On Monday February 11th, sharia-adherent Congresswoman Ilhan Omar publicly acknowledged her anti-Semitic comments, but stood by her criticisms of Israel.
The real question is: “Why is anyone surprised a sharia-adherent muslim hates Jews?”
The Koran, which according to Islam contains the uncreated words of Islam’s god Allah, reveals a systemic hatred for Jews.
“For them (Jews) in this world is disgrace, and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment” (5:41)
The most authoritative report about what Islam’s prophet Mohammad said records: “The Prophet said, ‘The hour of judgment will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.’” (Bukhari 2926)
The Koran commands muslims not to take Jews and Christians as friends, and muslims who do will go to hell (Koran 5:51).
In the Koran, Allah turns the Jews into apes and pigs (Koran 2:63-66; 5:59-60; 7:166).
As a Special Agent in the FBI and the creator of the first Counterterrorism Training program in the government detailing the threat of the Muslim Brotherhood, sharia, and the broader Islamic networks, UTT President John Guandolo recalls:
“In the Counterterrorism division of the FBI, we discovered the deeper a muslim went in his/her study of Islam and sharia, the more likely they were to support and participate in violent actions and have a hatred towards Jews.”
A 2015 survey from the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy came to the same conclusion.
On January 10, 2019, the three (3) muslim Members of Congress – Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Andre Carson – all attended and participated in festivities hosted by the terrorist group Hamas doing business as the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) at the Hyatt Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.
See CAIR is Hamas at UTT’s website for some of the evidence detailing CAIR’s creation by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee which is Hamas in the United States.
Today in Congress we have three (3) muslim Members of Congress who: overtly support the Koran over the Constitution, are working with the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s leaders to undermine liberty and America’s Constitutional Republic, and are violating their Oaths of Office by failing to “protect and defend” the Constitution while participating in actions that can only be described as seditious.
In an America with a functioning counterintelligence apparatus and Department of Justice, these three Members of Congress would be facing federal charges. But the establishment Republicans, as well as Democrat leaders are giving them a pass.
America’s Democrats are a “new Nazi party,” the “party of jihad, Jew-hatred and communism,” Jewish anti-sharia activist Pamela Geller recently declared, in light of the Democrats’ inability to censure Representative Ilhan Omar for antisemitism. As previously noted, rationalizations and Muslim identity politics excuses have enabled Leftist and Islamic supremacists to normalize their anti-Semitic views on Israel, a development that has left American Jews questioning their political future.
A like-minded Jewish analyst, Deborah Weiss, described the Omar affair as a “wake-up call” for Jews, who have historically been loyal Democratic voters. Conservative commentator Eileen Toplansky agreed that Omar and her fellow Muslim Democratic congresswoman Rashida Tlaib“should awaken even the most somnolent Jew to the Democratic Party’s being overwhelmed by the enemies of America.” The “Democrats into whom they invested everything have turned on them,” said the prominent orthodox rabbi Dov Fischer.
Conservative commentator Daniel Greenfield has analyzed various factors contributing to the rise in America’s leftist antisemitism, including the Democrats’ turn towards socialism. “Jew-hate and socialism have always gone hand in hand,” he has documented, while the virulent antisemitism often present on college campuses is now taking over progressive politics with anti-Jewish victimhood narratives. Conservative commentator Bruce Bawer has noted that progressives’ “current victim-group hierarchy…places Muslims at the very top” and “Jews at or near the bottom, if not eliminating them from the picture entirely.” “Sorry, honey, but Jews are not part of Intersectionality,” Fischer has stated.
Victimhood claims by Muslims such as Omar, observed conservative writer Steve Postal, act as “merely a Trojan horse to inject anti-Semitism into mainstream political discourse.” Thus the conservative activist and rabbi Aryeh Speroidentifies a “strategy, as we have seen from Islamists in Europe,” of a “slow but inevitable seepage of anti-Jewish caricatures into the country’s political discourse.” Bawer in Norway confirms that the “Islamization of Western Europe has made everyday life nothing less than perilous for Jews.” Accordingly, Muslim reformer Asra Nomani, a former colleague of journalist Daniel Pearl, whom jihadists beheaded in 2002 in Pakistan, described a phone call in which Pearl’s father revealed that now “Jews in America are afraid.”
