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Islam’s Jew-Hating Hadith in Context

The infamous hadith about the Jew hiding behind a tree is not some apocrophyl canon held in esteem by an unimportant few, but runs parallel to anti-Jewish motifs throughout the Koran.
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Over 850 years ago, elaborating on the depth of Muslim hatred for the Jews in his era,  Maimonides (in ~ 1172 C.E.) made this profound observation regarding the Jewish predilection for denial, a feature that he insists will hasten their destruction.

We 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.

The Jews 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 , however, given the existence of an autonomous Jewish State of Israel, and a thriving Western Jewish diaspora, particularly here in the United States, living under the blanket of hard won protections for their religious freedom, physical security, and dignity.

As a pre-condition to real dialogue—not its miserable simulacrum—Jews and their leadership—religious, political, and intellectual—must demand from their Muslim counterparts acknowledgment and wrenching reform of the sacralized Islamic Jew hatred which is still being taught and promoted in Islamic schools, religious institutions, and even on U.S. university campuses. Speaking as a Jew, let us demonstrate as Jews that we are no longer content living with Maimonides’ 12th century expectations of Muslims, otherwise they will oblige us.

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About the Author: Andrew G. Bostom, M.D., is the author of the highly acclaimed The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History, and, Sharia Versus Freedom—The Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism. Dr. Bostom has published numerous articles and commentaries on Islam in the New York Post, Washington Times, The New York Daily News, National Review Online, The American Thinker, Pajamas Media, FrontPage Magazine.com, and other print and online publications. More on Andrew Bostom’s work can be found at his blog: www.andrewbostom.org.


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4 Responses to “Islam’s Jew-Hating Hadith in Context”

  1. David Weitz says:

    A "Must Read" for everyone interested in the Middle East dispute. Now you will understand why the Arab-Israeli dispute will NEVER be settled until Muslims exorcise the hateful, antisemiticl Hadiths and passages from the Koran from their belief system.

  2. Yechiel Baum says:

    Notice the yamulke being hidden underneath the Kafiya.
    They are jealous of Judaism that we are GODS chosen people while they are born from an Egyptian maid servant and concubine which is low class. making them bastards in the eyes of the Lord.

  3. The author conflicts himself; in the beginning he dismisses my article and writes: "… and notwithstanding Sinem Tezyapar's attempt to negate this reality in The Jewish Press…"
    Then, in the end he demands: "As a pre-condition to real dialogue… Jews… must demand… acknowledgment and wrenching reform of the sacralized Islamic Jew hatred…"
    But when I write against radicals who preach hatred, he is not willing to accept it as an honest call for change! Does he really want dialogue and reconciliation, or is he so deeply invested in his research of the conflict that he rejects any sign of a positive change?
    I am a devout Muslim and my positive approach and interpretation is purely based on Quran, Islam's foundation. And I responded to these question in my previous articles:
    Why It Is a False Statement to Say Jews Are Cursed or Apes According to Islam?
    Why It Is a False Statement to Say Jews Are the Army of Dajjal (Anti-Messiah) According to Islam?
    http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/much-of-what-you-think-you-know-about-islam-is-wrong/2013/01/17/

  4. Donny Kligman says:

    Finally a article with sense! Sinem wants Israel to be part of the "Turkish Islamic Union." We say NO THANKS!

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