The Persistence of Islamic Anti-Semitism – by Robert Spencer


A new study released Sunday shows that anti-Semitism is on the rise in Europe. The “German Situation” study, which is conducted by the University of Bielefeld Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence, found that across Europe in the last year, “Islamophobia” has declined, while anti-Semitic incidents have increased. True to form for such studies, however, it ignored the persistence and strength of Islamic anti-Semitism.

Anti-Semitism in the Islamic world has often been attributed to the baneful influence of Christianity. Many analysts assert that the Islamic designation of Jews (as well as Christians) as “People of the Book” indicates a higher level of respect for them than was manifested by Christians who derided Jews as bestial “Christ-killers.” Journalist Lawrence Wright asserts in this vein in The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11:

Until the end of World War II … Jews lived safely—although submissively—under Muslim rule for 1,200 years, enjoying full religious freedom; but in the 1930s, Nazi propaganda on Arabic-language shortwave radio, coupled with slanders by Christian missionaries in the region, infected the area with this ancient Western prejudice [anti-Semitism]. After the war, Cairo became a sanctuary for Nazis, who advised the military and the government. The rise of the Islamist movement coincided with the decline of fascism, but they overlapped in Egypt, and the germ passed into a new carrier.

This is a common view, but in reality there is a strong native strain of anti-Semitism in Islam, which is rooted in the Qur’an. The Muslim holy book contains a great deal of material that forms the foundation for a hatred of Jews that exists independently of the Christian variety. It is also, in many ways, more virulent and harder to eradicate. The Qur’an portrays the Jews as the craftiest, most persistent, and most implacable enemies of the Muslims—and there is no Muslim equivalent of the Second Vatican Council to mitigate against destructive interpretations. The Qur’anic material on the Jews remains the prism through which far too many Muslims see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—and Jews in general—to this day.

A vivid illustration of this came in 2004 from Islam Online, a website founded by, among others, the internationally influential Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi in 1997. Although al-Qaradawi has won praise from Islamic scholar John Esposito for engaging in a “reformist interpretation of Islam and its relationship to democracy, pluralism, and human rights,” that “reformist” impulse doesn’t seem to carry over to his view of Jews (he has justified suicide bombings against Israeli civilians), or the view of them he has allowed to be published on Islam Online. In 2004 the site posted an article titled “Jews as Depicted in the Qur’an,” in which Sheikh ‘Atiyyah Saqr, the former head of the Fatwa Committee at the most respected institution in Sunni Islam, Al-Azhar University in Cairo, depicts Jews in a chillingly negative light, illustrated with abundant quotations from the Qur’an. Among other charges he levels at the Jews, Saqr says that they “used to fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah”; they “love to listen to lies”; they disobey Allah and ignore his commands; they wish “evil for people” and try to “mislead them”; and they “feel pain to see others in happiness and are gleeful when others are afflicted with a calamity.” He adds that “it is easy for them to slay people and kill innocents,” for “they are merciless and heartless.” And each charge he follows with Qur’anic citations.

Though he offers many examples of the alleged evil traits of the Jews supported by the Qur’an, Saqr doesn’t mention the notorious Qur’anic passages that depict an angry Allah transforming Jews into apes and pigs: 2:63–66; 5:59–60; and 7:166. The first of those passages depicts Allah telling the Jews who “profaned the Sabbath”: “Be as apes despicable!” It goes on to say that these accursed ones serve “as a warning example for their time and for all times to come.” The second has Allah directing Muhammad to remind the “People of the Book” about “those who incurred the curse of Allah and His wrath, those of whom some He transformed into apes and swine, those who worshipped evil.” The third essentially repeats this, saying of the Sabbath-breaking Jews that when “in their insolence they transgressed (all) prohibitions,” Allah said to them, “Be ye apes, despised and rejected.”

In traditional Islamic theology these passages have not been considered to apply to all Jews. The classic Qur’anic commentator Isma’il bin ‘Amr bin Kathir al Dimashqi (Ibn Kathir), whose commentary is widely distributed and respected among Muslims today, quotes earlier authorities saying that “those who violated the sanctity of the Sabbath were turned into monkeys, then they perished without offspring,” and that they “only lived on the earth for three days, for no transformed person ever lives more than three days.” While parts of the Qur’an are hostile to the Jews, Muhammad’s curse, in this case, was limited to these Sabbath-breakers, not to all Jews.

However, that hasn’t stopped contemporary jihadists from frequently referring to Jews as the “descendants of apes and swine.” The implication is that today’s Jews are bestial in character and are the enemies of Allah, just as the Sabbath-breakers were. The grand sheikh of Al-Azhar, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, the most respected cleric in the world among Sunni Muslims today, has called Jews “the enemies of Allah, descendants of apes and pigs.” Saudi sheikh Abd al-Rahman al-Sudayyis, imam of the principal mosque in the holiest city in Islam, Mecca, said in a sermon that Jews are “the scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the violators of pacts and agreements, the murderers of the prophets, and the offspring of apes and pigs.”

Another Saudi sheikh, Ba’d bin Abdallah al-Ajameh al-Ghamidi, made the connection explicit: “The current behavior of the brothers of apes and pigs, their treachery, violation of agreements, and defiling of holy places … is connected with the deeds of their forefathers during the early period of Islam—which proves the great similarity between all the Jews living today and the Jews who lived at the dawn of Islam.” A 1996 Hamas publication says that today’s Jews are bestial in spirit, and this is a manifestation of the punishment of their forefathers. In January 2007, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas stated, “The sons of Israel are mentioned as those who are corrupting humanity on earth,” referring to Qur’an 5:64.

