Silencing the Jews

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Samau’ al al-Maghribi converted to Islam from Judaism in 1163 C.E., and shortly afterward wrote an anti-Jewish polemic entitled Silencing the Jews. Al-Maghribi’s “Silencing” — ostensibly a “philosophical” tract — employs Islamic Biblical criticism to characterize the Jews as ignorant, unreasonable, and hypocritical, complemented by their Koranic depiction as accursed prophet-killers who transgress Allah’s will, corrupt his message, and harbor the most intense hatred for the Muslims. Moshe Perlmann (d. 2001) translated al-Maghribi’s tract into English and was the preeminent scholar of Islam’s medieval polemic against the Jews. In his introduction to Silencing, Perlmann (in 1964) observed that this literature was redolent with motifs from the Muslim creed’s foundational texts:

The Koran, of course became a mine of anti-Jewish passages. The hadith did not lag behind. Popular preachers used and embellished such material.

In an earlier study (published 1948) of 11th century Muslim Spain — idealized, falsely, as the paragon of Islam’s ecumenism — Perlmann had described how such polemical tracts and sermons incited the mass violence which destroyed the Jewish community of Granada during the catastrophic 1066 pogrom. Its death toll of some 3000 to 4000 Jews exceeded the number of Jews reportedly killed by the Crusaders during their pillage of the Rhineland, some thirty years later, at the outset of the First Crusade.

Last week, the National Post of Canada published an editorial and subsequent comments (see comments section, 7:20 PM) by Tarek Fatah — self-proclaimed “hardened secular Muslim” and much-ballyhooed Muslim moderate — addressing Canada’s Jews and the Jewish community at large. Nearly 850 years after al-Maghribi, Fatah’s defamatory screeds abandon any façade of philosophical debate in his transparent effort to silence discussion of Islam by modern Jews.

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  • Keithrage

    Misguided goats following a pedophile madman, a recipe for disaster, only brainwashed fools could believe that hate, intolerance, sexual repression and the murder of innocents are sanctioned by God.

  • Observer

    The Toronto area Muslim community is so radical that sadly Tarek Fatah passes as a moderate. Toronto is a very sick place.

    • Democracy First

      Mr. Fatah is indeed a moderate. He is terribly unfair to characterize him otherwise.

      He founded the Muslim Canadian Congress (MCC), which Wiki describes as providing "a voice to Muslims who support a " progressive, liberal, pluralistic, democratic, and secular society where everyone has the freedom of religion."

      He, and the MCC support gay rights, women leading services, opposes Sharia Law being institutionalized legally, and opposes Islamism. Mr. fatah's life has been thretened as a result, perhaps often.

      There's soemthing tragic when FPM, or Pajamas Media – both sites I greatly appreciate and read often – undermine genuine Islamic moderates. Don't we all question where they are?

      The foregoing notwithstanding, that doesn't mean Mr. Fatah shouldn't bear criticisms of Islam as all others do of their faiths. In a world where mosques worldwide call for another Jewish genocide, supported by media in most Islamic nations, why should nhe be surprised a synagogue might invite speakers to explain why? And if said speakers point to numerous anti-Semitic passages in the Koran and Hadith, so? Mr. Fatah can, of course, explain how those passages are misunderstood, how all these imams and media are wrong. Perhaps he'll convince some. Perhaps others, like me, will say: It doesn't matter what we believe; it only matters what Muslims believe. And for now, anyhow, it doesn't look good."

      If the Koran states clearly that Mohammed had sex with a 9 year old, and some, including me, can only characterize that as rape, well, again, Mr. fatah can debate that with us. But just doesn't make sense to be angry at us for seeing it that way. Shouldn't he expect that almost any westerner would see it exactly as such?

      And so on.

      Point being: tarek fatah is a fine man who should be treated with respect, and to whom we might express gratitude for his courageous battle against Islamists and their supporters. But, at the same time, he shouldn't be surprised that so many of us can't help but be wary and fearful of Islam and the Islamic civilization based on the faith.

      • 9-11 Infidel

        No he isn't. He's a taqiyiya merchant. There is no moderate Islam. Islam is Islam. There is no moderation. One is either a Muslim who knows and practices Islam, or one who knows nothing about his/her religion because they have never read the Koran, Hadith or Sira in their own language, or they are kuffur.

        • Democracy First

          That interpretation of Islam may be technically correct – and proabbly is. But if someone believes themself to be a believer, and genuinely opposes Islamism and supports secular governance and democracy, then he is a moderate. If those like him become the clear Islamic majority and effect an Islamic democratic revolution, then they will reform the faith into something other than it has been. At which point it no longer matters what was true.

