But his courage was demonstrated yet again in Damascus in 1860 where he lived as an honoured exile. He was an “interfaith dialogue” man to please Pope Francis. An American town was named after him – Elkader in Clayton County, Iowa, and it’s still there, population 1,273.The Christian-Druze civil war in Lebanon had spread to Damascus where the Christian population found themselves surrounded by the Muslim Druze who arrived with Isis-like cruelty, brandishing swords and knives to slaughter their adversaries. Founded in the mid-19th century, it was natural to call your home after a man who was, was he not, honouring the Rights of Man of American Independence and the French Revolution?Today, Berlin is wearing kippah." Jewish community leaders said it was the biggest such display in public since before the Second World War.
In Berlin, more than 2,000 people — including Jews, Christians, Muslims and atheists — put on kippahs in a show of solidarity.He was supported by Victor Hugo and Lord Londonderry and earned the respect of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte (later Napoleon III) and the French state paid him a pension of 100,000 francs. When the French invaded Algeria, Abdelkader Ibn Muhiedin al-Juzairi (Abdelkader, son of Muhiedin, the Algerian,1808-1883, for those who like obituaries) embarked on a successful guerrilla war against one of the best equipped armies in the Western world – and won.He set up his own state in western Algeria – Muslim but employing Christian and Jewish advisors – and created separate departments (defence, education, etc), which stretched as far as the Moroccan border. He made peace with the French – a truce which the French broke by invading his lands yet again.The “kippah march” on Wednesday was triggered by the daytime assault last week of two young men wearing skullcaps in an upscale neighbourhood in the German capital.The attack, in which a 19-year-old Syrian asylum-seeker is a suspect, drew outrage in Germany and sharp condemnation by Angela Merkel.
Its leaders are known for their openly anti-Muslim stance, but their antisemitism is less apparent.