All this shows that leading Muslim authorities approach the Qur’an not as a document rooted in history, but as a blueprint for understanding the world today. Likewise, Sheikh ‘Atiyyah Saqr describes the Qur’anic teachings that because Jews “revolted against the Divine ordinances … they found no warm reception in all countries where they tried to reside. Rather, they would either be driven out or live in isolation.” Moreover, “Almighty Allah told us that He’d send to them people who’d pour on them rain of severe punishment that would last till the Day of Resurrection.” Then comes a threat: “All this gives us glad tidings of the coming victory of Muslims over them once Muslims stick to strong faith and belief in Allah and adopt the modern means of technology.” The “rain of severe punishment” resulting from adoption of the “modern means of technology” may come to fruition in Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s nuclear ambitions and implacable hostility to Israel. In January 2007 he warned that the “demise” of the “Zionist regime” is “imminent.” Does he plan to bring about that demise with a nuclear “rain of severe punishment”?

In the 1970s Sheikh Tantawi wrote a 700-page treatise, Jews in the Qur’an and the Traditions, in which he concluded:

[The] Qur’an describes the Jews with their own particular degenerate characteristics, i.e. killing the prophets of Allah, corrupting His words by putting them in the wrong places, consuming the people’s wealth frivolously, refusal to distance themselves from the evil they do, and other ugly characteristics caused by their deep-rooted lasciviousness … only a minority of the Jews keep their word. … [A]ll Jews are not the same. The good ones become Muslims, the bad ones do not.

Nor is this just a modern view. The classic Qur’anic commentators not do not mitigate the Qur’an’s words against Jews, but only add fuel to the fire. Ibn Kathir explained Qur’an 2:61 (“They were covered with humiliation and misery; they drew on themselves the wrath of Allah”) this way: “This Ayah [verse] indicates that the Children of Israel were plagued with humiliation, and that this will continue, meaning that it will never cease. They will continue to suffer humiliation at the hands of all who interact with them, along with the disgrace that they feel inwardly.” Another Middle Ages commentator of lingering influence, ‘Abdallah ibn ‘Umar al-Baidawi, explains the same verse this way: “The Jews are mostly humiliated and wretched either of their own accord, or out of coercion of the fear of having their jizya [punitive tax] doubled.”

Ibn Kathir notes Islamic traditions that predict that at the end of the world, “the Jews will support the Dajjal (False Messiah), and the Muslims, along with ‘Isa [Jesus], son of Mary, will kill the Jews.” The idea in Islam that the end times will be marked by Muslims killing Jews comes from the prophet Muhammad himself, who said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.’” This is, not unexpectedly, a favorite motif among contemporary jihadists. On March 30, 2007, a spokesman for Hamas, Dr. Ismail Radwan, said on Palestinian Authority television:

The Hour [Resurrection] will not take place until the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them, and the rock and the tree will say: “Oh, Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, kill him!”

We must remind our Arab and Muslim nation, its leaders and people, its scholars and students, remind them that Palestine and the Al Aqsa mosque will not be liberated through summits nor by international resolutions, but it will be liberated through the rifle. It will not be liberated through negotiations, but through the rifle, since this occupation knows no language but the language of force.… O Allah, strengthen Islam and Muslims, and bring victory to your Jihad-fighting worshipers, in Palestine and everywhere.… Allah take the oppressor Jews and Americans and their supporters!

The history of Jews who lived under Muslim rule is a more or less unbroken record of theologically sanctioned humiliation and wretchedness. Although, like the Christians, Jews were allowed to practice their religion within restrictions, they were seldom allowed to forget their humiliation. Although the strictness with which the laws of dhimmitude (the subservient status of Jews and Christians) were enforced varied, they were never abolished, and during times of relaxation the subject populations always lived in fear that they would be enforced with new stringency. Muslim rulers did not forget that the Qur’an mandates that both Jews and Christians must “feel themselves subdued.” One notable instance is recounted by the Arab historian Phillip Hitti: “The caliph al-Mutawakkil in 850 and 854 decreed that Christians and Jews should affix wooden images of devils to their houses, level their graves even with the ground, wear outer garments of honey color, i.e. yellow, put two honey-colored patches on the clothes of their slaves, … and ride only on mules and asses with wooden saddles marked by two pomegranate-like balls on the cantle.” A millennium later, in 1888, little had changed. A Tunisian Jew noted:

The Jew is prohibited in this country to wear the same clothes as a Muslim and may not wear a red tarbush. He can be seen to bow down with his whole body to a Muslim child and permit him the traditional privilege of striking him in the face, a gesture that can prove to be of the gravest consequence. Indeed, the present writer has received such blows. In such matters the offenders act with complete impunity, for this has been the custom from time immemorial.

In 1291 Isaac ben Samuel, a noted Kabbalist and Palestinian Jew, sought refuge in a Christian-controlled area of Spain after the collapse of the last Crusader kingdom in the Levant. He explained, “For, in the eyes of the Muslims, the children of Israel are as open to abuse as an unprotected field. Even in their law and statutes they rule that the testimony of a Muslim is always to be believed against that of a Jew. For this reason our rabbis of blessed memory have said, ‘Rather beneath the yoke of Edom [Christendom] than that of Ishmael [Islam]. They [the rabbis] plead for mercy before the Holy One, Blessed be He, saying, ‘Master of the World, either let us live beneath Thy shadow or else beneath that of the children of Edom’ (Talmud, Gittin 17a).”

