Islam and Israel

Islam    Session Thirty-Five

Item #7:  Bullet 5 of outline:  Islam and Israel

“And because of their (the Jews) breaking their covenant we have cursed them and made hard their hearts.”  (Sura 5:13)

“Believers, take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends.”  (Sura 5:51)                            

“And the Jew says:  Ezra is the son of Allah, and the Christians say: The Messiah is the son of Allah.  That is their saying with their mouths.  They imitate the saying of those who disbelieved of old.  Allah (Himself) fighteth against them, how perverse are they.”  (Sura 9:30)

“Fight against those to whom the scriptures were given (Jews and Christians) . . . until they pay tribute out of hand and are utterly subdued.”  (Sura 9:29)

“Some Jews transformed into monkeys and pigs by Allah.”  (Sura 5:60)

“Kill any Jew that’s falls into your power.”  (Sira, P. 369) (The Sira, not to be confused with Sura, is the biography of Muhammad.) 

I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “The Jews will fight with you, and you will be given victory over them so that a stone will say, ‘O Muslim!  There is a Jew behind me; kill him!’ “  (The Hadith:  Bukhari 4:56:791)

Remarks from the book, “Palestine”, by Ayatollah Al Khamenei: (as disclosed in WND posting of 8/11/15)

  • Israel has no right to exist.
  • The Ayatollah talks about annihilation of the Jews.
  • No “two-state solution” to the Arab/Israel problem.
  • Israel is “a cancerous tumor” whose elimination would mean . . .

Khamenei also declared, “. . . It is a ‘jurisprudential justification’ to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and in that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.”  (On the web site, “Alef”, February 3, 2012)

 “All pigs are descended from Jews whom Allah transformed into apes, swine and worshippers of Satan, and must therefore be slaughtered.”  (Sheik Ahmad ‘Ali ‘Othman an official at the Egyptian Ministry of Religious Endowments in May 2009.)

“O Allah, take your enemies of Islam.  O Allah, take the Jews, the treacherous aggressors.   . . .  O Allah, do not spare a single one of them.  O Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one.  (Muslim scholar Yusuf al-Qaradawi on Al-Jazeera TV on January 9, 2009)

“We must believe that our fighting with the Jews is eternal, and it will not end until the final battle. . . .  You must believe that we will fight, defeat, and annihilate them, until not a single Jew remains on the face of the Earth. . . . “  (Egyptian Islamic scholar Muhammad Hussein Yacoub aired on Al-Rahma TV, January 17, 2009)

“If the enemy sets foot on a single square inch of Islamic land, Jihad becomes an individual duty, incumbent on every Muslim, male or female.  A woman may set out (on Jihad) without he husband’s permission, and a servant without his master’s permission.  Why?  In order to annihilate those Jews. . . . O Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters  O Allah, destroy the Americans and their supporters.  O Allah, count them one by one, and kill them all, without leaving a single one.”  (Ahmad Bahr, Deputy Speaker of the Hamas Parliament, stated in a sermon that aired on Al-Aqsa TV August 10, 2012)

“If the Arabs who before were not terrorists are  today willing to commit suicide in order to fight against the Israelis or Americans, there must be a reason for it.  And the reason is that they feel that Americans and the Jews and the Europeans have been unjust to them.”  (Mahathir bin Mohamad, Prime Minister of Malaysia 1981-2003, speaking at a United Nations symposium on Islam at UN University in Tokyo, December 13, 2002)

Allah is our goal.  The Prophet is our leader.  The Koran is our constitution.  Jihad is our way.  Death in the service of Allah is the loftiest of our wishes.  Allah Akhbar.”  (The Muslim Brotherhood motto)

The above citations and declarations from the Koran, the Hadith, Muslim notables including the Ayatollah and the Muslim Brotherhood describe a hatred of Israel and the Jews that, realistically, cannot be overcome by any “Peace Conference”, act of kindness, land concession or cry for peace by some politician or other character involved in this centuries-old Muslim Jihad.

Where did this Muslim hatred of Israel and the Jews begin – this hatred that to most Muslim has become an article of faith, even to those who have no clear understanding of its origins?

We need to turn back the clock almost 1400 years to 627 AD.  The setting is Medina where Muhammad is in the process of consolidating his control.  After refusing to convert to Islam, two of the three Jewish tribes in the area were given the option of leaving the area or death.  They chose to leave.  The third tribe, the Bani Quraiza, was given only the choices of conversion to Islam or death.

