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Knights Festival

Knights Festival

The Jerusalem municipality and the Ministry of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs is behind this promotion in the occupied Old City of Jerusalem: a knights festival on three Thursdays  this month. (Full text at the site). Fourth year in a row.

At the festival, the audience will meet dozens of knights, various interesting figures, knights battles, markets and heroic stories… wander around the Old City on magical evenings… take part in ancient dances, watch knights fighting.

Is it innocent? Is any militaristic white-guy festival in an occupied city innocent? Do you remember how much trouble George W. Bush got in when he used the word “crusade” in the context of the American occupation of Iraq; the man had let his guard slip, in the clash of civilizations. What will these knights do to the Jews– or the Muslims?

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  1. OlegR
    OlegR
    November 4, 2013, 10:30 am

    /Is it innocent? Is any militaristic white-guy festival in an occupied city innocent? /

    Something wrong with being white guy now ?
    Isn’t it racist to say something like that?

    • philweiss
      philweiss
      November 4, 2013, 10:55 am

      Oleg I think it’s like saying WASP, the category is so defined by privilege that it is alright to knock ’em.
      –White man in Western media

      • yrn
        yrn
        November 4, 2013, 1:39 pm

        But all of Mondowiess wowed, when Eli Yishai mentioned that the Intruders that came from Sudan, those intruders mentioned that that Israel dose not belong to the white man .
        but when Mr. Phil Weiss says “white-guy”, it’s completely Kosher in his Mondowiess kingdom……
        Why didn’t you write that the Sudan Intruders said it “like saying WASP”
        White man in Western Media Mr. Weiss.

      • annie
        annie
        November 4, 2013, 5:42 pm

        hey yrn, they are turning the holyland into disneyland for their tourism crap while millions are suffering and neighborhoods are being demolished. it’s offensive. can’t you get that?

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        November 5, 2013, 4:46 am

        /hey yrn, they are turning the holyland into disneyland for their tourism crap /
        Does it say that Arab residents of Jerusalem barred from attending ?
        Do you assume that they can’t have fun at such an event kids and all?
        Do you assume that being a theme festvial they would find it offensive?
        Have you asked them ?
        Any Jerusalemite here to confirm ?

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        November 5, 2013, 5:06 am

        From the festival flyer:

        The Jerusalem Development Authority, in cooperation with the Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, the Jerusalem Municipality and Ariel Municipal Company, invite you to stroll within the Old City’s ancient stone walls and along its picturesque and mysterious alleys on the enchanted Festival evenings, and view or participate in traditional dances, knightly battles, acrobatic and fire performances, street theater, medieval fashion shows, story-telling sessions, colorful pageants, horse-drawn carriages, stirring musical performances, a medieval knights’ pub, and other spectacular shows and surprises!

        The very same Jerusalem Development Authority responsible for the strangling (and “Judaisation”) of Palestinian East Jerusalem through the creation of national parks (such as “King’s Garden” and “Slopes of Mt. Scopus”): http://bimkom.org/eng/wp-content/uploads/From-Public-to-National_English_FINAL2012_withMAPS_lowres1.pdf

      • Ecru
        Ecru
        November 5, 2013, 2:50 pm

        @ OlegR

        “Do you assume that being a theme festvial they would find it offensive?”

        Tell you what Oleg, let’s us Goyim have a theme festival about oh I dunno, how about the York Pogrom (March 1190). D’you think Jews in modern York would find that offensive?

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        November 5, 2013, 4:51 am

        Tell me Philip did you unotice this invitation on the official site ?

        http://jerusalemknights.org.il.s3-external-3.amazonaws.com/programs/Abirim_Program_Arabic_web.pdf

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        November 5, 2013, 5:22 am

        OK, there’s an invitation in Arabic. Did you notice any Palestinians among the organisers?

