THE HUMAN RACE & RACIAL INEQUITY – PALESTINE

PHILISTIA

Old Map of Philistia or Palestine

 

FILISTIN PALESTINE was ruled by the Greeks until 1517. Then the Ottoman Turks ruled for 400 years from 1517 to 1917 or until World War 1 when it was given to the British through peace talks until 1945  (the dates on this map do not correspond, but it is in that area of years). It was at this time that the United Kingdom or British gave part of the land that is now known as Israel (see last month’s blog) to the Jews. Palestine had been known as Filistin or Philistia, among others. 

The Jews interpreted that this land had been promised to them so they migrated here and lived with the Arabs not realizing they were also Arabs. It is now known through science that Arabs and Jews share the same Y chromosomes and are of the same race (mentioned in last month’s post. The problems in Palestine, Israel, and Jerusalem could be settled by Jews realizing they are Arabs and not a separate race. There may be a religion that was named Judaism, but the race is Arab.

Judaism, originally from Hebrew via Latin and Greek, had Abraham as its father. It is interesting that Abraham sounds much like “a Brahman”. It has been stated Abraham may be derived from a Brahman in the Hindu religion which would then also be realized the Hebrews took some of their stories from the Vedas. The old city of Jerusalem consisted of the religious faiths of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.

 

palestine complaint This is the flag of Palestine. Its people are wondering what is happening to their country and Holy Land. 

                                                                                                                                                                                           

 Palestinian diplomats in Geneva have filed a complaint against Israel as of 4/23/18 for what they say are breaches of its obligations under a United Nations anti-racism treaty. It triggers what may be a lengthy and high-profile investigation. The complaint, handed in by the Palestinian ambassador to the UN, accuses Israel of policies and practices that have “the common aim of displacing and replacing the Palestinian people, for the purpose of maintaining a colonial occupation”. Violations in the occupied territories, which the complaint defined as the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, sought to maintain “a Jewish demographic majority in the entirety of historic Palestine”.  The complaint states not only is the purpose of the settlement regime discriminatory in itself, it is further maintained by a system of discriminatory measures which severely deprives Palestinians of their fundamental rights.

Israel ratified a Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1979, and Palestine, which gained UN observer state status five (5) years ago, signed in 2014. It does not reach the level of a court order, but if Israel breached the treaty, it would ensure that such practices are not continued. A Palestinian complaint claims Palestinians are severely limited in their freedom of movement compared to Israeli settlers and these settlers are subject to “confiscation and seizure” of their land, including home demolitions.  The complaint also claims Israel has violated Article 3 of the Convention which prohibits racial segregation and apartheid (after the South African apartheid). It is stated “It is clear that Israel’s acts are part of a widespread and oppressive regime that is institutionalised and systematic; that accords separate and unequal treatment to Palestinians.” It calls for the dismantling of all existing Israel settlements.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE

How The Holy Land of Palestine Has Changed Over the Years

As of Thursday July 19, 2018, Israel passed a Jewish Nation-State bill into law.  Can Israel declare a nation solely on religion? And can all the violations be excused simply by Israel declaring this law into effect?

SPIRITUALITY SUFFERS FROM A RACIST MIND!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE HUMAN RACE & RACIAL INEQUITY-ISRAEL, WEST BANK, & GAZA STRIP

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ISRAEL is referenced and originated from an ancient language, probably Aryan Sanskrit. Hebrew was a language used by the twelve tribes of Hebrew, probably originating with the Sumerians or Semites. The Sumers may have originated from Lemuria (once called Mu). The twelve tribes were named Asher, Benjamin, Dan, Ephraim, Gad, Isacher, Judah, Manasseh, Naphtali, Reuben, Simon, and Zebulun. The language of Hebrew is half way between Aramaic and Arabic. Aramaic was the tongue of Palestine, and Jesus the Christ spoke Aramaic. Hebrew is the only language that survived except that a small group of people still speak Aramaic. History cannot be erased…it is what it is, and fact shall survive.

