Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Israel defies Islam? Yes, that is what an eminent rights activist has said in her recent Twitter post. Pamela Geller, an American political activist and commentator, who is known for her anti-Islamic writings and sponsorship of the “Draw the Prophet” cartoon contest in Garland, Texas in a tweet said, “EVIL: Jew-hating Muslim SMILING when charged with brutal murder, mutilation of 19 year old Jewish girl Ori Ansbacher: The savage was hiding in the mosque. Of course, “Israel by virtue of its being Jewish and of having a Jewish population, defies Islam …”
Anyone may perceive on seeing this tweet thinking, the Jewish State is against every Muslim in the world. Is that the fact? Certainly not! Pamela Geller’s tweet may delight to antisemitic and anti Israel forces, which spread rumors claiming Muslims are barred from entering the Temple Mount; while in reality, Israeli government allows only Muslims to legally enter the Temple and offer prayers in order not to offense Islamic sensibilities. Despite the Temple Mount being Judaism’s holiest place, the site is managed by an Islamic religious committee [Waqf] with a history of destroying priceless Jewish artifacts unearthed at the site.
In July 2018, the Israeli Knesset passed a landmark piece of legislation that enshrines the State of Israel as the national home of the Jewish people. The Jewish Nation-State Law officially declared that Israel is both a Jewish and democratic state, protecting the right of the Jewish people to exercise self-determination.
Israel is undoubtedly the best place in the region for its Arab citizens to practice their religion and lead prosperous lives. The Jewish state is home to over 400 mosques, a fivefold increase since 1988. The Israeli government also provides the salaries of approximately 300 imams and muezzins, as well as funding for Islamic schools and colleges throughout the country.
The Jewish state displays more respect for the civil rights of its Muslim citizens than they receive in Saudi Arabia, the most Islamic country in the world. According to the U.K.-based Islamic Heritage Research Foundation, over 90 percent of Saudi Arabia’s historical and religious sites have been destroyed since 1985. A Hilton hotel now stands on the site of the home of Islam’s first caliph Abu Bakr, while the house of Mohammad’s first wife Khadijah [the place where the Prophet of Islam had lived ever since he married Khadijah] has been turned into a block of public toilets. The reason behind such wrong attempt is that Wahabbis believe, Khadijah never embraced Islam and remained a practicing Christian even after Mohammad got his prophet hood. The house of Hamza, the Prophet Mohammad’s uncle, was flattened to make way for a Meccan hotel. Saudi royals have also transformed the house of Mohammad’s uncle and custodian, Abu Talib, into a garbage dispensing centre because he never embraced Islam.
Over the last few years, mosques and key sites dating from the time of Prophet Mohammad have been knocked down or destroyed, as have Ottoman-era mansions, ancient wells and stone bridges. Over 98 percent of Saudi Arabia’s historical and religious sites have been destroyed since 1985.
Most disturbing news is the Saudi royals are planning to destroy the tomb of the Prophet Mohammad, Islam’s most revered holy sites and move his body to an anonymous grave. Wahabis consider maintaining a graveyard as sinful offence.
I have never heard of any Muslim o Islamic institution been facing any form of adversities or hostilities in Israel.
But of course, I myself would also echo Pamela Geller, when she says, “Islam is the most anti-Semitic, genocidal ideology in the world. Muslim terrorists were practicing pure Islam, original Islam. Terrorists don’t spring from “perversions of Islam but from the religion itself”.
I also absolutely agree with her when she says, “I believe in the idea of a moderate Muslim. I do not believe in the idea of a moderate Islam … I think a moderate Muslim is a secular Muslim. She quotes Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “There is no moderate Islam; there is no extreme Islam; Islam is Islam”, and argues that Islam must be secularized from within: “I believe most Muslims are secular. I don’t believe that most Muslims subscribe to devout fundamentalist Islam by any stretch of the imagination. And we need the secular Muslims to win the battle for the reformation of Islam”.
Here I would like to humbly ask Ms. Geller, how a secular Muslim could really speak-out when s/he is ruthlessly and illogically attacked by some dubious individual pretending to be as defenders of Israel?
On my release from prison after serving 9-year’s rigorous imprisonment on treason and blasphemy for the “crimes” of confronting radical Islam; denouncing antisemitism and holocaust denial; and defending Israel, I came to know about a defamatory content written against one me by one Brenda West, which has been published in several websites including New English Review. First of all, let me make a point clear. On vigorously checking with the US administration, it was proved, there is no such person named Brenda West existing in that country, meaning someone is hiding behind this name. First thing I did is, sent rejoinder to all of those websites countering the false propaganda of the so-called Brenda West. Being a senior journalist and newspaper editor, I was greatly surprised seeing none of those website had felt the necessity of publishing my rejoinder, which of course clearly proves – the entire matter was done by some vested interest groups with the agenda of silencing me – the only voice in favor of Israel in the Muslim world.
In the propaganda material, Brenda questioned as to why I was smiling being arrested in 2003 on my way to Tel Aviv for attending an international peace conference. My reply is – why not? I knew with all of my confidence, what Bangladesh authorities had done was grossly wrong and ridiculous. My smile was to simply ridicule them.
Brenda falsely quoted New York Police stating, “New York Police Department charged Choudhury with Grand Larceny via Fraud”. What a lie! There is no such charge against me with the New York Police Department.
S/he claimed, my business company Jethro Conglomerates was having “scam alert”. This is clearly twisting of fact. There is no such allegation of scam or fraud by Jethro Conglomerates anywhere in the world. Instead, it is a company which has been running with good reputation.
Brenda’s notoriety and ulterior motive was clearly proved when s/he falsely branded me as someone who has worked under the Iranian Embassy. What a notorious and false claim. I have never worked with Iranian embassy or any of the Iranian establishments in Bangladesh or elsewhere.
The writer falsely claims I have “embezzled” US$ 3,000 which was given to me for buying “television equipment”. This not only is a grand lie but also anyone having elementary knowledge about television equipment would understand the notoriety in Brenda West and his/her Islamist patrons in running such nefarious propaganda against me.
The writer has categorically claimed saying I have never worked with Itar-Tass News Agency. How can I really show the truth to someone who already is blind?
The entire propaganda material was prepared by the so-called Brenda West with the help of those enemies of Israel.
Then of course everyone would question – who this Brenda West is and why s/he spread such defamatory and notorious propaganda against me? The reply is simple. Brenda West is the mistress of a Palestinian Arab living in the US. This man had funded the entire propaganda against me.
Sensible and intelligent people did not buy the propaganda of Brenda West and his/her racket as they already realized the truth. But of course, it gives me a sense of extreme shock knowing some of the individuals in the world, including few Jewish rights activists and anti-radical Islam activists are considering Brenda West’s nefarious propaganda as Gospel truth. Well, I have no reason to correct their wrong impression anyway, because, I know what I am. For last sixteen plus years, I have been confronting radical Islam and defending Israel sitting right inside Bangladesh, a country which is notoriously antisemitic and anti-Israel. Sitting here, I have been publishing Blitz and Jamjamat – two influential newspapers, which never hesitate in defending Israel, confronting radical Islam and promoting interfaith harmony. If what I have been doing and my serving 9-year’s rigorous imprisonment is “not enough” for someone in considering me as an ally of the Jewish State, I would humbly say – show me another Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury in the entire Muslim world.