        We are grateful to: The ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, the Jerusalem municipality, the ministry of Tourism
        Parties involved in producing the Festival: Jerusalem Development Authority|Director-General: Moty Hazan; Director, Old City Basin Department: Aner Ozeri | Ariel municipal Company | Director-General: Zion Turgeman; Deputy Director-General: Yoel Makov | ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs: Sarit Goldstein | Jerusalem municipality: Yossi Sharabi, Eyal Azri | management and Artistic Production: Jackie Bachar – Jackie Bachar Productions Ltd. | Artistic producers: Pnina Saks, Lilach Aizen Yehuda | management of Festival Production: Zion Turgeman, Director-General, Ariel Municipal Company | Production: Vered Lipschitz | Budgetary management: Ravit Yitzhaki | Advertising management: Sharon Shalev | marketing and media management: Sarit Cohen | Festival management Team: Dana Malka, Shani Levy, Natalie Atadgi | Electrical Consulting and Inspection: Ya’acov Netanel – Or-Yan Electrical Engineering | Technical management: Gidi Lis Sound Systems | Tourism Consulting and marketing: Iki Bar Yosef | Public Relations: Filizer Communications | Website: Tom Kremer | Security Officer: Meir Eylon | security and Risk management: Lavetah Ltd. | Branding and Graphic Design: May Media – FLY Design

        Did you notice that the festival events and route ignore half of the Old City (guess which half)? No, I don’t think the organisers had Palestinians in mind, although an Arabic flyer might give the impression of a “united city” and public institutions actually interested in serving the needs of all of the city’s residents (when nothing could be further from the truth).

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        November 5, 2013, 5:38 am

        Thats you assumption Shmuel which is not surprising since you can’t say a single positive thing even when it comes to a theme festival organized for all
        residents of Jerusalem which attracts tourists and money and culture and entertainment into the city which everybody would benefit from.

        /Did you notice that the festival events and route ignore half of the Old City (guess which half)?/
        Does it mean that people atrtacted to the festival will ignore it as well ?
        If the route were in these partsof the city you(or some one else here) would say that it imposes an unwanted even on the residents.
        Because you guys are all biased because everything that happens in Israel you see though your distorted prism of “What can we say bad about Israel”.

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        November 5, 2013, 5:54 am

        Because you guys are all biased because everything that happens in Israel you see though your distorted prism of “What can we say bad about Israel”.

        That’s your assumption, Oleg, because you deny or dismiss attempts to reduce and marginalise the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem and destroy the city’s Palestinian character.

        Do you really think this event was “organized for all residents of Jerusalem”? The Jerusalem Development Authority, Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, etc. rarely if ever do anything for “all residents of Jerusalem”.

        Saying that Palestinians can come if they like and that some of the participants may wander away from the planned events into Palestinian areas is hardly the same as organising something for all of the city’s inhabitants. You are engaging in some serious make-believe here, while accusing others of bias and of looking at everything through a distorted prism.

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 5, 2013, 6:00 am

        @ OlegR “you guys are all biased because everything that happens in Israel ..”

        FAIL: Jerusalem is not in Israel. Not declared as Israeli. Never separated from what remained of Palestine after Israel was declared. Never legally annexed to Israel and it has been illegal to acquire territory by war since at least 1933 http://pages.citebite.com/y1f0t4q1v4son

      • OlegR
        OlegR
        November 5, 2013, 6:09 am

        /You are engaging in some serious make-believe here, while accusing others of bias and of looking at everything through a distorted prism./

        Shmuel you guys are arguing here that a medeival theme festival organized in the city to which all of the citizens are invited is an
        “attempt to reduce and marginalise the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem and destroy the city’s Palestinian character”

        And you talk to me about bias.
        What would be our next crime organizing festivities over Hannukah and Christmas ?

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        November 5, 2013, 6:24 am

        you guys are arguing here that a medeival theme festival organized in the city to which all of the citizens are invited is an “attempt to reduce and marginalise the Palestinian presence in Jerusalem and destroy the city’s Palestinian character”

        No, I was arguing that the event has no interest whatsoever in the Palestinian residents of the city, and is part of a branding process intended to disguise the very ugly reality. You were suggesting that this festival was organised for all residents of the city, simply because they can come if they like — ignoring the fact that Israeli policies in Jerusalem are exclusive in the extreme (Arabic flyers notwithstanding).

        Israeli authorities are rather conflicted about Christmas festivities, and Hannukah festivities are hardly “organised for all residents of the city”, although yeah, Palestinians can come if they like (assuming they have the correct permits and documents and can make it through the checkpoints).

      • yrn
        yrn
        November 5, 2013, 6:49 am

        BTW I sent Shmuel the link of the Arabic programme of the festival….
        http://jerusalemknights.org.il.s3-external-3.amazonaws.com/programs/Abirim_Program_Arabic_web.pdf

        So all the Arabic speaking Israelis and Palestinians can enjoy.
        and they do.

