Message to one diktator re another

Sunday, 19 December 2010

"The Golden Age of Co-Existence": The Jews in Barbary - Mozlem North Africa, 17th Century

The language may be a little archaic, but does this bring to mind any modern experience, by any chance?
For even in those places where they have permission to inhabit, they are not only Tributary, but upon every small disgust, in danger of Ejectment. Insomuch that they cannot promise to themselves either any durable Settlement or Security. Indeed their calmest state is sufficiently stormy, and when they seem to enjoy the greatest peace, they are vilely Hector'd by the Moors, against whom they dare not move a finger, or wag a tongue in their own defence and vindication , but with a Stoical Patience support all the Injuries and Contumelies to which they are dayly exposed. For in the midst of the greatest abuses, you shall never see a Jew with an angry countenance, or appearing concerned, which cannot be imputed to any Heroick Temper in this People..."
Read the rest here:

There is also this excellent and fascinating piece on the same subject from:

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