Robert Spencer: The Roots of Islamic Anti-Semitism, from, with comments

My latest in The Geller Report:

Anti-Semitism in Europe is at levels not seen since the heyday of Nazi Germany, and is growing more savage by the moment. Last week, i24News reported that “two French Jewish brothers were briefly abducted and abused by a group of men in a Paris suburb in an incident that ended with the brothers being beaten and attacked with a wood saw.” This is the new Europe, the same as the old Europe, because of Muslim immigration: the attackers were “a group of men described as having a Middle Eastern appearance.”

A group of men having a Middle Eastern appearance would have every reason, by their own lights, to abduct, beat, and attempt to mutilate two random Jews. The Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the wellbeing of the Muslims. They are the strongest of all people in enmity toward the Muslims (5:82); as fabricating things and falsely ascribing them to Allah (2:79; 3:75, 3:181); claiming that Allah’s power is limited (5:64); loving to listen to lies (5:41); disobeying Allah and never observing his commands (5:13); disputing and quarreling (2:247); hiding the truth and misleading people (3:78); staging rebellion against the prophets and rejecting their guidance (2:55); being hypocritical (2:14, 2:44); giving preference to their own interests over the teachings of Muhammad (2:87); wishing evil for people and trying to mislead them (2:109); feeling pain when others are happy or fortunate (3:120); being arrogant about their being Allah’s beloved people (5:18); devouring people’s wealth by subterfuge (4:161); slandering the true religion and being cursed by Allah (4:46); killing the prophets (2:61); being merciless and heartless (2:74); never keeping their promises or fulfilling their words (2:100); being unrestrained in committing sins (5:79); being cowardly (59:13-14); being miserly (4:53); being transformed into apes and pigs for breaking the Sabbath (2:63-65; 5:59-60; 7:166); and more.

The classic Qur’anic commentators not do not mitigate the Qur’an’s words against Jews, but only add fuel to the fire. Ibn Kathir explained Qur’an 2:61 (“They were covered with humiliation and misery; they drew on themselves the wrath of Allah”) this way: “This Ayah [verse] indicates that the Children of Israel were plagued with humiliation, and that this will continue, meaning that it will never cease. They will continue to suffer humiliation at the hands of all who interact with them, along with the disgrace that they feel inwardly.” Another Middle Ages commentator of lingering influence, Abdallah ibn Umar al-Baidawi, explains the same verse this way: “The Jews are mostly humiliated and wretched either of their own accord, or out of coercion of the fear of having their jizya [punitive tax] doubled.”

Ibn Kathir notes Islamic traditions that predict that at the end of the world, “the Jews will support the Dajjal (False Messiah), and the Muslims, along with ‘Isa [Jesus], son of Mary, will kill the Jews.” The idea in Islam that the end times will be marked by Muslims killing Jews comes from the prophet Muhammad himself, who 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.’” This is, not unexpectedly, a favorite motif among contemporary jihadists.

Not just contemporary jihadists, but modern-day mainstream Islamic authorities take these passages seriously. The former Grand Sheikh of Al-Azhar, Muhammad Sayyid Tantawi, who was the most respected cleric in the world among Sunni Muslims, called Jews “the enemies of Allah, descendants of apes and pigs.” The late Saudi sheikh Abd al-Rahman al-Sudayyis, imam of the principal mosque in the holiest city in Islam, Mecca, said in a sermon that Jews are “the scum of the human race, the rats of the world, the violators of pacts and agreements, the murderers of the prophets, and the offspring of apes and pigs.”

Another Saudi sheikh, Ba’d bin Abdallah al-Ajameh al-Ghamidi, made the connection explicit: “The current behavior of the brothers of apes and pigs, their treachery, violation of agreements, and defiling of holy places … is connected with the deeds of their forefathers during the early period of Islam–which proves the great similarity between all the Jews living today and the Jews who lived at the dawn of Islam.”

