There was no doubt that the swindler bus driver and ticket collector were Muslim Jordanians. I understood the answer and kept silent. As a daughter of the culture, I realized that it was not just meaningless there and then to discuss whether it was appropriate to use "Jew" as a swearword. It was also dangerous. The aggretion against Jews can easily be manifested against their defenders, especially an Arab Muslim one, a “traitor”.
This is one of many stories I have witnessed on anti-Semitism among my people. I have decided not to keep silent, but to contribute with an intellectual challenge to the myths and propaganda of war and hatred. A book in Arabic on this issue is deeply needed.
To carry out this important project I need your help as I do not have the financial means myself. Without your support, the book will not be written and published.
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More information after the project description.
The Arab-Muslim anti-Semitism is spread through mass media (satellite TV and publications in non-European languages), Internet and radical Islamists. The anti-Jewish propaganda uses a political vocabulary. Pointing to an ongoing political conflict, such claims are given legitimacy. The rhetoric is even presenting "true witness" against the "satanic power" Israel (Jews).
Anti-Semitism in Middle East
In the midst of the highway between Amman and Zarqa city, suddenly the bus stopped and the ticket collector shouted that everyone had to get off. I thought it was an engine failure. But as soon as all the passengers stood on the roadside, the bus made a sharp swing drove back to Amman. People around me were resigned; I was the only one who was shocked. A man talled me: “They drove back to retrieve new passengers”. We stood in the rain for a while before we got the chance to push our bodies into a half-full bus. Of course we had to pay full ticket again. I expressed my frustration: "Is it possible to do something like that?!" The answer was short: "They are Jews." Many nodded approving.
There is no lack of ideological challenges from Arab and Muslim intellectuals in regard to criticism of extremist Islam, the general criticism of the classical theology of Islam and the pursuit of democratic civil rights. Many Arab and Muslim intellectuals and secular democrats are active in defending the rights of religious and ethnic minorities in their regions. But Jews are to be found in this type of literature only exceptionally. In addition, publications of this kind are often written in European languages and reach therefore very few highly educated people in the Middle East and the Muslim world. The Arab and Muslim street has not got any serious challenge in an adequate language.
The scope and complexity of the task makes it perilous. It is therefore necessary to choose a frame and focus of the book.
Focus of the book
Research and fields work
- Visit to Poland, Warsaw and Autschwitz.
- Study Stays in berlin at Center for Holocaust Studies
- Study Stays and fieldwork in Cairo and Alexandria.
- Study Stays and fieldwork in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories
I'll write the book in Arabic (my mother tongue), and have it translated initially into English. When it comes to the Arab version, it will be distributed as an E-book since there are neither Arab publishers nor booksellers who would promote it. The script will thus be available on the internet, and easy to download, both as a whole or as chapters. It will be with no costs as I would not earn money on the Arab edition.
The English edition will be published at the same time and made available in bookshops in Sweden and other European countries.
The release will take place in early autumn 2016.
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Adress: Book Project
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Why I do not use international site for crowd funding
I want no contributions from Norwegian organizations and citizens, apart from very few exceptions. To be sure that the book project does not receive support from Norway, I choose this collection method.
I will regularly provide information on the total amount on my blog. Every donator can demand access to the book account anytime. I send email with statement from the bank to anyone who requests it.