Nonie Darwish-Israel will survive only if Jews Unite / Strengthen their Defenses / end
Iran’s nuclear threat / abjure Peace Treaties
Nonie DarwishLincoln Square
SynagogueFebruary 8, 2007
New York night was bitter cold, not so the crowd inside the Lincoln Square Synagogue.
, the Synagogue where Rabbi Riskin, founder of Efrat, delivered his sermons to SRO crowds, Shabbos after Shabbos, throughout the 1970’s.
As Egypt was once the most powerful nation in the world, where people spoke Egyptian and worshiped Egyptian G-ds –
Egypt is now of minor importance. All Egyptians now speak Arabic, Islam is the religion of the State and its people, Copts and Christians are an imperiled minority and all dissent is strictly forbidden. So too will
Israel loose her entire identity should Islam triumph, should a ‘one state solution’ become ‘the’ solution. Darwish spoke to a throng of Jews and non-Jews, she told her story and pleaded that Jews unite for their very survival.
Hope Winters in her strong, effective introduction of Nonie Darwish told the acutely attentive audience that each of us, that any one person, can effect change, and that is so. Great movements have been initiated by single figures; Gandhi and Martin Luther King, were perhaps the most remarkable, as they commanded non-violent armies to victory, peaceably. Hope noted the breadth of the culture of hate and the spread of Holocaust denial; hate against Jews, hate against Christians, hate against Americans in the World Trade Center, hate against Americans in the Pentagon, against Brits in London and the Spanish in Madrid, hate against poor souls in Darfur – A culture of hate pervades the world. Yet, even in the safety of this meeting, the speaker did not utter the name of this curse threatening the world, Islam. Until we put a face on our enemy, a name on our enemy, we will not be able to fight our enemy; our enemy is Islam. Say it, believe it, ISLAM BREEDS HATE, ISLAM TEACHES THEIR CHILDREN HATE, ISLAM SEALS ITSELF OFF FROM VIEW, ISLAM SEALS ITSELF OFF FROM CRITICISM; say it or it will drown you.
Nonie Darwish stood before the microphone. Without notes she spoke of her youth in Egypt and
Gaza, her typical Muslim training, her hatred of the people Islam hated, hatred of the people her parents hated, hatred of Jews, hatred of Christians, hatred of all infidels. Her father a military leader, died at the hands of the Israeli military. Nonie said she was trained in the Koran, trained to hate. There were no songs of love, only songs of hate. “I witnessed mutilation of girls, polygamy and oppression of Muslim women who are told from birth that they will go to Hell if they protest.” “Songs of death and killing for Allah-and songs in praise of Jihad, for conquering the world,” that is what I heard.
It is legal under Sha’aria law to beat your wife. The Iman tells you how and where to strike. The wife only says, “It is G-d’s will.” You are trying to liberate women who believe that even as she is being stoned, ‘it is G-d’s will’. Muslim women will say: “What did she do?” Western women say: “How could that be?” Sadly, when I say my stories on college campuses, they don’t believe me. Speaking out against terrorism is everyone’s job to do.
Recently Darwish was challenged at a lecture by a Muslim cleric, Jihad he said, means ‘personal struggle’, no said Darwish, never was she taught that, there is no such concept in the Koran, never had an Iman preached that, he would have been chastised. No Darwish said, Jihad is the Islamic conquest of the world over the bodies of infidels. Published on November 16, 2006, is Darwish’s first book, “Now They Call Me Infidel: Why I renounced Jihad for America,
Israel, and the War on Terror.” To buy, compare prices. It reads as clearly and directly as she speaks. Wanting my local liberal bookstore to stock the work, I bought and gave out copies, hoping it will catch on. http://www3.addall.com/New/compare.cgi?dispCurr=USD&id=115316&isbn=1595230319&location=10000&thetime=20070210221158&author=&title=&state=AK
Nonie Darwish lectures today on college campuses. She is upset about what is and what is not happening on North American campuses. The youth and many academics on prestigious college campuses stand up for aids awareness and against
Darfur genocide, but not against Muslim abuse of children or Muslim abuse of human rights. In fact, they silence talk about Muslim abuse of women’s rights. Never are the rapes by fathers and brothers of Muslim women spoken of, nor are the many stories told of Muslim women stoned for supposed adultery. In the name of tolerance and multiculturalism they are not talking about Islam on the college campus.
Tolerating intolerance is what Darwish had to say about her recent experience at
University. First invited to speak by Brown University Hillel women’s study group, various students and student leaders thought it would upset the campus if Nonie spoke, so Brown Hillel, uninvited Darwish. Stand With Us [www.standwithus.com] went onto the blogs, Stand With Us not only trains student advocates, and provides them with the tools to create programs and banners, but it advocates directly. Within two and a half weeks,
University said, ‘we’d be delighted if Nonie would speak.’