All this shows that leading Muslim authorities approach the Qur’an not as a document rooted in history, but as a blueprint for understanding the world today. Indeed, it is the primary blueprint for such understanding, and yet the one most persistently ignored by authorities. That’s why those authorities keep misunderstanding the rising problem of Islamic anti-Semitism, and are woefully ill-equipped to deal with it.

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  1. epistemology says

    February 27, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Toda raba, dear Robert, thanks a lot. Spot on, you put everything right. I can only add that as a Jew living in today’s Europe you have to be more afraid of muzzies than of neo-Nazis, especially in Germany where the police protect you but when you report incidents with adherents of the religion of peace (TM) they keep telling xou that you’ve got to respect other cultures. I never disrespect other cultures, but I don’t respect uncivilized muzzies, something that fails to get into the mind of the police.

    Muzzies hate all the peole who aren’t like them, but most of all they hate Jews.

    • Wellington says

      February 27, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      Seconded, epistemology, from a non-Jew who is sick of anti-Semitism from whatever source——–and the Islamic source of this vicious and mindless hatred has a “track record” of some 1400 years.

      On a very related note, Israel is the only free polity in all of the Middle East and I concluded long, long ago that anyone who hates Israel has a broken moral compass, whatever the source. Israel is the canary in the coal mine of Western Civilization and one knows this or should know it. So, long live Israel. And I also have no time for one who avers that they are not anti-Jewish, only anti-Israel. Such a person is either deceiving others or himself since it is a distinction without a difference.

      Jew hatred is ALWAYS an indication of a lesser mind at work. Always.

      As ever I remain,

      Zionistically yours,


      • gravenimage says

        February 27, 2017 at 10:25 pm

        Seconded everything you wrote to Epistemology, Wellington.

        It breaks my heart–and makes me very, very angry–that Jewish people are once again being targeted in Europe. What ever happened to “Never Again”? Too many are ignoring it because the source is different than it was seventy-five years ago. Unconscionable.

  2. marina says

    February 27, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    The prosperous Jews in Mo’s time didn’t cave in to his demands that they convert to Islam. Hence Mo hated them and killed an entire tribe , pillaged and took their women as slaves. Koran is full of Jew bashing which is Mo’s words anyway and muzlems follow it blindly and believe that Jews are the worst of people.

    • gravenimage says

      February 27, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      All true. I think Mo assumed that his poaching superficial parts of Judaism would impress Jewish people, and that they would all immediately follow him. When they did not, he developed a murderous hatred of them for not falling for his bs.

  3. Matthieu Baudin says

    February 27, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    The anti-Jewish rantings of the Quoran, courtesy of the historically real or fictitious Mohammed, are matched in the modern period by the rantings of Uncle Adolf in Mein Kampf. What a diabolical mess we find ourselves in when we insist on respecting the spiritual authority of this old vicious book – the Quoran.

  4. gravenimage says

    February 27, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Robert Spencer: The Roots of Islamic Anti-Semitism

    Anti-Semitism–*genocidal* Anti-Semitism–is orthodox Islam, and more and more Jews will suffer as the Muslim population grows–especially in Europe, where the Muslim population is skyrocketing.

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2 Responses to Robert Spencer: The Roots of Islamic Anti-Semitism, from, with comments

  1. θ says:

    Since Moslems – including early Moslems – marry the women of Ahl Kitabs especially Jewess (Khaybar female captives for example) with a common practice of Azl, I think it is not wise to use the literalism on the context, lest we are mistakenly labeling those honorable companions of Prophet Muhammad as “husbands of female apes”.
    The word “apes” related to the Jews in Hadith and Qur’an should be taken as highly figurative as the words “serpent”, “viper” and “dogs” “wild ass” in the Torah and Gospel.

  2. θ says:

    In other words, one decisive Qur’an permission for the early Moslems to take the Jewish women as wives per Q.5, v.5, such as the female Khaybarites, has effectively made any previous slur “children of apes” coming from Hadith totally obsolete and silly.

    On other hand, a more sillier backlash would happen if we still use that slur which Qur’an ahs put into an end, that is a disgrace how early Moslems married the female apes.

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