For over a month now, several nations in Africa and the Middle East have been experiencing an unprecedented period of unrest in the form of popular demonstrations against those nations' governments, some of them escalating to full-scale revolution. This wave began as peaceful protests in Tunisia and echoed to nearby Egypt where the people, with the support of their military, ousted long-time president Hosni Mubarak and are now in the process of re-ordering their country under the promise of improved human rights, public representation and personal freedom. Other nations have seen more turmoil and violence in their own call for change. For the past several days, the country of Libya has been on the brink of civil war, elements of its own military defecting in protest against orders of assault against civilians.
Because the countries experiencing this transformative period are predominantly Muslim and several of them have been openly hostile to Jews and to Israel for some time now, the question of if and how Jews should support the revolutions is complex.