This present conflict gave an excellent opportunity for many Hindus to show their secular credentials by condemning Israel. In their views, as told by Indian media, Israel is the aggressor and killing innocent Muslim women and children. Many protests against perceived aggression by Israel were organized by leftists and Muslim Bollywood people. From ‘ever victim Muslim’ SRK to ‘neo-Muslim’ Mahesh Bhatt, we saw tweets.
Knowing NDTV and its “secular” credentials, I kept my comment on this news item to the minimum with a simple statement as this, ‘How much readers (Indians) know about Hamas ? How many people have read its covenant ( its charter )? Please try to know these before commenting here and blaming Israel.‘ Even this comment could not be passed by moderators at NDTV.
I know NDTV and its perversion of journalistic ethics when it comes to reporting about Muslim terrorism. Four years back, its silence on Deganga communal riots taught me about true state of Indian media esp. English one.
Coming to Israel-Palestine conflict, our media coverage was one sided, but not surprising. Considering that media can not tell anything negative about Islam and Muslims, it was left to bloggers like me to unravel the truth by presenting Islamic antisemitism and the truth about Hamas – a terrorist organization on social platforms.
We understand that antisemitism refers to hatred towards Jews. And most Indian Hindus ignorantly think it is related to Israel’s occupation of Palestine i.e. Muslims hate Jews because of Israel’s actions. But the truth is that antisemitism is part of Islamic faith itself. While few actions of Israel can not be condoned, its imperative that one looks at what is fundamental to relations between Muslims and Jews, or even Non-Muslims, as envisaged by Islam.
An Egyptian Imam, Mohammad Hussain Ya’qoub, in a Televised sermon in 2009, says this :
“If the Jews left Palestine to us, would we start loving them? Ofcourse not. We will never love them. Absolutely not. The Jews are infidels – not because I say so, and not because they are killing Muslims but because Allah said : “The Jews say that Uzair is son of Allah and the Chsristians say that Christ is the son of Allah”. These are the words from their mouths. They imitate the sayings of disbelievers before them. May Allah fight them., How deluded they are. (9.33) It is Allah who said that Jews are infidels.” ( i )
Robert Spencer, a scholar and critique of Islam, about the message Koran conveys with regard to Jews :
“The Koran puts forward a clear, consistent image of the Jews : they are scheming, treacherous liars and the most dangerous enemies of the Muslims. Regardless of actions of Jewish individuals today, and regardless of what policies the state of Israel follows, the Koran justifies unrelenting form of antisemitism that will be extremely difficult to root out from the Muslim world.” ( ii )
Little background of Islam’s first interaction with Jews based on Islamic traditions helps understand the animosity of Muslims towards Jews. When Prophet Mohammad moved from Mecca to Medina, he encountered Jews who were original inhabitants of Medina. Prominent tribes of Jews living in Medina were Banu Qaynuqa, Banu Nazir and Banu Quraiza. In the beginning, he appealed to these Jews to recognize him as Prophet and made his new Muslim community, few in number, to face Jerusalem for their daily prayers. And he banned pork too as a gesture towards Jews.
Jews, but, rejected the claim of Prophet Mohammad that he was the prophet foretold in their scripture Torah, thus refusing to convert to Islam. This not only infuriated Prophet Mohammad but also hurt his ego. Subsequently, as his power grows, he either banished (Qaynuqa and Nazir) or massacred (Banu Qurayza) these 3 Jewish tribes from Medina.
Prophet Mohammad appealing to Jews in the beginning can also be drawn from verses in Koran immediately after settling in Media. Koran in the verse 2.62 tells Jews, along with Muslims and Christians, will also go to Paradise. And this changes when Koran in the verse 3.110 says that all people except Muslims will go to Hell.
Once Mohammad realizes that Jews of Medina were not going to convert to Islam and accept him as Prophet, the tone of Koranic message changes from being considerate to Jews to admonitions and excoriations of Jews.
Koran, verse 2.100, says that Jews broke their covenant with God, no – Jews always broke covenants they made with God (Allah) .
2.100 : Is it not (the case) that every time they make a covenant, some party among them throw it aside?- Nay, Most of them are faithless.
A prominent, and popular too, Islamic website ( islamqa ) explains above verse, while answering the question ‘Can Muslims live in Palestine in peace with Jews ?‘ as :
“The Jews are people of treachery and betrayal; it is not possible to trust them at all. Their current conduct bears this out: is there any treaty or agreement signed by them that they have actually fulfilled? This is no big surprise for the Muslims, who know what Allaah has said in His Book about the Jews (here it quotes the verse 2.100).”
Koran in numerous verses, about 8 verses, labels Jews as killers of Prophets sent by Allah, yet giving only one name i.e. Jesus. Again we see that the same Koran saying Jews boast of killing Jesus but they did not kill him in truth….
4.157 : That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-
In the verse 5.82, Koran tells Muslims that Jews along with pagans (idolaters) are the worst enemies of Muslims :
5.82 : Strongest among men in enmity to the believers (i.e. Muslims) wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans….
