*UPDATED 6-22-08 *More Videos*
I received an e-mail from a friend earlier ( that I saw was mass mailed by someone before him ) on reasons why Arabs/Muslims hate Jews. It got my blood boiling.
You would think, with the world of information at our finger tips, people might actually know more today than yesterday, but no.
This e-mail got me so annoyed that I had to actually dedicate a post to it because I'm sure there are others out there who think in this distorted, ignorant way.
The e-mail consisted of achievements made by the Jewish people. Before I list it,
Here is a quote from the e-mail:
" I am not even Jewish and I am impressed. No wonder the Muslims hate them. Pure jealousy."
The e-mail goes on to mention how many Muslims there are in the world ( 1.2 Billion or 20% of the worlds population ) * Seems old because the figure is higher today * then mentions how many have received the nobel prize.
I'm not going to waste too much time on it, I'll just list the names in which they have won ( according to the e-mail )
- Literature ( 1988 - Najib Mahfoo )
- Peace ( 1978 - Mohammed Anwar El-Sadat )
-1974 ( Yaser Arafat )
- 1990 ( Elias James Corey )
- 1999 ( Ahmed Zewai )
- Economics ( Zero )
- Physics ( Zero )
- Medicine ( 1960 - Peter Brian Medawar )
-1998 ( Ferid Mourad )
Now onto the Jewish Population - 14,000,000 ( 14 Million ) .2% Of the world's population.
1927 - Henri Bergson
1958 - Boris Pa
1966 - Shmuel
1966 - Nelly Sachs
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias
1987 - Joseph
1991 - Nadine Gordimer World
Tobias Michael Carel
1968 - Rene
1986 - Elie
1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 - Henri
1907 - Albert
1908 - Gabriel
1910 - Otto Wallach
1915 - Richard
1921 - Albert Einstein
1922 - Niels
1925 - James Franck
1943 - George
1944 - Isidor
1952 - Felix Bloch
1958 - Igor Tamm
1960 - Donald
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1961 - Melvin
1962 - Lev
1962 - Max
1965 - Richard
1965 - Julian
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis
1972 - William
1973 - Brian
1975 - Benjamin
1978 - Arno
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen
1979 - Sheldon
1979 - Herbert Charles Brown
1980 - Paul
1980 - Walter
1985 - Albert A. Hauptman
1985 - Jerome
1986 - Dudley
1988 - Robert
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin
1988 - Jack
1989 - Sidney Altman
1990 - Jerome
1992 - Rudolph
1995 - Martin Perl
1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 - Simon
1972 - Kenneth
1975 - Leonid
1976 - Mil ton Friedman
1978 - Herbert A.
1985 - Franco
1987 - Robert M. Solow
1990 - Harry
1990 - Merton
1992 - Gary Becker
1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
1908 - Paul
1914 - Robert
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl
1931 - Otto
1936 - Otto Loewi
1944 - Herb
1945 - Ernst
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1950 - Tadeus
1952 - Selman
1953 - Hans
Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua
1959 - Arthur
1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois
1965 - Andre
1970 - Julius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard
1972 - Gerald Maurice
1975 - Howard Martin Temin
1976 - Baruch
1977 - Roselyn
1978 - Daniel
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1984 - Cesar
1985 - Michael
1985 - Joseph
1986 - Stanley
Cohen [& Rita
1989 - Harold
1991 - Erwin Neher
1993 - Richard
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred
1995 - Edward
The e-mail goes even further, here is another quote:
" The Jews are NOT promoting brainwashing children in the military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews & other non Muslims!. The Jews don't hijack planes nor' kill athletes at the Olympics or blow themselves up in German restaurants.
" There is NOT one single Jew that has destroyed a church. There is NOT one single Jew that protests by killing people. The Jews don't traffic slaves nor' have leaders calling death to all the infidels.
" Perhaps the world's Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems. Muslims must ask "What can they do for humankind" before they demand that humankind respect them."
" Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel & the Palestinians & Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel's part, the following two sentences say it all:"
" If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no violence. If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel! " - Bejamin Netanyahu
And that's the e-mail. I don't think even staunch supporters of Israel in America ( like the Evangelical Christians ) would speak such garbage biased towards anyone the way this individual did. Joseph Goebbels would be proud.