Ben Samuel’s choice of Christian Spain is paradoxical, as Muslim Spain was supposed to have been a famous exception to the oppression of Jews that prevailed elsewhere among both Muslims and Christians. Islamic apologist Karen Armstrong enunciates the common wisdom when she says that “until 1492, Jews and Christians lived peaceably and productively together in Muslim Spain—a coexistence that was impossible elsewhere in Europe.” Even the U.S. State Department has proclaimed that “during the Islamic period in Spain, Jews, Christians, and Muslims lived together in peace and mutual respect, creating a diverse society in which vibrant exchanges of ideas took place.”

Yet the philosopher Maimonides, a Jew who lived for a time in Muslim Spain and then fled that supposedly tolerant and pluralistic land, remarked, “You know, my brethren, that on account of our sins God has cast us into the midst of this people, the nation of Ishmael, who persecute us severely, and who devise ways to harm us and to debase us.…No nation has ever done more harm to Israel. None has matched it in debasing and humiliating us. None has been able to reduce us as they have.…We have borne their imposed degradation, their lies, and absurdities, which are beyond human power to bear.”

Notably, Maimonides directed that Jews could teach rabbinic law to Christians, but not to Muslims. For Muslims, he said, will interpret what they are taught “according to their erroneous principles and they will oppress us. [F]or this reason … they hate all [non-Muslims] who live among them.” But the Christians, he said, “admit that the text of the Torah, such as we have it, is intact”—as opposed to the Islamic view that the Jews and Christians have corrupted their scriptures. Christians, continued Maimonides, “do not find in their religious law any contradiction with ours.”

Even María Rosa Menocal, in her romantic and fantastic hagiography of Muslim Spain, The Ornament of the World, acknowledges the second-class status to which Jews and Christians were relegated there. “In return for this freedom of religious conscience the Peoples of the Book (pagans had no such privilege) were required to pay a special tax—no Muslims paid taxes—and to observe a number of restrictive regulations: Christians and Jews were prohibited from attempting to proselytize Muslims, from building new places of worship, from displaying crosses or ringing bells. In sum, they were forbidden most public displays of their religious rituals.”

According to historian Richard Fletcher, “Moorish Spain was not a tolerant and enlightened society even in its most cultivated epoch.” On December 30, 1066, about four thousand Jews in Granada were murdered by rioting Muslim mobs—more than would be killed in the Crusaders’ infamous Rhineland pogroms of the mid-twelfth century. What enraged the Granadan Muslims was the political power of the Jewish vizier Samuel ibn Naghrila and his son Joseph: the mob resented the fact that these men had authority over Muslims, which they saw as a “breach of sharia.” The mob was incited to kill the Jews by a poem composed by Muslim jurist Abu Ishaq: “I myself arrived in Granada and saw that these Jews were meddling in its affairs. … So hasten to slaughter them as a good work whereby you will earn God’s favor, and offer them up in sacrifice, a well-fattened ram.” The mob heeded his call. A Muslim chronicler (and later sultan of Granada), ‘Abd Allah, said that “both the common people and the nobles were disgusted by the cunning of the Jews, the notorious changes they had brought in the order of things, and the positions they occupied in violation of their pact [of second-class status].” He recounted that the mob “put every Jew in the city to the sword and took vast quantities of their property.”

In The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism, Andrew Bostom amasses an enormous amount of documentary evidence establishing the degradations the Jews suffered at the hands of Muslims throughout Islamic history. Bostom notes that jihadist designation of Jews as “apes and pigs,” in accord with the Qur’an, has ample historical precedent. Muhammad himself used it before ordering that every adult male of the Banu Qurayza, a Jewish tribe, be killed, calling the Jews “you brothers of monkeys.” The poem that inspired the Muslims to massacre the Jews in Granada in 1066 included the line, “Many a pious Muslim is in awe of the vilest infidel ape,” (referring to the Jewish vizier). Zaynu’d-Din ‘Ali b. Said, praised the anti-Jewish riots and massacres in Baghdad in 1291 (which spread widely in the region), saying, “These apish Jews are done away and shent [ruined].” Bostom mentions another slaughter:

Referring to the Jews as “brothers of apes,” who repeatedly blasphemed the prophet Muhammad, and whose overall conduct reflected their hatred of Muslims, the Moroccan cleric al-Maghili (d. 1505) fomented, and then personally led, a Muslim pogrom (in ~1490) against the Jews of the southern Moroccan oasis of Touat, plundering and killing Jews en masse, and destroying their synagogue in neighboring Tamantit. Al-Maghili’s virulent Islamic antisemitism was perhaps captured best in a line from a verse diatribe he composed: “Love of the Prophet requires hatred of the Jews.”

Nevertheless, historian Bernard Lewis asserts that overall, Jews had it better in the Islamic world than they did in Catholic Europe. “There is nothing in Islamic history,” he says, “to compare with the Spanish expulsion of Jews and Muslims, the Inquisition, the Auto da fe’s, the wars of religion, not to speak of more recent crimes of commission and acquiescence. There were occasional persecutions, but they were rare, and usually of brief duration, related to local and specific circumstances.” Dinesh D’Souza has made much of this in his recent attempts to portray Islam and Christianity as equally likely to give rise to violent impulses.

