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When Will Muslims Stop Blaming their Problems on the Jews?

Iran’s blaming the Zionist entity for a deadly earthquake in the country was pushing the limits of credulity.

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Whenever a calamity falls upon Muslim-majority countries, there is always a country to blame: Israel. There is no need to look for any other reason. If there is a revolution against a tyrant regime subjugating its people, the Zionists are responsible. If there is a clash between Sunni and Shia groups – who else can be responsible? When a bomb explodes on the other side of the world or there is a problem with the economy – no need to look for anyone else. Where else can the control center for destabilizing the Arab world be but in Tel Aviv?

This notorious inclination to blame Jews for every failure going on in the Middle East has been the trend for quite some time. A wide-spread variety of people from different countries, ethnicity, ideologies, sects — even enemies of one other — invariably point to one direction: Israel. From the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi blaming Israel for the violence and unrest in Africa, to Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh saying that the turmoil in the Arab world is some pro-Zionist conspiracy, and a Saudi cleric, Sheikh Ismae’il al-Hafoufi, blaming Israel for the desecration of Islamic holy sites in Syria. Even a Sudanese cleric, Sheik Abd al-Jalil al-Karouri, pointed at Israel for the Boston and Texas bombings; and of course there were the accusations that the tragic events of September 11, 2001 were the fruits of another conspiracy that Zionists planned in order to demonize Arabs and Muslims in the eyes of the world.

This madness of putting the blame on Israel — and Zionists in general — is such a knee-jerk reaction that there is no logical explanation to this evasion of responsibility. The most surprising part is that so many people believe in it unquestioningly, and continue to disseminate these rumors far and wide.

Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Iran, all aggressively hold the Zionist regime responsible for their woes.

While Syrian President Bashar Assad accuses Israel of trying to destabilize Syria, the Syrian opposition also blames Israel for assisting the Assad regime by giving it diplomatic cover. Both sides see Israel as responsible for the bloodshed and unrest going on in Syria. Now with the possibility of an international intervention in Syria, Iranian legislators and commanders are issuing blunt warnings, saying any military strike by the US on Syria would lead to a retaliatory attack on Israel. Israel’s staying out of the equation, it seems, is simply not possible. Even though Israeli politicians refrain from making any comment or taking sides in the regional conflict, all sides point towards Israel anyhow.

On the other hand, we have the Egyptian coup d’état where we see both sides again blaming Israel. Israel has been accused of being responsible for the coup and — interestingly — the Egyptian protest movement Tamarod also blames Israel, yet is urging the Egyptian government not to renege on the Camp David Accords. If Israel condemns the violence committed against the anti-coup alliance, it is labeled as an enemy of Egypt and accused of collaborating to destroy the Egyptian army. Even the state-allied newspaper Al Ahram claimed that Israel is helping demolish the Egyptian army and balkanize the country. Furthermore, in 2010, an Egyptian government official blamed Israeli intelligence for a fatal shark attack on Egypt’s shores, accusing the country of trying to damage Egyptian tourism.

It must sound like a bizarre joke to some, but this tragicomic situation is quite serious for many in the Middle East. We are no longer surprised to hear of Israel as the scapegoat for every single evil in the world, but Iran’s blaming the Zionist entity for a deadly earthquake in the country was pushing the limits of credulity.

Jews are a handful of people, a tiny population when compared to the overall world population, and has been seen as a convenient group to single out for blame. This traditional aggressive Jew-hatred, accompanied by conspiracy theories targeting the state of Israel for all the problems confronting the Islamic world, is indeed a disturbing trend.

Now let’s look at what is really going on in the Islamic-Arab world. There is a continuous and unending stream of hate, of the Shia, the Wahabbi, the Sunni, the Alawi, the Christians, the Jews, and so on ad infinitum. We also see slogans such as “May God destroy Israel; down with the US, damn the West.” Hatred is deeply ingrained in their tradition, in their culture, in their own education and this fierce, venomous style is what is tearing the Islamic world apart; this is exactly what is happening in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Pakistan and other countries — Muslims killing Muslims.

