What’s Holding the Arab World Back?

What’s Holding the Arab World Back?


In the judo competition of the 2016 Olympics
in Brazil, an Israeli heavyweight judo fighter named Or Sasson defeated his Egyptian opponent,
Islam El Shehaby, in a first-round match. The Egyptian then refused to shake the Israeli’s
extended hand, earning boos from the crowd. If you want the short answer for why the Arab
world is sliding into the abyss, look no further than this little incident. It illustrates how hatred of Israel and Jews
corrupts every element of Arab society. You won’t find this explanation for the Arab
world’s decline among journalists and academics. They reflexively blame the usual suspects:
the legacy of colonialism, unemployed youth, the Sunni-Shia sectarian divide, and every
other politically correct excuse they can think of. For them, hatred of Israel is treated like
sand in Arabia — just part of the landscape. Yet the fact remains that over the past 70
years the Arab world expelled virtually all of its Jews, some 900,000 people, while holding
on to its hatred of them. Over time the result proved fatal: a combination
of lost human capital, expensive wars against Israel, and an intellectual life perverted
by conspiracy theories and a perpetual search for scapegoats. The Arab world’s problems are a problem of
the Arab mindset, and the name of that problem is anti-Semitism. As a historical phenomenon, this is not unique. Historian Paul Johnson has noted that wherever
anti-Semitism took hold, social and political decline almost inevitably followed. Just a few examples: Spain expelled its Jews in 1492. The effect, Johnson noted, “was to deprive
Spain (and its colonies) of a class already notable for the astute handling of finance.” In czarist Russia, the adoption of numerous
anti-Semitic laws ultimately weakened and corrupted the entire Russian government. These laws also led to mass Jewish emigration,
resulting in a breathtaking loss of intellectual and human capital. Germany might well have won the race for an
atomic bomb if Hitler hadn’t sent Jewish scientists like Albert Einstein and Edward Teller into
exile in the U.S. These patterns were replicated in the Arab
world. Contrary to myth, the cause was not the creation
of the state of Israel in 1948. There were bloody anti-Jewish pogroms in Palestine
in 1929, Iraq in 1941, and Libya in 1945. Nor is it accurate to blame Israel for fueling
anti-Semitism by refusing to trade land for peace. Among Egyptians, hatred of Israel barely abated
after Prime Minister Menachem Begin returned the entire Sinai Peninsula to Egypt. And among Palestinians, anti-Semitism became
markedly worse during the years of the Oslo peace process. Johnson calls anti-Semitism a “highly infectious”
disease capable of overwhelming intellectuals and simpletons alike. Its potency, he noted, lies in transforming
a personal and instinctive irrationalism into a political and systematic one. For the Jew-hater, every crime has the same
culprit and every problem has the same solution. Anti-Semitism makes the world seem simple. In doing so, it condemns the anti-Semite to
a permanent darkness. Today there is no great university in the
Arab world, no serious scientific research, a stunted literary culture. In 2015 the U.S. Patent Office reported 3,804
patents from Israel, as compared with 30 from Egypt, the largest Arab country. Hatred of Israel and Jews has also deprived
the Arab world of both the resources and the example of its neighbor. Israel quietly supplies water to Jordan, helping
to ease the burden of Syrian refugees, and quietly provides surveillance and reconnaissance
capabilities to Egypt to fight ISIS in the Sinai. But this is largely unknown among Arabs, for
whom the only permissible image of Israel is an Israeli soldier in riot gear, abusing
a Palestinian. Successful nations make a point of trying
to learn from their neighbors. The Arab world has been taught over generations
only to hate theirs. This may be starting to change. Recently, the Arab world has been forced to
face up to its own failings in ways it cannot easily blame on Israel. The change can be seen in the budding rapprochement
between Jerusalem and Cairo, Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. But that’s not enough. So long as an Arab athlete can’t pay his Israeli
opposite the courtesy of a handshake, the disease of the Arab mind and the misfortunes
of its world will continue. For Israel, this is a pity. For the Arabs, it’s a calamity. I’m Bret Stephens.