The Hebrews assumed the name of Israel, but in fact, the ancient name of Israel is the name given to the entire human race as a whole and has a meaning of “a ray of pure white light”.  The racism that is harming this area, for the time being, can only be resolved by truly tracing the heritage of Hebrews. The twelve tribes of Hebrew were nomads who kept no records. To acquire a history for them, the Hebrews took records from other tribes or people who did keep records as in the Vedas. The facts of Hebrew origin are vaguely confused. As long as the Hebrew records are not pursued correctly, there shall be problems within faiths in the area. The Hebrews assumed the name of Israel and named a country this name, but it is not according to the true facts of history. There are also two Talmuds…a Palestinian version and the Babylonian version. These books are similar but differ in that the Palestinian version is written in Western Aramaic and the Babylonian version is written in Eastern dialect and reflects Iranian or Persian Law. These books are referenced more fully in the treatise I authored.

A DNA study shows predominantly that the Arab and Jews have the same Y chromosones from the same ancestors. This would contribute to the fact of Jews being Arab and not a race of their own. Why are there problems with African refugees in Israel. A rabbi called them “monkeys” even though there are anti-discrimination laws in Israel. Israel’s racism is also directed against Israel Arabs by Israel Jews while their lineage is the same. And what about the Tribe of Dan that was found in Africa some years ago?

noahs-ark-flood-creGILGAMESHSome of the stories in the Bible, written by the Hebrews, are taken from the Akkadian Gilgamesh and also the Myth of Atrahasis. The Myth of Atrahasis was written by Sumerian/Akkadian or Semitic authors. Atrahasis is a hero who built a boat and saved himself, his family, and animals from a flood. The Gilgamesh includes a story of a flood in 7,000 BC. The epic was found written on twelve (12) stone tablets. It was not complete with these twelve tablets, but additional tablets were later found in Mesopotamia and Anatolia (Iraq). On Tablet XI is the story of the flood, and it is on display in the University of Pennsylvania Museum. There is another reference to the flood in the Vedas which flood occurred in 4,000 BC. Some other mathematical means may have been used to determine this time span. The flood incident that is also known in Jewish history as Noah and the Ark appears to be copied from the above books. These references and others are written in the treatise authored by myself and No’el, a Spirit Mentor.

ISRAEL & PALESTINE

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The land Israel is now occupying once belonged to Palestine, but now it mainly belongs to Israel (see above maps). Israel is a fairly new country, and it was given to the Jewish people after WW11 by the United Kingdom and the United States. Palestine was forced to give up some of their country, but not their entire country, because the United Kingdom received Palestine through actions of war and felt the Jews needed a country of their own.

The Human Rights Watch stated Israel unlawfully called for usage of live ammunition against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza on 3/30/18.  The Palestinians did not pose any imminent threat to Israel. Israel killed fourteen (14) demonstrators and injured hundreds on that day. A formal investigation has been opened by the Human Rights Watch. The Palestinians want some of their land returned to them so exiled and refugee Palestinians can return to their homeland.

There is a United Nations resolution on racial discrimination adopted in 1963 defining racial discrimination as “any distinction, exclusion, restriction, or preference based on race, color, descent, or national or ethnic origin which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the recognition, enjoyment or exercise, on an equal footing of human rights and fundamental freedom in the political, economic, social, cultural or any other field of public life”.

Jerusalem is a split city…half is claimed by Israel, and the other half is claimed by Palestine, which also is their capital. It is recalled that President Trump indicated that by agreeing each side have one-half of the city, a more successful peace solution could be realized. 

Why did the United States recently withdraw from the United Nations’ Human Rights Council?

See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racism_in_Israel

ALL TOGETHER NOW

THE HUMAN RACE & RACIAL INEQUITY – LEBANON

LEBANON   LEBANON is directly across from Syria, and a person can imagine the spill of refugees taking place into Lebanon from Syria. For six (6) years, tensions have grown as 1.5 million Syrians poured into Lebanon. Refugees have faced numerous hostilities since the war in neighboring Syria took hold. Recently, the tensions have grown over the social and financial burden of the refugee crisis.

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Syrian refugee camp. The amount of Syrians in Lebanon has dropped to one (1) million.