          • jewdog

            There is no such thing as Islamism, There is only the violent, supremacist, totalitarian political ideology known as Islam.

          • Democracy First

            Let's say you're right. So, now what's your solution? Is this man – who sincerely disavows Jihad, Sharia law enacted by the state, religious government, abd those who practise Islamism (Islam, whatever you want), part of the soloution? If not, again, what is your solution?

      • http://Hollywoodremoteleash.com A Bit Profound

        The passages are NOT misunderstood & you are a lost soul

  • MMcFM

    Calling historians who claim the main body of Peter the Hermit's followers were to blame for Jewish massacres during the Crusades 'careless', Dr. Rodney Stark in God's Battalion's makes a compelling case that a small contingent of German knights attacked the Jewish population of Spier. The bishop of Spier took the local Jews under his protection, and only twelve Jews were killed. Emicho led his forces to Worms, where this bishop also protected the Jews inside his palace until the force broke down the bishop's gates and he was forced to flee. About 500 Jews were killed. The pattern was repeated the following week in Mainz, Cologne and Metz, and later a portion of the force broke off and attacked Jews in the Mosel Valley. Thousands of Jews died.

    Stark quotes the distinguished historians of anti-semitism Leon Poliakov, "It is important to note that almost everywhere … bishops attempted, sometimes even at the peril of their own lives, to protect the Jews."

    Peter the Hermit ultimately attacked Jews stragglers missed by the marauding Germans. Bolkmar over-whelmed the bishop of Prague, murdering Jews. "Gottschalk led a murderous attach on the Jews of Regensberg."

    "The Pope 'harshly condemned' the attacks but there was little he could do." However, the knights of Hungary annhilated Volkmar's murders when they reached Hungary, and Gottshalk's troops, and Emicho's forces. According to Crusades historian Sir Steven Runciman, the ruin of the Jew-murderers were viewed by "most good Christians" as "punishments meted out from on high to the murderers of Jews." These actions, the people's response to them, and the subsequent non-molestation of Jews by Crusaders are consistent with the actions taken by bishops to protect Jews in their own cities by giving them the shelter of their residences at the risk of their own lives.

    • Abraham

      WHY does anyone HAVE to protect the Jews? Maybe just maybe they could learn to protect themselves. Why are Jews always looking for others to sacrifice for them?For GOD'S sake Jews arm yourselves and stop whining.

      • American

        Ummm, the State of Israel? That's the point of her existence. Turing your own question around, WHY does anyone HAVE to defend the Moslems???? WHY does anyone HAVE to give up their rights to free speech, religion, etc., and walk on eggshells for the local Moslem communities? Let the Moslems grow up and learn to deal with the Western world's established rights. If you can't stand other peoples' right to free speech, go someplace where those rights don't exist…

  • Marty

    islam has been an anti-semitic and anti-christian genocidal cult since its formation. Its threat to democracy is even greater than communism and fascism. Its death toll over 1400 years stands at around 270 million and includes both muslims and non-muslims. islam is the ideology that we are to "engage" and tolerate, but, as Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson once stated, the Bill of Rights is not a suicide pact. Appeasement won't work with islam. Israel understands this well and has no desire to be another Czechoslovakia.

  • Hal Barton

    Pat Buchanan says that all over the world we are fighting nationalism – a different one here and a different one there – but he is willfully ignorant! Pat always looks brave – he is very clever at looking like this, however, if he was really brave he would admit that it is not ethic nationalism or nationalism that the world is fighting against – but RELIGION, namely, the Religion of the Koran. We are only fighting against one billion people who are all doing exactly what the Koran and related Muslim holy literature mandates that they do – defeat us no matter what! Why pretend it is anything else? Can it be that Pat too is fearful that if he tells the truth about this religion of endless warfare – this religion of revenge – this religion that encourages and supports out and out cold blooded murder – because he too will have to be put on an Islamic hit list? Yes, that is exactly why! After all, he like the rest of us does not want these suicidal savages to be trying to murder members of our families. I forgive you Pat! Never the less, your are too frightened to tell the truth!

