Saudi-born singer Shams Bandar, known as “Shams the Kuwaiti,” recently announced on Egypt’s Dream TV channel that she was renouncing her Saudi and Kuwaiti citizenship to become a European citizen.
But she did more than that.
She exposed the hypocrisy of Islamic-controlled countries, especially Arab states whose borders are intentionally closed to refugees.
Syrians and Iraqis are dying every day, she argues; Arab leaders don’t care about their fellow Muslim brothers and sisters. But even if they could enter Arab states they’d have no future; she suggests:
What can these wretched [refugees] do with their Arab citizenship?”
The television host then asked if she was suggesting that “foreign citizenship is the Paradise that will save you from the Hell of the Arab world?”
Her answer should be a wake up call to the West:
Let’s not deceive ourselves. Why tell ourselves lies?
“Why do we pin all our problems on the West? For 1,400 years we have been slaughtering one another. America wasn’t around 1400 years ago. It wasn’t around even 300 years ago.”
By speaking the truth the host remarked that she would be accused of “treason and collaboration” and “of selling out on the Arab cause.”
Her response was logical, however. How do Syrians benefit from being Arabs? “His Arab brethren do not let him in,” she reasoned.
Furthermore being a European citizen, people are treated better. She asked, “If Syrians were British refugees would the outcome be different? Wouldn’t the British Embassy send a ship to get their citizens out?”
Finally, she addresses a key point few in the Islamic world discuss:
Why are we lying? Why aren’t we telling the truth?
“Show me where it says in their Constitutions [British and American] that you can chop people’s hands off, stone people, execute them in the streets …
“Do you see this in the American Constitution and law any of the things perpetrated by our Muslims? Can we say they do these things in the West too? Why would they, when their constitutions are about respect for humanity?
“Can anyone convince me that in America or Europe they do what ISIS is doing?
“Why do we pin all of our problems on the West?
“We [Muslims] have been fighting and shedding blood for 1400 years.”
December 2, 2015