These new political realities confound many Jews, as political scientist Abraham Miller has noted that “Jews and Democrats have traditionally been in the vanguard of support for ‘minority’ rights.” This reflects the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) leftist biases that reveal themselves in skewedhate crime statistics. Greenfield particularly noted how President Donald Trump’s election prompted the American Jewish Committee (AJC) to form the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council with the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Greenfield scorned this “Wolf-Sheep Advisory Council,” given ISNA’s extensive links to jihadists and sharia supremacists.
As Greenfield explained, AJC had far greater expectations than ISNA for this “sick sad joke in which Jewish lefties ally with Jihadists against a pro-Israel administration.” Yet for Jews today often experience unrequited political love, Miller observed, for “increasingly, ‘minorities’ do not support Jews or Israel’s right to exist.” This includes not just Muslims, but many other minority groups that “mindlessly embrace intersectionality,” such as Berkeley, California’s “Gays for Palestine,” a decidedly LGBT-unfriendly society.
Washington Examiner editor Philip Klein has correspondingly examined why historic Jewish liberal political leanings and trends such as secularization among Jews will at least slow any political shift of Jews to the Republican Party. Miller bemoaned the fact that “Jews, for whom being a Democrat is a commandment from the Almighty, will find a rationale in it for their continued self-exploitation and self-hatred.” Political analyst Steve Feinsteinconcurred that Democratic Jews have an “almost unfathomably limitless capacity for self-deception.”
A good example of this leftist Jewish self-deception appears at the website of the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress (CAP). “The threat to American Jews comes from the growing white nationalist movement,” wrote Max Berger, cofounder of the radicalanti-Israel group IfNotNow. Today “global anti-Semitism is on the rise, just as it was in the 1930s, when capitalism produced inequality on a massive scale.”
European Union statistics from 2018 decidedly refute Berger’s Marxist cant, as surveyed Jews reported that a preponderance of the antisemitism they encountered came from Muslims and Leftists. These were respectively the first and second largest reported ideological sources of antisemitism, followed by European rightwingers. Federalist editor David Harsanyiconfirms that the “average American Jew is more likely to encounter an aggressively ‘anti-Zionist’ BDS activist on a campus (or a progressive march) than a white supremacist anywhere.”
Such facts explain why polling data in the years leading up to 2014 has suggested declining Jewish support for the Democratic Party. Following orthodox Jewry’s embrace of the Republican Party, Fischer therefore foresees a broader “formal political realignment of Jews away from the Democrat Party.” For example, the group Jexodus recently launched at the most recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), and Spero led a protest at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.
Jewish alienation from the Democratic Party would have significant impact, because America’s small but successful Jewish minority possesses an outsized political influence. The Jerusalem Postreported in 2016 that perhaps half of all Democratic, and a quarter of all Republican, political donations, come from Jews. For Democrats such as Omar, that is indeed a lot of “Benjamins” at stake, should Jews like the legal authority Alan Dershowitz not feel welcome in the Democratic Party.
Jews would do themselves and the broader American society a favor by critically reflecting on their political affiliations. If the Democratic Party wants to victimize Jews and others by becoming the home of political Islam and leftist radicalism, then Jews should make the Democrats pay a price. Anti-Semitic and anti-American Democrats such as Omar must receive a clear rebuke by Jews who are not selling their political allegiances cheap on the basis of outdated habits
“You are the partners to the Greater Middle East Project for the last 16 years,” Ince added. “You are those who are worthy of the Jewish Courage Prize with the services you have done and deserve this award.”
Many commentators have taken this as a negative reference to the “Courage to Care Award” that Erdogan accepted in 2005 from the US-based Anti-Defamation League, which was dedicated to the people of Turkey for their efforts to save Jews during the Holocaust.
Erdogan was not, pace Muharrem Ince, awarded the Courage to Care award; he only accepted it on behalf of its intended recipients, “the people of Turkey for their efforts to save Jews during the Holocaust.”
Erdogan also accepted a “Profile of Courage” award from the American Jewish Congress in 2004 for his commitment to protecting Turkish Jews and supporting Middle East peace efforts. He agreed to an AJC request to return the award in 2014, following criticism of his “dangerous rhetoric” during that summer’s war between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
Ishak Ibrahimzadeh, president of the Jewish community of Turkey, denounced Ince’s language on Thursday, asking in a tweet, “Mr. Muharrem, what’s the problem with the ‘Jewish’ award?”