However, such judgments betray less about the historical data than they do about Westerners judging Christians more severely than Muslims. This is a venerable tradition, going back, as the Islamic scholar Ibn Warraq points out, to Voltaire and Edward Gibbon:

Gibbon, like Voltaire, painted Islam in as favorable a light as possible to better contrast it with Christianity. The English historian emphasized Muhammad’s humanity as a means of indirectly criticizing the Christian doctrine of the divinity of Christ. Gibbon’s anticlericalism led him to underline Islam’s supposed freedom from that accursed class, the priesthood. Indeed, the familiar pattern is reemerging—Islam is being used as a weapon against Christianity. Gibbon’s deistic view of Islam as a rational, priest-free religion, with Muhammad as a wise and tolerant lawgiver, enormously influenced the way all Europeans perceived their sister religion for years to come. Indeed, it established myths that are still accepted totally uncritically by scholars and laymen alike. Both Voltaire and Gibbon subscribed to the myth of Muslim tolerance, which to them meant Turkish tolerance.

Yet a question that is much more important than the respective awarding of historical points or demerits is whether Christian or Islamic anti-Semitism is likely to recur. Europe has in recent years grown hostile to Jews to an extent not seen since Nazism’s heyday, but the anti-Semites today are principally not native European Christians, but Muslim immigrants (and Muslims, by mid-century, could be the majority population of several European states).

In Britain, there were three times more anti-Semitic incidents in 2007 than there were in 1997. A December 2006 study, according to the Telegraph, determined that “in London and Manchester, where Muslims outnumber Jews by four to one, anti-Semitic offenses exceeded anti-Muslim offenses.” One rabbi was attacked in July 2006 by seven Pakistani Muslim teenagers, who shouted, “We are Pakistani, you are Jewish. We are going to kill you.” In Belgium in November 2006, according to Flanders News, “a group of young Turkish immigrants in the Limburg municipality of Beringen attacked a group of Jewish school children by throwing stones at them, shouting anti-Semitic slogans.” In summer 2006, after a Jewish man was assaulted in Oslo, Norwegian Jews were warned not to wear kippahs on the street, for fear they would be physically attacked.

And these are just a few recent examples of a long and ever lengthening string of such incidents. The European Union commissioned a report about the new rise of anti-Semitism in Europe in 2003, but buried it when its findings showed that anti-Semitic acts were largely the province of young Muslims. After an outcry, the report was released in 2004, but journalist Ambrose Evans-Pritchard noted that the results “had been consistently massaged by the EU watchdog to play down the role of North African youth.”

As time goes by, however, these new realities will be harder and harder to ignore.

  • libral

    countries like turkey and syria & egypt was christian nations before the islamic invasion to their land , after the islamisation of those countries they become anti semitic and intolerant toward the non muslims . unlike spain after getting the freedom and liberation from islam they remain tolerant toward muslims .

  • truthywood

    Why doesn't this White thug Robert Spencer talks about the Judeo Christian thug Moses who killed millions of people in middle east in the name of God given land ?

    You thugs are doing nothing but following your murderer prophet Moses, who stole the land 3500 years ago.

    No body needs lectures from murderer thugs who killed 6 million Jews. While European were killing those Jews , those were Muslim countries who were giving them shelter. Go do some research. Its Judeo Christian thugish cult which tried to get that land in the name of God.

    Also daily 1 Muslim is getting butchered in Western world by You racist thugs, Most of the time that does not come into your racist media.

  • Proxywar

    “While parts of the Qur’an are hostile to the Jews, Muhammad’s curse, in this case, was limited to these Sabbath-breakers, not to all Jews.”

    I could see how Muslims could see the Israelis as Sabbath-breakers.
    They are after all mostly socialist jews not very religious at all.

  • janaagejeppesen

    I have read Bostoms ”The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism” and agree with Robert that Islamic judeophobia cannot be changed because it is demanded in the Qu´ran and exemplified in hadith.

    But let us not forget the Christian judeophobia going back to the time when it became state religion in the Roman Empire. Here a short compressed history:

    Under Christianity jews were forced to live separately, were striped of wealth, belongings and all rights, they were reduced to slavery, ceremonially and regularly dehumanized, scapegoated, humiliated and slaughtered by Christian powers. This intolerance combined with complete enforced ignorance and superstition in all areas of life, resulted in the Dark Ages; that period in the Middle Ages when all of Europe was under the brooding, monstrous shadow of a bloodthirsty, out-of-control, corrupt Christian Church ruled from Rome. Roman Catholicism became most successful and bloodthirsty religion the world has ever known.

    “Mixed marriages between Jews and Christians were punished by death. In the Codex Thedosians of the Emperor Theodosius II (408-450), the Jews were forbidden to hold any public office or function or to build new synagogues. Justinian completed this process of discrimination against the Jews in the 6th century by outlawing them altogether with all pagans and 'heretics'.”

    The Christian anti-Judaism hatred spread further and further… this trend lasted a full one thousand years before it began to abate.