Now it's time to put this individual ( and those alike ) in their correct place.
Keep in mind, this has NOTHING to do with who is justified, right or wrong in this situation but to level the ground on TRUTH not propaganda.
I'm going to respond accordingly to how the e-mail is laid out. So since the awards and recognitions of inventions were brought forth, we'll begin there.
Here are just 20 of the most influential inventions and innovations created by the Muslim world.
The story goes that an Arab named Khalid was tending his goats in the Kaffa region of southern Ethiopia, when he noticed his animals became livelier after eating a certain berry. He boiled the berries to make the first coffee. Certainly the first record of the drink is of beans exported from Ethiopia to Yemen where Sufis drank it to stay awake all night to pray on special occasions. By the late 15th century it had arrived in Mecca and Turkey from where it made its way to Venice in 1645. It was brought to England in 1650 by a Turk named Pasqua Rosee who opened the first coffee house in Lombard Street in the City of London.
The Arabic qahwa became the Turkish kahve then the Italian caffé and then English coffee.
2) Pin-Hole Camera
The ancient Greeks thought our eyes emitted rays, like a laser, which enabled us to see. The first person to realise that light enters the eye, rather than leaving it, was the 10th-century Muslim mathematician, astronomer and physicist Ibn al-Haitham. He invented the first pin-hole camera after noticing the way light came through a hole in window shutters. The smaller the hole, the better the picture, he worked out, and set up the first Camera Obscura (from the Arab word qamara for a dark or private room). He is also credited with being the first man to shift physics from a philosophical activity to an experimental one.
A form of chess was played in ancient India but the game was developed into the form we know it today in Persia. From there it spread westward to Europe - where it was introduced by the Moors in Spain in the 10th century - and eastward as far as Japan. The word rook comes from the Persian rukh, which means chariot.
A thousand years before the Wright brothers a Muslim poet, astronomer, musician and engineer named Abbas ibn Firnas made several attempts to construct a flying machine. In 852 he jumped from the minaret of the Grand Mosque in Cordoba using a loose cloak stiffened with wooden struts. He hoped to glide like a bird. He didn't. But the cloak slowed his fall, creating what is thought to be the first parachute, and leaving him with only minor injuries. In 875, aged 70, having perfected a machine of silk and eagles' feathers he tried again, jumping from a mountain. He flew to a significant height and stayed aloft for ten minutes but crashed on landing - concluding, correctly, that it was because he had not given his device a tail so it would stall on landing.
Baghdad international airport and a crater on the Moon are named after him.
Washing and bathing are religious requirements for Muslims, which is perhaps why they perfected the recipe for soap which we still use today. The ancient Egyptians had soap of a kind, as did the Romans who used it more as a pomade. But it was the Arabs who combined vegetable oils with sodium hydroxide and aromatics such as thyme oil. One of the Crusaders' most striking characteristics, to Arab nostrils, was that they did not wash. Shampoo was introduced to England by a Muslim who opened Mahomed's Indian Vapour Baths on Brighton seafront in 1759 and was appointed Shampooing Surgeon to Kings George IV and William IV.
Distillation, the means of separating liquids through differences in their boiling points, was invented around the year 800 by Islam's foremost scientist, Jabir ibn Hayyan, who transformed alchemy into chemistry, inventing many of the basic processes and apparatus still in use today - liquefaction, crystallisation, distillation, purification, oxidisation, evaporation and filtration. As well as discovering sulphuric and nitric acid, he invented the alembic still, giving the world intense rosewater and other perfumes and alcoholic spirits (although drinking them is haram, or forbidden, in Islam). Ibn Hayyan emphasised systematic experimentation and was the founder of modern chemistry.
The crank-shaft is a device which translates rotary into linear motion and is central to much of the machinery in the modern world, not least the internal combustion engine. One of the most important mechanical inventions in the history of humankind, it was created by an ingenious Muslim engineer called al-Jazari to raise water for irrigation. His 1206 Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices shows he also invented or refined the use of valves and pistons, devised some of the first mechanical clocks driven by water and weights, and was the father of robotics. Among his 50 other inventions was the combination lock.
