Jihad Watch :
The signatories insist that Islam “does not promote anti-Semitism and Arabs are also a Semitic people…”
“Islam does not promote antisemitism” because Arabs “are also a
Semitic people”? This idiotic sleight-of-word is hardly worth
discussing. It’s irrelevant whether the Arabs are also considered by
ethnographers to be a “Semitic” people.
The point is that the Qur’an is
full of dozens of harsh denunciations of the Jews, whom Muslims are
commanded to despise and hate as a people. Antisemitism has always been
defined not as “hatred of Semitic peoples,” but as “hatred of the Jews.”
Antisemitism is everywhere in Islam: in Qur’anic verses, in the hadith,
in the furious sermons preached against the Jews in hundreds of
thousands of mosques worldwide, in the cursing of Jews (as “those who
have earned Allah’s wrath”) that is embedded in the Fatiha that devout
Muslims recite 17 times a day, while saying their five daily prayers.
Haj Amin El Husseini was the most sinister in effect, but hardly the
only Muslim leader to promote antisemitism.
The current head of Al
Azhar, Mohammed el-Tayeb, has repeatedly broadcast his hatred of Jews.
So has Sheik Youssef Al-Qaradawi, who is the most widely-read Sunni
cleric in the world; his attacks on Jews, based on the Qur’anic text and
on Islamic history reach tens of millions of Muslims. The late
Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder and first Supreme Leader of the Islamic
Republic of Iran, was a profound antisemite. One of his regime’s early
acts was to execute, for supposed contacts with Israel, the unofficial
leader of Iran’s Jews, Habib Elghanian. And no demonstration in the
Islamic Republic is complete without shouts of “Death to Israel!” or
“Death to Jews!” Yet these “26 Muslim scholars” in the U.K. would have
us believe that Islam “does not promote antisemitism.”
“Jerusalem will be the capital of the Islamic Caliphate when it returns, Allah willing,” they conclude. Some of Judaism’s holiest sites are located in the West Bank and
eastern Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount and Western Wall in
Jerusalem; the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron; and
Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus.
Jerusalem had been the holiest site in Judaism for at least 2000
years before Muslim Arabs arrived in Palestine in the 7th century.
“Palestine” was the toponym the Romans gave to what had previously been
known as “Judea,” in an attempt to efface the Jewish connection to the
land. During the 1,400-year history of Islam, though Muslims ruled the
city during two periods, of 450 and 780 years, no one tried to make
Jerusalem the capital of any Muslim entity.
The capitals of the Rashidun
Caliphate were Medina and Kufa. The capital of the Umayyad Caliphate
was Damascus. The capitals of the Abbasid Caliphate included Kufa,
Anbar, Baghdad, Raqqa, Samarra, and Cairo. The capital of the Ottoman
Caliphate was Istanbul. There was also, in Islamic Spain, an independent
Umayyad caliphate, with its capital in Cordoba.