    315: Constantine published the Edict of Milan. […] Jews lost many rights with this edict. They were no longer permitted to live in Jerusalem, or to proselytize.
    325: The Council of Nicea decided to separate the celebration of Easter from the Jewish Passover. They stated: “For it is unbecoming beyond measure that on this holiest of festivals we should follow the customs of the Jews. Henceforth let us have nothing in common with this odious people…We ought not, therefore, to have anything in common with the Jews…our worship follows a…more convenient course…we desire dearest brethren, to separate ourselves from the detestable company of the Jews…How, then, could we follow these Jews, who are almost certainly blinded.”
    337: Christian Emperor Constantius created a law which made the marriage of a Jewish man to a Christian punishable by death.
    339: Converting to Judaism became a criminal offence.
    343-381: The Laodicean Synod approved Cannon XXXVIII: “It is not lawful [for Christians] to receive unleavened bread from the Jews, nor to be partakers of their impiety.”
    367 – 376: St. Hilary of Poitiers referred to Jews as a perverse people who God has cursed forever. St. Ephroem refers to synagogues as brothels.
    379-395: Emperor Theodosius the Great permitted the destruction of synagogues if it served a religious purpose. Christianity became the state religion of the Roman Empire at this time.
    380: The bishop of Milan was responsible for the burning of a synagogue; he referred to it as “an act pleasing to God.”
    415: The Bishop of Alexandria, St. Cyril, expelled the Jews from that Egyptian city.
    415: St. Augustine wrote “The true image of the Hebrew is Judas Iscariot, who sells the Lord for silver. The Jew can never understand the Scriptures and forever will bear the guilt for the death of Jesus.”
    418: St. Jerome, who created the Vulgate translation of the Bible wrote of a synagogue: “If you call it a brothel, a den of vice, the Devil's refuge, Satan's fortress, a place to deprave the soul, an abyss of every conceivable disaster or whatever you will, you are still saying less than it deserves.”
    489 – 519: Christian mobs destroyed the synagogues in Antioch, Daphne (near Antioch) and Ravenna.
    At the end of the Middle Ages Martin Luther rebelled against the doctrines of the Catholic Church but his phobia about witches and jews lead to mass murder of innocent women in the protestant countries not ending until 1700. Luthers insane judeophobia paved the way for the Nazi holocaust of European jews 400 years later.

    In Luthers book, On the Jews and Their Lies, written in 1543, he recommends that Jews be deprived of money, civil rights, religious teaching, and education, and that they be forced to labor on the land, or else be expelled from Germany and possibly killed.

    Luther advocated an eight-point plan to get rid of the Jews either by religious conversion or by expulsion:

    “First to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. …”
    “Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed. …”
    “Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them. …”
    “Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb. …”
    “Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. …”
    “Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them. … Such money should now be used in … the following [way]… Whenever a Jew is sincerely converted, he should be handed [a certain amount]…”
    “Seventh, I commend putting a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade, a distaff, or a spindle into the hands of young, strong Jews and Jewesses and letting them earn their bread in the sweat of their brow… For it is not fitting that they should let us accursed Goyim toil in the sweat of our faces while they, the holy people, idle away their time behind the stove, feasting and farting, and on top of all, boasting blasphemously of their lordship over the Christians by means of our sweat. No, one should toss out these lazy rogues by the seat of their pants.”
    Eight. “If we wish to wash our hands of the Jews' blasphemy and not share in their guilt, we have to part company with them. They must be driven from our country” and “we must drive them out like mad dogs.”

    Feel the love!

  • Robert Bernier

    1071. 24-01 Y : 17-03 ECO : 03-04 Front : 07-05 Jer : 23-08 Jer rn : 07-09 Ha bg
    The Islamic world refuses to accept Israel’s right to exist.
    The Islamic world, whether organized in the Arab League or in the Organization of the Islamic Conference or in Islamic groups such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, uses its refusal to accept Israel’s right to exist as a rallying cry to enlist Muslims to the ranks of the global jihad whether through groups such as al Qaida or Hizbullah or Islamist cells in places like Britain and Norway. Israel is perceived in a political sense as an American enclave in the Islamic world which must be destroyed as a first step towards the destruction of Western Civilization as explained at :

  • Robert Bernier

    Israel- a challenge to Islam?
    In the Islamic view, Islam came into the world to replace Judaism and Christianity, not to live side by side with them. And here, all of a sudden, the Jews are coming from exile and building their state again and G-d forbid they also regained Jerusalem.” Judaism is thus regaining its meaning, and Islam is challenged by this, the Bar-Ilan professor Kedar explained. “The mere existence of the State of Israel and the fact that we are in Jerusalem is some kind of challenge to the legitimacy of Islam in their eyes,” Kedar explained. More about the “challenge to the legitimacy of Islam” at :

  • Robert Bernier

    Allah prophesized State of Israel in Quran, surah17 verse104
    The Quran acknowledges in different chapters that Allah gave all of Israel to the Jews.

    Surah 5 verse 21 states : “O my people! Enter the holy land which Allah hath assigned unto you, and turn not back Ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin.”
    Surah 5 verse 12 states : “And certainly Allah made a covenant with the children of Israel, and We raised up among them twelve chieftains”.
    Surah 17 verse 104 states : “And We said thereafter to the Children of Israel, “Dwell securely in the land (of promise)”: but when the second of the warnings came to pass, We gathered you together in a mingled crowd.
    “And We said unto the Children of Israel after him: Dwell in the land; but when the promise of the Hereafter cometh to pass We shall bring you as a crowd gathered out of various nations.” As to modern legitimacy :

  • keithrage

    You sound like an angry racist man truthywood, people like you will only further ignorance and hate. It is obvious that Robert Spencer has published historical events meant to educate, you would turn that good aspect into a nasty little hell in which you seem to live.

  • keithkaye

    The term Judeo-Christian is illogical and is a product manufactured in the 1960's by our darling social engineers. The two philosophies are contrary to one another but that would take a kazillion words to define at this time.

    Reading over the many decades as I have concerning the self-described 'Chosen people' I have marvelled that others have not discerned and demanded answers from the Jews involving one major point: why has all things befallen them?

    The Jews gladly reminisce about purported atrocities. About all the ills that have been bestowed upon them. These events have occurred over hundreds of years and from across the globe.

