Who Invented The Yellow Star For Identifying Jews? (Hint: It Wasn’t The Nazis) UPDATED

Thanks to Gates of Vienna for the link to this entertaining and informative “Daily Sunny” video.  Sunny’s claim that the WWII era Nazis did not invent the idea to require Jews to wear a yellow identification star is true.  Sunny’s discussion resulted from a Muslim woman protester being ejected from a recent Donald Trump rally.  The woman was dressed in full Muslim attire – and had a yellow Star of David on her dress, as though Muslims are currently the victims of persecution similar to that meted out by Hitler’s Nazis before and during WWII.

UPDATE:  Western Civilization’s stalwart jihad historian Andrew Bostom provides an excellent essay on the yellow star’s origins at PJMedia:

Bahar Davary, an Iranian-American associate professor of theology and religious studies at the University of San Diego, doth protest far too much.

The good professor blithely ignores readily discernible contemporary U.S. trends, i.e., FBI data that for over a decade have consistently shown that anti-Semitic “hate crimes” occur at least five times more often than alleged “anti-Muslim hate crimes.” A purported “scholar,” Davary compounds this offense by heinously expropriating the Nazi yellow Star of David, imposed upon Jews in Hitler’s Germany, as part of an orchestrated “silent protest” with some 100 students and faculty donning yellow stars enclosing a crescent moon and marked “Muslim.”

Davary opined:

What it symbolizes is that there have been people who have been made to be the “other” throughout history.“Made to be the other,” by Islam, indeed. At least 1100 years before the Nazi era, Jews — and other non-Muslims — were victimized by aggressive jihad wars which expropriated their lands and replaced their governing systems with Sharia. Those who survived these mass murderous conquests were subjugated under the Sharia, per Koran 9:29, and “humbled/subjected/brought low.” Perhaps the clearest outward manifestations of this mandated, “sacralized” inferiority of the vanquished non-Muslim “dhimmis” (per the “dhimma,” or “pact” of submission, violated on pain of death by renewed jihad) were the prohibitions regarding dhimmi dress codes and the demands that distinguishing signs be placed on the entrances of dhimmi houses.

During the Abbasid Caliphates of Harun al-Rashid (r. 786-809 A.D.) and al-Mutawwakil (r. 847-861 A.D.), Jews (and Christians) were required to wear yellow patches attached to their garments. Subsequently, to differentiate further between Christians and Jews, the Christians were required to wear blue.

In 850, consistent with Koranic verses associating them with Satan and Hell (5:72; 16:63; 58:19), al-Mutawwakil decreed that Jews and Christians attach wooden images of devils to the doors of their homes to distinguish them from the homes of Muslims.

But of especial relevance to Iranian-American professor Davary’s morally cretinous hypocrisy are the practices of Shiite Iran, which extended into the modern era. From the advent of the Iranian Shiite theocracy in 1501, the profoundly influential Shi’ite clerical elite have emphasized the notion of the spiritual and physical uncleanliness (najis) of Jews in particular, but also of Christians, Zoroastrians, and others as the cornerstone of inter-confessional relationships towards Iran’s non-Muslims. Non-Muslims’ spiritual impurity was linked in concrete and indelible ways to their physical impurity…

Here’s a substantiating piece of evidence from JewishMag.com:

…History also informs us that from 717 onward, Jews were subject to this oppressive treatment in other Islamic societies. For example, in 807 the Persian Abbassid Caliph Harun al-Rashid ordered Jews to wear a yellow belt. Later, in 815 another Persian ruler, Caliph Al-Mutavallil issued a yellow badge edict. The most humiliating example is found in a letter from Baghdad describing decrees regulating Jewish clothes: “…two yellow badges [are to be displayed], one on the headgear and one on the neck. Furthermore, each Jew must hang round his neck a piece of lead with the word dhimmi [a social status given to tolerated infidels] on it. He also has to wear a belt round his waist. The women have to wear one red and one black shoe and have a small bell on their necks or shoes.” The incident closest in time to the Nazi period occurred between 1315—1326 when Emir Ismael Abu-I Walid forced the Jews of Granada to wear a yellow badge.

Wikipedia’s entry gives us this:

The practice of wearing special markings in order to distinguish Jews and other non-Muslims (Dhimmis) in Muslim-dominated countries seems to have been introduced by Umayyad Caliph Umar II in early 8th century.The practice was reissued and reinforced by Caliph Al-Mutawakkil (847–61), subsequently remaining in force for centuries.[2][3] A genizah document from 1121 gives the following description of decrees issued in Baghdad:

Two yellow badges [are to be displayed], one on the headgear and one on the neck. Furthermore, each Jew must hang round his neck a piece of lead with the word Dhimmi on it. He also has to wear a belt round his waist. The women have to wear one red and one black shoe and have a small bell on their necks or shoes.[4]

About John L. Work

John Lloyd Work has taken the detective thriller genre and woven an occasional political thread throughout his books, morphing what was once considered an arena reserved for pure fiction into believable, terrifying, futuristic, true-to-life “faction”. He traveled the uniformed patrolman’s path, answering brutal domestic violence calls, high speed chases, homicides, suicides, armed robberies, breaking up bar fights, and the accompanying sporadic unpredictable moments of terror - which eventually come to all police officers, sometimes when least expected. He gradually absorbed the hard fact that the greatest danger a cop faces comes in the form of day-to-day encounters with emotionally disturbed, highly intoxicated people. Those experiences can wear a cop down, grinding on his own emotions and psyche. Prolonged exposure to the worst of people and people at their worst can soon make him believe that the world is a sewer. That police officer’s reality is a common thread throughout Work’s crime fiction books. Following his graduation from high school, Work studied music and became a professional performer, conductor and teacher. Life made a sudden, unexpected turn when, one afternoon in 1976, his cousin, who eventually became the Chief of the Ontario, California, Police Department, talked him into riding along during a patrol shift. The musician was hooked into becoming a police officer. After working for two years as a reserve officer in Southern California and in Boulder, Colorado, he joined the Longmont, Colorado Police Department. Work served there for seven years, investigating crimes as a patrolman, detective and patrol sergeant. In 1989 he joined the Adams County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office, where he soon learned that locking a criminal up inside a jail or prison does not put him out of business. As a sheriff’s detective he investigated hundreds of crimes, including eleven contract murder conspiracies which originated “inside the walls”. While serving on the Adams County North Metro Gang Task Force and as a member of the Colorado Security Threat Intelligence Network Group (STING), Work designed a seminar on how a criminal’s mind formulates his victim selection strategy. Over a period of six years he taught that class in sheriff’s academies and colleges throughout Colorado. He saw the world of crime both inside the walls and out on the streets. His final experiences in the criminal law field were with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, where for nearly two years he investigated felonies from the defense side of the Courtroom. Twenty-two years of observing human nature at its worst, combined with watching some profound changes in America’s culture and political institutions, provided plenty of material for his first three books. A self-published author, he just finished writing his tenth thriller.
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One Response to Who Invented The Yellow Star For Identifying Jews? (Hint: It Wasn’t The Nazis) UPDATED

  1. Lynette says:

    It was the mufti’s idea to use the yellow star – he and Hitler were close and it was the Muslims who urged Hitler to “burn the Jews”. They are incredibly cruel and the Koran demands that they murder all ‘infidels’ very cruelly.

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