One Country Where Muslim and Christian Arab Women Are Free: Israel.

The Arab girls next to me looked like they were having fun. I was sitting one palm frond hut away, trying to understand what they were saying in Arabic, a language I’ve been casually studying for the past few months. They wore tee-shirts and shorts, laughed a lot, went to play soccer and dove for goals in the sand, and then jumped into the turquoise water. They were on the beach…having fun…without male guardians…in Israel.

Having Fun on the Beach in Northern Israel. This is in Response to Islamic Fundamentalists Who Threaten Women's Freedom Around the World.

Having Fun on the Beach in Northern Israel. This is in Response to Islamic Fundamentalists Who Threaten Women’s Freedom Around the World.

What were Arab girls in Islamic-ruled countries doing, I wondered? Girls in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Egypt don’t have any kind of freedom to be on the beach with their friends…Islamic fundamentalists around the world have made women prisoners. In Iran, women who defend themselves against rapists are jailed, sometimes hung. In Darfur, Islamic fighters raped and slaughtered millions. Do not think that the genocide in Darfur was some vague African-African conflict. It is part of global jihad. Only in this small, democratic and Jewish country—Israel—that Muslim and Christian Arab women have any kind of freedom. Name any country headed by an Islamic regime, and you will find women hung (see Phyllis Chesler‘s bone-chilling article about women and children being hung in Iran here) are sequestered, enslaved, squandered, sold, secluded.

ISIS, a Sunni-offshoot of Al-Quaeda, has taken over one-tenth of Iraq; it is now reported here that there is a striking upsurge of violence against women there. Taliban is in power in Afghanistan, where girls are forbidden to even go to school. You can read about the Taliban against women in a report by the US State Department here.

There is no such thing in the world of Islam as civil discourse. The Sunnis and the Shiite, who are both Islamic, are killing one another in vast numbers. And if that is what they are doing to one another, just think of what they’ll do to Christians, Jews, and other non-believers. Islamic fundamentalists are the one single force threatening human civilization today. You can read Czech President Milos Zeman’s speech about this threat here.

Make no mistake, there is a reason to fear the rise of Islam around the world. There’s no “live and let live,” or let’s agree to disagree” in Shaaria law. If you look at Muslim countries, do you see advancement, openness, liberalism, democracy, arts, education, scientific research and contributions to the earth? No and no and no, again. Islamic fundamentalists are aiming to yank society back one thousand years, to a dark age.

You cannot make peace with totalitarians. Chamberlain tried to make concessions with Hitler thinking that it will appease Hitler, and soon thereafter Hitler annexed Czechoslovakia. Hitler squashed him completely. There is no compromise in Islam. Israel is not the problem. The settlements in the West Bank are not the thing standing in the way of the Palestinians and the Israelis reaching some kind of peace. The Islamic empire will not back down until there is no more Israel, period. (How come nobody says anything when Israelis are threatened with extinction?) Oh, and Islamic fundamentalists won’t stop here. They will continue until Jews and Christians are converted, killed or slaughtered.

So that was my relaxing day on the beach.

I was too busy thinking to really relax, however.

I was too busy thinking to really relax, however.

I took pictures with the girls. I want it on record that Israel, the country being boycotted by blinded, naïve people, is the only country in the Middle East where Arab girls are protected. (Though men are still killing their sisters in honor killings.) The world is under siege by Muslims and while it’s burning, the Metropolitan Opera in New York is putting on an anti-Semitic opera, “Klinghoffer,” glorifying the terrorism aboard the Achille Lauro Cruise Ship in 1985, and the murder of an elderly wheelchair-bound man, Leon Klinghoffer, whose only crime was that he was a Jew. The terrorists dumped his body overboard. And the terrorists are glorified. These are some of the lyrics: Wherever poor men / are gathered they can / find Jews getting fat / You know how to cheat / the simple, exploit / the virgin, pollute / Where you have exploited / Defame those you cheated / and break your own law / with idolatry.” Freedom of speech is one thing. Writing “Jews getting fat” is a typical anti-Semitic stereotype that is NOT art. It smacks of currying favor with the very same people who are threatening to take away society’s religious and civil liberties. Send protest letters to the Metropolitan Opera here.

Getting back to the beach, by the way, one of the girls had a tattoo on her arm, Only God Can Judge Me. That’s religious freedom. We have to do what we can to defend our religious liberties.  That means our freedom of expression and being allowed to write blogs like this. It is vital that we take a stand before it is too late.


About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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4 Responses to One Country Where Muslim and Christian Arab Women Are Free: Israel.

  1. juliabarrett says:

    Totally true. Yet Israel is the one country everyone loves to hate.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Your best yet. And the most terrifying. You are filled with courage and guts, with talent and wisdom. Yes, you are my sister and more. You inspire, enlighten and educate the world. Keep writing, we will all keep reading.

  3. Turnip Times says:

    I sent a letter to the Metropolitan Opera about two weeks ago. While they have not cancelled the performances at their opera house, they have cancelled sending it out live to thousands of others around the world. Interestingly, many of the people who will go to see the opera are those same Jews that already dislike Israel (and themselves).

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