Thus it is illogical and unreasonable to put the blame on Israel for the ignorance, bigotry, cruelty, lovelessness, and involvement in brutal sectarian fanaticism of some Muslims. This is an outcome of the intense efforts of some Muslim clerics themselves; there is a serious deterioration in their ideology and belief system. We find this hatred in Muslims’ own books – does Israel publish them? We find this hate in their own speeches – are these clerics Rabbis? Of course not. This occurs entirely within their own jurisprudence.

They educate hatred of the “other.” Do we ever see them talk about love and compassion? Since we see many Muslim clerics inciting violence, explaining in their own words the reasons for the need to hate, why do we put the blame on others? Muslims kill each other, and both sides then turn around and blame the Jews. How do Jews make Muslims kill other Muslims? Muslim clerics hand out fatwas (Islamic rulings) calling for sectarian violence like candy. Wahabbi scholars say that all Sunnis are unbelievers and should be destroyed; Sunni scholars say Shias are unbelievers and their death is obligatory; Shias say that it is obligatory to kill Sunnis, as they are enemies. These are Muslim clerics, not Jewish rabbis, who are promoting the most violent brand of sectarianism, preaching hatred and calling upon their followers to commit massacres. When their followers then heed these calls for violence, these same clerics turn around and promptly blame the Jews.

What about Muslims being united without declaring each other as unbelievers and solving their problems without resorting to violence? What about the Organization of Islamic Cooperation with its 57 member states or the League of Arab States with its 22 states which are utterly helpless to bring about any solutions?

The harm done by some religious scholars is highly destructive, because they have lead many ignorant people astray with their false teachings that plant seeds of hate. They implement a faith which they have largely invented themselves, under the name of Islam; in this faith there is hatred, violence, darkness, and no value for human life. They only speak hostility and espouse bloodshed in the name of Islam, spreading hatred toward Christians, Jews and even other Muslims. These loveless, misguided people are most definitely not Muslims, but bigots or radicals.

So, as Muslims, let’s stop pointing the finger at others whenever we come into trouble. It is time for the Muslim world to take responsibility and to ponder on what has gone so horribly wrong. Superstitions, innovations, localized traditions and bigotry have replaced the Koran in some Islamic countries, and their religiosity is a deeply artificial one. This hatred has to stop and Muslims must embrace the true spirit of the Koran, which is love, compassion and brotherhood for all.

This article was originally published in the Jerusalem Post

Sinem Tezyapar

About the Author: Sinem Tezyapar is an executive producer on Turkish Television. She is a political and religious commentator and a peace activist. She can be reached on Facebook, and Twitter.

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  1. EhudTokatly says:

    Bravo, Sinem! How brave and sincere you are! May the world listen to you! May God bless you!

  2. Justa Ju says:

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. I often wonder how one can rise spiritually while considering himself or herself victims of anything, much less of some invented, demonic entity they hardly know or understand.

  3. Cody Flecker says:

    Most American Jews blame the "Jews" for everything as well. That is why so many American Jews voted for Obama and the Democrats. Who could be more anti semitic than they?

  4. ChaiGuy53 says:

    The problem with Islam in general
    and Arab culture in particular, is that they lack a fundamental value which is
    necessary in a civilized society. That value is humility.
    Humility makes a person look
    inwards and take responsibility. It makes a person strive to improve one self.
    More importantly, humility (the negation or diminution of one self) allows a person
    to see and appreciate others around them and to care for their welfare. This value is a key ingredient in making societies
    more caring more calm and potentially preparing them to evolve into democracies.

    Lack of humility results in never
    accepting responsibility and therefore, blaming others. It also results in
    arrogance which leads to honor seeking, and when honor is perceived to be
    lacking, this leads to anger and violence.
    Muslim and Arab societies display the classic signs
    mentioned above: Pursuit of honor, blaming others for their own failings, anger
    and violence on a personal as well as a societal level.
    Therefore, for Arab societies
    to change they must adapt and internalize this very important value.Until they do, violence and bloodshed will persist,
    and the “Arab spring” we are all wishfully awaiting, will remain far far away.