“In an environment where the word ‘Jewish’ has become a symbol of hatred and alienation,” he said, “we expect you to remove this tweet that lacks awareness!”
Ince’s comments are not the first to raise concerns about antisemitism in the Turkish left. In November, Ozgur Özel — a CHP parliamentary group leader — claimed that then-Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım would fail to discuss a US clampdown on Turkish visas during a visit to Washington, and would instead “seek support from the Jewish lobby.”
In Erdogan’s earliest days in power, having gone from being Mayor of Istanbul to Prime Minister, when it wasn’t clear how anti-Israel and how antisemitic Erdogan would turn out to be, the American Jewish Congress gave him its “Profile of Courage” award for his “commitment to protecting Jewish Turkish Jews” (which, rhetorically, he did), and his “supporting Middle East peace efforts,” which would, beginning in 2009, turn out to mean supporting the “Palestinians” to the hilt and denouncing Israelis for their attempts to defend their country from Hamas rockets. When that award was given to him in 2004, it still looked as if Erdogan might continue to treat Israel, if not any longer as an ally, at least not as the enemy it subsequently became for him. Indeed, in 2005 he paid a visit to Israel.
Muharrem Ince thinks it shameful that Erdogan should ever have accepted any awards from any Jewish group. For him, that implies a sinister connection — no need to spell it out — to the “Zionists.” Erdogan was given, and accepted, exactly one award for himself (the other he accepted on behalf of the “people of Turkey”), and when asked by the American Jewish Congress to return that award in 2014 because of his strong criticism of Israel that year, he eagerly complied, taking the occasion to lash out at Israel yet again. But apparently that cuts no ice with Ince. Not even the fact that Erdogan has been described as possibly “the most antisemitic leader now in office” saves him, in Ince’s view, from being too close to the Zionists.
Erdogan’s incessant over-the-top comments about Israel are noteworthy. With his offer to create an “Army of Islam” to destroy the Jewish state, he can hardly be outdone in antisemitic malevolence. But he is not, alas, a lonely figure on the Turkish political landscape. He has plenty of company. There is Burhan Kuzu of the AKP, who knows “Jewish bankers” — a dozen families — control everything in the United States, and have done so since at least 1865, when the Zionists killed Abraham Lincoln. Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, Bill Gates, the Koch brothers — please take note. There is Muharrem Ince, the opposition leader who hopes to outdo Erdogan in antisemitism, by accusing him of being too closely linked to the Jews. Pay no attention to how Erdogan has been lambasting Israel for the past 13 years, says Ince, but just remember that in 2004 he accepted an award for speaking in friendly fashion about Turkish Jewry. Erdogan, for shame!
There must be some sane people in Turkish politics, not unhinged by antisemitism. If you hear of them, please let me know. I’ll be glad to post both their names and examples of their sanity. For me, it would be a Turkish delight.
Abraham Jonas of Springfield, Illinois, whose sons fought on both sides during the Civil War, was himself an active Republican who helped place Lincoln’s name in nomination in 1860. Samuel G. Alschuler, a Bavarian Jewish immigrant and photographer, took numerous photographic portraits of Lincoln from his days as a young, rising politician to the president’s funeral procession as it worked its way through Chicago en route to his final resting place in Springfield. As president, Lincoln was regularly attended to by a Jewish foot doctor, Issachar Zacharie, who was a favorite of the whole Lincoln family. Burhan Kuzu apparently knows nothing of the philosemitism Lincoln repeatedly displayed.
As for President Kennedy, there have been whole bookshelves dedicated to Lee Harvey Oswald, but though many wild charges have been made about him, no one has yet declared that that homegrown Marxist was a tool of the “Zionists” until Burhan Kuzu came along. Kennedy himself was keenly aware of his own father’s antisemitism, and as president was pro-Israel in both his sentiments and his policies. No “Zionist” would have wanted him killed. And has Kuzu forgotten who killed JFK’s brother Robert in 1968, the brother who, had he lived, might well have become President himself? It was Sirhan Sirhan, a “Palestinian” from Jordan, who calmly explained that he had killed Robert Kennedy for supporting Israel during the Six-Day War. Kuzu could benefit from a little more study of our presidential history. However, antisemitism is by its very nature unhinged from reality; the truth seldom has any effect on those suffering from that mental pathology. So perhaps no amount of study will change Burhan Kuzu’s imperfect grasp of reality.