      • Mayhem
        Mayhem
        November 6, 2013, 4:54 pm

        @shmuel, why bother to invite Palestinians to participate? They won’t anyway because they get classified as collaborators by their own and furthermore it is against their policy of anti-normalization.

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        November 6, 2013, 5:39 pm

        why bother to invite Palestinians to participate?

        I’t’s yrn and Oleg and MY1 who have suggested that the Jerusalem Development Authority and its partners had the best interests of all Jerusalemites at heart. I don’t harbour such illusions.

    • talknic
      talknic
      November 4, 2013, 6:01 pm

      @ OlegR “Something wrong with being white guy now ?

      Nope.

      “Isn’t it racist to say something like that?”

      Yes, if “something wrong with being white guy” was what was said. However, you’ve changed what was said, omitted qualifiers and created a cute, but crippled strawman

  2. just
    just
    November 4, 2013, 10:36 am

    Oh for pity’s sake– they are truly mad, as if it were ever in doubt.

    It’s a desecration, and another in a long line of provocations. Will the Occupied Palestinians be allowed to partake in the macabre “festivities”?

    (Where, oh where, is Saladin?)

  3. Shmuel
    Shmuel
    November 4, 2013, 10:58 am

    Is it innocent? Is any militaristic white-guy festival in an occupied city innocent?

    Neither innocent nor a “militaristic white-guy festival in an occupied city”. It’s about cultural identification and tourism. It’s an attempt to show that Jerusalem is just another, normal European town with some old walls, where we can dress up as knights and ladies, joust and play the hurdy-gurdy. No ethnic cleansing, home demolitions, apartheid, walls of the non-romantic variety, etc. Just good clean European fun. And after you’re done, you can follow the “Judea and Samaria wine trail” and pretend you’re in Bourgogne.

    • philweiss
      philweiss
      November 4, 2013, 3:44 pm

      Thanks Shmuel. Smart. Wished I’d run this by you before I put it up. Phil

      • bintbiba
        bintbiba
        November 5, 2013, 6:51 am

        Shmuel is OUR ‘knight in shining armour’ , in the real sense!
        Not in the festival ,mickey mouse, Disneyland sense.
        With appreciation to all the commenters ,even Oleg ,who shows the other side of what’s real and true! Sorry Oleg, I wish you well …
        But you should learn NOT to lock horns with Shmuel.

      • Obsidian
        Obsidian
        November 6, 2013, 12:13 am

        Shmuel.

        Do you celebrate Hanukkah?

        Do you celebrate the bloody, internecine Hasmonean revolt or the sanitized, romantic version?

        You do celebrate Hanukkah, don’t you?

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        November 6, 2013, 1:51 am

        Do you celebrate Hanukkah?

        Yes, why do you ask?

        Do you celebrate the bloody, internecine Hasmonean revolt or the sanitized, romantic version?

        Neither.

        You do celebrate Hanukkah, don’t you?

        See above.

    • just
      just
      November 4, 2013, 4:01 pm

      Shmuel– very illustrative of you.

      Well done.

    • seafoid
      seafoid
      November 4, 2013, 4:07 pm

      But the muezzins and the coffee are very ‘other’. The knights left too btw. Jerusalem can’t be neutered. It’s not Europe. Neither is Israel. It’s just a shoddy attempt at a replica. But jerusalem has a soul that Zionism can’t touch.

      • libra
        libra
        November 6, 2013, 6:25 pm

        The knights left too btw.

        You mean the ‘Iron Suit’ didn’t save them?

    • annie
      annie
      November 4, 2013, 5:44 pm

      perfect shmuel, i wish i had seen this before i commented upthread. but it looks like we see the same thing.

  4. Bumblebye
    Bumblebye
    November 4, 2013, 11:04 am

    “Is it innocent?”
    Not a flaming chance! It’s to reming the CZ (et al) tourists that their European ancestors were at war with the ‘Ayrabs’ nearly a millennia ago just as the poor Israelis are – and that plus ca change, in the current time, they’re still the enemy.

  5. Mike_Konrad
    Mike_Konrad
    November 4, 2013, 11:42 am

    I hope the Crusaders win this time.

