If it's Sunday it must be Spain

Dave Kopel recently asked his readers about the ominous Islamist slogan, "First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people."

In a January 1976 article in Commentary, titled "The Return of Islam," Bernard Lewis wrote, "In the period immediately preceding the outbreak of the Six-Day War in 1967, an ominous phrase was sometimes heard, 'First the Saturday people, then the Sunday people.'"

Today, on many pro-Israel websites and blogs, there are claims that the phrase is common in Arab grafitti, or as a placard in street demonstrations.

While I don't know how widespread that slogan is, if the words of Hamas are any indication, Islamists have no intention of being content with only "taking back" Israel.

As the Spain Herald says, they want Spain:

The children's website Al Fateh, property of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, demands in its most recent issue the return of the Spanish city of Seville to the "lost paradise" of Al Andalus, as the Muslim part of Spain was called during its existence between 711 and 1492. The web magazine, whose name means "conqueror," says it is for "the young builders of the future."

The web magazine, whose name means "conqueror," includes an article in which the city of Seville itself is the narrator, saying, "I beg you, my loved ones, to call me to return along with the other cities of the lost paradise to Muslim hands so that happiness may reign in my lands. Dress me, for I am the bride of the land of Al Andalus."

Hamas's geographical claim continues, but I think that's enough of their nonsense for one day.

Retaking Spain is not nonsense for Hamas, of course. Neither is retaking Palestine or killing Jews.

Spain and Christians will have to wait for another day. That's the Hamas idea of compromise, and it follows time-honored tactics of many ideological fanatics. While they are endless and escalate constantly, demands must never be presented all at once, because the idea is divide and conquer. Let the Christians (or the Spanish) think that by handing over "Palestine" (and the Jews), all will be well with them.

Churchill described how the tactic works with his definition of an appeaser:

one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.
It's amazing that people still fall for it.

But hey, anything that works.

(Me, I guess I don't have to worry about being a Saturday person or a Sunday person, becase I don't go to church! So nothing will ever happen to me, right?)

posted by Eric on 01.04.06 at 12:04 PM


Ha! People who don't go to churches are going to get it first. :-(

Gabriel Mihalache   ·  January 4, 2006 5:53 PM

Paging Niemoller... paging Pastor Niemoller...

B. Durbin   ·  January 5, 2006 12:07 AM

Funny how they seem to forget whos land it was before the Moorish invasion. Its like coming home to find a bum sleeping in your house. You kick him out and hes convinced you stole his house from him. Scary thing is the Spaniards today seem willing to give him the house so long as he wont hurt them. "Maybe we can sleep in the basement".

Mick   ·  January 5, 2006 1:47 AM

Yeah, as Gabriel said. We're the Friday people.

Grand Stand   ·  January 5, 2006 7:36 PM


Right there with you on that one. But it's just part of their belief that the whole Earth is theirs, given to them, right? Or am I confused again? (which would be really surprising.)


Portia   ·  January 11, 2006 2:35 PM

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