100 Comments on "What’s Holding the Arab World Back?"


  1. but the main problem is actually the colonization of that land that was once solely inhabited by natives, so due to leavin that land behind with ppl who dont belong there actually caused this hatred against the israeli ppl

    it is the same with china and hong kong, the americas, india, south africa, and so on

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  2. If hatred of jews made one poor then there would be more poor liberal jews. Sorry situation is more complex than what is portrayed here.

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  3. Gen 12:3. I will bless those who bless you (Jacab/Isreal) and curse those who curses you, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

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  4. What is going on between Israel and the Arab world is a vendetta. A vendetta is a blood feud between two or more entities, such as between cultures in this case. One of the few things that have been known to defuse vendettas is inter-entity marriage. Yes, I do believe that nothing will solve the vendetta between Israel and the Arab world quite like a bunch of teenage Israelis falling in love with and marrying a bunch of teenage Arabs!

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  5. Incorrect.

    There is a more fundamental reason. The reason is culture. You are discrediting yourself PragerU. The issue is described aptly within a CIA paper titled "Face." Your Anti-Jew reasoning is simply a symptom.

    https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/kent-csi/vol8no3/html/v08i3a05p_0001.htm

    Hire better researchers/analysts. Why have you not done a video on Sufism yet? Does it not fit your narrative?

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  6. I hope we can learn a lesson here because we are heading in the same boat and it’s called liberalism we don’t care if you’re a liberal socialist but when you transfer on our own flag burn it and you disgrace her whole community by not standing up for an anthem what do you think that makes all the rest of us feel like because I have a handful of people want to do the same thing as all these other people do you not see the comparison it is no different

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  7. Idk maybe poor government maby a shit ton of crime because there cops don't do there jobs maby it's because they're in a sand dune of death and won't stop killing and rapeing each other

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  8. Technically, if Arabs are descendants of Ishmael, then they too are descendants of Shem, one of the sons of Noah, hence a "Semite". Calling them
    "anti-Semitic" is technically like saying they are against themselves. They technically are anti-Jacob, anti-Isaac.

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  9. I'm from Iraq so am an Arab, well I don't know!

    the only Arab country is Saudi, we are all mixed races.

    just like Latinos.

    What's Holding the Arab World Back?

    the answer is simple

    1- low IQ

    2- Islam

    3- the Arabs culture

    1- Iq:

    Islam and the Arab culture won't exist if Arabs have high IQ or at least 100

    2- Islam:

    Islam what makes Arabs are anti-semitism, terrorists and misogynist, etc

    3- the Arabs culture:

    from my childhood, the most thing I hated is the Arab culture, because its the worst, day after day I realize that,

    so how a child mind can easily realize that while and an adult not.

    again to the simple answer is low IQ.

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  10. I have never been able to understand just why anyone hates the Jewish people. The Jews lived in Palestine way back in the mists of time, it’s not as if they don’t belong there, they surely do as much as any Arab peoples.

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  11. Jews really think to highly of themselves in this video. The root of the problem is Islam and everyone knows it. Arab Nations used to be the center of science and discovery. However with the adoption of Islam and the idea that everything happens because God wills it, is the problem. Just look at the production of scientific journals back in the day to now in Arab countries. The hatred of Jews is a symptom, not the root cause.

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  12. Linking Arab backwardness to their anti-Samhiism or the islam is wrong, The Arabs need Linking Arab backwardness to their anti-Samhiism is wrong, the Arabs need complete independence and non-interference in their economy, Be sure that with natural resources and a free economy they will control the world, but you will exploit them because you are demons.

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  13. I'm Lebanese and Lebanon is a very small country, maybe we have lot's of political problems but!
    We have great universities and great scientists see the AUB (American university of Beirut) in Lebanon, a very successful university, it's in the top 100 universities worldwide, people come from all over the world to learn here… we have great companies and high quality products…
    Stop taking a side and start speaking the truth… the full truth…
    Maybe Arabs are politically incorrect and need updates!
    But we have very smart people with good intentions and good social positions in the world…

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  14. Be careful what you ask for"Mt 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children".The Jews for the most part still reject Christ as the Messiah.. Jesus prayed over israel , and wept for what would befall them " Mt 23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.

    36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

    37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

    38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

    39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. " I pray for Israel's conversion

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  15. And they all want to come to the West for a better life and then proceed to try and make it just as bad as where they came from. Great.

