Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Who are the Arabs?

An interesting problem is posed by the King of the Ammonites in the Book of Judges. He declares war on Israel claiming that Israel had taken his land away. (Judges, Chapter 11:1-28). What actually had happened was that the Amorites had taken the land from the Ammonites, and Israel in turn had conquered the Amorites. We have a similar problem today. Muslim Arab claims to Palestine of Israel have at best a shaky foundation.

Muslims make up only part of the Arab World. It doesn't help to lump together all Muslims and Radical Islam with all Arabs, any more than lumping together all Baptists, and all Christians, with Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas.

Who are the Arabs? The “Arabs” are a pan-ethnic group, a culture rather than a nation. As long ago as December, 1938, a conference of Arab students in Europe, held in Brussels, declared that "all who are Arab in their language, culture and loyalty … are Arabs.”

The Arab-American Ant-Discrimination Committee defines “Arab” as: "Arab" is a cultural and linguistic term. It refers to those who speak Arabic as their first language. Arabs are united by culture and by history. Arabs are not a race. Some have blue eyes and red hair; others are dark skinned; many are somewhere in between. Most Arabs are Muslims but there are also millions of Christian Arabs and thousands of Jewish Arabs, just as there are Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Americans.”

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