The 1300 year old Muslim origins of hate

Islam's hate does not stop with Jews, but Jew-hatred is one of its malignancies.

Victor Sharpe

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Islamists hate Jews, gays, Christians -  and the world ignores this at its peril. 

This resistant and malignant infection of hate is able to evolve and poison human beings generation after generation.

One of its most virulent infestations of Islamic Jew-hatred today takes the form of the so-called Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) scourge, which targets the only true and vibrant democracy - Israel - in the hellish Muslim dominated Middle East.

The areas of the world, which are perpetrating hideous crimes against humanity, are ignored by the myrmidons who support the anti-Jewish bigotry and prejudice of BDS.

For the indoctrinated supporters of BDS, there is no apparent interest whatsoever in the horrors taking place daily in N. Korea, Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Mali, Guinea-Bissau or in so many of the countries that make up the 197 members of the United Nations.

For the BDS rabble only the Jewish state is the target. Proof, if ever it was needed, that BDS is primarily and demonically anti-Jewish.

Ask the BDS supporters about the continuing illegal occupation and ethnic cleansing of the native Greek population of northern Cyprus by Turkey, or the decades of illegal occupation of Tibet by Communist China,and they remain ignorant of or deathly silent about those crimes against humanity, thus exposing their deplorable hypocrisy.

Any fair-minded person must contemplate why the BDS movement is focused solely on the Jewish state, while massacres of Christians, Yazidis, Kurds and others by ISIS continues all over the Middle East and are almost completely ignored. Eugene Ionesco’s Theater of the Absurd pales in comparison to BDS lunacy!

The BDS movement goes far beyond legitimate criticism of beleaguered Israel; it’s one and only target nation. In essence these haters call for the dismantling of the Jewish state and expulsion of its native Jewish population.  

Here then is the naked and hate filled desire by the BDS thugs to commit ethnic cleansing and force a real apartheid upon the Jewish citizens of Israel. This then is the crime against humanity that is spewed by BDS within colleges, liberal churches, mainstream media outlets, the arts and sciences.

Since 1948, the reconstituted Jewish state - born again in its ancestral and biblical homeland - has endured a boycott imposed upon it by the Arab League but until 1973 the Arab trade boycott was ineffective until the price of oil increased five-fold.

Oil then became the wonder weapon the Arab world could now exert against the energy hungry West. It gave Islam a new impetus to win the world for Allah.

But now that pernicious boycott has been strengthened and emboldened by even vaster sums of money from the oil companies pouring into the coffers of assorted oil rich Arab kingdoms, tyrannies and sheikhdoms.

Much of the endless flow of misplaced Arab and Muslim wealth increasingly goes into U.S., European and British universities in order to finance the demonization of Israel among unwitting and pliable students.

The virulent campaign of deception and outright lies has been helped by many leftist, often tenured, professors who maintain an unholy alliance with Islamists and help oil the wheels of hatred against embattled Israel.

The BDS boycott exceeds all divisions between left and right. It is launched against all Israelis and all Jews - regardless of their political affiliation or opinion.

With respect to this current manifestation of Arab and Islamic hate, aided and abetted by their willing and mindless executioners in the West, it would be instructive to realize that there is nothing new under the sun.

The origins of this evil anti-Jewish discrimination took clear shape in Islam as long ago as between the years 717 and 720, when Caliph Omar ordered that all non-Muslims who fell under the yoke of Islam - the dhimmis - should wear distinctive dress and be boycotted and sanctioned in every way. This led to hapless Jews - and Christians - by the twelfth century forced to wear yellow patches on their clothes.

This abomination aimed at identifying and singling out Jews for persecution was often copied in Europe and England by both the Church and temporal powers throughout the long dark centuries of enforced Jewish statelessness.

It raged during the medieval inferno and beyond and was diabolically imposed upon the Jews who fell under the German Nazi juggernaut of death during the Holocaust.

Life for Jews under Islamic rule was a veritable vale of tears, as it was under much of Christendom. The odious forced incarceration of Jews in European ghettos was in fact an invention of the Muslim world.

The ghetto, or mellah in Arabic, was first created in a particular quarter of Cairo, Egypt, during the eleventh century, followed by the first walled-in mellah in Fez, Morocco.

After Mohammed destroyed the Jewish tribes of the Hedjaz (present day Saudi-Arabia) in 624-628, relentless and horrific persecution of Jews by Muslims broke out in every subsequent century.

This persecution took many lives and left the Jewish survivors facing boycotts and sanctions: fast forward to the present day Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) hatred. See! There is nothing new under the sun when it comes to hatred of the Jews.

Here then we have the 8th century Muslim origin of the current manifestation of anti-Jewish bigotry and discrimination we know today as BDS.

Arguably, of course, anti-Jewish boycotts and sanctions began even earlier within Christendom, but the BDS supporters of today are engaged in aiding and abetting an Arab and Muslim onslaught against the Jewish state.

We can trace much of the original anti-Jewish discrimination back to the time of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian who passed imperial edicts during the 5th century, which gravely interfered with Jewish religious and secular life.

Jews were even forbidden to pronounce aloud their fundamental prayer, the Shema, (Deuteronomy 6:4) affirming the Divine Unity of G-d’s unalterable Oneness. This is the primal confession of Faith within Judaism for every other Jewish belief turns upon it; all goes back to it; all flows from it.

“Hear O Israel, the Lord is our G-d, the Lord is One.”

The Jews under Justinian’s cruel edicts had to pray under their breath, just like the deplorable situation that exists today at the world’s holiest Jewish religious site, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

On the sacred Temple Mount, Jews are today forbidden by the impudent Muslim occupiers, the so-called Waqf, to pray or be seen to even move their lips in prayer.

The UN partitioning of the geographical territory, sometimes known as Palestine (a state that has never existed in all of recorded history and does not exist today), failed to inaugurate a new era of Jewish-Arab relations, it merely capped centuries of Arab and Islamic oppression and persecution of Jewish minorities.

And Islam will never accept any non-Muslim nation within its midst where once the Muslim foot trod triumphal. Forever that land is considered within the Dar-al Harb (the House of War) and Muslims are enjoined to wage endless war against it until it returns to the Dar al-Islam (the House of Islam). So much for Peace Now!

The increasing anti-Semitism that corrodes the Arab and Muslim world has made it today the active nexus for a loathsome international anti-Semitic revival, barely 70 years since the Holocaust destroyed one third of the world’s Jewish population; reducing it from 18 million to barely 12 million.

It is this war of economic coercion, extortion and blackmail that the BDS is waging today against the Jewish state with the active support of the useful idiots who act as BDS storm-troopers and who, in the main, are ignorant of the fundamental issues that drive the conflict with those Arabs who call themselves Palestinians.

Victor Sharpe is a prolific freelance writer with several published books including the trilogy, Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish state.