Wednesday, January 23, 2013 10:29 AM
While contemplating (in horror, I hope) the Obama administration's unchecked delivery this month of F-16s to Muslim Brotherhood-led Egypt, consider what target Egypt is most likely to deploy them against: Israel.
But the Muslim Brotherhood is pledged to destroy Israel....
Right. That flag of ours may still be red, white and blue, but it waves over a brave new land where Uncle Sam increasingly and unopposedly supports the 21st-century-jihad, the same jihad fought and advanced over 14 centuries to spread Islamic law. Israel happens to sit on the front line of that jihad (Middle Eastern front), so naturally (?) Uncle Sam arms her open enemies -- and our own (or those we once thought of as our own).
What next -- F-16s to Iran? Our world-alignment seems that twisted. But no, our allies-in-jihad (Egypt, Saudi, Qatar, UAE, Turkey, Libya) wouldn't like that, so maybe that's off the table.
So, contemplating those F-16s about to enter Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood hands, consider also Andrew Bostom's exhaustive, exacting study of Egyptian MB President Mohammed Morsi's stated "policies" regarding Jews and the Jewish state. These policies are an expression of an anti-Semitism with Koranic roots and Koranic imperatives. Indeed, as Bostom demonstrates, this same Koranic hatred of Jews (who, unique among Middle East peoples subjugated and enveloped by Islam, have thrown off the shackles of dhimmitude by establishing the modern-day state of Israel) not only infuse MB-Egypt's policies, but also those of Hamas, Hezobollah and other jihadist movements.
Morsi, of course, is not a terror-cell-chieftain in hiding; nor is he an imam of a "radical" mosque. He is the democraticaly elected leader of a nation of 80 million with an army said to be the largest in Africa and the Middle East. This is why understanding his rhetoric is so important.
The theological basis for Morsi’s conspiratorial, dehumanizing allegations against the Jews is a central anti-Semitic motif in the Koran which decrees an eternal curse upon them for purportedly slaying the prophets, and transgressing against the will of Allah (Koran 2:61, and 2:90-91, reiterated at 3:112). It should be noted that Koran 3:112 is featured before the pre-amble to Hamas’ foundational Covenant.
This central motif is coupled to Koranic verses 5:60, and 5:78, which describe the Jews transformation into apes and swine (5:60), or simply apes, (i.e. verses 2:65 and 7:166), having been “ … cursed by the tongue of David, and Jesus, Mary’s son” (5:78). According to the earliest sacralized, pious Muslim biographies of Muhammad (by Ibn Ishaq and Ibn Saad), just before subduing the Medinan Jewish tribe Banu Qurayza and orchestrating the mass execution of their adult males, Islam’s prophet invoked this striking Koranic motif for the Jews debasement, addressing these Jews, with hateful disparagement, as “You brothers of apes.”
Muhammad himself also repeats the Koranic curse upon the Jews in a canonical hadith (Sunan Abu Dawoud, Book 37, Number 4322): “He [Muhammad] then recited the verse [5:78]: ‘ … curses were pronounced on those among the children of Israel who rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of Mary’ .”
The related verse, Koran 5:64, accuses the Jews of being “spreaders of war and corruption,” — a sort of ancient Koranic antecedent of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion — invoked not only by Hamas and Hezbollah leaders, but “moderate” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who cited Koran 5:64 during a January 2007 speech which urged Palestinian Muslims to end their internecine strife, and to “aim their rifles at Israel.”
This key connection is not made in our general analysis of Morsi and the MB, however.
But what has not been discussed in analyses of the Egyptian president’s remarks, including even trenchant critiques of the disingenuous “out of context” defense proffered by his regime spokesman, is the mainstream, traditionalist Islamic context of Morsi’s 2010 references to Jews as “hostile in nature,” “fanning the flames of civil strife wherever they were throughout history,” and “descendants of ape and pigs.”
As I will demonstrate, Morsi’s characterizations derive from motifs repeated in the Koran, the classical and modern exegeses of these verses by Islam’s most authoritative Koranic commentators, and their elaboration in the canonical traditions of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
Indeed, as I will also show, the overarching historical “context” within Islamdom and Muslim Egypt, specifically, reveals that this canonical Islamic Jew-hatred and intimately related jihadism, has been actualized across a nearly 14-century continuum — past as prologue to the present. ...
After beginning to present the historical case (read it here), Bostom links past and present eras:
Promoters of modern jihad genocide have repeatedly invoked Islam’s Jew-exterminating eschatology. Hajj Amin el-Husseini, ex-Mufti of Jerusalem and Muslim jihadist who became, additionally, a full-fledged Nazi collaborator and ideologue in his endeavors to abort a Jewish homeland and destroy world Jewry, composed a 1943 recruitment pamphlet for Balkan Muslims entitled, “Islam and the Jews.” This incendiary document was rife with the anti-Semitic Koranic verses cited herein, as well as Jew-hating motifs from the hadith, and concluded with the apocalyptic canonical hadith describing the Jews’ annihilation.
Forty-five years later, the same hadith was incorporated into the 1988 Hamas Covenant, making clear its own aspirations for Jew annihilation.
Presently, according to polling data published in July, 2011, 73% of Palestinian Muslims surveyed agree with the annihilationist dictates of this canonical hadith.
The historical treatment of Jews in Muslim societies, including Egypt, since the advent of Islam — chronic oppression, punctuated by outbursts of mass anti-Jewish violence, forced conversion to Islam, or expulsion — has been consistent with such sacralized religious bigotry. Thus the dehumanizing Koranic references to Jews as apes (or apes and pigs) were used explicitly for polemical incitement to large scale, annihilationist pogroms against dhimmi Jewish communities in Granada (within mythically “tolerant” Muslim Spain) during 1066, Baghdad and its environs, proliferating into Iran at the end of the 13th century and southern Morocco at the close of the 15th century.
Furthermore, all of the following events wrought tremendous devastation to Egyptian dhimmi Jews under Muslim rule, up to a millennium before the advent of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928: the murderous persecutions of al-Hakim during the early 11th century, one of which was timed for Passover in 1012; Jews in Alexandria and Cairo being pogromed and plundered in 1047, 1168, 1265, and 1324; and Sultan Baybars in the 13th century blaming Jews for starting a plague, and subjecting them to extortion, massacre, and expulsion. ...
In sum, Muslim Brothers, founded in 1928, are only the modern disciples of this hate-driven and murderous Islamic tradition. The shrewdest Islam-watchers, however, tend to focus on this one (albeit large and advanced) modern-day movement -- the MB -- to the exclusion of this religious, ideological and historical continuum. That continuum tells us the problem -- the anti-Semitism, the sharia, the drive toward a repressive, aggressive caliphate, the existential threat to liberty -- is as longstanding and large as Islam itself.