Islam Is Colonialism, ‘Palestine’ Is Colonialism


(By Daniel Greenfield,

Muslims invaded, conquered and settled Israel as they did in other places, like India, that had an indigenous population. Advocates for ‘Palestine’ are not fighting colonialism, they are promoting it.

At Israeli Apartheid Week, campus haters claim to be fighting “colonialism” by fighting Jews. Columbia University’s Center for ‘Palestine’ Studies, dedicated to a country that doesn’t exist and which has produced nothing worth studying except terrorism, features diatribes such as ‘Palestine’ Re-Covered: Reading a Settler Colonial Landscape”. This word salad is a toxic stew of historical revisionism being used to justify the Muslim settler colonization of the indigenous Jewish population.

You can’t colonize ‘Palestine’ because you can’t colonize colonizers. The Muslim population in Israel is a foreign colonist population. The indigenous Jewish population can resettle its own country, but it can’t colonize it.

Muslims invaded, conquered and settled Israel. They forced their language and laws on the population. That’s the definition of colonialism. You can’t colonize and then complain that you’re being colonized when the natives take back the power that you stole from them.

There are Muslims in Israel for the same reason that there are Muslims in India. They are the remnants of a Muslim colonial regime that displaced and oppressed the indigenous non-Muslim population.

There are no serious historical arguments to be made against any of this.

The Muslim conquests and invasions are well-documented. The Muslim settlements fit every historical template of colonialism complete with importing a foreign population and social system that was imposed on the native population. Until they began losing wars to the indigenous Jewish population, the Muslim settlers were not ashamed of their colonial past, they gloried in it. Their historical legacy was based on seizing indigenous sites, appropriating them and renaming them after the new conquerors.

The only reason there’s a debate about the Temple Mount is because Caliph Omar conquered Jerusalem and ordered a mosque built on a holy Jewish site. The only reason there’s a debate about East Jerusalem is because invading Muslim armies seized half the city in 1948, bombed synagogues and ethnically cleansed the Jewish population to achieve an artificial Muslim settler majority.

You can’t switch from being the indigenous population to being its conquerors whenever it suits your pseudo-historical narrative. You can’t claim to be the Philistines, the Jews and their Islamic conquerors at the same time. The only Muslim claim to Jerusalem or to any other part of Israel is based purely on the enterprise of colonial violence. There is no Muslim claim to Israel based on anything other than colonialism, invasion and settlement.

Israel is littered with Omar mosques, including one built in the courtyard of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, because Islam is a colonial entity whose mosques testify to their invasive origins by celebrating colonialism as their true religion. The faith of Islam is the sworn religion of the sword.

Islam is a religion of colonialism that spread through invasion, settlement and conquest. Its caliphs, from the original invaders, including Omar, to the current Caliph of ISIS, wielded and wield religious authority in the service of the Islamic colonial enterprise. 

Allah is the patron deity of colonialism. Jihad is just colonialism in Arabic. Islamic theology is nothing but the manifest destiny of the Muslim conquest of the world, colonial settler enterprises dressed up in the filmy trappings of religion appropriated from the culture of conquered Jewish and Christian minorities. Muslim terrorism is a reactionary colonial response to the liberation movements of the indigenous Jewish population.

Even “Allahu Akbar” did not originate as a religious sentiment. It does not mean “God is Great”, as it is often mistranslated. It was Mohammed’s taunt to the Jews he was ethnically cleansing. His purge of a minority group proved that “Allah was Greater”. Islamic colonialism is used to demonstrate the existence of Allah. And the best way to worship Allah is through the colonialism of the Jihad.

Islam would not have existed without colonialism. It still can’t exist without it. That is why the violence continues. The only way to end the violence is for Muslims to reject their theology of colonialism.

But instead of taking ownership of their real history, the Muslim settler population evades its guilt through propaganda by claiming to be the victims of colonialism by the indigenous Jewish population. This twisted historical revisionism is backed by bizarre nonsense such as claiming that Jesus was a Palestinian or that the Arabs are descended from the Philistines. The Muslim settlers insist on continuing to celebrate colonialism while claiming to be an indigenous population that was always living in Israel.

You can have one or the other. You can have your mosques celebrating the conquest and suppression of the indigenous population or your claims of being the indigenous population. But you can’t switch from being the indigenous population to being its conquerors whenever it suits your pseudo-historical narrative. You can’t claim to be the Philistines, the Jews and their Islamic conquerors at the same time.

From its Roman origins, ‘Palestine’ has always been a colonial fantasy of remaking Israel by erasing its original Jewish identity. The Arab mercenaries who were deployed by the Romans in that original colonial enterprise continued it by becoming self-employed conquerors for their own colonial empire. The name ‘Palestine’ remains a linguistic settlement for reimagining a country without a people and a past as a blank slate on which the colonial identity of the invaders can be written anew. That is still the role that the ‘Palestine’ myth and mythology serves.