The lira recently plummeted in value after Trump imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey, amidst a diplomatic row over Ankara’s ongoing detention of a American evangelical pastor, which also saw Washington sanction two of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s cabinet members. Turkey — whose economy was already on the brink before the spat — has retaliated by doubling tariffs on certain US imports.
I’m surprised that no one in Turkey has yet claimed that Pastor Branson is really a Zionist agent, with the perfect cover — pretending to be a pastor these past 26 years, spreading the gospel in Turkey, while actually an agent of Mossad — and clever enough to have arranged for his own arrest and imprisonment, so as to worsen Turkish-American ties. Anything is possible when those diabolically clever “Zionists” are involved. Burhan Kuzu, take note!
And then there is the head of the Turkish opposition (CHP), another unhinged carrier of antisemitism:
In a separate Twitter thread on Thursday, Muharrem Ince — who served as the presidential candidate for Turkey’s main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the June 24  elections — criticized the AKP’s recent statements about the US, claiming his own party has been on the vanguard of the fight against “imperialism.”
He accused Erdogan’s party of “protecting the outpost of imperialism with every policy” since 1950, and “surrendering the state to the Fetö terrorist organization” led by Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen, who Ankara blames for a failed 2016 coup.
What does Ince mean by an “outpost of imperialism”? This is a reference to Israel, as the ally of the United States and therefore an “outpost” of American imperialism. Why did Ince mention the date “1950”? It was on January 7,1950 that the first Turkish diplomatic representation in Israel, a legation, was formally inaugurated.
So Erdogan, who has called for an Army of Islam to destroy Israel, is here being denounced by the leader of the opposition CHP as having all along been “protecting” the very outpost of imperialist America — Israel — that he has been endlessly attacking. What’s next in the wild imagination of Muharrem Ince? Does he think Erdogan is actually a Zionist double agent, only pretending to be hostile to Israel while, all along, he’s been “protecting” it?
Just as ludicrous, Muharrem Ince accuses Erdogan of “surrendering the state” to the followers of the Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen. But Erdogan described the 2016 coup as being planned and led from Pennsylvania by Gulen. It was Erdogan who detained more than 100,000 people and arrested 47,500 of them, accusing them of being followers of Gulen. These included thousands of high-ranking officers, judges, lawyers, journalists, media personalities, and writers. All of them were charged with being part of a coup supposedly organized by Fethullah Gulen; it is Erdogan who keeps demanding that the Americans extradite Gulen from Pennsylvania to Turkey. Yet here we have the leader of the opposition charging Erdogan, who has for two years been whipping up anti-Gulen sentiment, of “surrendering the state” to none other than his worst enemy, Fethullah Gulen. The sheer craziness of Turkish political life is clearly not confined either to Erdogan or to the AKP.
Last year, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for the creation of an “Army of Islam” to attack Israel from all sides, in order to destroy it.
That was shocking, but not surprising, for Erdogan has long been outspoken in his hostility to the Jewish state. Before Erdogan, relations between Turkey and Israel had long been close. Trade and tourism between the two countries boomed. Turkey was the favored destination of Israeli tourists. Israeli technicians were modernizing Turkish combat jets. Israeli pilots practiced maneuvers in Turkish airspace. There were also plans for high-tech cooperation and water sharing.
This ended when Recep Tayyip Erdogan was elected president in 2003. He began to speak about Israel as an “oppressor” of the “Palestinians” and of the need for Turkey to express its solidarity with fellow Muslims. When Israel went to war in Gaza to stop rocket fire on its southern villages in 2009, Erdogan angrily denounced Israel for defending itself.