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  16. If you want to mount a serious argument why the Arab world is the slowest kid in the class, try adding the simplest bleeding obvious influence smothering the Arab world that you somehow failed to mention here – adherence to ISLAM

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  17. "No teacher is ordinary. In his hands play the seeds of srishti (creation) and pralay (destruction/Armageddon)" – Chanakya
    Those parents who do not educate their sons are their enemies; for as is a crane among swans, so are ignorant so are ignorant sons in a public assembly.
    ― Chanakya
    What vice could be worse than covetousness? What is more sinful than slander? For one who is truthful, what need is there for austerity? For one who has a clean heart, what is the need for pilgrimage?.
    ― Chanakya
    This sutra enjoins a rule of morality. It says nobody should be disrespected. A man can impress evdrybnody by his virtues. Disrespecting others means downfall of our own virtues. A person who disrespects others, in a way disrespect himself. A virtuous man does not disrespect his friend or vevn his enemy. Disrespect to enemy can investigate him toreact. The best thing is to destroy him completely. For a ruler this is very important.
    ― Chanakya

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  18. Muslims have no business in Egypt and should be driven out just like every other country except Saudi Arabia. They've earned it.

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  19. The Syrian jews weren't expelled and many other immigrated and entire jew neighborhoods left because of religious reasons and the promise of free land and home

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  20. “Whoever blesses Israel will be blessed, And whoever curses Israel will
    be cursed.” Numbers 24:9, Genesis 12:3 Think about that sentence.

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  21. 17k leftist retards gay bipolar Lesbian alien feninazi transsexual sjw are foaming at the mouth. Bcs you are saying the truth….

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  22. The Arabs also made a confusing municipal disaster in poor civic road and housing planning in Dubai. All the money and the builders could not agree on where to put their buildings in a normal city/village setting has created silos of chaos.

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  23. But you forgot one thing, what's holding the americans sociaty back? Why the american sociaty is so stupid and incultivate and why do you have so many stupid racists middle class hanging around Center City and can't even afford a dollars and 50 cents to pay a pretzel?

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  24. The jews claim to be the chosen people of god and they expect to be so honored. Since this honor is not one that is willingly given, control has been designed to be covert. Jews control finances (ask the medieval kings of Europe), finance is a forced man-made commodity. History shows that the jews were chased from everyplace they tried to settle; what would cause this reaction to the nomads? Think on it, dig up some real history, then do the math.

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  25. 17k arab did dislike without even try to understand the point of this video
    thats the problem with arabs, hate hate and hate

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  26. I understand the point well, and this guy is right. But Arabs are semitic people too. I'd change the title.

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  27. There are two things that holds the Arab world back, 1) their average low IQ and 2) Islam itself, that are anti-intellectual to its core. Anti-Semitism is not positive, but it is too simplistic to blame that alone for a countries misfortune.

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  28. Jeez enough with the anti semetism the jews suffer enough as it is why do u people want them dead so much I don't understand and don't hide behind your religion either your religion can suck it if it tells u to kill others just because they don't believe what u believe and if it doesn't then wtf do u want then? U wanna kill others for shits and giggles then?

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  29. Short answer
    Arab don't hold Islam that is the problem
    God said that we will be the worst nations when we don't hold Islam

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  30. How on earth can you develop yourself when your prophet said that Alexander the Great traveled to the place where the sun sets in a muddy spring? Or that Allah created the stars as missiles to throw after Satan? It is clear as the daylight that modern scientific development was advanced only by Christians (a few were deists, but still with a Christian background).

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  31. Islam is the best religion it’s the best and most peaceful we are going back because we didn’t build bombs and slaughter millions from their home like America did or started racism and slavery like the UK so yea Islam is why we are behind in some way because we actually follow it and do so peacefully not through slaughter and power

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  32. To people who say that Islam is the reason there are many Muslim countries who do not face problems such as Arabs like Turkey, Malaysia, Bosnia ,Albania

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  33. Arabs aren't falling behind or anything it's just your western media that's feeding you lies, I have lived in 3 arab countries all of them were amazing, unfortunately the western media only shows you the torn villages in syria and yemen but never shows you Damascus or amman or Jerusalem or Dubai or jeddah or Cairo, they just show you the bad parts, every country has a bad part and a good part,wise up Americans, we are not your enemies, your real enemy is the western media

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  34. I am sure if that Arab did shake the hand of the Jewish athlete he would be killed when he got home

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  35. This kind of hate is stupid and very hard to break .
    It might be time to ask , why have so many people hated jews over such a long time? and not why are they holding onto such stupid hate .
    Sometimes the problem is both sides .