8) Metal Armor
Quilting is a method of sewing or tying two layers of cloth with a layer of insulating material in between. It is not clear whether it was invented in the Muslim world or whether it was imported there from India or China. But it certainly came to the West via the Crusaders. They saw it used by Saracen warriors, who wore straw-filled quilted canvas shirts instead of armour. As well as a form of protection, it proved an effective guard against the chafing of the Crusaders' metal armour and was an effective form of insulation - so much so that it became a cottage industry back home in colder climates such as Britain and Holland.
9) Pointed Arch
The pointed arch so characteristic of Europe's Gothic cathedrals was an invention borrowed from Islamic architecture. It was much stronger than the rounded arch used by the Romans and Normans, thus allowing the building of bigger, higher, more complex and grander buildings. Other borrowings from Muslim genius included ribbed vaulting, rose windows and dome-building techniques. Europe's castles were also adapted to copy the Islamic world's - with arrow slits, battlements, a barbican and parapets. Square towers and keeps gave way to more easily defended round ones. Henry V's castle architect was a Muslim.
Many modern surgical instruments are of exactly the same design as those devised in the 10th century by a Muslim surgeon called al-Zahrawi. His scalpels, bone saws, forceps, fine scissors for eye surgery and many of the 200 instruments he devised are recognisable to a modern surgeon. It was he who discovered that catgut used for internal stitches dissolves away naturally (a discovery he made when his monkey ate his lute strings) and that it can be also used to make medicine capsules. In the 13th century, another Muslim medic named Ibn Nafis described the circulation of the blood, 300 years before William Harvey discovered it. Muslims doctors also invented anaesthetics of opium and alcohol mixes and developed hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes in a technique still used today.
The windmill was invented in 634 for a Persian caliph and was used to grind corn and draw up water for irrigation. In the vast deserts of Arabia, when the seasonal streams ran dry, the only source of power was the wind which blew steadily from one direction for months. Mills had six or 12 sails covered in fabric or palm leaves. It was 500 years before the first windmill was seen in Europe.
The technique of inoculation was not invented by Jenner and Pasteur but was devised in the Muslim world and brought to Europe from Turkey by the wife of the English ambassador to Istanbul in 1724. Children in Turkey were vaccinated with cowpox to fight the deadly smallpox at least 50 years before the West discovered it.
13) Fountain Pen
The fountain pen was invented for the Sultan of Egypt in 953 after he demanded a pen which would not stain his hands or clothes. It held ink in a reservoir and, as with modern pens, fed ink to the nib by a combination of gravity and capillary action.
14) Numerical Numbering
The system of numbering in use all round the world is probably Indian in origin but the style of the numerals is Arabic and first appears in print in the work of the Muslim mathematicians al-Khwarizmi and al-Kindi around 825. Algebra was named after al-Khwarizmi's book, Al-Jabr wa-al-Muqabilah, much of whose contents are still in use. The work of Muslim maths scholars was imported into Europe 300 years later by the Italian mathematician Fibonacci. Algorithms and much of the theory of trigonometry came from the Muslim world. And Al-Kindi's discovery of frequency analysis rendered all the codes of the ancient world soluble and created the basis of modern cryptology.
Ali ibn Nafi, known by his nickname of Ziryab (Blackbird) came from Iraq to Cordoba in the 9th century and brought with him the concept of the three-course meal - soup, followed by fish or meat, then fruit and nuts. He also introduced crystal glasses (which had been invented after experiments with rock crystal by Abbas ibn Firnas - see No 4).
Carpets were regarded as part of Paradise by medieval Muslims, thanks to their advanced weaving techniques, new tinctures from Islamic chemistry and highly developed sense of pattern and arabesque which were the basis of Islam's non-representational art. In contrast, Europe's floors were distinctly earthly, not to say earthy, until Arabian and Persian carpets were introduced. In England, as Erasmus recorded, floors were "covered in rushes, occasionally renewed, but so imperfectly that the bottom layer is left undisturbed, sometimes for 20 years, harbouring expectoration, vomiting, the leakage of dogs and men, ale droppings, scraps of fish, and other abominations not fit to be mentioned". Carpets, unsurprisingly, caught on quickly.
17) Pay Cheques
The modern cheque comes from the Arabic saqq, a written vow to pay for goods when they were delivered, to avoid money having to be transported across dangerous terrain. In the 9th century, a Muslim businessman could cash a cheque in China drawn on his bank in Baghdad.
