The Islamic World Owes an Apology

One remark from the Pope brought forth an orgy of verbal violence and threat from the Islamic world. But the Pope's scholarly discourse, however insulting it may have been interpreted to be by Muslims, pales in comparison with the kind, scope and frequency of the verbal violence that are heaped each day upon Jews and Israel in the Islamic world.

Shalom Freedman,

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One remark from the Pope brought forth an orgy of verbal violence and threat from the Islamic world. But the Pope's scholarly discourse, however insulting it may have been interpreted to be by Muslims, pales in comparison with the kind, scope and frequency of the verbal violence that are heaped each day upon Jews and Israel in the Islamic world.

Both in official and unofficial channels there is an endless outpouring of demeaning, hate-filled language against the Jews. The Jews are called "pigs" and "monkeys" frequently. The term "Nazis" is also used to describe Israel. Often, while denying the Holocaust, the Islamic media accuses Jews of being Hitler-like.

The origin of this hatred is in the Koran itself. Islamic scholar Andrew Bostom, among others, has written about the Islamic persecution and annihilation of the Jewish tribes in Medina at the very beginning of Islam. There are too many incidents of persecution of the Jews throughout their long history in Islamic lands, but there is a sense that the frequency and intensity of hate-language towards the Jews exceeds today that of any previous period in Islamic history.

The Islamic media calls shamelessly for the 'wiping out,' the total destruction, of Israel. Whether it is Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hashemi Rafsanjani, Hassan Nasrallah, Khaled Mashaal, or any of a host of others, rabble- rousing leaders incite their crowds with hysterical calls for Israel's destruction.

As a general rule, the Islamic world was willing to tolerate Jewish communities as subservient, second-class citizen dhimmis. That is, Islam did not have the same kind of racial, genocidal program for the Jews as the Nazis did. Even today, the great majority of Muslim leaders who have called for the destruction of the state of Israel do not simultaneously call for the elimination of the Jewish people entirely.

However, in recent years, there have also emerged voices, such as that of Ibrahim Mudayris on Palestinian Authority television, who have called for the destruction of every Jew in the world.

Many of the most extreme messages come from the Palestinian media. Palestinian Media Watch characterizes the Palestinians' attitude as follows:
A significant and dangerous message of the Palestinian Authority is that Jews are to be hated and killed because of an inherently evil nature. Jews are said to be the cursed enemy of Allah, and killing Jews has been repeatedly presented as a religious obligation. PA leaders preach that the battle with Israel is not merely over borders but to kill Jews - thereby bringing the Resurrection. The Hebrew Bible, the Talmud, and Jewish traditions are distorted, presented as having hateful and corrupt content.
Conspiracy theories abound in the Islamic world, and this is especially so in regard to Israel. Whatever goes wrong in the world, the Jews are found to be behind it. In this case, there is no question of any test against evidence or fact, for the conspiratorial paranoid mind finds fingerprints and footprints where there are none. It is notable in this regard that Saudi Arabia has spent millions of dollars to spread throughout the world the perfidious anti-Semitic forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

It is clear that placing all blame on Israel and the Jews is the most frequently used tool by which failed governments aim to distract the masses from their own real problems. Hatred of Israel is clearly a tool despotic Islamic regimes use to maintain their own power.

The Islamic hatred of Jews is the most extreme form of the general negative relations among Muslim states to "the other". Dehumanization on the part of the Islamic world may find its most intense expression in relation to the Jews, but it applies to every other religious group in the world. The Islamic world is in conflict with today with Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians and all those who do not agree to Muslim domination.

The Islamic world may owe the Jews a special apology, but it clearly owes much of the rest of mankind one also.

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