Relations deteriorated much more rapidly because of the Mavi Marmara episode. A flotilla of six ships attempted to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza in 2010. Israeli ships tried to stop them. Five of the six ships offered only passive resistance. Those on board the sixth, Turks on a Turkish ship, the Mavi Marmara, put up a fight against Israeli commandos trying to board, and nine armed Turks were killed, with a tenth severely wounded. This caused a furor in Turkey; Erdogan was enraged. Normal diplomatic relations with Israel were frozen — and would remain that way until 2015, when Prime Minister Netanyahu apologized for the Mavi Marmara deaths and agreed to pay $20 million in compensation. Turkey was in 2015 greatly interested in receiving natural gas — from Israel, so as to break its dependence on supplies from Russia, and that might also help explain its very brief, and very slight, warming toward the Jewish state.
But despite that short period of a scarcely discernible rapprochement, Erdogan soon reverted to type, again constantly denouncing Israel, taking the side of the “Palestinians.” This past March, an article appear in Yeni Safak, a newspaper that is regarded as Erdogan’s mouthpiece, under the title “What if an Army of Islam was Formed Against Israel?” The piece openly called on the 57 member states of the OIC to form a joint “Army of Islam” — presumably under Turkish direction — to simultaneously attack Israel from the east, west, north, and south, in order to destroy it.
So that is where relations stand between President Erdogan and Israel — they could hardly be worse.
Then last summer we discovered, to our chagrin, that Erdogan has been echoed in his hysterical anti-Israel views not only by a leading figure in his ruling AKP party, but also by a leading figure in the opposition, an opposition that many in the West surely assumed was, in contradistinction to Erdogan, sensible, liberal, secular, and above all, rational. How wrong they were.
Turkish Opposition Figure Criticizes ‘Jewish’ Award, After Founder of Ruling Party Claims ‘Jewish Bankers’ Control US Economy
A founding member of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) accused Zionist Jews on Tuesday of secretly controlling the US economy, days before a leading opposition figure criticized the AKP for accepting a prize from a Jewish-American group.
In a tweet shared by more than 900 people, Burhan Kuzu alleged that a dozen “Zionist banking families of Jewish descent, whose numbers do not exceed 300,” oversee the printing of US dollars.
Here we go again, with the antisemitic trope of the “Jewish bankers.” Burhan Kuzu needs to be reminded that the “printing of US dollars” is not done by “Zionist banking families,” but by the United States Department of Engraving and Printing, which has been engaged in that task since long before the appearance of “Zionism” or of “Zionist banking families.” It would be fascinating to know exactly how Mr. Kuzu counted up those twelve — count them, twelve — Jewish banking families “whose numbers do not exceed 300.”
After claiming that Presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy “were killed by the Zionists” for trying to wrest control of the economy back from “Jewish bankers,” he [Burhan Kuzu] called on President Donald Trump to follow in their footsteps. “But he can’t do it, because they will assassinate him,” Kuzu said. “Try it Trump, and see what happens!”
Again, just to refresh Mr. Kuzu’s curious memory: there were no “Zionists” around (and very few “Jewish bankers”) in 1865 to kill Abraham Lincoln, nor any reason for them to have wished to do so. Lincoln was, in fact, the first president to have extensive social contact with Jews in the United States, as we shall see tomorrow.
Qanta Ahmed is a poised and eloquent defender of “moderate” Islam. A British-American pulmonologist now serving as an Associate Professor of Medicine at the State University of New York, she also describes herself as a specialist in the study of Islamism as contrasted with Islam.
In my opinion, Ahmed diagnoses the problem correctly, but she gets the etiology wrong. That is, she rightly condemns the anti-Semitic hatred of Ilhan Omar’s statements, but she wrongly attributes that antipathy to a modern fiction known as “Islamism” rather than to orthodox Islam itself. Since Ahmed clings to a belief in Islam as “moderate”, she cannot allow herself to see that the problem of Omar’s anti-Semitism finds its roots in the Qur’an and Sunna of Muhammad.
Ahmed declares, in purported contrast to Omar, “I don’t hate Jews and I don’t hate the Jewish state of Israel.” In fact , she goes on to say,
I have studied the Koran and know it says Jerusalem belongs the Jews. The Koran devotes an entire chapter to the Children of Israel – and considers the Israelites to be a nation bestowed with special Divine favor.
