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The Language They Understand


Historically and despite individual exceptions and moments of respite, Jews were routinely and relentlessly subjected to pogroms in the Muslim world and were ultimately driven out of the Muslim Middle East. The Jewish refugee story is the larger and more hidden story of 1948-1956.

The Christian Crusades got going because imperialist, genocidal Arab Muslims were slaughtering Christians throughout the Middle East and central Asia in what was once known as Byzantium. Christians are still persecuted by Muslims today; many have been forced to flee Muslim lands.

The use of Nazi images in pro-Palestinian, anti-Israeli demonstrations cannot be countered with sweet reason, fact, or truth. The hoarse demonstrators who scream hate-speech slogans, who in fact seem hypnotically in thrall to hate, are not capable of rational conversation in which any truth other than their own prevails.

If you present a jihadi True Believer with objective facts that challenge his version of reality, chances are good that he will either threaten to attack you, actually attack you, or, if you are fortunate, walk away. He cannot engage in honest discussion. He will never concede.

Bullies, including terrorists and their sympathizers, must be defeated by force, verbal or physical, as the occasion demands. They comprehend no other language.

About the Author: Dr. Phyllis Chesler is a professor emerita of psychology, a Middle East Forum fellow, and the author of fifteen books including “Women and Madness” (1972), “The New Anti-Semitism” (2003), and her latest, “An American Bride in Kabul” (2013). Her articles are archived at www.phyllis-chesler.com.


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