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Democracy and the Sanctity of Life

Reader comment on item: The Evil Isn't Islam

Submitted by Samuel Sinyor (United Kingdom), Jul 30, 2002 at 12:21

I am an Egyptian-born Jew living in England for 60 years.

In my youth in Cairo there was no antisemitism. Quite the contrary. My father was in business dealing mainly with merchants all over Egypt. He was liked, respected and most of all trusted even more than other Muslim wholesalers.
My secondary education was in an Egyptian government school. We were three Jews within over 2,000 students and there was never a bad word.

The situation changed radically after the war due to the western world's attempt to control the Middle East oil by creating the Arab League.

At present there is a blind hatred, unreasoned and unrestrained of everything Jewish, in the whole of the Middle East.

Your view that Islam can be moderate is absolutely correct.
Out the three monotheistic religions, Islam is an exception in that it does not incorporate the Ten Commandments [which are the basis for democracy and for the sanctity of life] in its creed.
I have given a talk about the origin of the split between Esau and Jacob which, in my view, throws a phlisophical light on todays events.

Kind regards
S. Sinyor

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