    • lyn117
      lyn117
      November 5, 2013, 12:46 am

      Mike_Konrad, I suppose you also would have rooted for those Crusaders who, lacking the means to get to Palestine, decided to go on crusades against the local non-Christians of Europe. That is, Jews (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogroms_of_1096). I suppose you also support the mass murder of all non-Christians (see http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/History/Crusader.html)

    • thankgodimatheist
      thankgodimatheist
      November 6, 2013, 4:49 am

      “I hope the Crusaders win this time.”
      And you’re aware of the fact that the Crusaders massacred Jews alongside Muslims in Jerusalem aren’t you, moron?
      Massacre of Jerusalem
      “Jews had fought side-by-side with Muslim soldiers to defend the city, and as the Crusaders breached the outer walls, the Jews of the city retreated to their synagogue to “prepare for death”.[21] According to the Muslim chronicle of Ibn al-Qalanisi, “The Jews assembled in their synagogue, and the Franks burned it over their heads.”[22] However, a contemporary Jewish communication does not corroborate the report that Jews were actually inside of the synagogue when it was set fire.[23] This letter was discovered among the Cairo Geniza collection in 1975 by historian Shelomo Dov Goitein.[24] Historians believe that it was written just two weeks after the siege, making it “the earliest account on the conquest in any language.”[24
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Jews_and_the_Crusades
      And in Germany (Worms massacre (1096))
      “The Worms massacre refers to the murder of 800 Jews of Worms, Germany, at the hands of crusaders headed by Count Emicho during May 1096.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worms_massacre_%281096%29

    • talknic
      talknic
      November 6, 2013, 5:37 am

      @ Mike_Konrad “I hope the Crusaders win this time”

      Uh huh. Who’re they gonna be fighting?

      // The undisciplined mobs accompanying the first three Crusades attacked the Jews in Germany, France, and England, and put many of them to death, leaving behind for centuries strong feelings of ill will on both sides. The social position of the Jews in western Europe was distinctly worsened by the Crusades, and legal restrictions became frequent during and after them.//

      http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/4785-crusades-the

  6. Ludwig
    Ludwig
    November 4, 2013, 11:43 am

    Sounds like fun! Go Jerusalem!!

  7. Krauss
    Krauss
    November 4, 2013, 11:50 am

    The medieval era in Jerusalem was essentially about Christian crusaders vs muslim armies. So what does a Jew do? Who does he side with? Since Israel sees itself as a ‘rampart against barbarism’ in Herzl’s words, and a part of the Western world, I’m guessing they will pretend to be Christians, although it will never be spoken. Young Jewish boys will just be led to believe they are Jewish crusaders attacking muslims. Maybe not too far from present reality.

  8. MahaneYehude1
    MahaneYehude1
    November 4, 2013, 1:16 pm

    I wonder what will be the response of the owners of the Palestinian stores and restaurants in the Old City to this festival.

    • Shmuel
      Shmuel
      November 4, 2013, 1:35 pm

      I wonder what will be the response of the owners of the Palestinian stores and restaurants in the Old City to this festival.

      I was wondering the same thing. More specifically:
      – Were any Palestinians consulted in the planning stages?
      – Where exactly in the very divided Old City will the events (or the bulk of the events) be held and will they actually benefit the majority of Palestinian businesses?
      – How will the inevitably stepped-up security affect Palestinian residents and vistitors to the Old City?
      – Will there be any lasting “facts on the ground” after the festival is over?

      • yrn
        yrn
        November 4, 2013, 1:44 pm
      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        November 4, 2013, 1:58 pm

        Here’s the English programme: http://jerusalemknights.org.il.s3-external-3.amazonaws.com/programs/Abirim_Program_Eng_web.pdf

        As I suspected, with the exception of the Jaffa Gate Plaza, the events will not take place anywhere near most Palestinian businesses. It’s all organised around the areas where Jews normally go in the Old City: Citadel, Jewish Quarter, Armenian Quarter (on the way to the Western Wall). On the bright side, that probably means Palestinians will mostly be left alone.

      • Rusty Pipes
        Rusty Pipes
        November 4, 2013, 4:51 pm

        It’s not really clear whether there are jousts on horseback — which would be disruptive to anyone within the narrow streets of the Old City. There are carriage rides, which would presumably involve horses. But the Knightly Battles appear to be organized by an archery club:

        Gan HaBonim (continuation) | Knightly battles –
        knights representing the Israeli team abroad.
        Organized by the Jerusalem Traditional Archery Club.

