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Saudi Arabia Reminds Us We Are All Jews

The "kingdom" executes a woman for practicing magic.

Dave Swindle


December 13, 2011 - 2:11 pm

This story from NDTV was featured prominently at The Daily Beast yesterday:

Saudi Arabia executed a woman Monday for practicing magic and sorcery, which is banned in the ultra-conservative kingdom. But it obviously doesn’t ban beheading, which was how Amina bin Abdulhalim Nassar was killed, according to the interior ministry. The woman reportedly claimed she could treat people’s illnesses using witchcraft. Another woman was executed in October, reportedly for setting her husband’s house on fire, killing him. Saudi Arabia has beheaded 73 people this year.

I grow weary of having to explain to people over and over again why defending Israel and confronting anti-Semitism are such high priorities in my writing and editing. It just seems like something so obvious. But still, “You’re not even Jewish!” or “You haven’t even been to Israel!” come too frequently.

Yeah, but that doesn’t matter because the Jew-haters want to kill me too. To them I’m enough of a Jew to be worthy of a beheading or gas chamber.

I’m an inter-faith mystic who pursues the Divine throughout the world’s religious traditions. This spiritual approach sits on top of Judaism’s foundation of ethical monotheism. And that’s all one needs to draw the violence of the anti-Semites because that’s really what they hate. In Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler wrote, “The general pacifistic paralysis of the national instinct of self-preservation begun by Freemasonry is then transmitted to the masses of society by the Jewish press.” Freemasons and the Roma people (known by the derogatory term “gypsies” and often stereotyped as fortune tellers) were executed alongside Jews in the Holocaust.

And today the same thing is happening again in the Muslim world on a smaller scale. But credit where due: The Daily Beast – certainly not mistakable for a conservative publication – didn’t have to make it the lead link in their daily email yesterday afternoon. But they did. Thank you.

David Swindle is the associate editor of PJ Media. He writes and edits articles and blog posts on politics, news, culture, religion, and entertainment. He edits the PJ Lifestyle section and the PJ columnists. Contact him at DaveSwindlePJM @ and follow him on Twitter @DaveSwindle. He has worked full-time as a writer, editor, blogger, and New Media troublemaker since 2009, at PJ Media since 2011. He graduated with a degree in English (creative writing emphasis) and political science from Ball State University in 2006. Previously he's also worked as a freelance writer for The Indianapolis Star and the film critic for He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their Siberian Husky puppy Maura.
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