House of War:

Not Your Dhimmi

Event Description:

"House of War: Not Your Dhimmi Anymore" is an enlightening and provocative live event series that sheds light on the historical treatment of Jews under Islamic rule, juxtaposed with their status in the Christian world, leading up to their sovereignty in the modern State of Israel. This series ventures into the depths of dhimmitude to explore the legally and socially sanctioned discrimination and subjugation faced by Jews (and other non-Muslims) in Islamic societies, as well as the various restrictions placed upon them in the Christian world during the diaspora.

Under Sharia law, Jews and Christians, termed "dhimmis" were subject to a plethora of humiliating and violent restrictions that underscored their inferior status. This ranged from paying the jizya tax, a symbol of subordination, to prohibitions against bearing arms, as well as riding horses or camels (Jews were forced to ride Donkeys and dismount and lower their heads whenever encountering a Muslim). Jews were also not allowed to construct houses of worship taller than mosques, and building restrictions sometimes made it impossible to build houses of worship. Jews were mandated to wear distinctive clothing, marking them apart in society. Historical instances from the 9th century to modern times have shown the harsh realities of dhimmitude, where Jews were often confined to certain parts of town, subjected to violence, massacres, and lived under constant threat of death. These treatments were justified through interpretations of Islamic texts that positioned Jews and Christians as inferior to Muslims, a viewpoint that affected their legal and social standing within Islamic societies.

Similarly, the Christian world imposed its own set of limitations on Jewish life. Jews faced nightly curfews and forced to live in ghettos, prohibitions against marrying Christian women, and were barred from owning land or engaging in certain professions. This led to Jews often being relegated to roles as moneylenders and tax collectors (professions which Christians were not allowed to perform) or engaging in trades and occupations that were looked down upon by the wider Christian society. In many ways, the Christian world was much more brutal and genocidal against the Jews than the Islamic world. Notable examples are the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions, as well as the Holocaust.

The establishment of the State of Israel marked a pivotal turn in Jewish history, providing a sanctuary where Jews are no longer the dhimmis of the Christian or Islamic worlds. In their own nation, Jews have established a society where they are free from the systemic discrimination and constraints that defined their existence for centuries. The event series will explore the significance of Israel to the Jewish people, not just as a physical homeland but as a symbol of their freedom, self-reliance, resilience, and right to self-determination in their ancient homeland.

The series will also delve into the geopolitical implications of Israel's establishment, questioning the opposition it faces given the multitude of Islamic and Christian states worldwide. Why is the concept of a Jewish state, occupying a mere fraction of the Middle East, so contentious and unacceptable to both Christians and Muslims? This exploration aims to unravel the double standards and historical grievances that fuel current debates.

"House of War: Not Your Dhimmi Anymore" promises a comprehensive journey through history, from the depths of subjugation to the heights of sovereignty. It invites a re-examination of narratives surrounding Jewish history and presents a compelling case for the necessity and legitimacy of the Jewish state amid a complex structure of religious and political dynamics that have perpetuated the oldest hatred in history: antisemitism.

Until the two largest religions in the world confront their own ingrained systemic hatred towards the Jewish People it is probable that tensions between Muslims, Christians and Jews will continue to exist. The only difference now is that the Jewish People are strong enough to tell both of their oppressors that they are not their dhimmis anymore. Israel is not a vassal state of the United States; the UN is not the humanitarian, just organization it pretends to be; and the Jews do not need permission from the international community to live free in their ancestral homeland.

The Jews are the first indigenous peoples to return to their land in history, and as such, should be an inspiration to all people on how an ancient people can survive against all odds and a world that wants to destroy them, only to build a shining democracy in the middle of one of the most hostile autocratic regions in the world while making the desert bloom.

Additional Information:

Please note, this is a live event series, and the forum is a Twitter space with speakers on video and the discussion being broadcasted to YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Twitch. Participating speakers will be able to stream the event to their own social media channels  as well. Audience members will be able to comment and ask questions by posting their comments on various social media platforms, or by direct messaging our staff on Twitter during the event. Appropriate audience questions or comments will be posted live onscreen for our speaker panel to address in real-time.

This event will be moderated in order to endeavor to provide a safe, hate-free forum for learning and education purposes about the Middle East.

Join us as we stand together against discrimination and hate, empowering people worldwide to come together in this critical time of need. This event welcomes individuals of all backgrounds who are committed to truthful dialogue that supports our goal of combating discrimination and promoting understanding and solidarity within our respective communities.

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Daniel Sadan

Host & Producer of live, weekly Twitter space events and podcasts. Started covering geopolitics of the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, history, religion, culture, and now I'm doing American  culture & trending topics.  On Twitter @RealDanSadan.
Decades of experience as a human being, and now podcasting what I know.