Abdul Rahim al-Shaikh complains about “linguistic colonialism”. When Muslims rename the Spring of Elisha, a Jewish biblical figure, Ein as-Sultan in honor of an Islamic colonial ruler, that’s linguistic colonialism. When Jews restore the original indigenous names that Jewish sites held before Muslim colonialism, that’s not colonization. It’s the exact opposite. It’s decolonization.

Promoting mythical claims of a ‘Palestinian state’ isn’t decolonization, it’s colonization. Or recolonization. Advocates for ‘Palestine’ are not fighting colonialism, but promoting it. They are advocating for a discredited Muslim settler fantasy and against the indigenous Jewish population of Israel.

Abdul Rahim al-Shaikh complains about “geographic amnesia” among “Palestinians”. There’s no geographic amnesia because you can’t remember what never existed. There’s only paramnesia because there was never a country named “Palestine”.

“Palestine” has no history. It has no people. It has no borders. It has never been anything except a colonial invention. It is a name used by a variety of foreign settlers operating on behalf of colonial empires. 

You can’t colonize “Palestine”. How can you colonize a colonial myth? You can only decolonize it. 

Every Jewish home built on land formerly under the control of the Caliphs is decolonization and decaliphization.

When Jews ascend the Temple Mount, they are also engaging in decolonization and decaliphization.

When the liberation forces of the Jewish indigenous population shoot a Jihadist colonist fighting to impose yet another Islamic State on Israel, that too is decolonization and decaliphization.

Resistance to Islamic terrorism is resistance to colonialism. And Jews have the longest history of resisting the Islamic State under its various Caliphs throughout history. Israel is still resisting the colonialist Jihadist plans for the restorations of the Caliphat.

Zionism is a machine that kills Islamic colonialism.

The existence of Israel not only means the decolonization of Abdul Rahim al-Shaikh’s imaginary colonial fantasies of “Palestine”, but inspires resistance in peoples struggling against Islamic colonialism throughout the region, from the Copts to the Berbers to secular intellectuals fighting for freedom.

Islamic colonialism has always been defeated, whether at the Gates of Vienna or in the Sinai Desert. Its colonial fantasies are false and will be defeated as many times as it takes, whether in the form of ‘Palestine’ or ISIS.

What If?

What if…

All that hate, obsession and hate towards Jews and Israel were channeled into something good instead.

All those billions of foreign aid money were spent on infrastructure instead of missiles and terror tunnels.

They could stop looking upon themselves as the eternal victims and start taking some responsibility for their actions.

They could stop blaming anything and everything on Israel.

They could stop lying about their history. In fact, what if they just stopped lying about everything. Period.

They would have accepted one of the many peace plans (they didn’t deserve) they have been offered.

Their leaders would stop the incitement to kill us.

They would put down their weapons and stop trying to annihilate us.

They would just accept that we are here to stay, and their terror will do nothing but make us even stronger and more united.

They would stop celebrating successful terror attacks and naming streets after the murderers.

They would teach their children love instead of hate.

They would start cherishing life instead of death.

What if…

You Can’t Fight An Assault Rifle With A Lit Candle Of Hope

A few years ago, in one of many lively discussions with my friends about the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, and how it seemed to go unnoticed by the media and general public, I remember bursting out: “What needs to happen for people to react? Does someone have to die?”

Sadly, that’s exactly what had to happen, and I still don’t think the European leaders truly realize the danger we are all facing, or truly understand the enemy living within: an enemy that will grow stronger and more brave with every new successful terror attack.

Just like everyone else I was glued in front of the TV on January 11, to watch the rally that took place after the horrific terror attacks in Paris. The display of solidarity, the march of world leaders walking arm in arm, and the millions of people crowding the streets of Paris with signs saying “Je Suis Charlie”, brought tears to my eyes. For a few hours the world was peaceful, all was right and I felt hope for humankind.

Then came the sobering morning after and the realization that nothing had really changed, except for more security, including armed soldiers outside Jewish schools and synagogues. And I started thinking: if Charlie Hebdo hadn’t been attacked, if it had “only” been the killings at the supermarket, would we have seen the same display of solidarity on the streets of Paris? Had we seen millions of signs saying “Je Suis Juif”?

Sadly, I think not. There were no marches when a teacher and three children at a Jewish school in Toulouse were murdered by an Islamist terrorist in 2012. There were no marches when four people were brutally murdered at the Jewish Museum in Brussels in 2014. The fact that the victims were killed because they were Jews, and that they were killed by Islamist terrorists seemed to be of no real importance. Instead, the media and the European leaders seemed, as per usual, more concerned with a potential rise of Islamophobia. “This has nothing to do with Islam” are words I keep hearing after every terror attack, even though this has EVERYTHING to do with Islam. Granted, the terrorists are extremists, but to not acknowledge that these attacks are based in religion is dangerous. Most of the anti-Semitism of today: the hate, the attacks, the harassment, the stereotyping and the killings, are not from the traditional culprits, the Neo-Nazis and other right-wing organizations, but mainly from the Muslim community. And it’s not only from the extreme Islamists: research shows that anti-Semitism is much more present and alive in this community than any other.

