26 Muslim Scholars Denounce “Fascist” Israel, Claim Jerusalem Will Be Capital of a New Caliphate (Part 3)

The signatories insist that Islam “does not promote anti-Semitism and Arabs are also a Semitic people…”

“Islam does not promote antisemitism” because Arabs “are also a Semitic people”? This idiotic sleight-of-word is hardly worth discussing. It’s irrelevant whether the Arabs are also considered by ethnographers to be a “Semitic” people. The point is that the Qur’an is full of dozens of harsh denunciations of the Jews, whom Muslims are commanded to despise and hate as a people. Antisemitism has always been defined not as “hatred of Semitic peoples,” but as “hatred of the Jews.” Antisemitism is everywhere in Islam: in Qur’anic verses, in the hadith, in the furious sermons preached against the Jews in hundreds of thousands of mosques worldwide, in the cursing of Jews (as “those who have earned Allah’s wrath”) that is embedded in the Fatiha that devout Muslims recite 17 times a day, while saying their five daily prayers. Haj Amin El Husseini was the most sinister in effect, but hardly the only Muslim leader to promote antisemitism. The current head of Al Azhar, Mohammed el-Tayeb, has repeatedly broadcast his hatred of Jews. So has Sheik Youssef Al-Qaradawi, who is the most  widely-read Sunni cleric in the world; his attacks on Jews, based on the Qur’anic text and on Islamic history reach tens of millions of Muslims. The late  Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder and first Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran, was a profound antisemite. One of his regime’s early acts was to execute, for supposed contacts with Israel, the unofficial  leader of Iran’s Jews, Habib Elghanian. And no demonstration in the Islamic Republic is complete without shouts of “Death to Israel!” or “Death to Jews!” Yet these “26 Muslim scholars” in the U.K. would have us believe that Islam “does not promote antisemitism.”

“Jerusalem will be the capital of the Islamic Caliphate when it returns, Allah willing,” they conclude.

Some of Judaism’s holiest sites are located in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount and Western Wall in Jerusalem; the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron; and Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus.

Jerusalem had been the holiest site in Judaism for at least 2000 years before Muslim Arabs arrived in Palestine in the 7th century. “Palestine” was the toponym the Romans gave to what had previously been known as “Judea,” in an attempt to efface the Jewish connection to the land. During the 1,400-year history of Islam, though Muslims ruled the city during two periods, of 450 and 780 years, no one tried to make Jerusalem the capital of any Muslim entity. The capitals of the Rashidun Caliphate were Medina and Kufa. The capital of the Umayyad Caliphate was Damascus. The capitals of the Abbasid Caliphate included Kufa, Anbar, Baghdad, Raqqa, Samarra, and Cairo. The capital of the Ottoman Caliphate was Istanbul. There was also, in Islamic Spain, an independent Umayyad caliphate, with its capital in Cordoba.

But Jerusalem was never among those capitals. The Ottoman Turks, who ruled over large parts of the Middle East and North Africa, might have chosen Jerusalem as the capital of their caliphate, strategically placed as the city was between the Turkish homeland and the Arab peoples in the Middle East and North Africa who were the subjects of Ottoman domination, but no such move was ever contemplated during the more than 400 years when the Turks held Jerusalem. From 1948 to 1967, when Jordan held the eastern part of Jerusalem including the Old City, the Jordanians officially recognized two capitals — Amman and Jerusalem — but did not move a single office from Amman to Jerusalem. The part of Jerusalem held by Jordan between 1948 and 1967 remained a dusty backwater, not thought fit even to be the capital of tiny Jordan, much less of a future caliphate. Between 1948 and 1967,  save for King Abdullah of Jordan, not a single Arab or Muslim leader even bothered to visit the city.