This is a highly misleading statement. As a matter of fact, Jerusalem is never mentioned by name in the Qur’an. Everything Ahmed declares positively about the Jews and Israel rests upon only one passage in Islam’s holy book, 5:20-21, which reads:
Remember Moses said to his people: “O my people! Call in remembrance the favour of Allah unto you, when He produced prophets among you, made you kings, and gave you what He had not given to any other among the peoples. O my people! Enter the holy land which Allah hath assigned unto you, and turn not back ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin.” (Yusuf ‘Ali translation)
Ahmed’s reasons that since according to the Qur’an’s Moses Allah has assigned the holy land to the Jews, and since Jerusalem was/is within that holy land, Jerusalem must still belong to the Jews today, for Allah’s decrees cannot be reversed. So, not only do the Jews have the right to Jerusalem as their capital, they also are the rightful owners of all the land of Israel, because they are a specially favored people before Allah. Wow!
This raises the question, “How have the vast majority of Muslims (non-Arab as well as Arab) gotten this so wrong, not only in modern times but throughout Islam’s history?” Why has anti-Jewish vitriol spewed from the mouths and pens of Muslim leaders, scholars and commoners since the time of the sahaba (Muhammad’s early companions)? Why has this Qur’anic text not convinced the worldwide Muslim community that Qanta Ahmed is right and they are wrong?
The answer is fairly simple. Ahmed has failed to read this passage in the light of the rest of the Qur’an.
First of all, v. 21 declares that Allah has decreed this land for the Jews as long as they “turn not back ignominiously [from jihad against the contemporaneous inhabitants], for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin.” This is a reference, of course, to the original conquest of the land after the Jews had been miraculously liberated from their slavery in Egypt. As subsequent verses in Sura 5 show, the bulk of the Jews, out of fear, disobeyed this divine command delivered by Moses, and so were punished with wandering in the wilderness for 40 years until that disobedient generation died off. Why does Allah remind Jewish listeners of this history? Because immediately preceding this story, Allah warns the Jews and Christians that “Now has come to you our messenger….” The sober implication is clear — if you do not obey Muhammad and become his followers, you will lose your favor with Allah and be treated as the disobedient Jews in the time of Moses.
The original decree of the holy land was dependent on the Jews’ obedience to Allah’s will. In refusing to carry out his commands, they lost their right to possess the land. Even though the next generation of Jews did conquer the land, the Jewish nation as a whole continued throughout its history to disobey God, and according to Islamic doctrine have become cursed and hated by Allah, eternal enemies to the Muslims and their god.
According to a statistical linguistic analysis of the Qur’an found on Dr. Bill Warner’s website www.politicalislam.com, though there are a few positive statements about Jews in the early Meccan revelations of Muhammad (while he was trying to curry their favor in support of his claim to be a true prophet of the one God), the Qur’an as a whole is virulently anti-Jewish. Overall, 18% of the content of the Qur’an is negative toward Jews. When you consider that Hitler’s Mein Kampf, which fueled the Nazi execration of Jews, devotes only 7% of its contents to anti-Semitism and yet stirred the Nazi party to such racist and anti-religious evil against Jews, why should we be surprised that Muslims by and large are today characterized by Qur’anically-induced loathing for Jews, and have been throughout their history, with limited exceptions? Ilhan Omar’s recent statements produce no surprise or condemnation among most Muslims around the world because they fit the mindset of Muhammad’s Islam as found in the Qur’an and Sunna.
For example, Jews are classified as infidels to be killed or subjugated (2.62; 5:69), unless they accept Islam, thereby becoming Muslims. Allah declares that only a tiny minority of Jews will convert (3.110, 199), leaving the vast majority as sinners destined for eternal fire (4;46, 162).
They have been inveterate persecutors and murderers of their prophets (3.181-3; 2:61, 87, 91; 4.155; 5.70). Their arrogance as the “chosen people” knows no bounds (2.111; 5.18; 62.6; 2.79-80), yet they are rightly characterized by disbelief and insubordination as seen in their breaking of the Mosaic Law (62.5; 5.44; 2.85). Indeed, because of their flagrant violation of the Sabbath, Allah turned some of them into apes and pigs (5.60; 2.65; 7.166). This is why today from the pulpits of mosques Jews are popularly referred to as “descendants/brothers of apes and pigs.”