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  36. The west and Isreal, they held them back. Iraq was one of the most economicly successful. Guess what happened to that nation. If u just read up some history it gets one sided real quick.

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  37. While I agree that “the Arab mindset” is a huge detriment to advancement in the Arab world, The idea that Israel and the United States have not given fuel to this fire is simply ludicrous…Never mind the partitions, never mind the overwhelming number of United Nations votes vetoed by the us in Israel’s favor, or the astonishing amount of military aid, or the deaths… the “secret “ isreali nuclear program , going on for 40 YEARS, which has jailed journalists for decades who’ve tried to report on it, and to this day is only “assumed” to exist by mainstream media, while telling Iran no, Is enough to make anybody with that arab mindset , stay in it!!! You cannot claim that conspiracy theories dominate this mindset when you allow Israel to have a nuclear program secret from the rest of the world for 40 years while telling the Arab world no!!

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  38. I have to believe that the second-class treatment of women, as called for by Islam, plays a role.

    If Islam were to stop requiring crazy levels of modesty, encourage women to seek education and careers, demand governments to offer equal civil rights to men and women, you would see Arab countries starting to resemble Europe, the U.S., and other western countries.

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  39. Let's think about it this way, the Jews were put there by the Allied countries after WWII for 'reparations' and other purposes. They have invaded Arabs land and gave what was not theirs, away to the Jews. Simple logic. This was built by the Allied countries and everyone's still salty about it. The US refuses to take in refugees so why should the Arab countries?

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  40. PragerU and their "Muh jews are the best and most superior people on the planet"

    Anti-Semitism isn't the problem holding the Arab World back, it's Islam. And if that isn't the case, explain how Germany became the 2nd largest economy on the planet during its Nazi regime?

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  41. If you curse Israel or the Jews then you will be cursed… Cause that's apple of God's eye. Every nation who has cursed Israel have received God's curse on them… Drought and economic problems etc… Read your Bibles to know about how God blesses nations or curses nations by how they treat Israel. Bless Israel to receive the blessings. I choose to bless Israel! 🇮🇱💖 Shalom! Jesus is Lord❣️

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  42. The problem the world has is the true God is the God of Israel. The Bible is Holy and Jesus Christ is the Jewish Messiah , God Incarnate.
    This being true upsets every different worldview .
    The deceptive world peace soon to come will deny the gospel .
    Trust in the crucified, Risen Son of God before you die –
    repent / believe / be born again in Jesus name and receive eternal life.

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  43. This is ridiculous 'cause Arabs are semitic too, Arab dont hate Jews they hate Israel, and the major problem with Arabs is ISLAM. Islam has ruined the mindset of Arab, read about arab before Islam and even Arab before the rising of Islam again by the Muslim Brotherhood, the less Islamic influence on Arab the better

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  44. I'll take bets although we'll probably never know: If Islam were to somehow wane and become a 'religion of peace' (which it most certainly is NOT) they would be living in an advanced, technological society pretty much the same as ours. The people of Islamic countries would gradually become civilised. Because they are categorically NOT civilised. They would become 1st world nations too. If we could ever know, I'd take hefty bets with anyone. Just drop Islam, our Muslim friends.

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  45. Unfortunately this video is guilty of the very thing that is holding the Arab world back. Portraying one group of people as the victim of another group of people is only ever going to have one outcome. History is important but can also be dangerous when viewed through a microscope. It is a tapestry that must be viewed from a distance to be understood.

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  46. Americans: You arabs are Antisemitism
    Arabs: We are the Semitic people, bitch :')

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  47. you are micro managed in islam to such an extent that you cannot even go take a dump without saying a prayer in case the devil invades through your arsehole. you cannot think freely and be creative in such a frightened atmosphere!

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  48. Anyone gonna talk about that one died the UK and America started a military coup in an Arab country In the 50's?

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