  • jewdog

    Muslims are understandably offended whenever anyone, especially those of other faiths, say bad things about their beloved prophet, Muhammed. But Muhammed did bad things to people, such as his unprovoked attack on the Jews of the Khaybar Oasis in which he personally beheaded many prisoners, plundered, and took the remaining survivors as slaves and sex slaves.
    That battle formed the future pattern of the Muslim army, which under Muhammed's direction, committed an act of aggression about every six weeks in the last nine years of his life until all opposition was crushed in Arabia.
    Essentially, Muhammed was an Arabian Genghis Khan who justified his conquests using religious morality, which has ever since been exploited to rationalize aggression by Muslims.
    While this recounting of ruthlessness may offend Muslims, it is essential to the debunking of that public menace known as Islam.

  • 9-11 Infidel

    One other thing, the incomparable Dr Bostom wrote the seminal book on the Legacy of Jihad. Its real deatailed and very long, but a great resource if one wishes to study the legacy of Muslim imperialism from the time of Muhammed onward into the 21st Century. It covers the 1400 years of Muslim Nazism, conquest, and murder. Gee and what's changed again? Oh yes the Stealth Jihad by people such as Fatah, CAIR, MSA and useful idiots like Karen Armstrong. The goal is the same though: To continue the jihad until the only deen left is Allah's deen…by any means necessary. Anti-Semitism is just one component.

    • lovezion

      I DON'T WANT TO STUDY THAT PERVERTED RACE, I WONM'T DEVOTE ONE SECOND OF MY TIME OR ONE PENNYT OF MY ASSETS ON THEM. THEY ARE ALL INDOCTRINATED TO HATE AND MURDER ISRAELIS AND JEWS FROM CRADLE TO OLD AGE. HENCE, THEY ARE ***ALL*** THE PRIMITIVE, REPULSIVE SAVAGE CUTTHROATS THEY'VE SHOWN TO BE TIME AND AGAIN. KILL THEM ALL AND THE WORLDS PROBLEMS WILL DISAPPEAR LIKE MAGIC! YOU DON'T WANT TO KILL THEM? THEN JUST SUFFER THE ENTIRE REST OF YOUR LIVES. SIMPLE.

  • Big Elk

    Islam is scum, a gutter religion and the phoney, baby-raping mohamed was spawned by a pig, his mother was a whore. They may look like rug merchants, and camel-sodomizers, but mohammedans are part monkey and part swine and part Satan; and that is why they act the way they do. muslims worship their gutter prophet and islam is a gutter religion.

    • jewdog

      Amen, brother.

  • Hal Barton

    Muslims are just as innately good as any other people! As any other people would be if these other people had a Bible which clearly and definitively calls for the out and out murder of innocent people. It's only their Bible, the Koran – get rid of it, and we will be back in paradise on earth again.

  • lovezion

    I SAY, ***KILL*** THE VENOMOUS MONSTER ***BEFORE*** IT CONTINUES TO SPREAD ITS TENTACLES AND MURDERS US ALL. AND…. THE BACKWARD, REPULSIVE MONSTER WILL CONTINUE DOING IT AS THEY GET MORE WEAPONS AND MONEY FROM USA. THEY HAVEN'T BEEN ***THIS*** AGRESSIVE AND SAVAGES, THESE CUTTHROATS, FOR A LONG TIME, BUT NOW THEY'VE TAKEN THE TIME AND EFFORT TO ORGANIZE THEMSELVES AND ACQUIRE POWERFUL WEAPONS OF DESTRUCTION THAT THEIR OIL MONEY CAN BUY…FROM USA ESPECIALLY TO CONTINUE ENVELOPING US ALL INTO THEIR POISONOUS FANGS AND CLAWS. KILL THE MONSTERS ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!
    AS TO THOSE RENEGADE FILTHY JEWS WHO CONVERTED TO ISLAMISM, AS MUCH AS HATE THE LOWLY ARAB MUSLIM ISLAMICS, I HATE THOSE CONVERTED TRAITOR JEWS EVEN MORE! <:-((((

  • hal barton

    Look, if any of us had been brainwashed from early youth to believe in out and out cold blooded murder in the name of God, we would be just as evil as they are! Have a heart!

  • henry

    If any of you had been raised like a Muslim child, you too would be psychopathic murders who love sex with blood and force! Have a heart!

  • henry

    If you had been brainwashed and taught to lie from the time you were three years old, you too would be like Capsiplex! So stop thinking badly about him and what he says! After all, once a Muslim (barring a miracle) always a Muslim. Have a heart! Show mercy to him! Underneath it all, there is still a little boy who has not been brainwashed yet!

  • Katy

    Thanks for the article. Pretty well written.
    Katy Perry

  • Adnane Khirchi

    I’ve read that Book, it’s fantastic!