Monday, April 23, 2018

From Peters’ Time Immemorial, Summary of Chapter 3: The Arab Jew

Introduction “The Arab Jew” is the longest chapter of Joan Peters' book.  The chapter profiles many of these vulnerable communities, the other, true but ignored, refugees of the Middle and North Africa.  It tells of...

Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, Chapter 4: Ideology of the East, Rhetoric of the...

Introduction: Edmund Burke said “Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it”.  It would be comforting to think that World War II, the Holocaust, was somehow unique.  So it's disturbing to read that...

Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, Chapter 5: Zionism in the Arab World and The...

Introduction/Personal note: Salomon Benzimra z”l submitted this summary barely two weeks before his untimely death on March 15, 2016. He passed away on a flight back from Israel after a mission to consult with Tzipi...

Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, Chapter 6: Invitation Declined

Introduction: The rosy picture of the traditional tolerance and just treatment of Jews under Islamic rule has been largely demolished by the testimony of Jewish refugees from Arab countries interviewed for this book in Israel,...

Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, Chapter 7 Remnant of a Tradition: The Arab-Jewish Diaspora

This chapter deals with the remnants of those Jewish communities in Arab lands in the Middle East and North Africa.  By 1982 the largest Jewish population, about 18,000, was in Morocco. Their numbers have...

Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, Chapter 8 “Palestina”: A Precedent of Prey

“'Palestina': A Precedent of Prey” examines the falsehoods inherent in the modern-day Arabic-Muslim narrative that the Land was always Arab.  Ms. Peters traces the actual history of the Holy Land in some detail and...

Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, Chapter 9: Dhimmi in the Holy Land

Introduction: This chapter is replete with excerpts from historical observations of the life of the Jews in Palestine in the middle ages through to the rule of the Ottoman Empire from 1516 to 1918. These excerpts...

Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, Chapter 10: The Population Under the Turks, Mid-Nineteenth Century...

Introduction: Peters prefaces this chapter with two quotations.  The first is from a remarkable Anglican clergyman, James Parkes,  born on Guernsey, he fought in WW 1, and spent substantial time on the Continent.  There, he...

Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, Chapter 11 Popular Misconceptions About the Population of Palestine

Introduction: I have been severely jolted in reading Chapter 11 in the process of writing this précis.  Growing up in England since before the outbreak of the Second World I was imbued with an abiding...

Joan Peters, From Time Immemorial, Chapter 12- A Hidden Factor in Western Palestine: Arab...

Introduction: From my own point of view, Chapter 12 contains more than enough statistical evidence accumulated in years of study by many researchers whose work attests to disproportionate Arab immigration into a tiny portion, the...