Comments on: Muslim trust restores Jewish sites in Afghanistan Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 By: Amanda Mon, 20 Jul 2009 00:58:46 +0000 Izzy, there is no pretense, they ARE actually restoring these buildings, but since the Jewish population has dwindled they are utilizing these spaces for a new purpose.

Rather than basking in supposed historical misdeeds; you ought to live in the present and appreciate efforts.

By: Izzy Mon, 29 Jun 2009 21:18:00 +0000 @H. Rhythwonn
What “baseless” remark? That Afganistan is Jew-free (well, technically it is not true, there is exactly one left) or the Afganis pretending to restore Jewish culture?

Both are correct. If they wanted to restore Jewish cultural landmarks, they might inquire of some actual Jews what the different parts of the buildings were. But, they appear to be clueless.

Of course, it could be that they are faithfully restoring the synagogues, but that the writer of the article is the one who is clueless. If that is so, then the writer is the one who makes the Trust *appear* clueless.

@ Nikkei 225

I agree, but doesn’t it appear to you to be too late? What “better future” do we see here? The government of Afganistan is unlikely to start promoting the immigration of Jews, nor to publicly apologize for the way they’ve treated the Jews over the past century.

It just seems so wrong. Like a husband who has killed his wife, only to put a large painting of her over the mantle-piece. He’s declaring his love, only it is too late.

By: dolphin Mon, 29 Jun 2009 15:45:27 +0000 interesting! building are being protected and human beings being butchered and bombed by US and NATO. So much for the respecting each other and giving hope for a better future.

By: Daisy Thu, 25 Jun 2009 15:52:39 +0000 I agree with Nikkei 225, whe should start building bridges and end the fear.

By: Nikkei 225 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 14:22:58 +0000 You’ve got to start somewhere, respecting each others heritage is a first step and gives hope for a better future.

By: Hassan Thu, 25 Jun 2009 12:00:23 +0000 I wonder of the zionists will go and invade afghanistan now and setup blockades and check points and setup gaza part 2 by caliming this lands belongs to them also. would not be surprised.

By: H. Rhythwonn Wed, 24 Jun 2009 21:36:17 +0000 That’s quite a baseless remark to make at the end, Izzy. They’re not restoring Afghan culture because there are no longer any Jewish people left.

By: Izzy Wed, 24 Jun 2009 19:50:19 +0000 The ghost in the story is how and why the population of Jews declined from 40,000 to one

At rce/vjw/Afghanistan.html, it says…
In 1839, thousands of Jews again fled Persia, where the Muslim authorities began forcibly converting them, bringing Afghanistan’s Jewish population up to 40,000. They were mostly traders and dyers dealing in skins, carpets and antiquities.

The decline came in 1870 after Afghan Muslim authorities enacted anti-Jewish measures, triggering a mass exodus to Central Asia, Persia and Palestine. The 1933 assassination of King Nadit Shah triggered another anti-Jewish campaign. Jews were banished from most Afghan cities, limiting them to Kabul, Balkh or Herat. In addition, Jews were forbidden to leave town without a permit and forced to pay special taxes.

By the time Israel was created in 1948, approximately 5,000 Jews remained in Afghanistan, but they could not legally immigrate. Once the restriction was lifted in 1951, most Afghan Jews made their way to Israel. By 1969, only 300 Jews lived in Afghanistan, most of whom left in 1979 after the Soviet invasion. In 1996, 10 Jews remained in Afghanistan, nearly all in Kabul.

So, now that Afganistan is Judenrein, they can pretend to restore its “culture.”