    In the past, unlike today, there were no avenues of according mass communications capabilities; people kind of lived in their own environments somewhat oblivious of 'world' events. Yet the Jews tell us that all these countries just arbitrarily have chosen to pick on the Jews. It's kinda like they all said, “Hey, we have nothing to do today, let's go out and pick on a Jew.” I have studied history and I don't buy it.

    The main ingredient is that the Jews have not definitively described and published the reasons for all their misgivings. Why not? I am of the opinion that the study of and examination of their 'lot' in life cannot prevail under honest scrutiny. Sorry, but 'their' writings do not impress me as being honest and consistent with integrity.

  • seels4truth

    Yep, Jews have invented tragedy after tragedy because it …. because why? It arouses sympathy? Guilt? keithkaye you say that you studied history but I question your ability to retain information. Jews do not list the “reasons for their misgivings” because the “reasons” are irrelevant. There are no reasons. Just pure and unreasoned hatred. Christians hated Jews because Jews would not accept Jesus and Moslems hate Jews because they rejected Mohammed was a rapist, murderer and thief not deserving of any following. By writing as you have you have exposed your own anti-semitic bias and have shown all what you are: an ignorant fool.

  • picioicardo

    Mr. Spencer is grasping.

    Maimonides fled Muslim spain indeed, but for the onslaught of a Berber tribe which in no way represented a continum of the culture that established itself in Moorish spain.

    Maimonides remained in Muslim lands, and died in Egypt.

    Maimonides was by no means tolerant of the Muslim faith either, and fortunately in no position to act on his intolerance.

  • picioicardo

    An odd line of reasoning.

    The Jews were not exiled by palestinians; this sounds oddly like a right-of-return logic that is denied to palestinians.

  • Name

    I think the Nazis' role in Arab anti-semitism, was merely re-energizing it. Al Husseini (I think that;s his name) was a virulent anti-semite before hand, and because of that, made an alliance with the nazis.

    I think Al Husseini should have been tried for war crimes after WWII…

  • Steven Brady

    This is why the majority of Christians, today, have rejected Replacement Theology. Note that the last of your Christian “injustices” against Jews is dated 1543. The Christian faith has matured.

    Today, you can feel the love.

  • Peter G Jones

    All descendents of Shem are Semites, as pointed out by Bat Ye'or years ago. The persistent malignancy issuing from Islam is Judeophobia, and it comes from the KORAN. Get it? The Koran and only God knows how many Hadith pursue this assault throughout history. Unless/Until Islam reforms nothing will happen. The Koran the faithful insist: 1.That Arabic is Untranslatable because of its unique transcendent beauty ( Right–I've got this bridge over here that I'll sell to you real cheap) 2. That the original is etched in stone in Heaven ( Which makes one wonder about the Koranic dogma concerning ABROGATION)–look it up.
    Muslims have declared the entire non-Islamic world a war zone–which is obvious.
    This pseudo-Religion of Peace will bring “Pseudo Peace when the entire globe is an Islamic Sandbox. Call you say “Sharia,” Boys and Girls?
    Another point: which of the several hundred thousand Hadith (s) are to be accepted as authentic?

  • keithkaye

    I have written that while Jews have been more than willing to share with us some of the purportedly terrible things that have befallen them over hundreds of years’ time. I have also written that they have consistently omitted one element, the Why factor: why would the vastly different peoples from all around the world just arbitrarily decide to pick on the Jews? That is a fair question, wouldn’t you say?

    Responding to my writing Seels4truth writes, “. . . There are no reasons. Just pure and unreasoned hate.” I do not dispute that there may be a great deal of hate involved. However, “ . . .pure and unreasoned hate” conflicts with logic and empiricism.

    Seels4truth would have us believe that all this hate that people may feel and may have felt about the Jews for all these centuries is not predicated on anything. We are to believe that all these hateful people, un-conspiratorially, have just generated and perpetuated hate against a segment of the world’s society for no cause; no reason; nothing more than nothing better to do than ‘hate a Jew’. Sorry, I just won’t accept that as a legitimate answer.

    If one studies the concept of hate and hate’s ‘elements’ a major consideration in that study should include a ‘why’ or a ‘reason’ for the predication of the hate. Does that sound logical and/or reasonable? I think it does. Now let’s consider what Seels4truth has to say on that reasoning:

    Further, Seels4truth, in answer to my “anti-Semitic bias” (his appraisal of me) states, “. . .because the reasons are irrelevant.” So Seels4truth is telling us the “why” or “reason” for the hate is “irrelevant”. What do you think is the reason (or reasons) for the hate of no consideration? Could clarification of the reason(s) possibly clear the matter up?

    Seels4truth finishes his writing, and settles the issues for all time, with the statement, besides being, “anti-Semitic” I am, “an ignorant fool.” End of subject. No more to be said, according to Seels4truth that is. I believe the real truth is still out there and it is time that the real truth is exposed and examined.

    The facts remain, I believe, that people have and do ‘hate’ Jews. I do not believe people just arbitrarily have come to the conclusion that Jews should be hated. I believe somehow, somewhere the Jews have kind of 'contributed' to the manifestation of at least some of the hate directed toward themselves. I believe the odds against coincidence defy Seels4truth’s ‘logic’ that the tragedies of the Jews’ existences rest solely on “unreasoned hate”. There is more to the story. There is more to be exposed and more to be learned. There is a great need for clarification on this subject and the real truth must be published in an unbiased way and without reservation.

  • xyz

    It seems to me that the thing that is going on today has nothing to do with what Christians did in the long ago past. Regardless, the Muslims would still be doing what they are doing today.

