Islamic brutality against Jews under the so-called "Golden Age"

The following is cross-posted (with permission) from Reut R. Cohen's blog:

We all know that undund 1,000,000 Jews fled the Arab world in the 1900s. The majority settled in Israel. But how did Jews fare under Arab rule historically? Was it really a “Golden Age”? While we can argue that there were some situations where Jews could make it to a government post when an Arab leader was fair and kind, Jews were always relegated to a situation of being third-class citizens and obligated to pay special taxes, jizya, for their very survival. Here are just a few small examples of Islamic brutality against Jews….

1790 -- Pogrom in Tetouan (Morocco): All Jews stripped naked, many women raped, most homes ransacked.

1800's - Jews of Yemen are forbidden to wear new or good clothes, nor could they ride a donkey or a mule. They were compelled to make long journeys on foot when occasion required it. They were prohibited from engaging in monetary transactions.

1834 -- "Suleika affair": Jewish woman from Tangier refuses to convert and marry a high-ranking official. She is executed in Fez.

1815 -- Jews of Mogador (Morocco) ordered to pay sudden jizya poll-tax. Those who pay punched on the forehead after turning over coins, those who refuse thrown in dungeon.

1884-1888 -- 307 Jews murdered over four years by Muslims, yet no Muslims put on trial.

1903 -- 40 Jews killed by Muslims during riots in Taza. More killed in Settat.

1907 -- In Casablanca, 30 Jews killed; 200 women, girls and boys abducted, raped.

1910 -- 12-year-old grandson of Fez's Rabbi Abensur abducted and forcibly converted to Islam.

1912 -- Franco-Moroccan Treaty signed in Fez makes Morocco a French protectorate. Muslim rioters massacre 60 Jews in Fez, leave 10,000 homeless.

1918-1948 -- Yemenite Jewish children whose parents had died were taken from relatives and raised as Muslims.

Around 1,000,000 Middle-Eastern Jews were made refugees.

Professor Irwin Cotler who is a Canadian parliament member and former Canadian minister of justice, talks about this issue and about the hypocrisy of the United Nations in their failure to address the plight of the Middle Eastern Jews. Pay attention to the end of the video in which he talks about the real apartheid.

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