18) Earch is in sphere shape?
By the 9th century, many Muslim scholars took it for granted that the Earth was a sphere. The proof, said astronomer Ibn Hazm, "is that the Sun is always vertical to a particular spot on Earth". It was 500 years before that realisation dawned on Galileo. The calculations of Muslim astronomers were so accurate that in the 9th century they reckoned the Earth's circumference to be 40, 253.4km - less than 200km out. The scholar al-Idrisi took a globe depicting the world to the court of King Roger of Sicily in 1139.
19) Rocket and Torpedo
Though the Chinese invented saltpetre gunpowder, and used it in their fireworks, it was the Arabs who worked out that it could be purified using potassium nitrate for military use. Muslim incendiary devices terrified the Crusaders. By the 15th century they had invented both a rocket, which they called a "self-moving and combusting egg", and a torpedo - a self-propelled pear-shaped bomb with a spear at the front which impaled itself in enemy ships and then blew up.
Medieval Europe had kitchen and herb gardens, but it was the Arabs who developed the idea of the garden as a place of beauty and meditation. The first royal pleasure gardens in Europe were opened in 11th-century Muslim Spain. Flowers which originated in Muslim gardens include the carnation and the tulip.
Here is a video of 1001 inventions:
1001 Inventions is a unique UK based educational project that reveals the rich heritage that the Muslim community share with other communities in the UK, Europe and across the World.
1001 Inventions is a non-religious and non-political project seeking to allow the positive aspects of progress in science and technology to act as a bridge in understanding the interdependence of communities throughout human history.
1001 Inventions consists of a UK and world wide travelling exhibition, a colourful easy to read book, a dedicated website and a themed collection of educational posters complementing a secondary school teachers' pack and a curriculum enrichment programme.
Discover Muslim Heritage in our World in seven conveniently organised zones: home, school, market, hospital, town, world and universe.
Here is a Wiki Link to even more:
Inventions In The Islamic World.
As you can see, Arabs & The Muslim World created many of the foundations for what we use today.
Now, so I don't make this a 1 sided view. Here is a list of Jewish Inventions.
List Of Jewish Inventions
Now into the quotations':
"Jews don't promote brainwashing children in the military, training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews & other non Muslims!"
" The leaders don't call for Jihad & death to all infidels "
Here are quotes from the FOUNDERS of Israel to former leaders.
Beginning with the father of the Zionism movement ( I'll explain Zionism a little later for some who don't know the difference, such as the writer of the e-mail )
Comparing "leaders" of extremist movements to leaders of Islamic countries is a disgusting distortion considering NO state supports these calls.
The word Infidel was first used in the Bible, stop making it like it's a word that the Muslim world coined. ( 2 Corinthians 6:15 / 1 Timothy 5:8 )
The first recorded act of terrorism was by a Jew ( against the Roman Empire ), that is also in the bible as reported by the world's leading expert on Suicide Terrorism, Robert Pape.
The place with the most cases of Suicide Terrorism is Sri Lanka ( Tamil Tigers )
* A Marxist Group *
The place with NO suicide terrorism: The Islamic Republic Of Iran
Source: Robert Pape http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Pape
" The Jews never destroyed a church, has slaves, etc. "
Who was responsible for Jesus' Crucifixion?
Keep in mind, Palestinians are NOT all Muslim.
Muslim nations don't blame Israel for their problem but the world does.
Google that one.
Let me explain the difference between Israel & Jews.
Israel is a political tool, not a representation of Judaism. Contrary to what most media reports in the west, the fact of the matter is this:
Before the state of Israel was created, there was a man from France named Theodor Herzl, who was an Austro-Hungarian journalist who formed a movement called "Zionism" to justify having a land for all Jews to call home.
Before the state of Israel, Jews lived amongst the world. As today, Christians, Muslims, Catholics, Etc. live amongst everyone else. You could be an Italian Frenchman or a Bulgarian Muslim. You're religion isn't your nationality.
What is the problem with that right? Well, for Theodor it was. Read further into his story here:
Zionism isn't used as the "Religious" form but the "Political" form.
Before Israel was created, there were many places that the Zionist Movement wanted to claim as a homeland.
Here are some places:
- Latin America
It wasn't until 1917 that the Prime Minister Arthur Balfour promised them Palestine, hence, Israel was born.
