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July 24, 2006

Bosnia discrimates against dhimmis

Filed under: Balkan, Global Jihad, Islam, Multi Kulti, Terror — limewoody @ 9:55 pm

Once again, the Muslim world treats non-Muslims as second class citiznes or worse. So much for gratitutde for the help NATO (mostly the USA) provided against Serbia. From Ummah News Links:

… a new property restitution law in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina that officially discriminates in favor of the country’s Muslims.

A law passed earlier this month allows people living in state-owned apartments that were nationalized under the former Yugoslavia’s socialist regime to purchase the dwellings. But the law – backed by lawmakers from the country’s Muslim majority – provides that any apartment previously owned by the Muslim community cannot be purchased if the community objects to the sale.

“Holders of tenant’s tenure for apartments whose formal owners are wakfs can not buy up those apartments without previous written approval of the apartment’s owner,” the law states, using the Arabic word for a Muslim community endowment.

The Jewish community, as well as the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, was not given the same veto power. [….]

The law would mean that Holocaust survivors or their heirs wouldn’t obtain fair compensation for their former property, according to Jakub Finci, chairman of the country’s small Jewish community.

“I think it’s another injustice done not only to Jews but all other former owners who waited 50 years to get back their property,” Finci said.

The Inter-Religious Council, which includes Jewish, Muslim, Catholic and Orthodox representatives, says the legislation would leave people whose apartments were nationalized with little possibility of regaining their property.

Andrew Bostom adds:

Formally trained as an historian (receiving his Ph.D. in 1924), Serb writer Ivo Andric was awarded the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature for historical novels (including “The Bridge on the Drina”), short stories, and essays. Andric’s scholarly analysis (i.e., his Ph.D. thesis) “The Development of Spiritual Life in Bosnia under the Influence of Turkish Rule”, was a detailed examination of dhimmitude during five centuries of Ottoman rule. His assessment of the plight of the Jews in Ottoman Bosnia, governed essentially under the ancient, discriminatory “Pact of Umar”, which was valid for the entire Ottoman Empire, included these specific observations:

 “..The Jews, though fewer in number [i.e. than the Christian communities], were well-to-do businessmen and profitable targets for extortion. {Andric includes this footnote from, Levy, Moritz, Die Sephardim in Bosnien, 1911, pp. 28,35: ‘..Acts of violence and extortion by the Pashas against the Jews plunged them into the depths of darkest night…There were many unpleasant run-ins with the authorities from time to time, which however were susceptible to settlement by means of money’.}… The Pinakes, mentioned above as the account books of the Sarajevo Jews, offer a true picture in many ways of conditions as they were then. The year 1730 saw a disbursement of ‘720 puli for the mutesilim, so as to be spared working Saturdays on the fortification [note: i.e., in unpaid, forced labor ‘corvees’. Andric further indicates that Christians were deployed in such corvees on Sundays]. It was an outlay repeated in the years to come.” 1

“…In the year 1794 the Jews of Sarajevo won permission through an imperial firman to rebuild their synagogue, which had recently burned down. It hardly need be said that the usual stipulations applied. ‘No more than any of the confessions are they allowed to enlarge such a structure by so much as a jot or a title in the process of reerecting it’. And to the imperial firman were attached the usual formalities- permission of the vizier, permission of the kadi, two separate commissions, and so on. All this took more than two years and cost a tidy sum.” 2

1. Andric, Ivo  “The Development of Spiritual Life in Bosnia under the Influence of Turkish Rule” 1924, English translation by Zelimir B. Juricic sand John F. Loud, Duke University Press, 1990, p. 37

2. Andric, “Spiritual Life in Bosnia”, p. 29


1 Comment »

  1. Correction: Andric was a Croat, not a Serb.

    Comment by Bob — October 8, 2006 @ 7:24 pm

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