This is hard for the Swedes and other Europeans to deal with: one minority being responsible for terrorizing another minority. Hence the need to always warn for Islamophobia when talking about anti-Semitism. Hence the need to ask Jews to distance themselves from Israel since this will otherwise cause more friction. Hence the offensive questioning on a radio show where the Israeli Ambassador to Sweden, Isaac Bachman, was asked: “Aren’t the Jews partly to blame for anti-Semitism?”.

It took a terror attack of non-Jews for people to react and realize that this was now also concerning them and the way of life we love so much: democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, equal rights and an open free society. Even the “stick-our-heads-in-the-sand-of-denial-so-we-stay-protected-from-all-evil-in-the-world” Swedes woke up, at least partly, to smell the coffee, when Copenhagen was attacked on February 14. Even so, and despite beautiful words by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, I can’t help but feel that it’s just a little too late. This problem didn’t arise overnight, it’s been going on for years, and sadly, as I suspected, it would take people dying in order for the establishment to wake up.

In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Copenhagen, a “Ring of Peace” rally was held outside the synagogue in Oslo. A nice gesture and a real feel good story. But I wonder, will you stand out there every week? Will you still stand out there to protect “your brothers and sisters” when things get worse (and they will)? Will your beautiful words of solidarity have any real substance if there’s an attack, or will they disperse in the wind just like your support? Will you take up arms with us and for us, to protect us and fight for us? Or is it all just pretty words to make you feel better about yourselves?

What will you do if I show up with an Israeli flag? Will you still stand strong in the ring of peace and ask me to join, or will you ask me to leave? Jews are leaving Europe for Israel due to anti-Semitism, while Europeans blame Israel for the rise in anti-Semitism and tell Jews they have to distance themselves from the only Jewish State in the world, and the only country where we can truly be free. Why is your solidarity, your ring of peace, only there to protect the Jews who you perceive as good: the very few who don’t support Israel?

This weekend there was yet another “Ring of Peace” rally outside the synagogue in Stockholm. My Facebook news feed today was flooded by pictures and words of how beautiful it was to stand united and having Muslims, Christians and others show support for the Jewish Community. I agree, it was a beautiful initiative, but once again, will they still be there tomorrow? Will it stop the terror attacks? Will heavily armed police officers no longer be needed in Sweden to protect us?

It reminds me of the Swedish Kippah Walks, for Jews right to wear religious symbols without fear (I wrote about it here), that didn’t allow any Israeli flags to be waved “because then no Swedish politicians will show up”. One of the main speakers at this event was the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, the same Prime Minister whose government just a few months ago recognized the so-called “State of Palestine” and whose sister party is Fatah: the same “country” who are led by terrorists who are determined to annihilate all Jews and wipe Israel off the map.

The Prime Minister ended his speech with these famous words from Sophie Scholl: ”How can we expect righteousness to prevail when there is hardly anyone willing to give himself up individually to a righteous cause.” And I wonder, where are your actions behind these words? Did you think about these words when you chose not to stand by Israel or denounce the hate and anti-Semitic slurs that flooded your Facebook wall during Operation Protective Edge last summer? Did you think about those words when you shook Mahmoud Abbas hand a few weeks ago? The hand that belongs to a man whose words incite terror attacks in Israel and whose party recently posted a photo of skulls of dead Jews on their official Facebook page when celebrating their 50th anniversary.

I’m an idealist, and I truly wish that this world was a better place filled with love, peace and understanding. But I’m also a realist, and no matter how much I wish this was enough, I know that you can’t fight these murderous Islamist thugs and other extremists, with words of love. And you can’t fight an assault rifle with a lit candle of hope. It will only make a difference for the people attending these events, warming their hearts, making them feel good and united, and afterwards they can go home feeling like they’ve made a difference.

But the military will still be there tomorrow. The people wanting to kill us are still out there and growing in numbers.

In the end we have to remind ourselves that, no matter how many rings of peace or love-bombing of synagogues or pretty words from politicians, European Jews now live in societies that are no longer free. The Jews are the only ones fleeing Europe and the only ones needing protection. It’s not acceptable, it will not get better and we can’t let ourselves get used to this reality. The time has come when we will have to fight back. For real. Or just abandon the sinking ship called Europe.

Leaving you with these words by Mordechai Anielewicz (leader of ŻOB, Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in 1943): “The most difficult struggle of all is the one within ourselves. Let us not get accustomed and adjusted to these conditions. The one who adjusts ceases to discriminate between good and evil. He becomes a slave in body and soul. Whatever may happen to you, remember always: Don’t adjust! Revolt against the reality!”

(Originally posted on my blog at The Times of Israel, February 28, 2015)