Here is the Balfour Declaration of 1917
Now, is it fair to kick people out of their land to claim it as yours? You think about that one and then tell me how you would react when one day you are living peacefully and the next you are a refugee. I don't know many people who would abide and be complacent with such an event being put upon them.
God never promised Israel to the Jews. That is a complete fallacy. First off, God is not a Real Estate broker, nor' were the words ever uttered that the land specifically belonged to them.
Here is the late Muslim Scholar & Missionary: Ahmed Deedat on the fact on Palestine & Israel ( According To Religion )
Why do Palestinians and, or Muslims react the way they do to Israel?
Here is a clip of footage that you won't see in the American Media:
Here is Benjamin H. Freedman speaking on Zionism in the U.S. ( 1961 )
" The Jews don't traffic slaves "
Actually, Muslims don't believe in slavery. The prophet Of Islam: Muhammed, had freed a slave that recited the first Muslim Prayer.
" Muslims should invest more in a standard education and less blaming the Jews for all their problems."
See, this is the problem here. Notice the switch from Israel to Jew? People have a problem with the "State Of Israel" NOT the Jewish people. This is a common distortion made by propagandists to justify their rhetoric.
No one blames JEWS for anything, except for the Nazi party back during WW2.
JEWS & MUSLIMS lived peacefully before these times and before the atrocities of WW2, Jews found refuge in the Middle East while Europe and other places put them in Exile.
The e-mail then goes off to close with:
" Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel & the Palestinians & Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel's part, the following sentences really say it all"
" If the Arabs put down their weapons, there would be no violence tomorrow. If the Jews put down their weapons, there would be no Israel tomorrow. "
- Benjamin Netanyahu
Given the examples and motives behind such people from the Zionist end of Israel, having your home taken away, being oppressed for over 60 years, would you just give up your arms and believe the same people who were your enemies yesterday?
Now, I'll bring up 2 of the enemies of Israel that people like to point to, to say " THIS IS WHY THEY MUST DEFEND THEMSELVES!"
Iran's Ahmadinejad - It was widely said and claimed that President Ahmadinejad had said " He wants to wipe Israel off the map "
Here is the exact translation of what was REALLY said.
When the U.S. & Israel Claims: " IRAN IS BUILDING A NUCLEAR BOMB! "
Here is another video to debunk that as well.
Scott Ritter, A former UNSCOM weapons inspector, the single man who stuck his neck out saying Iraq didn't posses WMD's.
As for Hamas ( Who was created and supported by Ariel Sharon & The U.S. to be a deterrent to the P.L.O. in the early years )
Here is one from Khalid Mish'al: Head of the political bureau of Hamas
"Our message to the Israelis is this: we do not fight you because you belong to a certain faith or culture. Jews have lived in the Muslim world for 13 centuries in peace and harmony; they are in our religion "the people of the book" who have a covenant from God and His Messenger Muhammad (peace be upon him) to be respected and protected. Our conflict with you is not religious but political. We have no problem with Jews who have not attacked us - our problem is with those who came to our land, imposed themselves on us by force, destroyed our society and banished our people.
We shall never recognise the right of any power to rob us of our land and deny us our national rights. We shall never recognise the legitimacy of a Zionist state created on our soil in order to atone for somebody else's sins or solve somebody else's problem. But if you are willing to accept the principle of a long-term truce, we are prepared to negotiate the terms. Hamas is extending a hand of peace to those who are truly interested in a peace based on justice."
Here is a short documentary on the TRUE history of Israel.
I'll throw in a bonus. The reason for 9-11 ( since this is what drives people such as the e-mailer to write up such distortions )
Finally,The next video isn't just a JEW speaking the truth but...A Rabbi telling it like it is.
If you are now wondering " Why don't we hear about this in the U.S. Media then?! "
Here is a film that goes into great detail on exactly why that is.
Peace, Propoganda & The Promised Land.
Keep in mind, this should not ever be about who has a 1 up on who because that is a stupid & juvenile case to try and justify anything.
It's important to research and study history. As it was once said:
“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it”
- George Santayana
To the individuals who claim that Muslims or Arabs are jealous of another group, for that they create a war against them, needs to do their homework a little more next time before they start preaching ignorance.
Don't be a hippocrite...