Jews and Christians Must Unite In Defense Against the Global Jihad
By Robert Spencer
Sunday night in Los Angeles I had the great honor of
receiving the Shushan Award for Righteous Gentile from the Creative Zionist
Coalition, a noteworthy new group dedicated to the defense of Israel. At a time
when Leftist Christians are rushing to imitate the zeitgeist by condemning
Israel and initiating Nazi-style boycotts of Jewish businesses, it is useful to
recall why a Jewish-Christian alliance could be essential at this point for the
survival of the free world.
The history of Christianity’s relationship of Judaism, of
course, is marred by innumerable incidents of antagonism and worse. Reading
histories of Catholic medieval Europe and Orthodox Russia under the czars makes
me ashamed to share the same faith as the persecutors; at the same time, while
the Catholic Church and other Christian bodies have at the highest level
rejected anti-Semitism and the interpretations of the New Testament that
buttressed it, Islamic anti-Semitism remains deeply rooted in the Qur’an and
Sunnah, and no Islamic authorities show any inclination to reexamine it.
What’s more, Islam envisions the same fate for both Jews and
Christians. Islamic law assigns both to dhimmi status: the institutionalized subjugation
that the Qur’an mandates for “the People of the Book” (cf. 9:29). The dhimmis
are forbidden to hold authority over Muslims, and so are relegated to the most
menial jobs in society; are forbidden to build new houses of worship or to repair
old ones, so that their communities are in a perpetual state of decline; and
must submit to numerous other humiliating and discriminatory regulations –
above all, the payment of the jizya, the tax that the Qur’an mandates as the
most vivid manifestation of the non-Muslims’ submission to Muslim rule.
The dhimmis’ Muslim masters throughout history worked to sow
antagonism among the various dhimmi groups, so as to ensure that they would
never band together against their oppressors. A modern example of this came in
2007, when Ingrid Mattson, then-President of the Islamic Society of North
America, a group that has admitted ties to Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood,
said in a speech at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government that
"right-wing Christians are very risky allies for American Jews, because
they [the Christians] are really anti-Semitic. They do not like Jews.”
Mattson did not mention that her own holy book says that
Allah transformed Jews into apes and pigs (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166), or that it
designates Jews “the most vehement of mankind in hostility to those who
believe” (5:82), or that it says that they are under the curse of Allah (9:30),
or that they should be warred against and subjugated (9:29). Nor does she deign
to note that the New Testament, while it does contain passages that were used
to justify anti-Semitism (although none call for or justify any violence)
contains nothing of this…vehement hostility.
What Mattson was trying to do was not to warn the Jews of a
genuine threat out of the goodness of her heart, but to sow discord among two
communities targeted by jihadis, so as to ward off the formation of a united
front. And Mattson is just one of many, and their efforts are working all too
well: some Christians are regarding Jews today with a renewed anti-Semitism disguised
as moral dudgeon directed against Israel, and some Jews view Christians with so
much suspicion that they miss genuine allies.
All this makes a united front even more necessary. The
pioneering historian Bat Ye’or has emphasized this in her writings, and her
buttressing her point recently is hard evidence that the Islamic imperative to subjugate
Jews and Christians as dhimmis is not (as Islamic apologists frequently claim
these days) a relic of the distant past, never to be revived again; on the
contrary, Muslims in Bosnia,
have in recent years called for its reimposition. The elements of Islamic law
that call for jihad against Jews and Christians so as to bring them under the rule
of Sharia are very much still a part of that law; they have not been reformed
Jews and Christians have a common Scripture and, in numerous
ways, a common outlook. We are the children and heirs of the greatest
civilization the world has known. And today, if we do not hang together, we
shall most assuredly hang separately.
Robert Spencer is the
director of Jihad Watch and author of
the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam
(and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His upcoming book, Not Peace But A Sword: The Great Chasm Between Christianity and Islam, will be available March 25.
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