This choice is not limited to those defending Syrian refugees. It also applies to activists for the cause of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Calls for improving their inhumane living conditions and putting an end to the policy of social exclusion have been ignored and viewed with suspicion. State policies of isolating the community have contributed to discrimination, dire living conditions, poverty, lack of economic opportunities, and bleak future prospects for Palestinians living in refugee camps. Palestinians fled to Lebanon during the 1948 Palestine War, and their descendants, the Palestine militia, resided in Lebanon in the 1970s and 1980s. Also included in these camps are Palestinians and Nationals which have recently moved to Lebanon. Palestine camps are also in Jordan, Syria, West Bank, and Gaza Strip.

REFUGEE CAMP

A PALESTINIAN REFUGEE CAMP

Lebanon has a racism problem. As stated in prior blogs under this website about other countries, it is enough to look at the mistreatment of domestic workers, especially from Asia and Africa, to understand that Lebanon has a racism problem that goes beyond the discrimination of refugees. Lebanon is 54% Muslim of which 27% are Sunni and Shi’te tribes, 40% Christian, and 6% Druze. Druze is a mysterious, secretive, religious philosophy containing Islamism, Hinduism, among others, and which turned away from Assad.

DRUZE LEBANON  Pictured are the male Druze, and the females wear a white headdress similar to Muslim women’s black headdress.

As told by the son-in-law of President Michel Aoun, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, in 2017, “We are racist in our Lebanese identity” in reference to his refusal to naturalize Syrian refugees. However, Bassil also urged people not to call him and his party racist…he claimed that he represents the opposite of the racism of the Islamic State of Iraq and ISIS, and of Israel. Israel is in the process of considering deporting black Africans who immigrated  to Israel from the Sudan and other African areas.

It appears there is a problem of fleeing illegal immigrants all over the world. After Bassil made the above observation, there was a fierce backlash, and activists tried to state a demonstration in support of refugees and called for accountability for alleged death under torture of at least five (5) Syrians. The response to this was an editorial by the NGO (non-governmental organization) Legal Agenda labeling Bassil’s remarks as an “honourable patriot” or was he a “traitor” or perhaps a small person idealizing human rights and supporting refugees who have only brought terrorism, in addition to economic and political hardships to the country.

As set forth by an International Convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination, racism is interchangeable with racial discrimination that includes “national origin” as a basis for “any distinction, exclusion, restriction, or preference.” It is described that refugees are a burden, ungrateful or unwanted guests, and even murderers and rapists. It is documented that there was a murder of a Lebanese woman by her family’s Syrian caretaker in a Christian village in the north of Lebanon. As a result, all Syrians were asked to leave the village, and other municipalities followed suit in order to “act before it is too late and to protect the women of our country.” Does this sound familiar? However, it is also known that Lebanese women suffer crimes at the hands of Lebanese men. The solving of these types of problems and the real solutions against women and girls involves reforming discriminatory laws and combating sexism and also a system whereby males hold power in all its forms.

It is known that over 88% of employers withhold the passport of the domestic worker to prevent (her) from escaping, and 80% do not allow (her) to leave the employer’s house on her day off because she may escape. It has also been revealed that 31.3% of employers lock the domestic worker they hire inside the house when they leave. If this is not racism and modern day slavery, what is?? It is difficult to believe that slavery exists in this day and age.

This world needs a Spiritual power of Love..not a passionate Love but a Spiritual force (known as agape Love). Only then can this world live in peace, respect life, and be tolerant of those holding different opinions, creeds, and beliefs. Bigotry in all its forms needs to be eliminated

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THE HUMAN RACE & RACIAL INEQUITY – IRAQ

KURDISTAN

KURDISTAN IS POSSIBLE KURD HOMELAND

Iraq has had growing pains. It was named Iraq Republic from 1958-1963, Baa’thist Iraq from 1963 to 2003, and Arab Republic of Iraq from 2003 to now.

ARABS are independent of religious identity and prior identity with Islam. Historically they identify with Christian and Jewish kingdoms and Arab Jewish tribes. Semitic people are from the Arabian peninsula and neighboring territories living in Arab states in Western Asia, North Africa, the Horn of Africa, and western Indian Ocean islands. They have a language close to Hebrew. Today, most Arabs are Muslims, are white and black, and speak Arabic as their original language.

