As Bernie Sanders and his surrogates and supporters, including the notorious anti-Semites Linda Sarsour and Rep. Ilhan Omar, try to convince Democrats and the nation at large that the old Communist is a “proud Jew,” the Palestinian Muslim cleric Yousuf Makharzah has shown himself to be more honest about what Islam teaches regarding Jews. His words illuminate and explain the Jew-hatred that Omar, Sarsour and Tlaib have so often manifested, and illustrate why Sanders is so foolish, or so sinister, or both, to throw in his lot with them.
According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Makharzah preached in a recent Friday sermon that was televised on Lebanon’s Al-Waqiyah TV, an affiliate of the international pro-Sharia and pro-caliphate organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, that “you will find the most intense of the people in animosity toward the believers to be the Jews, and those who associate others with Allah.”
Heavens to betsy, Makharzah is an “extremist,” right? Everyone knows that Islam reveres the Jews as one of the “People of the Book,” and that anyone who dares to suggest that the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians has any basis in Islamic teaching is a racist, bigoted “Islamophobe,” right? Everyone knows that the relationship between the Jewish and Muslim communities will be positively chummy once the Israelis stop building “settlements” on “occupied territory” and a Palestinian state is finally established, no? If that is done, then all the “intense…animosity” between Jews and Muslims will melt away, won’t it?
Well, no. Makharzah is no “extremist” at all. His statement about the animosity that Jews would have for Muslims was a quotation from the Qur’an (5:82). The idea that the Jews are the worst enemies of the Muslims is not just something he believes, but something that informed and devout Muslims believe to be a truth revealed by Allah that will remain valid until the end of time.
And there is more. The Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They fabricate things and falsely ascribe them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); they claim that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); they love to listen to lies (5:41); they disobey Allah and never observe his commands (5:13). They are disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166); and more. They are under Allah’s curse (9:30), and Muslims should wage war against them and subjugate them under the rule of Islamic law, which denies non-Muslims basic rights (9:29).
Will any Muslim leader in the West kindly explain how Yousuf Makharzah is misunderstanding Islam? No? I thought not, but it’s noteworthy that not just Bernie Sanders, but virtually every non-Muslim leader in the United States and Europe would take for granted that Makharzah is wrong on Islamic grounds, and yet that has not been established.
Note also Makharzah’s total confidence in the Islamic accuracy of what he is saying. He addresses Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whom he suspects of wavering on the Islamic imperative of hating Jews: “Mr. President, where have you learned Islam? Have you learned it from [your advisor] Al-Habbash? Or have you learned it before from Yossi Sarid or Yossi Beilin? Where have you learned Islam?”
Yet the lack of congruity between Makharzah’s Islam and Islam as it is assumed to be by Bernie and others will not be addressed or even noticed.
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of 19 books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here