        It’s not clear what the target audience for this event is: Christian Zionists, Jewish children who want to play dress-up between the festivals of Shavuot and Hanukkah or Jewish geeks who miss participating in diaspora groups like the Society for Creative Anachronism or Renaissance Fairs. This would not be appealing for either Muslim or Christian Palestinians. The Crusaders slaughtered Eastern Christians as well as Muslims. Considering medieval anti-Semitism, the festivities and songs would need to be sanitized considerably for a Jewish audience.

      • yrn
        yrn
        November 5, 2013, 7:03 am

        Shmuel
        I doubt you have ever been in Jerusalem .
        Where can you make an Occasion in the middle of David Street, on the stairs, or in one of the corners of the butchers market.
        you need to do it where there is enough space for a stage and people to watch and that’s how they chose the locations.
        Look at the plan its right on David street, I have been there last year and talked to the people in the shops and restaurants they where all open and said they wished this occasion was taking place every week as their business are blooming and they enjoy it and they wait for more festivals.
        That’s very bad in your eyes isn’t it .

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        November 5, 2013, 7:18 am

        I doubt you have ever been in Jerusalem

        LOL.

        you need to do it where there is enough space for a stage and people to watch and that’s how they chose the locations

        One of the considerations for sure, but the relevant geography is the “Jewish” part of the Old City (which very much includes the Armenian Quarter and Zion Gate). Had they considered the city as a whole, I’m sure they could have come up with an appropriate venue or two in the “black hole” on the other side of the map.

        I have been there last year and talked to the people in the shops and restaurants they where all open and said they wished this occasion was taking place every week as their business are blooming and they enjoy it and they wait for more festivals.

        Good for them. As I wrote, the events “will not take place anywhere near most Palestinian businesses” (I’m sure the owners of businesses right near Jaffa Gate are happy too). The fantasy part is where the festival is presented as something that is meant to be for the benefit of “all residents of the city”, just because there’s a leaflet in Arabic.

      • yrn
        yrn
        November 6, 2013, 6:18 pm

        Shmuel
        I doubt you have ever been in Jerusalem.

        Jerusalem Specialist, where else can they put stages and have crowed of People to watch in the corners of the small streets of Old Jerusalem, what nonsense .

        And where are most of the Palestinian Businesses in the old city, if not near Jaffa gate and the street of David.
        at list Look at the map before you jump in

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        November 7, 2013, 1:48 am

        I doubt you have ever been in Jerusalem

        LOL again.

        And where are most of the Palestinian Businesses in the old city, if not near Jaffa gate and the street of David.

        Your arguments are getting sillier and sillier. There’s a whole world out there, beyond the way to the Kotel.

        Look at the map before you jump in

        Yes, by all means look at a map. And you will see that the “knights” will be frolicking in a rather small corner of the Old City, as far away from the Muslim and Christian Quarters (most of the Old City) as possible. Try this one: http://joomla.cisi.unito.it/viaggimediterranei/images/stories/PALESTINAIERIEOGGI/CARTEEMAPPE/the%20old%20city%20of%20jerusalem%20map.pdf

  9. Xpat
    Xpat
    November 4, 2013, 5:16 pm

    If Israel is Jewish Disneyland for American Jews then Jerusalem serves the same function for Israelis. Most Israelis would never live in the Holy City but love going there on tours to get their fantasy fix: religious – at the Western Wall; nationalistic – take your pick; Israeli military folklore – ditto. Knights jousting fits right in. You’ve got the setting and the mindset to go with it. Medieval chivalry plays up Jerusalem as a European Christian city, displacing the Moslem/Palestinian Christian association. It simultaneously works perfectly for both Americans and Israelis.

    • yrn
      yrn
      November 6, 2013, 6:28 pm

      Elliot.
      Most Israelis would never live in the Holy City.
      Who lives in the Jewish quarter if not Jews ?

      “Most Israelis would never live in the Holy City…”
      378,200 Israeli Jews lived in Jerusalem in 1990
      500,00 Israeli Jews lived in Jerusalem in 2011.

