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.
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.”
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. 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.