The Muslim Custom of Throwing Stones at Jews

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


With some left-wing media outlets defending Muslim stone throwing at Jews as a response to the so-called occupation, Elder notes that like most other forms of Muslim anti-semitism, it long predates the revival of Israel.

“In former times–and in remote places even today–it was common for Muslim schoolboys to stone Jews. When the Turks conquered Yemen in 1872, an envoy was sent from the Chief Rabbi of Istanbul to inquire what grievance the Yemenite Jews had against their neighbors. It is indicative that the first thing of which they complained was this molestation by the schoolboys. But when the Turkish Governor asked an assembly of notables to stop this nuisance, there arose an old doctor of Muslim law and explained that this stone-throwing at Jews was an age-old custom (in Arabic ‘Ada) and therefore it was unlawful to forbid it.”

Jews and Arabs: Their Contacts Through the Ages by Shelomo Dov Goitein * , 1955

This incident took place when Jews lived under Muslim rule. The only occupation was the Islamic occupation of Israel. The stone throwing was not and is not merely a political protest, but an age-old expression of bigotry.

Islamic terrorism largely fits in the same category. Islamists target not only Jews, but Christians in Egypt and Syria, who cannot in any way, shape or form be accused of occupying them,

This persecution isn’t a protest against repression. It is repression.

(*Goiten was a scholar of Islam who studied it extensively at the University of Frankfurt and served as Professor of Islamic History and Islamic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and then as a professor of Arabic at the University of Pennsylvania. He was recognized with a MacArthur lifetime fellowship.)

  • Softly Bob

    Don't expect the hard Left to bat an eyelid at this. Stones are deadly weapons, but to them it matters not. As far as they are concerned throwing stones at Jews and Israelis is a legitimate sport. Muslims have always thrown stones. It defines who they are, whether throwing stones literally or metaphorically. The Left either don't know this or they choose to ignore it!

    • Ar'nun

      " The Left either don't know this or they choose to ignore it! "

      Some choose to ignore it, the rest are to ignorant to know any better.

      • defcon 4

        They'll ignore it, as long as the stones aren't flying their way.

  • DonaldYoungsRevenge

    Baseball scouts should be watching these rock throwing events, they will find some of the best arms in the world and should be recruiting these towel heads to play the outfield for their baseball teams. Some of these folks can hurl a rock further than most major league baseball players can hurl a baseball (LMAO(.

    • gee59

      It is not a laughing matter when you are on the receiving end. Arabs have used stones to herd animals for centuries. They do not miss very often and it really hurts.

  • Ar'nun

    According to Western Liberals, aka morons, Islam only came about in 1948 and has been discriminated against by Westerners and Zionists ever since. Like the bit of historical fact shared here, most Americans don't even realize that the United States of America was first attacked by Islam because of Islam while we were still Brittish Colonies. In 1786, Thomas Jefferson, then the American ambassador to France, and John Adams, then the American ambassador to Britain, met in London with Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, the "Dey of Algiers" ambassador to Britain.

    In a later meeting with the American Congress, the two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that Islam "was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise."

    • Ar'nun

      Because of this, Thomas Jefferson got his own copy of the Quran, which was recently in the news as Congressman Keith Ellison used it at his swearing in. He must have been ignorant to the history of this Quran, because Jefferson studied this book because at the time, Islam was our most active and feared enemy. And now that enemy sits in our Congress, in our Executive Cabinet, and possibly even our Executive himself.

      • Softly Bob

        I knew this actually, but it's good of you to inform us and give people like me a reminder, but that's what happens when you ignore history. Maybe some people still believe that ignorance is bliss.

  • JudithJerusalem

    According to the #Achmedim #Muslims (who live in Haifa, Israel), In Islam, the way to persuade people is not by throwing stones or Shahidim, but by persuading peacefully.

    • gee59

      Can we use Muslim "peaceful protests" as our model. Rocks and fire bombs?

    • defcon 4

      Aw gee, I believe them too. It's not like they could be lying like their holey psychopathic prophet did right?
      Have they held any mass protests denouncing the rabid Jew hatred in the holey books of islam lately?

  • defcon 4

    Thank you for reporting the ugly truth about Islam Mr. Greenfield, because there are damn few who do.

  • marios

    First of all "occupation" of what country? It is leftists scoundrels invented propaganda about occupation. Israel liberated their own Promised land from occupation: Gaza was occupied by Egypt and Judea and Samaria (which only 10 years ago had invented funny name "Western Beach") was occupied by Jordan.
    Occupied that time by decades Arabs of Palestine named by KGB after Israel victory in 1967 war "Palestinians" did not claimed that it was their country or that it was occupation. Corrupted MSM and their hosts scoundrels leftists brainwashed gullible people and now useful idiots repeat that cliché about Israel "occupation". Jewish leftists are even worse than non-Jewish leftists scoundrels as they betray their own folk including their own children. In rational world stones should be consider by law as weapon with corresponding sequences. Israelis have to have right to use any weapon including guns in respond to Arabs attacks with stones. Only that reaction can end up that kind of terrorism. Too bad that leftists occupied legal institutions and MSM as well. BAGAZ is collaborator of Islamic terrorism.

  • JacksonPearson

    The mind of a democrat is liken to a locked box.
    Nothing good can get into the locked box, therefore, nothing good can get out.

  • Mike

    I would love to have researchers do a study via DNA to find out if all muslims feel the need to attack anyone that is not a muslim. I truly believe that it is in their DNA to act they way they do. It is our duty to either teach or rid the world of this problem.

  • Mary Sue

    To people in the West, throwing rocks isn't seen as serious because they think of those little pebbles children may throw at each other in the schoolyard, not big honking bricks/paving stones/cinder blocks like the palis huck at the IDF and at Jews.

  • Drakken

    You want to stop these stone throwing savages? Shoot the little bastards! Then it will stop.

  • Noni

    A great example of 'stone throwing' was by David when he brought down the giant Goliath during battle! AND it only took 'ONE' stone. True, he did pick up '5', but not in case he missed and needed more, but as my Sunday School teacher pointed out, Goliath had '4' brothers and David figured he might have to get them also!

  • Edward Cline

    Jews should train in the art of throwing the stones back at Muslims. Start a new tradition, and stop cringing when it begins to rain concrete on their heads.