    We need to live in the present, and force by persuasion of logic or war, those that continue to mentally live in the days of that insane, evil prophet of the mindless. The Islam of today is trying with everything in its power to take over the world. It's not just the US or Europe. Look at Africa, Australia, South America, etc. They are everywhere, plotting. What they are plotting has not even begun to reach a head. We are only beginning to see a small piece of the future.

    Our future here in the US will include car bombs and suicide bombers as well as “no go zones” like Europe is experiencing.

    It is inconceivable to me that we have already allowed one area in Texas to be under Sharia Law. Since when is Sharia a part of US law sand what idiot allowed that?

    NO “no go” zones in the US and NO Sharia in the US. Period!

    It's up to us, the people, because our lame-brains in office are too busy trying to run our country into socialism to pay any attention. They are too busy with their great plans for us, or maybe they just don't read and have no idea what is going on. If we don't demand that they stop this insanity they will make it much more difficult for us to stem the tide.

    Also, if we must insist on immigration from these third world countries, why not try to save the Christians and Jews that are being persecuted and murdered there? I think they would appreciate our freedoms and culture much more than do the Islamic immigrants.

  • Jaysonrex

    Sorry, but does anyone expect Muslims to try and strike at Christians? The usual ratio of 1400 Muslims to 14 Jews or 100 to 1 would disappear and with it Islam itself. So Islamic anti-Semitism will persist as long as there are Muslims left on the face of the planet. Afterwards, it will certainly end.

  • Iha

    Despite what church leaders and others have done and said, the fact remains that Christian anti-Semitism is not taught or supported by the Bible. On the other hand, Islamic anti-Semitism does have its roots in the Koran.

  • Steve

    Many Muslims are religious bullies and have yet to grow up.spiritually. Like immature children they throw a tantrum whenever the occasion arises.

  • seels4truth

    Wow! Keithkaye actually thinks that there is a legitimate reason for why the Jews are hated. He proposes to do a study on what the Jews, a miniscule portion of the World's population, have done to warrant the hatred of the World's population. He believes it is worthy of intelligent discourse to decide the reason behind the hate. After all, unreasoned hatred is “illogical” according to him. The major reason behind the hate fool is religious. The Vatican preacehd for years that the Jews were responsible for killing another Jew named Jesus. The crusades were focused on the Moslems but hey, lets kill some Jews on the way. And Islam is such a friendly religion: it hates the other religions equally. But as long as Jhizza is paid the Christians and Jews can live in some peace. That is, until the Imams decide a little killing is in order. Your response to my post proves the depth of your hatred. You actually believe there to be a reason for people to hate Jews in total. Are there people in this World from every religion that can be hated? Sure, but to hate an entire religious group is beyond reason. Yes, you are a fool and sometimes fools are given traces of intelligence that can get them in trouble. That is you in a nutshell. Keep searching for that one reason why societies have hated Jews. Why Luther turned from friend of the Jew to devoted enemy once they refused his version of Christianity. You try to belittle what I wrote yet you expose your own ignorance along the way. Kiethkaye you are beyond a fool and you should move back into that trailer park you escaped from.

  • Name

    The fiction that Jews and Christians lived in peace and security in Muslim lands is easily shown to be false simply by reading any historical account. Here are a few excerpts from a book “A Home in the Holy Land,” published in 1866 about events that took place in the 1840's in and around Jerusalem.

    Remember the Hebron massacres of 1929? Almost any time you read an account the author is almost sure to point out that Jews had lived in Hebron in peace and tranquility for centuries until the Zionist movement upset the Arabs.

    p. 153, 157 “…the courier had ridden in two hours from Hebron, with tidings that the pasha had been wounded or killed by the rebels…an English traveler there, who had just come from Hebron, and he told us that the pasha had not been killed at all, or even wounded; it was somebody else who had been hurt by the going off of his own gun. He also said that the town of Hebron had been taken by storm, and pillaged, and that the poor Jews had suffered very much… A few days afterwards, the pasha returned with certificates, signed by the inhabitants of Hebron, to the effect that his Excellency had deserved the gratitude of the town for having prevented his troops from molesting any one, or plundering a single article.

    p. 371 “For strange to say, there is but one entrance to the labyrinth of dwellings in which the Jewish population [in Hebron] live as in a rabbit warren. This is for safety, in case of trouble among the rough Hebronite population.
    …the governor was announced – Abderrahhman himself….before whom all the rest trembled – as well his own rude followers, as the poor, humiliated crouching Jews. I could see the latter start when the shiekh suddenly raised his voice, as it seemed to me for the fun of frightening them…
    …the sheikh had sent the Bedawy chief out of the way, and was not going to let him be found until a present of five hundred piastres had been made to himself.
    He [Abderrahhman] told all sorts of downright lies; and the poor cringing Jews repeated, 'True, true!' at the end of each, though I could see in their faces that what he said was startlingly untrue.
    At length the conference broke up. Mr Butler did not intend to give the sheikh the present he demanded, and baffled and angry [the Sheikh] marched scowling out of the room, and the Jews tried by every kind of homage to deprecate his wrath. But as soon as he was gone, and they once more breathed freely, they told us how utterly false were all the things which hey had themselves confirmed, and gave a pitiful account of the terror and bondage in which they were held.
    While they were speaking, our host was called out of the room. After awhile he came back; a messenger had arrived from the sheikh to receive a backsheesh for his trouble in coming; and also to say, that some visitors having arrived, he required a quantity of rice, and a loaf of sugar, besides coffee for their entertainment. These things were immediately brought. They told us it was always thus. When the sheikh required money for war, or for a wedding, food, clothes, sweetmeats, or a bribe to the pasha – it was always levied upon them [the Jews].”

    p. 337 “…we were riding near Rachel's sepulchre, when the scream of a woman reached our ears, and then another… three of those dark fellows [Bedouins] around two Jews and a Jewess. One man had got hold of the first Jew; two were pulling the woman along, or rather were endeavoring to rifle her pockets. We got up just in time to see the other Jew give some money to the first Arab, who was out of sight in an instant. The other two, however, did not seem inclined to release their prey
    …they must belong to the tribe…the Taamira, who consider their district reaches as least as far as this spot, and who have been in the habit of levying tribute upon the Jews for allowing them to pray unmolested at Rachel's sepulchre.”