They refused to convert.  Muhammad then ordered the beheading of all the men, up to 900, in front of their women and children.  The women captured were raped and/or given to the Muslim fighters and the children were raised as Muslims or sold into slavery.  There were other lethal actions against Jews by Muhammad, but this particular atrocity became the precedence for the treatment of Jews, especially the penchant for beheading and the treatment of captive women and children.  Fourteen hundred years later similar atrocious acts are being committed almost daily by Muslim terrorists against any peoples who get in the way of their push to world dominance.

Nonie Darwish, in her book, “Cruel and Usual Punishment”, discusses the systematically reinforced hatred of the Jews over the centuries.  She cites the circular reasoning that the Jews must be villains because Muhammad treated them as such and they are therefore deserving of treatment as villains.  “Thus their role as evil and deserving of destruction must be preserved and hammered into the mind of every Muslim, and it was indeed preserved until judgment day in the Qur’an and Hadith.”  (#1, P. 15)

During the first Muslim empire, from Muhammad in the 620’s to its end in 1258, the dhimmi system was enacted and “perfected” as the prescribed treatment of Infidels who fell under the control of Muslim conquerors.  As previously described in sessions 20 and 21, Jews and Christians as “People of the Book”, were given the choice of conversion to Islam, death or treatment as third-class “dhimmis”.  Those who “chose” dhimmitude lived a life of humiliation, scorn and exploitation.  The “Conditions of Omar” were strictly enforced and any real or imagined breach of the rules were met with harsh punishment or, in many cases, death.  Although the Jews had no sovereign nation of their own, they were present in varying numbers in every area conquered by the Muslims.  They suffered along with other peoples of conquered areas, and in many cases received “preferential” harsh treatment.  For example:

  • In 1066 (as briefly noted in Session 21) in Grenada, Spain, approximately 3,000 Jews were slaughtered for alleged violation of the dhimmi pact. Actually, their transgression was that of becoming successful, something that could not be tolerated by the Muslims in control.  (#3, P. 157)

Many more examples of atrocities against the Jews during the more than 600 years of the first Muslim Empire could be cited but suffice it to say that the Jews suffered greatly as did other infidels under Muslim rule.

The Turks of the Ottoman Empire which ruled Islam to one degree or another from 1299 AD to 1924 AD  proved themselves worthy successors to Muhammad and his successors.  Their rule was noted for the harsh treatment of non-Muslims, especially Christians and Jews.  The Ottoman Turks will forever be remembered for their slaughter of more than one million Armenian Christians in the late 19th century and the early 20th century (See Sessions 16, 17 and 18 for a more detailed discussion of the “Ottoman Nightmare”.)  While it can be argued that the Ottomans seemed to reserve their harshest treatment for the Christians under their control, the Jews also received a great measure of cruelty at their hands.  For example:

  • A series of attacks in 1834 in Jerusalem, Safed, Tiberius and Hebron in the occupied Holy Land resulted in hundreds being killed while widespread raping and looting took place. (#3, P. 150)
  • The Jews of Morocco, in the early 19th century, were beaten and compelled to convert to Islam when they could not pay the jizya. (#3, P. 168)
  • In 1864 approximately 500 Jews were killed in Marrakech and Fez, Morocco.
  • In 1897, synagogues were ransacked and Jews were murdered in Tripolitania, Libya.

During World War I, Great Britain made an historic declaration that was to have lasting effects on Muslims and Jews and their equally strong but diametrically opposed views on the future of Jews in the Middle East.  The Balfour Declaration of 1917 committed Great Britain to the principle that: “His Majesty’s government view with favor the establishment in Palestine of a Jewish National Home, and will use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object.”

After World War I, the political situation in the Middle East changed drastically with profound effects on all of its inhabitants, including the Jews.  Great Britain and France became colonial powers, the Ottoman Empire ceased to exist with no successor, and Jewish migration to the area of its past, and future, homeland increased significantly.

In 1923 the League of Nations “Mandated” who would govern what portions of the Middle East formerly under Ottoman control.  Under that Mandate, Lebanon and Syria were mandated to France; and “Palestine” was mandated to Great Britain.  At that time, there was no nation of “Palestine” just an area of the former Ottoman Empire which included the historic Jewish nation of Israel and what is now the nation of Israel, Jordan and Gaza.