The above mentioned Islamic website says, “As the Muslims and Jews are enemies residing in opposing religious and doctrinal camps, it is not possible for them to be brought together unless one is made to submit to the other by force.”
In the verse 5.64 :
5.64 : The Jews say: “Allah’s hand is tied up.” Be their hands tied up and be they accursed for the (blasphemy) they utter. Nay, both His hands are widely outstretched: He giveth and spendeth (of His bounty) as He pleaseth. But the revelation that cometh to thee from Allah increaseth in most of them their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. Amongst them we have placed enmity and hatred till the Day of Judgment. Every time they kindle the fire of war, Allah doth extinguish it; but they (ever) strive to do mischief on earth. And Allah loveth not those who do mischief.
Allah in Koran – in the verses 2.65, 7.166, 5.59-60 – curses Jews to be apes and swines……
2.65 : And well ye knew those amongst you who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath: We said to them: “Be ye apes, despised and rejected.”
5.59-60 : Say: “O people of the Book! Do ye disapprove of us for no other reason than that we believe in Allah, and the revelation that hath come to us and that which came before (us), and (perhaps) that most of you are rebellious and disobedient?” ; Say: “Shall I point out to you something much worse than this, (as judged) by the treatment it received from Allah? those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil;- these are (many times) worse in rank, and far more astray from the even path!”
Whether above verses are context based or not, for Allah cursed those Jews who broke Sabbath to be apes in 2.65, and in the verse 5.60 we see reference to all Jews, it is a common practice among Muslims today to refer to Jews as apes and swines. Its a common feature in Modern Arab countries of various sermons and programs on TV referring to Jews as swines and apes or as descendants of apes and swines. The below video s below point to this Islamic antisemitism :
Above video is an excellent documentary of antisemitism present in Muslim nations.
Whether in England or Saudi Arabia, Muslim schools were teaching Muslim students that Jews are descendants of apes and swines.
Case 1 : (Englanad) The principal of an Islamic school has admitted that it uses textbooks which describe Jews as ‘apes’ and Christians as ‘pigs’ and has refused to withdraw them. (other similar reports : here and here )
Case 2 : ( Saudi Arabia ) “In the wake of the 9/11 attacks attention was focused on the hatred young Saudis learn at school for Christians and Jews. There was a tremendous amount of official pressure put on the Saudi government — the al-Saud family — to edit out the offending passages in school books….
While there has been some progress in bringing a degree of tolerance to Saudi textbooks, many still have passages like one twelfth grade monotheism book that claims God made Jews out “of swine and apes.” The same book describes Christians and Jews as “the worst of creatures” who “will dwell in hellfire,” according to a report by Dr. David Weinberg, senior fellow at Foundation for Defense of Democracies.” ( here )
Above mentioned Islamic website, islamqa, writes in the same article :
“Moreover, if the Muslims agreed to live in peace with the Jews, who would be in charge? One of the basic principles of Islam is that Islam should prevail, not be prevailed over. One of the conditions for People of the Book (Jews and Christians) living with Muslims in a Muslim country is that they should live under certain conditions (shuroot ahl al-dhimmah) in return for the security and protection afforded them by the Muslims. One of the most important of these conditions is that they should not openly display their shirk and kufr (polytheistic disbelief) in the Muslim lands, whether by word or deed.”
Those ‘certain conditions’ are Jews paying Jizya, accepting the superiority of Muslims and their inferiority, and living in abasement willfully. All this is in accordance with what the verse 9.29 says i.e. Muslims should fight all Non-Muslims until the whole world is under Islamic rule where Non-Muslims must pay Jizya and agree to live under Dhimma .
The attitudes of Muslims towards Jews and Israel are genocidal in nature and guided by Islamic theology; islamqa ends its article by writing :
“Finally, although the Muslims nowadays are in a position of weakness and humiliation – because they have turned away from their religion – and are unable to fight the Jews, take back their stolen lands and impose the rule of Islamic sharee’ah in Palestine, this does not mean that this will always be the case until the end of the world. Things have to change, and one of the indications of this is the hadeeth of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), who informed us of some things that are to happen in the future. He was supported by Revelation from his Lord; he did not speak of his own whims and desires, but of that which was revealed to him. He said:
“You will fight the Jews and will prevail over them, so that a rock will say, ‘O Muslim! There is Jew behind me, kill him!’” (Reported by Muslim, 2921; al-Bukhaari, 2926).
According to a report narrated by Muslim from Abu Hurayrah, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The Hour [the Day of Judgement] will not begin until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. A Jew will hide behind a rock or a tree, and the rock or tree will say, ‘O Muslim, O slave of Allaah! There is a Jew behind me, come and kill him!’ – except for the gharqad (box thorn), for it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (Reported by Muslim, 2922).“
i – Page 122; Robert Spencer’s The Complete Infidel’s Guide to the Koran
ii – ibid
(To be cont. in part 2)