    I could go on and on. There was no peace and tranquility for the Jews under Muslim rule, EVER. Because even when the government may have been inclined to be less hostile to Jews for a few years, there were always those in the populace ready to molest them, and Muslim law does not allow Jews to defend themselves. They were too easily taken advantage of. Everything is relative. At times the situation of the Jews was worse and sometimes it was not as bad, just as under Christian rule, but it was always precarious.

  • Allah

    Keith, why have Gypsies been oppressed everywhere they went? I suppose, following your logic, that it somehow must be the Gypsies' fault?

  • rich9308

    the term judeo christian is NOT illogical!! i dont know where your getting your info from but the first 5 books of the bible are whats known as the jewish torah…we christians follow the one true messiah known as jesus christ..who is a jew! they are GOD's chosen people but, as a majority, they have chosen not to accept jesus as there savior

  • rich9308

    i couldnt agree with you more, Islam is more of a geo-political movement masquerading as an religion. their sole purpose is to deny that jesus is the son of GOD, and institute sharia law throughout the whle world!

  • quranist

    The need of creating some kind of theoretical justification for what so far had been an instinctive reliance on the opinions of the majority, led, from the first decades of the second/eighth century onwards, to the living tradition being retrojected, and to its being ascribed to some of the great hgures of the past. This process, too, began in Kufa, where the stage of doctrine achieved in the time of Hammad b. Abi Sulayman (d. I20/738) was attributed to Ibrahim al-Nakha'i (d. 95-6/7I3-I5). The Medinese followed suit and retrojected their own teaching to a number of ancient authorities who had died about the turn of the century, some of whom later became known as the 'seven jurists of Medina'. At the same time as the doctrine of the school of Kufa was retrospectively attributed to Ibrahim al-Nakha'i, a similar body of doctrine was directly connected with the very beginnings of Islam in Kufa by being attributed to Ibn Mas'ud, a Companion of the Prophet who had come to live in that city, and Ibrahim al-Nakha'i became the main transmitter of that body of doctrine, too. In the same way, other Companions of the Prophet became the eponyms of the schools of Medina and of Mecca. One further step in the search for a solid theoretical foundation of the doctrine of the ancient schools was taken in 'Iraq, very early in the second/eighth century, when the term ' Sunna of the Prophet ' was transferred from its political and theological into a legal context, and identified with the sunna, the ideal practice of the local community and the corresponding doctrine of its scholars. This term, which was taken over by the school of Syria, expressed the axiom that the practice of the Muslims derived from the practice of the Prophet, but it did not as yet imply the existence of positive information in the form of ' Traditions ' (Hadith), that the Prophet by his words or acts had in fact originated or approved any particular practice. It was not long before these Traditions, too, came into existence, and the persons who put them into circulation were the Traditionists

    The ancient schools of law themselves represented, in one aspect, an Islamic opposition to popular andadministrativepracticeunderthe later Umayyads, and the opposition group which developed into the Traditionist movement emphasized this tendency. As long as a Companion of the Prophet had been the final authority for the doctrine of a school on a particular point, it was sufficient for a divergent doctrine to be put under the aegis of another Companion of equal or even higher authority, as happened in Kufa where all kinds of minority opinions were attributed to the Caliph 'Ali, who had made Kufa his capital. But after the general authority of the Prophet himself had been invoked by identifying the established doctrine with his sunna, a more specific reference to him was needed, and there appeared detailed statements or 'Traditions' which claimed to be the reports of ear- or eye-witnesses on the words or acts of the Prophet, handed down orally by an uninterrupted chain of trustworthy persons. Very soon the emphasis shifted from proposing certain opinions in opposition to the ancient schools to disseminating Traditions from the Prophet as such, and the movement of the Traditionists, which was to develop into a separate branch of Islamic religious learning, came into being. It was the main thesis of the Traditionists that formal Traditions from the Prophet superseded the living tradition of the school. The Traditionists existed in all great centres of Islam, where they formed groups in opposition to, but nevertheless in contact with, the local schools of law. Initially the ancient schools offered strong resistance to the disturbing element represented by the Traditions, but they had no real defence against their rising tide; they had to express their own doctrines in Traditions which allegedly went back to the Prophet, and to take increasing notice of the Traditions produced by their opponents. Finally the outlines and many details of Islamic law were cast into the form of Traditions from the Prophet. In this way, one of the greatest and most successful literary fictions came into being .

    Real Islam is only Quran. Quran is peace!

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  • Sarfraz Rathore

    The writer try to justify that in Islam there are more Antisemitism than Christianity .Islam is 1400 years younger than the Christianity and some of their operations during this time would ashame us all .The lovers of Jesus(pbuh) change the identity of Jews and the last nail in the coffin was done by Hitler. All these historians are picking a few cherries in these stories, ignoring the rest.