Tuesday, September 14, 2010
[The following, by bataween, is crossposted from Point of No Return.]
Antisemitism reached a new low in Arab countries when Algeria announced it was banning sales of the Koran bearing a Star of David on the cover:
Ynet News reports:
"Algeria ordered thousands of Koran books whose covers bear a Jewish symbol to be removed from shelves, on a day in which an American pastor relinquished his plan to burn the holy Muslim testament.
"Algerians who had already purchased the books decorated with a Star of David were urged to return them to stores in exchange for another Koran or their money back.
"According to the Algerian government, the symbol on the cover "is not in keeping with the general ethics of the state".
The United Arab Emirates-based Al-Bayan quoted an official from the Algerian Ministry of Religious Affairs as saying that a private businessman had imported the books from Egypt, and that censoring authorities were accusing him of "disrupting public order".
Why stop at copies of the Koran? Perhaps Tunisia should pull down the Great Synagogue in Tunis for its provocative 'Seal of Solomon':
These Stars of David below are not even to be found on a synagogue - but on a mosque! The Testour mosque in Tunisia, to be precise. They date back to a happier time when mosque-building was a joint effort between Muslim, Christian and Jewish craftsmen. Away with them, I say!
Imagine the outrage if more Algerians knew that at one time, this was to be Morocco's chosen flag. The shame of it! A definite casus belli.
With acknowledgements to JSS blog