|The Venerable Bede|
Tis odd, one might think, for a group that so utterly despises those of the Hebrew faith to point them out as their moral equivalents. Why would they aspire to such an association? The answer lies in history.
The Jews have a long history of persecution and subjugation, the most ghastly example of which in recent memory would be the Holocaust. Thus, to claim equivalence in the mind of the West is to assume the ultimate mantle of victim hood, prime real estate for a minority group in the West. Blog fav The Venerable Bede comments on the goings on:
... over in Switzerland in October, 2000 protesters organised by the Islamic Central Council of Switzerland paraded the streets wearing yellow stars. Nicolas Blancho, head of the Islamic Central Council, explained the symbolism: "Muslims are treated as second-class citizens and are discriminated against, for example because they wear a headscarf or because of their name when they look for an apprenticeship or are looking for an apartment." Justifying the analogy still further, Tony Blair's nutjob sister-in-law Lauren Booth, speaking at the event, explained that people often glared at her in the street.Yessiree, it is a curiosity, but as Bedes well knows the record is far from patchy. Few events in history are better documented than the atrocities that Nazi Germany inflicted upon the Jews in the lands they ruled or occupied. Differences in opinion on the historical facts depend entirely upon the individuals retelling the events. In Western culture, the event is well known and well documented. Amongst the Muslims the world over however, one can't be too sure. It may very well be that the whole idea of a Holocaust was merely a grand fable made up to justify the stealing of land from the Bedouins that lived in the Middle East. The fact that they would delight in repeating the adventure in the current day in no way lessons their vehemence in denying it ever occurred in the first place.
You'll notice that there seems to be some disagreement here as to exactly what did happen to the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust, perhaps attributable to the patchiness of the historical record.
It's a mind bender, but the Venerable Bede will straighten it out for you. Gain his insights on the world's "newest" Jews here.