Kissing cousins? 20 things Arabs and Jews have in common
They might not see it on a daily basis, but Jews and Arabs share a lot more than they squabble over (at least what they come to blows over, given the ongoing struggle and cultural fall-out between Arabs and Israelis).
Fierce foes or fragile friends -- they seem to be stuck with each other and should try celebrating their common traits, laid out by this tongue and cheek (simplistic and redutionist) review of the striking resemblances borne by kissing cousins, the Arabs and the Jews. Continue reading below »
Neither Semite (Arab nor Jew) holds a monopoly over anti-semiticism -- it’s a shared and common condition. If only they knew, then never the twain should fight again!
Splitting (frizzy) hairs
Tomato, tomato -- there are more common elements to these 'races' and incongrous as that may seem given their infamous and publicly played out clashes in the Middle East, it may be worth reminding them to embrace the commonalities and cleave together over the shared visions rather than shunning one another over the irreconcilable issues and rifts.
But contrary to common portrayal, Muslim Arabs and Jews are not that different from each other. In fact, at a closer glimpse, they are uncannily similar. They are not quite as contrasting as chocolate and vanilla ice cream, or for that matter, even as different as Americans are from Canadians. Like kissing cousins, Arabs and Jews have more in common than meets the eye.
In fact, Arabs and Jews have a shared history that goes way, way back.
In the eighth century biography of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) by Ibn Ishaq, the poet writes about the Prophet being carried by the angel Gabriel to Jerusalem. After reaching Jerusalem, Mohammed meets Abraham, Jesus and Moses, who welcome him and invite him to preach to them. How’s that for a shared history?
In addition, doesn’t the Holy Qur’an say: “…and that which has been vouchsafed by their Sustainer unto Moses, Jesus and the other prophets: we make no distinction between any of them.”?
In this gallery of 'same same but different', we will take you through the reasons why Arabs and Jews could very well be described as kissing cousins. In Arabic at least, Jews often get referred to, fondly or bitterly, as ‘the cousins’, harking back to the Abraham link. Sometimes, like close relatives, they have embraced and kissed each other fondly. Other times, like close relatives, they have built illegal settlements on other’s properties.