  10. Inanna
    Inanna
    November 4, 2013, 11:30 pm

    This is just vomitous. Don’t these stupid people know the history of Crusaders and just what the Crusaders did to the locals during their invasions and occupations? Of how the locals suffered regardless of their religion? They must be ignorant of Jewish history as well since Jews did not fare well at the hands of the Crusaders. Or maybe its just an unconscious identification with the invaders and occupiers on Israel’s part, as well as a way to appeal to the Christian zionists and European Islamophobes. If Israel sees itself on the side of the Crusaders, not only does it dishonor the memory of its own dead in the Crusades it is also blatantly licking the butts of Westerners in an attempt to maintain their ‘villa in the jungle’ phantasy of themselves a European outpost. It’s sad, it’s desperate and it’s bathetic. As for how this is going to play out with Arabs, let’s just say, NOT WELL. But then that’s not any different to the last 60+ years, is it? Israel’s fate is going to be no different to that of the Crusader states – it’s the logic inherent in zionism that it contains the seeds of its own destruction.

  11. Obsidian
    Obsidian
    November 5, 2013, 12:07 am

    Medieval Fests are very popular in America and I doubt Phil protests the ones held all over Upstate New York.

    But should a Jew throw a Medieval Fest, well……

    • talknic
      talknic
      November 5, 2013, 5:37 am

      @ Obsidian demonstrates how to fail…

      “Medieval Fests are very popular in America”

      Run by Americans legally in the US

      “But should a Jew throw a Medieval Fest, well”

      They’re Israelis illegally in non-Israeli territory, which of course you must ignore in order to create your crippled strawman

      • Obsidian
        Obsidian
        November 6, 2013, 12:22 am

        “Run by Americans legally in the US”

        After ‘legally’ dispossessing a few million Native Americans.

      • thankgodimatheist
        thankgodimatheist
        November 6, 2013, 4:54 am

        “After ‘legally’ dispossessing a few million Native Americans.”
        That was 400 years ago. Times have changed and I doubt they can get away with it now. OTH, Israel is at it now as we speak.
        Ultra Zionism is clearly blinding your common sense.

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 6, 2013, 5:29 am

        @ Obsidian “After ‘legally’ dispossessing a few million Native Americans”

        Oooooo. Look at the Israeli apologist suddenly shiving Israel’s only ally. Cute stuff. Nothing is too low. Obviously not the kind of friend to turn one’s back on.

        The difference Obsidian must ignore to create a poor crippled zionist strawman is the fact that the US ceased a long time ago. The native Indian population are US citizens with full rights anywhere in the USA. Israel continues to dispossess non-Jews, even from non-Israeli territories, to this day.

        The immorality of dispossession was being realized in the US by at least 1835 when a referendum was held amongst the legitimate citizens of Texas. It was annexed to the US on behalf of the legitimate citizens of Texas because they wanted to be annexed to the US. Self determination. Ditto Hawaii, by agreement. Even Alaska was annexed by agreement some years after the US bought it from the USSR

        The US legal custom of annexation by an agreement was instrumental in the eventual passing of the legal process into Customary International Law. Since at least 1933 it has been illegal to acquire territory by force/war, ANY war … http://pages.citebite.com/y1f0t4q1v4son (ratified by the US 1934)

  12. Ecru
    Ecru
    November 5, 2013, 3:18 pm

    I actually practise HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts for the uninitiated, or “walloping people with swords” if you prefer) and have many friends who take part in reenactments and living history exhibitions so this really caught my attention.

    Reenactment can be a wonderful way of communicating history, and the history of the Crusader period is particularly interesting for many people. So, with that in mind, I wonder if the organisers will be arranging talks and demonstrations showing the superiority of Islamic sword-smithing to European at the time and the sophistication of their trade networks that gave them access to Wootz Steel where Europe had none. Maybe the tactical genius of Saladin will be touched upon and the lesson of hubris that was Hattin. Will they remind people of the accommodation Muslim rulers tried to reach with the Christians permitting European Pilgrims to visit their Holy Sites, and how well Muslim rulers treated local Jews; that it was Saladin who invited them back to Jerusalem when he retook the city from the Christian crusaders. For that matter will they mention the massive massacres of Jews throughout the region by the invading Christian knights?

    Or will they just glorify violence to the ancestors of the Palestinians at the hands of “The West” and use the history as another way to remind oppressed and disenfranchised Palestinians who’s the boss, and that said boss positively enjoys using violence against even the weakest of them on any pretext. No matter how insignificant.

    Somehow I suspect the latter.

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