Yonatan SilvermanThe author is a professional translator from Hebrew to English. He is the author of For the World to See:The Life of Margaret Bourke White. He operates the online newsletter SARTABA.
The Koran as widely known and understood is the founding religious book for the Islamic religion. Among other things the text and tradition of the Koran include the following passages:
Just prior to orchestrating the mass execution of the adult males from the besieged Medinan Jewish tribe, the Banu Qurayza (and distributing their women, children, and possessions as “booty” for the Muslims), Islam’s prophet, Muhammad, according to his earliest Muslim biographer, Ibn Ishaq (d. 767-770), addressed these Jews with menacing, hateful derision: “You brothers of monkeys, has God disgraced you and brought His vengeance upon you?”
Another early Muslim biographer of Muhammad Ibn Sa‘d (d. 845), reports Muhammad stated, “brothers of monkeys and pigs, fear me, fear me!”.
Many subsequent historical examples from diverse Islamic societies during a continuum of over 1100 years—the 9th century through the present—demonstrate that this Koranic motif has been employed against Jews as an outward sign of their physical humiliation, and more significantly, in polemical incitement against Jews, or in odes celebrating their having been disgraced and slaughtered.
Here is another Koranic Jew hatred tradition which is very well known:
”The day of resurrection does not come until Muslims fight against Jews, until the Jews hide behind trees and stones and until the trees and stones shout out: O Muslim, there is a Jew behind me, come out and kill him”
The problem of Islamic Jew hatred in the world today, which has caused endless grief and murder in the Jewish world cannot be wholly attributed to the dictates of Islam’s holy book The Koran. But the evidence shows that the origin of the phenomenon and its Islamic religious basis are squarely in the Koran.
Whatever may characterize the modern world and feed the fires of Islamic Jew hatred in the Arab world in particular, there is no escaping that the holy Islamic writings calling for Muslim Jew hatred and the slaughter of Jews because they are Jews come from the religion’s holy book The Koran.
Winston Churchill recognized this when he said that Hitler's Mein Kampf was the German version of the Koran, which predated Nazism by centuries.
In his exceptional article on Islamic Judeophobia, Professor Robert Wistrich, director of The Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, goes to great lengths to discuss and analyze Muslim Jew hatred in the world today.
Among other things, he notes:
The antagonism not only lies far deeper and goes well beyond the issue of “settlements”. Indeed, it extends to the entire Jewish national project, to Israel’s very existence in the Middle East and to the rejection of what Saddam Hussein has repeatedly called the 'criminal Zionist entity'. We need to recognize that a culture of hatred has arisen which has become an end in itself, rather than a form of politics by other means."
As early as Israel’s War of Independence and even before that the Muslims of the Arab world were motivated by religious impulses to hate the Jewish infidels and expel them from usurping their holy Palestine, historian. Benny Morris writes in his book 1948. a comprehensive and illuminating history of Israel’s War of Independence:
Historians have tended to ignore or dismiss as so much hot air the jihadi rhetoric and flourishes that accompanied the two stage assault on the pre state Yishuv and the constant references in the prevailing Arab discourse to that earlier bout of Islamic battle for the Holy Land against the Crusaders. This is a mistake. The 1948 War from the Arabs’ perspective was a war of religion as much as if not more than a nationalist war over territory.
Put another way, the territory was sacred: its violation by hated infidels was sufficient grounds for launching a holy war and its conquest or reconquest a divinely ordained necessity. (1948 page 194)
In the year 2011 the most threatening Muslim country is Iran and not only because of its nuclear bomb ambitions Although Iran’s plans to build a nuclear bomb are generally troubling, it is more than likely that because of Iran’s smoldering and uninhibited Jew hatred, Israel’s is the only neck in Iran’s nuclear noose. Look at what their former president Rafsanjani said a few years ago, for an example"
“One atomic bomb would wipe out Israel without a trace” while the Islamic world would only be damaged rather than destroyed by Israeli nuclear retaliation. (quoted by Wistrich)
It goes without saying that even though the development of nuclear weapons has only been a practical technology since the end of World War II, beneath Iranian Rafsanjani’s threat to annihilate Israel with nuclear weapons is the ancient Islamic Koran.
Koranic based Jew hatred is the engine that makes the Islamic terrorists run as well. The Hamas Charter says it all.
This document (or Covenant), issued in 1988, states "our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious" and calls for the eventual creation of an Islamic state in Palestine, in place of Israel and the Palestinian Territories, and the obliteration or dissolution of Israel.
The Hamas Charter epitomizes Islamic fanaticism. But here too the origin of the doctrine in this document is the Islamic Koran. Whoever composed the document was directly inspired by the spirit and content in Islam’s founding treatise, the Koran.
Hizbullah also, Iran’s Army of God, which has taken over Lebanon, espouses a strong ideology of Jew hatred and threats to annihilate Israel. What does the Hizbullah Charter state?
From the inception of Hizbullah to the present, the elimination of the State of Israel has been one of its primary goals. Translations of Hizbullah's 1985 Arabic-language manifesto state that "our struggle will end only when Israel is obliterated".
Unlike Hamas, the Hizbullah Islamic terror gang is explicit about its essential attachment and adherence to the Koran.
The last word on contemporary Islamic Jew hatred and lust for murdering Jews, however, is reserved for Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi:
Sheikh Qaradawi has a sterling reputation in the Islamic world today because he hosts an Al Jazeera Islamic Law television program that reaches as many as 60 million Muslims worldwide. Qaradawi claims that Islam favors pluralism and democracy. But look at his views on the Jewish people:
"Oh Allah, take this oppressive, Jewish Zionist band of people. Oh Allah, do not spare a single one of them,” he said during the Gaza War in January 2009, in remarks translated by the press monitoring organization MEMRI. “Oh Allah, count their numbers, and kill them, down to the very last one.
Qaradawi is the Islamic world’s most beloved and influential preacher and the source of his desire to murder and persecute Jews and Zionists etc. is unquestionably the Islamic Koran. Many have already called Qaradawi Egypt’s Hitler.
But while Churchill said that Mein Kampf was Hitler’s Koran, in Qaradawi’s case one must reverse the statement, because Qaradawi’s Mein Kampf is the Koran.
The Palestinian Authority’s appointed minister of religion, Mahmoud Habbash, has taught repeatedly that the conflict with Israel is not territorial but is in accordance with Islamic law:
“This conflict is explicit in the Koran and our obligation with regard to it is clarified by the Koran.”
In short, the PA, like Hamas, is telling its people that Islam does not allow for reconciliation with Israel. Palestine Media Watch
The acute and even all-embracing reality of Islamic Jew hatred is what makes anti-Zionism inseparable from anti-Semitism.
Howard Gutman, the U.S. ambassador to Belgium, missed that when, at an event hosted by the European Jewish Union, The Weekly Standard quoted him as saying, "A distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism, which should be condemned and Muslim hatred for Jews, which stems from the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians."
Wrong, Mr.Ambassador. Anyone is free to be an anti Zionist but this position is essentially support of longstanding Islamic Jew hatred.
Because the hatred of Israel in the world comes essentially from Islamic Jew hatred – not from some political or sociological pretext - and because the source of Islamic Jew hatred is indeed the Koran.