Bat Ye’or comes to Canada

Bat Ye’or, the Egyptian-born Jewess who first coined the term ‘dhimmitude’, spoke at a conference in Toronto last week. Michael Coren of The National Post was there. (Via Israpundit)

“It appears to be a sign that you’re doing something abundantly right when the leaders of the Canadian Arab Federation and the Canadian Islamic Congress demand that your conference be monitored by the Police Hate Crime Unit. Which is the case with a Fraser Institute symposium taking place this week, entitled “On The Front Line of Immigration, Terrorism and Ethno-Politics.”

“In an unintentionally amusing joint press release, the groups speak of “major Canadian bigots, Islamophobes, anti-Arab and anti-immigrant writers and media personalities.” As opposed, one assumes, to minor Canadian bigots and Islamophobe media personalities. What it all means, of course, is that they disagree with their targets. Yet instead of simply debating with the conference speakers in a quintessentially Canadian manner, they insult them and try to have them silenced.

“In fact, the conference the comrades find so irksome boasts an extraordinarily impressive and diverse list of speakers. Columnist Margaret Wente, author Daniel Stoffman, a former director of CSIS, the retired executive director of the Canadian Immigration Service, ambassador Marisa Lino from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, MPs, numerous university professors, award-winning writers and decorated diplomats and scholars.

“And the internationally renowned author Bat Ye’or. If the other speakers provoke certain people, this diminutive, gentle and brilliant 74-year-old lady seems to positively terrify them. They urge immigration authorities “immediately to bar Bat Ye’or from entering Canada.”

“Being deported because of Arab anger would, however, be nothing new to the author of a host of internationally acclaimed works on the history of Islam and its treatment of Jews and Christians. She and her family were forced to leave their native Egypt in 1957, part of the more than one million Jews who were exiled from Muslim states after the Second World War and the foundation of Israel. Bat Ye’or’s name roars the horror of it all. It is a pseudonym, meaning “Daughter of the Nile” in Hebrew. Her name is Gisele Orebi.

“The persecuted Jews of the Middle East. The silenced catastrophe. A wave of innocents whose existence in Arab lands pre-dated the birth of Islam. Their numbers were greater than those of the Palestinian refugees and they were frequently treated far more harshly. Yet the world said very little, and today the Islamic bloc and their allies in the United Nations and elsewhere pretend this post-Biblical exodus did not happen.

“It is, I suppose, deeply ironic that I was told that I was not allowed to live in Egypt when I was a girl and now as a grown woman I’m told, in part by people from Egypt, that I shouldn’t come to Canada either. As for Israel, they’d like that to disappear,” she says, more bemused than bitter. “Where ought I to go? No matter. The story has to be told, the true story of how Islam has treated and still does treat its minorities.”

“It is her collection of work on the Islamic conquest of the Christian heartlands of Egypt, Palestine, Syria and North Africa that have caused so much frustration among Muslim opponents. She writes in detail of Dhimmitude, the method in which Jews and Christians were subjugated and humiliated.

“As late as the early 20th century, in some Muslim countries Jews had to remove their shoes when they left their own quarter, were not allowed to ride a horse, were treated as second-class citizens. This idea of equality is nonsense. Their numbers were restricted, especially in the Holy Land, and the same was true of Christians. There were periodic pogroms, right up till the 1940s.”

“A pause, searching for the right words. “What occurred back then is history, but history has to be understood and accepted. What we have now is revision, denial. Muslim immigrants are taking this false idea of the past to Europe and North America, along with a culture that does not share the Western notion of tolerance, equality, criticism of religion and freedom.”

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Text of Bat Ye’or speech ( with thanks: Jerusalem Posts)


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  • On the treatment of Jews in modern Egypt, “morrocan” can consult the books and articles of Michael Laskier on the modern experience of Jews in Egypt. Apparently Bat Ye’or is not enough for him. In the 1950s, Nasser’s govt confiscated the property of many Jews as well as banning Jews from many trades and occupations, govt jobs, etc. These oppressions were taking place before the 1967 Six Day War, and even before the 1956 Sinai Campaign. It is obvious that the Egyptian govt wanted to get rid of the Jews there. There were forced to leave one way or other.

    “moroccan” thinks that Jews lie about the experience of Jews in Arab countries. Maybe “moroccan” can explain why there are more Moroccan Jews in my neighborhood in Jerusalem than in all of Morocco. Why did they leave?

  • Bat Yeor is a bigot and is bitter about her expulsion from Egypt during the wars against Apartheid Israel.

    After the Lavon affair, Egyptian authorities has few options. Even the US rounded all its Japanese-Americans when not a single one was caught working for the enemy.

    As to expelling 1 million Jews from Arab states, it is an exaggeration and a lie like every other Zionist lie.

    Show us how the Jews of Morocco were expelled.

  • You are most kind, anonymous, but I would never presume to compare this humble blog to Bat Yeor’s massive contribution!

  • EXCELLENT blog, Bataween.

    I hope your work, and Bat Yeor’s, go on forever.

    Thosuand of Jewish/Israeli intellectuals have asked themselves how Israel may have mis-treated the Palestinians over 60 years, and what it might owe the Palestinians in recompense.

    I await the day when even a single Arab/Muslim intellectual asks himself how Arabs/Muslims may have mis-treated the Jews over 1,400 years, and what they might owe the Jews in recompense.


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