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Almost a martyr
Jewish World Review ^ | 11/8/2011 | Eliezer Schulman and Michal Ish-Shalom

Posted on 11/08/2011 6:14:33 AM PST by Former Fetus

Dr. David Gerbi, a Libyan-born, observant psychologist living in Italy, spent the summer in a Libyan rebel encampment, joining the revolutionary forces and providing them psychiatric care. But their gratitude didn't last for long. He was nearly lynched and then booted out of the country when he tried to clean up a desecrated synagogue that hadn't seen a Jew since Muammar Gaddafi took over the country 42 years ago.

--SNIP--

Although the new Libya is struggling for a more democratic identity, Gaddafi's 42-year rule succeeded in brainwashing the public with virulent anti-Semitism, propagating the myth that the Jews absconded with the country's wealth to Israel — when in reality Gaddafi had kicked out all the Jews who remained after the Arab riots of the 1960s. He then confiscated all Jewish property, worth about $500 million, adding it to his private fortune estimated at $200 billion, which he amassed by embezzling Libya's wealth.

While Gerbi waited for a new government to take shape, he decided to spend the High Holidays in Libya. For Rosh Hashanah, he traveled to Tripoli along with the rebels, where he was to deliver letters from the World Organization of Libyan Jews to Mustafa Abdul Jalil, leader of the revolution and president of the interim government. At that point, he was being treated as a future member of parliament.

But a man like David Gerbi is not one to idle away his precious days in the newly freed country of Libya. Gerbi sought to become the first Jew to pray in the abandoned, decaying Dar Bishi synagogue in Tripoli, where his forebears had prayed. That simple act of devotion proved that undoing Gaddafi's work would not be simple after all.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: islam; judaism; libya; revolution
For a psychologist, Dr. Gerbi showed some terrible ignorance of the realities of Islam. Return to Libya? Restore a synagogue? While his ideas were noble, he ignored the reality on the ground... and almost paid very dearly for it!
1 posted on 11/08/2011 6:14:34 AM PST by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus
ISLAM MUST DIE!

2 posted on 11/08/2011 6:31:54 AM PST by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Former Fetus

“...Gaddafi’s 42-year rule succeeded in brainwashing the public with virulent anti-Semitism...”

What a convenient way to ignore the fact that the current leadership in Lybia holds life membership to the “destroy Israel” club.


3 posted on 11/08/2011 6:39:03 AM PST by Moose Burger
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To: Former Fetus
This is horrible.

There are always two sides to a story, but it certainly seems that the rebels have shown their true colors — the anti-semites scream and yell, and those who aren't antisemitic flee in cowardice.

This is not a good sign for the future.

4 posted on 11/08/2011 8:13:49 AM PST by darrellmaurina
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To: Former Fetus

>> I was amazed that this hatred was spurting forth.

Surprise, surprise.


5 posted on 11/08/2011 8:19:50 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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