Six inspiring stories of Jews saving Muslims and Muslims saving Jews

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Both the Mishna and the Quran state ‘Whoever destroys a single life is as though he had destroyed the entire world, and whoever saves a single life is as if he had saved the entire world’

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Lima Balla, an Albanian Muslim that helped save 17 Jews in WWII

1. How the Albanian nation saved their Jews

In 1930 Albania, a small Balkan country, had a mere 803,000 citizens of which two hundred were Jewish. In 1943 the Nazis occupied Albania and in an unprecedented act of defiance the Albanian people refused to handover its Jewish residents. Instead various government agencies gave Jewish families fake documentation and Jewish refugees from Europe were given sanctuary (even while under Italian rule).

At a time when the European nations were sending their Jews to the gas chambers; Albania, the only European country with a Muslim majority, not only saved its Jewish residents – but absorbed so many European refugees that the Jewish population grew a staggering 900% during the war.

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9 thoughts on “Six inspiring stories of Jews saving Muslims and Muslims saving Jews

  1. These are amazing and wonderful stories–please find and publish more of them. There is no monopoly on good and ethical behavior and it is a wonderful reminder that people who act for the good make such a difference.

  2. It should not matter whether you are a Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim or Jewish. We must help each other at times of crisis and prove ourselves to be good human beings.

  3. It’s a shame that this article conflates heroic and sacrificial resistance to Nazi tyranny with the behaviour of Israeli health officials. Israeli officials have a duty to ‘approve’ life-saving medical care for people in the territories they occupy, and they are violating the law when they deny that medical care, which they do much more frequently than this article suggests. Some Jewish people do try to save Muslim lives – but they do that by standing against the racism and militarism of the Zionist project.

  4. Zionism is not inherently racist, it is simply the government of Israel that happens to have certain deeply flawed and regrettable policies toward non-Jews in the occupied territories. To say that Zionism as a whole is racist is unfair and incorrect. I personally consider myself a Zionist, (meaning I support Israel’s existence as a Jewish and democratic state) but I do not support Israel unconditionally–that is to say, I do not support the occupation or any discriminatory policy of the Israeli government.

    The average Israeli is not racist, nor is the average Israeli violent. Israelis are required to serve in the army–it is not their own personal choice. I have wonderful, decent family members and friends who serve or have served in the IDF. They are not racist and do not support the occupation. Please consider what you are implying when you label the entire state of Israel as racist.

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Six inspiring stories of Jews saving Muslims and Muslims saving Jews