David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines

A warning: remember Khaibar

Your scary-as-hell story for the day comes from those well-known alarmists at National Public Radio, who bring us the news from Dearborn, Michigan:

Daily protests occur in Dearborn. At one recent demonstration, organized by the Congress of Arab-Americans, about 1,000 people attended. College-age men asked, in call and response fashion, "Who is your army?" Protestors responded: "Hezbollah." "Who is your leader?" they were asked. "Nasrallah," the chanters responded. Many carried placards of the Hezbollah leader. A few days earlier at an even larger demonstration, more than 15,000 turned out, about half of Dearborn's Arab community.

Those who regularly attend the demonstrations tend to be the most strident.

"Oh, Jews, remember Khaibar," the marchers chant. "The army of the Prophet will return."

Not "Oh, Israel." Not even, "Oh, Zionists." "Oh, Jews." Remember that.

What's Khaibar, and why should the Jews remember it? Glad you asked! NPR enlightens us.

The line is a reference to Khaibar, a Jewish town north of Medina that, according to Islamic tradition, was overtaken by the Prophet Muhammad in the seventh century. Once defeated, the surviving Jews of Khaibar were forced into serfdom. Two decades later, they were expelled from the Arabian peninsula.


You'd think the media would make a slightly bigger deal out of this. If I were the NPR reporter on the spot, I think I'd be slightly curious about the organization sponsoring a demonstration including such a grotesque public display of intimidation. But, y'know, that's me.
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