Bostom on Islamic Jew hatred;
years ago, elaborating on the depth of Muslim hatred for the Jews in his era
(contra the deceitful allusions of the “dialogue” letter), Maimonides made this profound observation regarding the
Jewish predilection for denial, a feature that he insists will hasten their
have acquiesced, both old and young, to inure ourselves to humiliation…All this
notwithstanding, we do not escape this continued maltreatment [by Muslims] which
well nigh crushes us. No matter how much we suffer and elect to remain at peace
with them,they stir up strife and sedition.
and their communal leaders like Maimonides living under Islamic rule in the
Middle Ages—vanquished by jihad, isolated, and well-nigh defenseless under the
repressive system of dhimmitude—can be excused for their submissive denial.
There is no such excuse in our era given the existence of an autonomous Jewish
State of Israel, and a thriving Western Jewish diaspora living under the blanket
of hard won protections for their religious freedom, physical security, and
When the late 23 year-old Parisian Jew
Ilan Halimi was being tortured to death in February 2006, his Muslim torturers,
as Nidra Poller wrote in the Wall Street Journal “…phoned the family on several occasions and made them
listen to the recitation of verses from the Qur’ran, while Ilan’s tortured
screams could be heard in the background.” In the heart of Western Europe, Ilan Halimi’s torturers/murderers did
not invoke any non-Islamic sources of anti-Jewish hate, only the
As a pre-condition
to real dialogue—not its miserable simulacrum as represented by the February 25,
2008 letter—Jews and their leadership—religious, political, and
intellectual—must demand a mea culpa from their Muslim counterparts for
the sacralized Islamic Jew hatred which contributed to Ilan Halimi’s death, and
countless other similar atrocities across space and time, since the advent of
Let us demonstrate as Jews that we are
no longer living with 12th century expectations of Muslims, otherwise
they will oblige us.
The Dialogue of Denial Dr Andrew Bostom
As described February 23,
2006 by Nidra Poller, “Ilan’s uncle Rafi Halimi told reporters that the gang
[of Ilan’s Muslim torturers/murderers] phoned the family on several occasions
and made them listen to the recitation of verses from the Koran, while Ilan’s
tortured screams could be heard in the background.”
An open letter calling for “dialogue” was introduced this Monday, February 25, 2008, by Tariq Ramadan, ballyhooed by its promoters in grandiose
terms as the “World’s First Cross-Denominational Statement from Muslims to
Jews.” A press release sent to me directly by one of the Muslim
organizers of the initiative, Dr. Akbar Ahmed, touted two Jewish leaders, Rabbi
David Rosen, “International President, Religions for Peace and Advisor on
Interfaith Relations to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel,” and Rabbi Danny Rich, described
as “Director of Liberal Judaism,” who had quickly endorsed the statement.
Rabbis Rosen and Rich should
disavow their naïve endorsements because support for this initiative, as framed in the letter, is an egregious
Notwithstanding the inappropriateness of selecting Mr.
Ramadan as the “presenter”—given his penchant for
espousing anti-Jewish conspiracy theories—the statement itself
(available in full here) is a thoroughly disappointing amalgam of raw
denial, and disingenuousness.
genuine mea culpa, as opposed to immoral equivalence, the letter, released in Cambridge, England, is
hermetically sealed off from a contemporary British, and larger Western European
milieu, in which Muslims are responsible for fully half (50%) of the
documented Antisemitic incidents on the European continent, i.e., on a
population percentage basis Muslims in Europe (comprising only
~3.0-4.0% of the total European population.) account for roughly 24.0 to
32.3 times the number of Antisemitic incidents as their non-Muslim European
ignored in the
letter are the expressed, “carefully researched” views on
Jews—words which incite such Muslim Antisemitism, including acts of
violence—espoused by the nearest Muslim equivalent to a Pope—Muhammad Sayyid
Tantawi, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University, the head of the most prestigious
center of Muslim learning in Sunni Islam, Sunnis representing some 85% of the
world’s Muslims. Tantawi wrote these words in his 700 page treatise documenting and rationalizing
Muslim Jew hatred, Banu Isra’il fi al-Qur’an wa al-Sunna
[Jews in the Qur’an and the Traditions], originally
published in the 1970s, and then re-issued in 1986/87:
[The] Qur’an describes the Jews with their own
particular degenerate characteristics, i.e. killing the prophets of Allah,
corrupting His words by putting them in the wrong places, consuming the people’s
wealth frivolously, refusal to distance themselves from the evil they do, and
other ugly characteristics caused by their deep-rooted lasciviousness…only a
minority of the Jews keep their word….[A]ll Jews are not the same. The good ones
become Muslims, the bad ones do not. (Qur’an 3:113)
Tantawi was apparently rewarded for this scholarly effort by being named Grand
Imam ofAl-Azhar University in 1996, a position he still holds. And Tantawi has
not mollified such hatemongering beliefs since becoming the Grand Imam of
Al-Azhar as his recent statements on the Jews as “enemies of Allah, descendants of apes and pigs”, the legitimacy of homicide bombing of Jews, or “dialogue” with Jews (just below), make
“…anyone who avoids meeting with the enemies in order to
counter their dubious claims and stick fingers into their eyes, is a coward. My
stance stems from Allah’s book [the Qur’an], more than one-third of which deals
with the Jews…[I] wrote a dissertation dealing with them [the Jews], all their
false claims and their punishment by Allah. I still believe in everything
written in that dissertation.” [i.e., from above, in Banu Isra’il fi al-Qur’an
case illustrates the prevalence and depth of sacralized, “normative” Jew hatred
in the contemporary Muslim world, which engenders both the Antisemitic
attitudes, and resultant anti-Jewish violence inflicted upon Jews far removed
from the Middle Eastern battlegrounds of Israel, and the neighboring Muslim
nations and communities. Arguably Islam’s leading mainstream cleric,
Tantawi embodies how the living, nearly1400 year-old legacy of Muslim
anti-Jewish hatred, and violence remains firmly rooted in mainstream, orthodox
Islamic teachings, not some aberrant vision of an Islam “hijacked” by a minority
authors of the disingenuous “dialogue” letter avoid any discussion of
this living anti-Jewish doctrine and history, and focus instead on demonstrably false platitudes about the “Iberian peninsula” during
the high Middle Ages, rare and completely de-contextualized pacific sounding verses from the
Koran and hadith, and an entirely misleading discussion of the so-called “Medina
Charter” of Muhammad—in reality, a part of Muhammad’s design to neutralize
the Jews of Medina, and establish a hegemonic Islamic order, via jihad—which the
Muslim prophet-jihadist accomplished.
Pure Bostom. Read it all.
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