaza onslaught
Gaza’s Christians and Muslims grow closer in defiance of Israeli attacks
Israel is a big liar by accusing Malaysia

Israel accused of war crimes at International Criminal Court
Open letter from Javier Bardem about the massacres in Gaza
Celebrities Speak Out on Gaza
Jon Snow: Gaza’s ‘Birthplace of saints and death-yard of angels’
Bowen: I saw no evidence of Hamas using Palestinians as human shields

“But Hamas…”
10 conditions for 10-year truce with Israel
Finding Logic and Humanity in Gaza — A U.S. Taxpayer Speaks Out
Hague court under western pressure not to open Gaza war crimes inquiry
Likud MK Feiglin proposes paying Arabs to leave Gaza

Israel Retracts False Allegation
Why did Netanyahu take aim at Gaza’s tallest towers?
The Hannibal Directive: How Israel Killed Its Own Troops and Massacred Palestinians to Prevent Soldier’s Capture
Israeli Army Whistle-Blower Gets Arrested After Posting ‘Israeli Troops Killed Gaza Civilians in Revenge’ on Facebook
On growing up in Ferguson and Palestine