Later in 1923, for geo-political objectives, Great Britain divided its mandated area by “creating” Trans-Jordan (today’s Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) and “giving” the Golan Heights to French-controlled Syria.  Thus, almost 80% of Great Britain’s mandate was given away, leaving “Palestine” with only about 20% of the original mandate.  To this day even that small area is considered by the (Muslim) Arabs to be “occupied” territory no part of which belongs to the Jews.

Please refer to Session Eighteen for a brief discussion of events between the World Wars which involved the Muslims of the Middle East and, because of their centuries-long hatred of the Jews, were to affect the Jews and their pursuit of a homeland.

After World War I and through World War II (1918-1945) the colonial powers controlled the Middle East and there was no organized effort to expand Islam and establish a third Islamic Empire.  However, as noted in Session Eighteen, the Muslim population did grow and there were significant advances on local and national levels.

Also, between the wars, the Jewish presence in British-mandated Palestine increased greatly.  Under the banner of Zionism, a movement inspired by the desire and possibility of establishing a Jewish homeland in the area that was Israel for centuries, thousands of Jews migrated to Palestine.  From 1919 to 1923 approximately 40,000 Jews, mainly from Eastern Europe, migrated to Palestine during what was known as the “Third Aliyah” (“Aliyah”, in Hebrew, means “ascent” or “going up”.  It has been enshrined in Jewish culture as pertaining to the returning of Jews to their ancient homeland.)  This third Aliyah had been preceded by the First Aliyah of 1882-1903 when approximately 35,000 Jews, mainly from Russia, immigrated to the southwestern area of Syria; and by the Second Aliyah of 1904-1914 when approximately 40,000 Jews, also mainly from Russia, also immigrated to the southwestern area of Syria.

The Fourth Aliyah of 1924-1929 saw approximately 82,000 Jews immigrating to Palestine, mainly from Poland and Hungary.

Approximately 250,000 Jews constituted the Fifth Aliyah of 1929-1939.  They came almost entirely from Europe as anti-Semitism roared through Europe fueled mainly by Nazi-Germany.  This largest of the Aliyah’s brought many well educated professionals to Palestine who greatly enriched its culture and enhanced its economic development.  By 1940 there were approximately 450,000 Jews in Palestine.

In April of 1947 the League of Nations mandate to Great Britain was returned to the United Nations (the “successor” to the League of Nations).  This removed British control of Palestine and left a void to be filled by a struggle between Jews and Arabs (Muslims) for control.  In November of 1947 the United Nations partitioned Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish section.  Fighting between Jews and Arabs had been ongoing for months when, on May 14, 1948, the State of Israel was proclaimed.  Immediately the United States of America recognized Israel and the very next day Israel was invaded by Arab forces from Egypt, Iraq, Trans-Jordan, Lebanon and Syria – the first of four wars between Israel and the Arabs had begun.

The first war between Israel and the Arabs solved nothing as did three other wars since then.  The 60-plus years since Israel’s establishment have been noted by daily clashes of forces, thousands of attacks on Israel and Israeli citizens followed by retaliations by Israel resulting in thousands of deaths on both sides, numerous “peace talks” which have gotten nowhere, calls by Arabs (Muslims) for the annihilation of Israel, the creation of the artificial political entity of Palestine, the giving of “Non-Member Observer” status to Palestine by the United nations, and the almost universal condemnation of Israel as the “problem”.  It is notable that in the U.N. resolution granting “Non-Member Observer” status to Palestine, the Palestine Liberation Organization (“PLO”) was recognized as the Palestine representative to the U.N.; but no recognition of Israel’s right to exist was made and no desire to end hostilities was mentioned.

The citations from the Koran, the Sira and declarations from Muslim notables cited at the beginning of this session accurately and starkly illustrate Islam’s attitude toward the Jews and Israel – their annihilation.  The history of atrocious acts by Muslims against Jews including thousands of attacks against Israel and its citizens is ample evidence that this goal of eliminating Israel is still in force.  This prevailing attitude on the part of Islam, absolutely prevents achieving a lasting peace in the Middle East.  The calling for “Peace Accords”and Israeli concessions by politicians and belligerents is just so much self-serving “politicking” which cannot be fruitful when one side openly denies the desire for peace.

In future session we will discuss the various Islamic terrorist organizations.

Next session we will begin a discussion of the various “swords” of Islam.