Because of their “obstinate rebellion and disbelief” (5.64), Allah has put mutual “enmity and hatred among them” until the Day of Judgment. As a result of their bitter hearts, “they ever strive to make mischief on the earth” (for which the appropriate punishment, according to 5.33, is:
“…that they be killed or crucified or that their hands and feet be cut off from opposite sides or that they be exiled from the land. That is for them a disgrace in this world; and for them in the Hereafter is a great punishment.”
Cursed repeatedly by Allah (2.89; 105), the disbelieving (i.e., non-Muslim) Jews “…have drawn on themselves wrath upon wrath” (2.90). They have distorted their sacred texts in order to deceive Muhammad and his followers (4.46; 5.13, 41-3; 2.75, 79, 104; 3.78), they have concealed truths in order to undermine Muhammad’s standing as a true prophet (2.76, 146; 3.71), they have rejected, out of jealousy, the authenticity of the Qur’an as the Word of God (2.89-90, 105; 4.153). They “bite their nails in rage against the believers [i.e., Muslims]” (3.119) and conspire to turn such believers into infidels (2.109; 3.69, 99-100; 4.54; 5.59).
According to 9.30-31, the Jews are not merely infidels but idolaters — those guilty of shirk, the worst sin against Allah , which the Qur’an declares unforgivable (4.48). Together with all other idolaters, they are “the strongest in enmity to the believers” (5.82; 3.186). They have “thrown away” the covenant which Allah originally made with them in favor of “some miserable [worldly] gain” (3.187) but their end will be a “painful torment.”
Because their hearts are filled always with “evil inclinations” (2.120, 135, 140), Muslims are not to take them (or Christians) as friends/supporters (5.51, 57; 42.15). Instead, when able, the Muslim umma (nation) is to serve as the punishing rod of Allah against them (29.46; 3.20; 2.85, 109; 5.64;9.29; 33.26-7).
This conviction played itself out in Medina during the lifetime of Muhammad. When he arrived there from Mecca in 622, there were 3 prosperous and powerful Jewish tribes: the Qaynuqa, the Nadir and the Qurayza. In five years time, two of the tribes had been expelled (with the Muslims confiscating their lands, homes and possessions), and the third tribe lost their 700-900 adult males to beheading, while the women and children were farmed out as slaves.
One might argue that such Jew-hatred was limited to the time of Muhammad and that such horrible passages in the Qur’an no longer apply to Muslims in their relations to the Jews today. However, Islam claims that the Qur’an is the eternal and unchanging Word of Allah, written on an eternal book in heaven before history began. Its dictates are timeless and universal, unless Allah abrogates them with new revelation. There is no abrogation of such anti-Semitism in the Qur’an, and unfortunately there can be none in the future since Allah declares in 5.3, “This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favor upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion.”
To prove that Islamic hatred for the Jews is cemented in the Muslim psyche for all time we may turn to one of the most popular hadith traditions cited among Muslims both Sunni and Shi’ite. Found in both the collections of Bukhari and al-Muslim (the two most authoritative Ahadith works), the prophecy attributed to Muhammad reads thus:
Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.” (Bukhari, 4.52.177)
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger as saying: “The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.” (Muslim, 7.41.6985)
In the final analysis, Qanta Ahmed is right in calling out Ilhan Omar’s hatred of Jews and Israel. However, she is wrong in attributing such a mindset to “Islamism” as something distinct from Islam. As the Qur’an, the Hadith and the early biographies of Muhammad’s life all confirm, anti-Semitism is baked into the revelation and practice of Islam from at least 622 on, when Muhammad moved to Medina and began his campaign to destroy all those opposing him, most notably the Jews.
Qanta Ahmed no doubt means well, but in deluding herself about the truth of Islam she is also deluding others. Her Islam is a chimera, for it flies in the face of the religion’s core teachings, but the rest of the Islamic world knows this and consequently ignores her words.
god who is the first principle of all things, may be compared to things created as the architect is to things designed. - st. Thomas Aquinas (God the Architect of Creation -- Frontispiece of la Bible Moralisée - Codex Vindobonensis, circa 1220-1230)
god who is the first principle of all things, may be compared to things created as the architect is to things designed. - st. Thomas Aquinas (God the Architect of Creation -- Frontispiece of la Bible Moralisée - Codex Vindobonensis, circa 1220-1230)