October 22nd 2010 04:54:25 PM
Not content with glorifying the Bosnian Serb-killers in its midst, the greater St. Louis area now welcomes Albanian Serb-killers. Specifically a synagogue in St. Louis, where Jews help Muslims erect new mosques and where one Jew emailed me from, objecting to my criticizing the soundless (for now) minareted Mosque that went up in 2008 in St. Louis. The latest round of the Albanian propaganda making use of Albanian Righteous from WWII was covered in this news item which I received today:
By Leisa Zigman
Creve Coeur, MO (KSDK) — With rising anti-Muslim sentiment across the country, an untold story is raising greater awareness about the Muslim faith and the teachings of the Quran. That awareness comes from an unlikely source: a small Jewish congregation in Creve Coeur. Temple Emanuel is premiering a groundbreaking exhibit of photos that reveals Albanian Muslims who saved 2,000 Jews during World War II.
It’s a story you’ve likely never heard. It is a story told through the faces of Albanian Muslims who risked their own lives to live by a code of faith and honor called Besa.
Dr. Ghazala Hayat is a neurologist at St. Louis University and serves as spokesperson for the Islamic Foundation of Greater Saint Louis.
Hayat said while Besa is an Albanian word, it is part of Islamic culture and teachings. According to Dr. Hayat, Besa is an ancient code which requires people to endanger their own lives if necessary to save the life of anyone seeking asylum. To this day, Besa is the highest moral law of the region, superseding religious differences, blood feuds, and even tribal traditions.
The exhibit is opening eyes throughout the world.
“You don’t have to share the same faith. You have to respect each other’s faith,” Hayat said.
Pictures of the Albanian Muslims in the exhibit tell a lifetime of stories. As a young mother, one woman did not have enough breast milk to feed her son. A Jewish woman she hid nursed him instead. She was asked if she minded that a Jewish mother had fed her baby.
“Jews are God’s people like us,” the woman said
Another man who also hid Jewish families said, “I did nothing special. All Jews are our brothers.”
And the head of the Bektashi sect, with more than seven million followers, tells the story of Albania’s prime minister, who gave a secret order during the Nazi occupation.
“All Jewish children will sleep with your children, all will eat the same food, and all will live as one family,” the order read.
In post-war Europe, it is said Albania was the only Nazi-occupied country to boast a greater number of Jews than before the Holocaust.
“They were among the people who at great personal risk sheltered Jews and protected them in their homes and did so out of a religious obligation,” said Rabbi Justin Kerber, Temple Emanuel.
The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis and several local Jewish agencies hope the St. Louis community will experience this rare look at the role Albanian Muslims played in sheltering Jews from the Nazis.
“At this time of tension over Islam in America, there is so much more to understanding Islam,” Rabbi Kerber said.
The BESA exhibition at Temple Emanuel is October 21- December 1, 2010 12166 Conway Road Thursday 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 12 p.m. to 4pm and by appointment For more information, contact Gail at email@example.com or call 314-432-5877.
Yes, there’s so much more to understanding Islam, Rabbi. And this isn’t part of it. This is just to make sure you’re blindsided when the stuff hits the fan.
Oh, and real nice how the “not like that” Albanian Muslims are letting themselves be used to represent something about Muslims and Islam generally. They’re otherwise trying to distance themselves from it/them. Hmm.
Now, I’ve debunked FIVE times this insidious ploy trying to utilize the Albanian Righteous to get Jewish support to regain the Albanians’ short-lived Nazi-bestowed land. Land which they have been stealing back through terror, ethnic cleansing, and religious and cultural genocide. As with Bosnia, and Kosovo the first time around, the Jews are eating up the propaganda.
Here were my previous responses:
Radical Islam’s Dupes (also published in NY Jewish Week, with original title “Still Islam’s Favorite Dupes”)
The Righteous, of course, being a phenomenon that every European country had, and the Serbs had more of than did Albanians.
As for the dramatic-sounding statement that Albanians “risked their own lives to save Jews,” God bless them (though I won’t ask how many Serbs these Jew-savers killed). But let’s keep things in perspective: It’s not like Albanians value their lives. That’s why the blood code still rules. And that’s why the KLA could get away with wantonly killing far, far more Albanians than Serbs in the late 90s — and still be cheered by Albanians worldwide to this day. Now that’s depravity.