An excellent review of Islamic antisemitism

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Apologists for Islam often try to argue that the virulent Jew-hatred that seems so pervasive in the faith isn’t really a part of “true Islam.” Instead, they argue, it’s a result either of a) being taken out of context, b) the historic wrongs done to Arabs by the Zionists and the West with the creation of Israel, or c) the evil outside influence of Western totalitarianisms, such as Nazism or Communism, which Arabs were drawn to out of opposition to the colonial powers.

Not so.

As Dr. Andrew Bostom demonstrates in a long, but very educational essay at PJM, Jew-hatred has a history within mainstream Islam dating back to the earliest days — to the Qur’an, itself. From that point, he traces the thread of antisemitism through medieval, mainstream commentators to modern exponents, such as Egyptian President (and Muslim Brotherhood member) Muhammad Morsi, who was recently exposed referring to Jews as the “descendants of apes and pigs.”

Here’s an excerpt:

Indeed, the Koran’s overall discussion [6] of the Jews is marked by a litany of their sins and punishments, as if part of a divine indictment, conviction, and punishment process. The Jews’ ultimate sin and punishment are made clear: they are the devil’s minions (4:60 [30]) cursed by Allah, their faces will be obliterated (4:47 [31]), and if they do not accept the true faith of Islam — the Jews who understand their faith become Muslims (3:113 [32]) — they will be made into apes (2:65/ 7:166), or apes and swine (5:60), and burn in the Hellfires (4:55 [33], 5:29 [34], 98:6 [35], and 58:14 [36], 15 [37],16 [38],17 [39],18 [40],19 [41]).

Classical Koranic commentators [6] such as Tabari (d. 923), Zamakshari (d. 1143), Baydawi (d. 1316), and Ibn Kathir (d. 1373), when discussing Koran 5:82 [12], which includes the statement “Thou wilt surely find the most hostile of men to the believers are the Jews,” concur on the unique animus of the Jews towards the Muslims, which is repeatedly linked to the curse of Koran 2:61/2:90-91/3:112.

For example, in his commentary on Koran 5:82, Tabari writes [6]:

“In my opinion, [the Christians] are not like the Jews who always scheme in order to murder the emissaries and the prophets, and who oppose God in his positive and negative commandments, and who corrupt His scripture which He revealed in His books.”

Between 2004 and 2010, Muhammad Morsi repeated direct citations of or references to Koran 5:60 [14], 5:64 [42], and 5: 82 [12] during interview discussions of the Jews and Israel.

I strongly commend the whole article to your attention. Antisemitism is not a late arrival in Islam, nor is it the result of contact with the Nazis (1). Rather, as Dr. Bostom shows, enmity with the Jews is a core, defining tenet of the faith, which shapes Muslim attitudes toward Israel to this day. Any attempt to bring peace between the two sides must take this religious imperative toward hate into account.

RELATED: Former Federal Prosecutor Andrew McCarthy looks at our fatuous sale of warplanes and tanks to Morsi’s Egypt: “Apes, Pigs, and F-16s.” Dr. Bostom has written three major works documenting Islam, its ideology, and its jihad against the non-Muslim world: The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism; The Legacy of Jihad; and Sharia vs. Freedom. I consider these essential reading.

Footnote:
(1) It would be wrong to say Nazism and Communism had no influence in the Arab Islamic World, however. But it’s my belief that their antisemitism and totalitarianism found a sympathetic audience, rather than introducing an alien idea. What these two ideologies did, especially Nazism, was give Islam the vocabulary and ideological tools to translate its medieval antisemitism to the world of the 20th and 21st centuries.

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