On Friday, the good-old British empire’s two Israel Mad Dogs, British prime minister Theresa May and her side-kick Gibraltar chief minister Fabian Picardo couldn’t stop barking. Their fury was over European Union’s decision that Spain would have the final word on Gibraltar’s wish to join the Jewish-controlled EU.
Fabian Picardo in an interview with the BBC’s flagship Andrew Marr Show said that sharing Gibraltar’s sovereignty with Spain would strip us of who we are. He also insisted it was only fair, proper and right that any future trade deal between the EU and the UK also apply to the Rock.
UK’s secretary of defense Sir Michael Fallon sent a warning to both Spain and EU that London would defend its Rock even it meant a war with Spain as it fought a war with Argentina over Falklands 35 years ago.
The Rock’s name Gibraltar is a Western effort to eradicate Europe’s Muslim history. The Rock was known as Jabal Tariq for nearly 800 years till the fall of Muslim Granada in 1492 CE. It was named after young Muslim Berber military commander Tariq bin Ziyad (d. 720) who landed on the Rock in 711 CE. Whithin a span of three years, he conquered most of Catholic Spain and put the foundation of Muslim Spain which became a heaven for the persecuted Jewish communities in Christian Europe (watch a video below).
Muslims lost the Rock to Crusaders in 1462. It was occupied by Anglo-Dutch forces in 1704. In 1713 Spain ceded the Rock to England but didn’t abandon military options to regain it. During the Franco period, Gibraltar was an extremely sore point between Britain and Spain.
Rabbi Glickman recorded in book The Jews of Arab Lands: “Sephardic Jews in northern Africa and the Middle East, were the largest group by far, and during the Middle Ages, many of them thrived and prospered. They were merchants and physicians, poets and philosophers: they spoke Arabic, Persian, Aramaic, Kurdish, Berber and other languages; for the most part, they dressed and acted as any good Arab should – the distinctive identity of Arabic Jews gradually melted away into the increasingly dominant Sephardic culture and practice.”
Adina Hoffman and Peter Cole claimed: A certain deference to Islam and to Muslims was expected among those the Prophet Muhammad had dubbed the ‘People of the Book’ (non-Muslims to whom scripture had been divinely revealed) – but for the most part, the Jews of this Mediterranean society fared much better than they did under Christian rule; they were left to pray, work, study, eat, marry divorce, and even hand down legal judgments as they themselves determined, (here).
Gibraltar has a tiny population of 30,000 people including 2,000 Jews mostly from Zionist entity who received soft loan of 10,000 pounds to settle in the island. They have three synagogues and two madrassas. Solomon Levy, Mayor of Gibraltar (2008-09) was Jewish. Only 1,000 Gibraltarian are Muslims whose ancestors ruled the island for 800 years.
Gibraltar is also known as a Tax Heaven for the Western crooks.