PAN ARABISM PAN-ARABISM (area in green), also called Pan-Islamism, began around 1913, and it failed because the area was too huge to unite land of that size. The regions to be united were Mesopotamia (most of Iraq), Syria (mainly Christian), Egypt (mainly Christian), Tripoli (part of Lebanon and of Sunni Muslim faith), North Africa, and Sudan (also mainly Christian). It was an idea of cultural and political unity among Arab countries of North Africa and West Asia from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arabian Sea…the idea referred to the Arab world. Russia was part of this when it was USSR. It was by and large a product of World War 1 and caused agitation and led to independence of most Arab countries. The Baa’th Party which started this ideology was also responsible for a genocide of Kurdish people (who are not Arab) and also Shi’ites in Iraq. Groups who did not identify with neither Arab or Muslim faced becoming either Arabs or being denied political or even civil rights. They would have been identified as a foreign and disturbing clement in the heart of an Arab nation.

The European Union’s representative at a UN meeting stated no country was free from racism. A Myanmar (Burma) delegate blamed mistrust and the political climate for any deepened division in racial groups. However, some countries have made greater strides. The representative for Iraq to the UN stated the preamble or first part of the constitution of his country underscored its commitment to equal rights for all Iraqis. He pointed out that refugees had been put into a less important position and often experienced xenophobia, or fear of strangers, in host countries and pressed the international community to do more to address racial discrimination. Another representative stated Iraq had done everything to free its territory from the suffering of terrorism and extremism. He called on the international community to support the country so it could build a new society.

SHIITE & SUNNI TRIBES SHI’ITE AND SUNNI tribes are one major concern of Iraq at this time. Most of Iraqi Shi’ites are Iraqis first. That is a personal choice and understandable after decades in which the rule of Saddam, who was a Sunni, refused to allow them to freely practice their faith. In 2000, even though experiencing Saddam’s iron fist and horrors, the Shi’ites still had tolerance toward people around them. A large group of Sunnis had gone over to ISIS militants. ISIS is surrendering by  masses, and new membership is low for a dying ideology. However, as ISIS was driven from Iraq, Sunnis are facing an identity crisis. Shi’ites dominate the Iraq government. The differences of the two tribes had been that the Sunnis wanted a leader chosen from the Arabic tribe of Muhammed, and the Shi’ites wanted a direct descendant of Ali Muhammed’s son-in-law to be chosen as the leader. In the meantime, there has been a considerable amount of marriages between the two groups.

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SADDAM IN THE MIDDLE

KURDS sympathized with the people who suffered under Saddam’s regime. It was Saddam who displaced the Shi’ite into Kirkuk during the Iran-Iraq War and forced the Kurds to move away from their homeland in the north. The Kurds have sought independence since at least the end of World War 1 when colonial powers carved up the Middle East after the multi-ethnic Ottoman Empire surrendered leaving Kurdish inhabited land split between Turkey, Iran, Iraq, and Syria.

The Kurds consider themselves pro-American. The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is more aligned with Turkey but also have ties to Iran which would cause some problems with Turkey and Iraq. In many way, however, the Kurds are acting as the rest of Iraq does to make affairs more compatible. The Iranians are their neighbors and an important trading partner, and they remain unsure of the United Sates staying power. The Kurds love displaying their own flag because, after decades of repression, it is a freedom they do not take for granted. Their leadership recognize that the problem was neither Arab nor Iraq armies but rather the dictatorial Saddam regime that wielded it.

Baghdad’s recovery of Kirkuk in 2017, when the Iraqi army took over Kirkuk, and Kurds by the thousands fled that area in fear of being persecuted by Iraqi officials in Baghdad. Kirkuk is north of Baghdad which is in southern Iraq. Iraqi armed forces also took control of Kurdish-held Nineveh province north of Kirkuk, including the Mosul hydro-electric dam, after the Peshmerga (guerilla fighters from Kurdistan) pulled out. In the north of Kirkuk, Kurds were being driven out also. The UN urged Baghdad to stop abuses. Iraqi forces also took back control of the oil fields. Kirkuk is a major oil producing area. Sunni Muslim Kurds comprise the largest community in Kirkuk followed by Sunni and Shi’ite Muslim Turkmen, Sunni Arabs, and Christian Assyrians, according to the Iraqi Planning Ministry.