Nonie presented her story of how her view of Islam was radically changed when she was 30, on September 11, 2001. Before, I was an anti-Semite and blamed
Israel for everything. I was just like every Muslim. Now I speak in my adopted homeland of what the daily life is of Muslim men, with their four wives, of children and of women living in a Muslim country. She was accused of being a hate monger. “Why don’t you defend oppressed American women too?” “My subject is my culture”. Instead of shock and horror as she spoke about what she had experienced living in Egypt and
Gaza, she met challenges. “What are your degrees?” “What are your credentials?” Being a professional journalist and author with a college degree failed to silence their challenges. “It never does,” Darwish said. Darwish fought back. “If Rosa Parks or Nelson Mandela walked onto a college campus, would they be asked what are your credentials?” They persisted, “What are your degrees?” “What are your credentials?” Credentials, degrees, credentials, degrees…. Their well oiled attack machine brooked no interference, no dissent. Credentials, degrees, credentials, degrees…. Nonie Darwish’s credentials are as a child of Islam.
After every lecture, at least 2 or 3 Muslim women will come up to me and hug me. They will say, “You really opened our eyes.” That is my greatest reward.
As Darwish continues to tell her story, fatwas and death threats grow in number, she said. Darwish paused for a moment and looked out at the audience. “Always, in a Synagogue I have a feeling of what is preached in this place – the message of tolerance, love and compassion-“ “I wish my people were here to know who the Jewish people are. “The Arab-Israel conflict is a symptom of a larger conflict. It is a proof of bondage v. freedom – Muslim men are in a constant state of anger. Muslim’s are 65% illiterate, they know what they hear in the Mosque and on TV, poverty is pervasive, the society is stagnant. The Arab-Israel conflict is the tip of the iceberg.
Jihad is the oldest University in Islam. When I speak, I use the definition of Jihad found in their text book. Jihad: Holy war for world conquest. When I spoke at
Canada, a Muslim Chaplin asked, “What page number was the definition written on?” Lecturing on the American college campus, they want me to say, “jihad means, ‘inner struggle’, but that is not what is heard at Friday sermons at Mosques throughout the world, it is not what is written in Islam’s newspapers, it is not uttered, ever, on Al Jezerrah or Al Minar, the international Muslim TV channels. The Muslim world hears only, reads only, sees only, ‘Jihad is Holy war for world conquest’. My culture of origin is in a head on collision course with the rest of the world. Concepts of honor and pride only, come from Jihad. Belief in revenge and martyrdom, only can come from jihad. They filled our hearts with hatred of
Israel. When you portray a people as pigs and monkeys, as monsters, it is honorable to kill that monster. It is time for us to start the road to progress and freedom by working with
When Gaza and the ‘West Bank’ were in
Israel’s hands, the Muslims didn’t care about anything but killing Jews. Those who wanted a job had to join Hamas or Fatah. If they wanted peace with
Israel, they were shot in the middle of the town square. “Why doesn’t Western media pressure the Arabs and the palestineans for concessions?” “When are you going to ask them when they will stop the flow of money and arms to the Muslims?” Allah Akba means, “our G-d is greater than everyone else’s, not G-d is great as the media repeats and repeats, completely distorting the truth.”
“My personal journey was lived in the Middle East, in Egypt and in Gaza, during the wars between Egypt and
Israel. Still, Israel thrived, which proves the spirit of
Israel and the Jewish people. What I saw, as an Arab Muslim growing up is coming to us. It is creeping to us. “Why don’t people expose the hypocritical Iman’s who are denying the truth?” Don’t mistake me, I love my culture. Teaching Islam in the spirit of tolerance, can only come from us. Muslims have to speak out.
Kids on college campuses are protecting not a religion, but an ideology. “What has happened to children’s rights, to women’s rights, I want to cry.” This is the country that saved my life. But, Western cultures including
Israel, are beginning to be scared. The church is scared. In
Bethlehem a big picture of Arafat hangs in the Church of the Nativity vestry. All seem tired and demoralized.
Terrorism succeeds in making people hate one another. The same classic story is unfolding worldwide. In France, soon the Muslim minority will begin a separatist movement and seek a separatist state within
France. In Canada and communities all over Europe and recently in a small town in
Michigan, efforts have been made to have Muslim councils enforcing Sha’aria Law. Over a thousand years ago, Egypt, my
Egypt, was the greatest nation in the world, it was the dominant military and intellectual power, Egyptians read, wrote and spoke Egyptian. Today Egyptians have no military power, intellectuals are suppressed, jailed – Egyptians read and write and speak Arabic. Egyptian supremacy ended when they became scared, when they tired and when they became demoralized.
What was and what must be. Oil was the big factor in the rise of the Arab world. Their oil wealth was discovered at almost the same time as the date of the proclamation of the State of Israel. Today, the Arab world is in a big turmoil. Civil wars have already begun, wars are simmering between many countries. There is great danger for
Israel must protect itself. Israel will survive only if Jews Unite / Strengthen their Defenses / end
Iran’s nuclear threat / Peace Treaties are traps to be avoided. To a man, everyone in the audience rose, it burst into applause and surged forward to thank, to congratulate, to question Nonie Darwish.
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