Photo Credit: Prof. Livia Bitton-Jackson
Prof. Livia Bitton-Jackson

Arab terror has a long history. Thirteen centuries ago Mohammed, Islam’s founder and prophet, capitalized on the intrinsic violence of the Arab psyche, and made it a part of Islam’s basic principles – Jihad or Holy War.

Jewish tribes living in the Arabian Peninsula for centuries before the rise of Islam and whose bravery and scholarship was legendary among the Arabs became Mohammed’s first teachers. As a young merchant from Mecca, Mohammed learned Judaism from fellow Jewish merchants on long caravan routes. Jewish teachers provided inspiration for Mohammed’s creed. Jewish prophets foretold his success among his people and prepared the ground for his prophecies. Jewish warriors helped him escape from his own tribe and other Arab enemies hostile to his teachings and protected him behind the walls of the Jewish city, Medina. This flight is celebrated in Muslim history as the historic “Hijra.” Yet, it was they, Mohammed’s Jewish friends, who became the first victims of his Jihad.


Mohammad captured three beautiful Jewish women and added them to his harem. One was Rihana of the Kuraiza tribe, the elite of the Jewish Arab clans. The second was Safia, widow of Kihana, the slain Jewish tribal chief of the powerful Khaibar clan. The third was Zainab, sister of another slain warrior of the same tribe.

Safia was Mohammad’s favorite, her name glorified in the Koran.

Zainab, a woman of great pride and fiery temper, refused to reconcile herself to being the wife of her people’s implacable foe and swore revenge. On one occasion when she was charged with serving Mohammad and several guests in his tent, Zainab surreptitiously poisoned the food. While most of the guests died, Mohammad survived but suffered from the effects of the poison for the rest of his life.

Zainab was summarily executed.

The surviving Jewish tribal leaders were too intimidated by Mohammad’s cruelty to stand up against him. It was the women, two talented Jewesses, celebrated poets in the Arab world, who changed the mood.

One was Sarah of Yathrib, who in a famous elegy mourning the massacre of her people, recounted how the leaders of her city trusted Mohammad’s promise of peace, and opened the city gates. Mohammad and his men rushed in and slaughtered the men, taking the wives and children as slaves.

The other was Asmaa Bat Marwan from the tribe of Banu Khatama, who wrote biting satire about Mohammad’s prophesies, scorning him for his perfidy and cowardice. Asmaa’s satires and narrative poems were battle cries to the Jewish tribes to defy “the prophet of an inferior creed.”

The poems of Sarah and Asmaa were rare fearless voices of dissent, aimed to inspire the fragmented Jewish community to unite and rise up against Mohammad and his rule of terror.

To be continued



  1. Jews don’t lie……….!!!!!!!!
    Shame on you …………We,Muslims love and respect Prophet Moses as well as all other Prophets of The Almighty. Our faith is incomplete if we differentiate between the Prophets…….The author is in extreme of her age but still drowned in darkness of falsehood and ignorance ………

  2. Wonderful story full of great knowledge of the History…!

    Mohammed is used to be called prophet. He has NEVER received a WORD FROM GOD, he does not know the CREATOR HIMSELF…

    Mohammed is the most great LIAR of the WORLD:


  3. Jews an Muslims should become Friends 1. They both dont eat pork 2. I think they both get circumsised 3. They just both love blasting bazookas , rockets and sub machine guns and the like and both OBVIOUSLY GET OFF now you can argue to the contrary BUT YOU KNOW YOU BOTH GET OFF on your Crisis after Crisis after Crisis after Crisis after Crisis after Crisis and just cant wait for the shelling and air assisted firepower to begin then the both of you YES THE BOTH OF YOU HYPOCRITES start quoting HOLY OUT OF THE BIBLE and QUORAN as some sort of justification for your despicable acts against each other when you should both be ashamed of your despicable behaviour and still quoting HOLY OUT OF YOUR QUORAN and BIBLE whilst bombing each others children you warp minded hypocrites then got cheeks to call me a INFIDEL and a HEATHEN when both your behaviour is as grotty and grotesque as each other for GODS sake and ALLAHS sake sort ya out and ps we dont want your poxy refugees in Australia so get ya together quicksmart heaven knows the World needs you too ya cant keep stressing us all out like this

  4. Thank you for the history and inspiration. These three share the embodiment of the strong Jewish women throughout history. Our mothers and grandmothers.

    Please remember to light an extra pair of candles for our missing boys!!

  5. If Mohammad was so respectful of women why are they treated like chattels? Why are they taking wives who are still children, why do they not let women be human beings and get educated? Your religion is still in the dark ages and those who follow it as is done in the Arab countries love the modern amenities ( many developed by Israe), but act like it is BCE, (Before the Common Era).

  6. No Mr Faoze Khan Mohammed raped a 7 yearold girl then a year later married her and starded killing the jews in Madina which was a jewish city and spred the killing of jews elsewhere so you better read more about Killer Mohammed..

  7. a false prophet who change shabbat the holyday to da first day of work a prophet who allow to have four wives while he has nine, and one of his wives is a 9 year girl, a prophet who likes . a prophet that have one miracle which is da quraan they say. in islam.

  8. Looks, Jews would drain Muslims out of Madina and Macca by reclaiming these cities historically theirs as Palestine was thousands years ago 🙁
    For how long Jews would live on creating fictions and appropriating them by killing Muslims.

  9. To Mazhar. But now new jihad war initiated by Muslims, your imams saying, that if Muslim kill Jew or Christian , whom you consider as infidel, Muslim will get to Heaven and priced by 72 virgins.
    In my religion, and in any other religion, except of yours, this is sin and insane.
    Second world War been initiated by natzis, who believed, that they the only who have right to live.
    If you share same thought you not better than them.

  10. In my , free of insanity world nobody will kill his daughter just because she going marry man from another religion or she just refuse to be orthodox . Every one have his own freedom to believe.
    Now say , how many people have to die, for make your god happy.?

  11. At Last, tru feelings. Let’s start with Sura 3:3. Allah says that all Muslims should study YHWH/YHOH. I like YHOH because in 21st Century it’s Forever Water and also Rain&Resurrection. My spirituality provided by The Trope Trainer. It’s not the Siddur U Muslims, It’s the Trope Trainer which tells the world the whole first five books of every Bible. All Muslims study and learn.

  12. Indee, where is the falsehood? If you respect Moses it is not out of sheer rspect itself but for the fact that you have nothing to say about somebody who never pretended to b any other thing but the (reluctantly) chosen leader of his people. In your case, are you expecting us, not only Jews but the rest of the world, to admire your lies, on the name of your religion, about Palestine, when you know damn well that Palestine was the name given to the kingdom of Judea. Also, shoul we all congratulate you for the ay you mistreat women and children of both sexes, promoting and favoring pedophiles?

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