The Kurdish problem is changing rapidly. The current crisis over the status of the disputed oil-rich city of Kirkuk with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRC) which began making light of both the Iraqi government in Baghdad as a puppets of Iran and Iraqi Shi’ites themselves as puppets of Ayatollah Ali Khamenci of Iran. The facts are that there is a problem with Iranian influence in Iraq…one which Iraqi officials, Shi’ite, Sunni, and Kurds agree. Iraqis felt the United States was a mistake being there because “you have to be present to compete within a culture.” Iraqis did not necessarily like the idea of US occupation but did need some balance. Iran has influence in southern Iraq as well as northern Iraq.

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Many Arabs in Baghdad and southern Iraq discuss relations with Kurdistan in terms of a political dispute and not a racial or ethnic dispute. The Shi’ites had suffered with the Kurds under Saddam’s influence. The Iraqi Kurdish leaders seem to have an intention of generating hatred so that the international community has no choice but to recognize their desire for independence…that would be a mistake. The world already is aware of the Kurd’s desire to have independence. What needs to be accomplished is negotiating while the “state” remains functional and free. However, the Kurds are being attacked by Turkey and Syria.

In a statement, the KRC cabinet said “It will not be possible to resolve the issues through military operations.” It added “We have asked the international community to help both sides start a dialogue to solve the outstanding issues based on the Iraqi constitution.

The world cannot begin to be Spiritually balanced until the world’s racial inequities have been balanced. Abuses and racism in the Middle East are abundant.

Pertinent information about Mesopotamia and its surroundings is discussed in “The Larger Spiritual Order & Universal Scheme of Things-Simplified”, Chapter 4.

THE HUMAN RACE & RACIAL INEQUITY-IRAN/YEMEN

IRAN

SHAH OF IRAN  The last Shah of Iran was Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. His religion was Islam of the Shiite sect which continues to be the prominent religion and sect in Iran. The title of Shah was given to royalty of Persia. The name is derived from Sanskrit which means “gentleman” and has an East Indian (Sadhu) background. A Sadhu is a man who knows himself and pursues a Spiritual path. In Hindism it means as “good, good man…a holy man”.

The Shah was overthrown in 1979 by the Iranian Revolution. Iran, at the time of this Shah, was known as the Imperial State of Iran, and in 1979, it became the Islamic Republic of Iran. The name of Iran has a beginning from the Arya or Aryan people and is known as “Land of the Aryans”. The sound of Aryan is similar to Iran. Aryans still have a community in Iran and are an ancient people who are known to have lived in the islands of Atlantis and trekked from there to other parts of the world before the destruction of Atlantis. This is discussed in the treatise “The Larger Spiritual Order & Universal Scheme of Things-Simplified”. The Aryans may have trekked to the land that is now the United States before the American Indian.

Racism is not new for Iran’s rulers. The Persian Shah, noted above, also relied heavily on instilling a sense of racial superiority among Persian Iranians over Arab, Turkish, Kurdish, and Baluchs people and other minorities in the country in order to maintain power. These cultures are all of the Islam faith. They have been treated as insignificant in an effort to create only one Persian language and culture to define the nation and its people. Many of these tribes believed or hoped the advent of the Islamic Revolution would sweep away this antiquated view of controlling the world…instead the Persian mullahs or priests used it and added a false front to disguise their real religious intentions. These other groups agree that racism is a terrible evil, and the 21st Century should be an age of democracy, multiculturalism, tolerance, and co-existence. It is agreed this is a time for change. Shall the change occur in the near future? Or when?

The Iranian regime has used its now standard slogan “Death to America” (referring to the United States as the Great Satan) since the leadership of priests came to power in the 1979 Revolution. Its rulers still apparently expect the United States to take lessons in international relations from Tehran. Iran’s regime likes to present a picture of a modern, average reformist state rather than a revolution. It has spent large amounts of money in recent years on slick media and political lobbying in the West to promote this image. In the meantime, it prefers to “forget” less savory features like Iran’s status as the nation with the second highest per capita rate of executions globally after China. Its victims include women and children.