  5. vivgolda says:

    I am so sick of the whining Muslims.  If they are dumb enough to believe everything they read about Ishmael, this simply shows how stupid they are.  This particular rift would never have arisen had the story of Ishmael and Isaac been correctly interpreted.  Clearly a case of the illegitimate son vs the legitimate.  Who would leave their land to a son whose brain capacity a little below normal.  As stated Ishmael is a bit of a Donkey, think of Shakespeare’s Bottom in Mid Summer Night’s dream.  Apart from this the whole religion is a mish mash of Christianity and Old Judaism.  Judaism has moved with the times, hence the Torah, constantly under revision and interpretation.  I don’t believe the Koran has an equivalent.

  6. Justa Ju says:

    ChaiGuy53 – With all due respect, you know nothing about Islam, which is all about subjugation of the self to God. You are mixing historic phenomena detailed here with the religion itself which is the epitome of humility. Why do you think they bow down before God five times a day?

  7. vivgolda says:

    Justa Ju  I believe my fellow commentators know plenty about Islam.  You clearly have a very romantic view of Islam.  Even back in 640 AD Islam, was fired up into converting many to Islam, many did since they wanted to keep their heads!  The only sect of Islam professing any form of Spirituality if Sufism. Whom, I might add  disapprove of the current violence, Rape Jihads and other atrocities being carried out in 2013 21st Century.  But then of course you are entitled to refute the facts of Radical Islam dominating world headlines today.  The point is Justa Ju your noble Islamic Leaders i.e. Saudi Royal Family, Wahhabi, want to keep the petrodollars rolling in!  Iran wants more Russian Rupels! Both Iran and Saudi are desperate to get the Chinese multi-billion petrodollar market and to still retain the tiddly Euro-petro market.  Islamic Sheiks just love being able to do as they like, pay for child brides, buy Virgins, not too mention Khomeini’s little daliance with a 6 year old bride, shall I go on?  Omar Khayam was not a Muslim, evident from his poetry!

  8. vivgolda says:

    ChaiGuy53 Great piece thank you.

  9. Would like to have read Sinem's comment couldn't find it.

  10. ChaiGuy53 says:

    Justa Ju ChaiGuy53
    With all due respect, to be humble before G-d is not
    a big deal.It is axiomatic with
    believing in G-d.It is the first step, otherwise
    there is no belief.
    The big deal is to take it further: by being humble
    in front of G-d’s other creations; by appreciating G-d through seeing the
    wonder of all his creation; by respecting the people he created and treating
    them as you would want to be treated yourself.

  11. Anonymous says:

    The greatest epidemic illness is the "ignorance".

  12. Yechiel Baum says:

    Illegimate sons of Ismaerl can never overcome their bastardness so they look to blame others for their illegitimacy but the fact still remains, the ismaelites are still bastards.

  13. Tim Upham says:

    What everybody hates to read is any example of Muslims and Jews working together.

  14. Elfyn Evans says:

    I feel sorry 4 all the jews who follow judaism, they have been duped like the rest of us. they vwill suffer alongside all the other people on earth. The illuminate plan on killing most of us.

  15. Elfyn Evans says:

    eugenics,financial collapse and ww3 leading to new world order run by sociopaths

  16. …"no logical explanation"…PERKELE! Read the Koran. Take all the Joooo and xTian hatred out of the muzzle'em holy book, and all that's left is a measly pamphlet.

  17. RaymondHietapakka says:

    Justa Ju ChaiGuy53 iSlam is all about hatred for “The Other”.

  18. Anonymous says:

    The muslims should read the Koran in the time of Muhamed, the jews were from the Euphrates to the Nile.

  19. Md Arif Hussain says:

    YES this is a very interesting topic to be debated among the Muslim and Jewish Leaders but with the thought to come up with a solution and not to only blame each other and do what s and had been happening all these years,then I am sure things will get sorted out by itself.

  20. Mental disorder people always blame Jewish people for no reason for centuries.

  21. May HASHEM bless Jewish people. Amin

  22. Tayrina says:

    If they do that then kiss your ass good bye 🙂

  23. Tayrina says:

    If they do that then kiss your ass good bye 🙂

  24. Tayrina says:

    they are Jealous and they don't like Jews people !

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