 HEZBOLLAH  HEZBOLLAH AND HAMAS are supported by Iran. Hezbollah is mostly of the Shiite sect and Hamas is predominantly of the Sunni sect. The country likes to present itself as a great friend to the oppressed and used its support to win praise for the noble cause of Palestinian freedom. It also prefers to remain quiet on its own dishonorable actions against races and their religious beliefs, and its cleansing of the Arabs and other minorities both domestically and regionally.

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The school curriculum is monitored to ensure the use of carefully edited history of Persian conquests, using only the Farsi language. This language is the only one allowed n media or education, and it is the modern official Persian language of Iran. Historical Arabic or other place names are not recognized and are erased. A “superior” Persian culture is preferred. For instance, the internationally known “Shatt al Arab” waterway is known, in Aran, as the Arvand Rud (a Persian name). It appears Iran only wants Persian names even though the name of Shatt al Arab is internationally known for that name.

Although Article 19 of the Iranian Constitution protects the country’s ethnic and cultural diversity, no measures have ever been put into place to penalize those who violate this articles. In reality, any legal action over racist statements shall be automatically dismissed. This racism extends into every area of life. The Ahwazi Arabs, for instance, are prevented from publicly wearing their traditional Arab garb or speaking in their own Arabic language. Arabs are routinely ridiculed in the media, and activists who attempt to raise awareness of these injustices are imprisoned.

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SOUTH OF SAUDI ARABIA

 YEMEN has a total population of approximately 22,000,000. Out of this population, there s a minority social group called Al-akhdam. The singular Arabic name, Khadem, is a reference to servitude, and they are also referred to as Muhamasheen or the marginalized ones. The Khadems are an Yemeni Arabic speaking community and are of the Islam faith.

KHADEM  Marriage by the Khadems is virtually prohibit ed, but if a man does marry someone from the community, they risk banishment by their families. Women who are unemployed resort to begging. They reside in poor districts in hus isolated from the rest of Yemen society. CARE International and other charitable organizations are trying to assist these people. However, any aid of money is often not channeled to them from their government to which it was given.

Most of the Khadem people came to Yemen from Sudan with the Abyssinian army in the pre-Islamic period. When these troops were expelled at the beginning of the Muslim era, some sudanese migrants remained which ma be the Akhdam people. This reasoning may not be a fact. There was a Yemeni revolt in 2011 that could have helped these people to rise from this social ladder of racism. It did not.

Racism may have an affect on the full potential of Spiritual awareness being raised to a higher level in the 21st Century. Racists are less inclined to study an alternative Spiritual viewpoint.

DO NOT TAKE AMERICA’S FREEDOMS LIGHTLY!!

THE HUMAN RACE & RACIAL INEQUITY-SAUDI ARABIA

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Think of Central Saudi Arabia as being in three parts…the oil fields in the East… in holy cities of Mecca, which was the seat of Islam since the 7th Century, and Medina in the West… and the barren desert in the middle

SAUDI ARABIA’s Kingdom was founded in 1932, and Salman bin Abdujlazis al-Saud, who would later be its King, was born in 1935. He conquered and unified Arabian tribes into a country he named for himself. In 1964, Faisal replaced Saud but was murdered. It was during this period that oil was discovered. Saudi Arabia is a young country in a very old part of the world (this ancient part discussed in “The Larger Spiritual Order & Universal Scheme of Things-Simplified. Al-Saudi allied himself with a group of Islamist fundamentalists known as the Wahhabis led by Muhammed ibn al-Wahhab. Wahhabism is the Saudi’s dominant faith and form of Islam. They use strict adherence to the Quran. The Saudi rulers need the Wahhabis’ support to stay in power. There have been clashes with the Wahhabis, but the Saudis still have a relationship with them out of fear of an uprising. The majority of Saudi Arabian citizens were nomadic tribes called Bedouin.

BEDUOINS MAKING BREAD

BEDOUINS MAKING BREAD IN DESERT

Bedouins are an Arab cultural group of which the Saudi family were considered the tribal leaders. They were once nomads who lived in the Arabian, Syrian, and Saharan Deserts. These Arabs were camel raisers and drivers, sheep and goat nomads, cattle nomads, and merchants. Since the founding of oil, they are no longer nomads, and Bedouins have given up that life and live and work in towns. 

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A BEDOUIN CHIEF IN THE NOMADIC PAST

The Hadar are non-Bedouin Arabs but hold key positions in the government. They are multi-ethnic citizens from Medina, Jeddah, Mecca, and Yanbu in the Tihamah area. Saudi Bedouins call Saudis that are non-Bedouin (the Hadars) origin trash. The Hadars had been settled groups located within the towns and were preyed upon by the Bedouins. The Hadars are known for their distinctive dialect and consider themselves more sophisticated and civilized while the Bedouin conquerors saw themselves as racially pure.

Islam is against racism yet it flourishes never-the-less. Dr. Ali-Ghamdi declares Saudis are not racists and must speak out against it. However, there are some thoughts by the Saudis that the Kingdom is for Saudis only and not for any other nationality. The Kingdom, however, not only needs laborers and street sweepers, but it needs doctors, engineers, pharmacists, nurses, and construction workers, etc.

There are no laws against racism so racism can prevail. Religious beliefs are a basis for discrimination…most often against the Shia sect of Islam. This sect is not allowed to join the military and are forbidden to hold key positions in government. Sufi sects of the Sunni tribe of Islam are scrutinized by the Wahhabi sect. Discrimination is against non-Muslims such as Westerners, Jews, Christians, etc. Antisemitism is commonplace. Government officials and state religious leaders feel Jews are conspiring to take over the entire world. In some cases, it is felt that Islam is conspiring to take over the entire world.

SEX SLAVES  Just in the news, photos of sex slaves captured by ISIS surface at auction in Saudi Arabia. Slavery was supposedly ended in 1962, but it has sorrowfully begun again.                                                      

 People with dark skins are at the bottom of the acceptable list. Nationality makes it more complicated than just skin color. Being an American black puts a person on a better position than coming from African or South Asian countries. Workers are mostly not willing to report abuse because they may lose their jobs or be abused in other ways.

When Muslims arrive in Saudi Arabia, religion and race relations between Muslims get more complicated. They arrive from all over the world and can be observed how they interact and treat one another. There are more prominent Muslims, and the Saudis are at the top. Salaries may be dictated by not just the color of the people but also what passport they have.

place of executions in This is a place where beheadings by sword are still carried out. A woman was beheaded in the street. There have also been executions by shooting. Corpses, in 2017, were dangled from helicopters as a warning. The justice system is based on Shari’ah Law.

The country is mainly defined by ultra-conservative Islam and fundamentalism which treats women as the property of men. It is also defined by its oil which brought them much wealth and power. Their foreign policy shaped modern Middle East and perhaps the world. Saudi Arabia supports both the United States and anti-Western jihadists or military movements.

In 1979, some women had begun to drive automobiles in defiance of the female driving ban. In 2013, a number of Saudi women had again protested the law forbidding women from driving cars. It was a reminder that the Wahhabists do not represent everybody. It has been stated that women have half an intellect of men; therefore, in the past, they could not have a driving license. Recently, a law was passed that women could receive a driver’s license and drive a car.

Women are now allowed to watch football games. Up to now, it was not agreeable for women to look at men’s bare knees or thighs. Change is slowly on its way. The following items shall eventually be on the agenda for change: 1. Women must have a guardian such as father, brother, uncle, or husband, 2. They need consent for any major activity such as exposing too much flesh, 3. There is a time limit that a women can spend with men who are not related, 4. As of now, women are not allowed to swim in public pools and/or where men swim. These shall be addressed in the near future. There are more situations that shall also be addressed.

FEMALE TOUR GUIDES Women can now be tour guides for museums. Also, now they can be sport’s spectators in the same group with men. In the past, women had their own section. WOMAN AT SPORTS EVENT

The Saudis have been thinking of giving a fine to foul-smelling worshipers at mosques. This discrimination may have resulted from Asian laborers. The plan may be part of a “Public Decency Bill” proposed by the Kingdom’s Shura Council. This proposal may result from the Saudi’s attempt to keep the laborers from the mosques because the fine would take up most of the laborers salaries.

Saudi rulers may need the Walhabbi’s support to stay in power, but they also know the need to be part of the modern world. It would be helpful to have a better understanding of other religions concerning the world. It would assist them in being more in balance with the world.

Here is to the power of Love!