Why then are these “26 Islamic scholars” calling now for Jerusalem to become what it never was even when Muslims possessed it, the capital of a caliphate? They are doing it only to undermine the claim of the Zionists, by exaggerating the city’s significance to Muslims. Ever since Israel came into possession of all of Jerusalem, including the Old City, by force of arms in June 1967, the Muslims have been claiming that Jerusalem is a “city holy to three faiths.” This formula has been accepted in the credulous West. But distinctions must be made. Jerusalem in its entirety is not holy in the same way, with the same degree of intensity, to Jews, Christians, and Muslims. As a city, it is holy only to Jews and to Christians; for Muslims it’s not the entire city that is holy, but only the Haram al-Sharif (the Arabic term for the Temple Mount), with the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock built on top. And for Muslims these sites come third in importance after Mecca and Medina, which indeed are “holy cities” — the Two Noble Sanctuaries — to believing Muslims. But for Jews, and for Christians, Jerusalem comes first.

The mendacity of this manifesto by “26 Islamic scholars” is breathtaking. From a Muslim world full of fascist and despotic states, they single out the one true and inspiring democracy, Israel, that displays not a single one of the characteristics of fascist states: no one-party rule, no denial of civil or religious rights to anyone, full participation by all citizens in an electoral democracy, no militarism, no infallible Supreme Authority, and a lively political free-for-all that bespeaks a culture that is the very opposite of fascism.

The “26 Islamic scholars” also have the gall to flatly deny any connection between the “Palestinian people” and the Holocaust, when they know perfectly well that the leader of the “Palestinians” before and during World War II, Haj Amin el Husseini, spent the war years, from 1941 to 1945, in Berlin, where he became good friends with Adolf Eichmann and Heinrich Himmler, and spoke with Hitler about the Jewish question and its “final solution.” He urged the Nazis not to allow any Jews to escape to Palestine, but to keep them trapped in Europe, where he knew they would be killed. He is reported even to have visited Auschwitz with Eichmann. Those “26 scholars” certainly know, too, that El Husseini personally raised three S.S. divisions of Bosnian Muslims who were directly responsible for the murder of 90% of Bosnian Jews. If, as the “scholars”  claim, the ‘‘Palestinians” had “nothing to do with the Holocaust, why was the “Palestinian” leader, Haj Amin el Husseini, sought by the British as a war criminal after World War II? He managed to escape to Cairo, where he lived out his days, an Arab war criminal among many German war criminals. So many things to reminisce about, so many thigh-slapping memories of the good old days in Nazi Berlin, when the Jews got what they deserved.

When these “26 Muslim scholars” denied any connection of the “Palestinians” to the Holocaust, they inadvertently raised the most damning of subjects: not only Haj Amin el Husseini’s promotion of the Holocaust in every way he could, but the role of other pro-Nazi Arabs during the war, and then, after the war, in helping Nazi war criminals to escape punishment, and to find safety, and support, in Cairo and Damascus. During the war the Prime Minister of Iraq,  Rashid Ali al-Gaylani, was an open collaborator with the Germans. In Egypt, Anwar Sadat also engaged in espionage for the Germans; for this, he was imprisoned for two years by the British. That chapter of his biography is rarely mentioned; it would merely complicate the picture — the public hates complications — of someone now presented, quite incorrectly, as a a veritable Prince of Peace.

In Egypt, after the war, hundreds of German war criminals escaped justice. There were German scientists building missiles for the Egyptians to rain death on Israeli civilians. There was Johann von Leers of the Waffen S.S., who helped the Egyptians with anti-Jewish propaganda, and dozens of former high officers from  Goebbels’ propaganda ministry, too, who lent their expertise in the propaganda war against Israel. In Damascus, there was the infamous Alois Brunner, an S.S sadist who taught the Syrian secret police how to interrogate and torture their victims. By denying any connection of the “Palestinians” to the Holocaust, these “Muslim scholars” not only opened themselves up to a crushing rebuttal of their claim — the evidence about Haj Amin el Hussein’s activities in Nazi Berlin and Bosnia is overwhelming — but raised the even more damning matter of the wider Arab-Nazi connection, with so many war criminals finding refuge in Egypt and Syria. It’s not only the “Palestinians,” but other Muslim Arabs, too, who were enthusiastically on the side of the Nazis during the war, and helped Nazi war criminals find new lives after the war, especially in Egypt and Syria. They were happily employed, applying their expertise to weapons development, anti-Jewish propaganda, and methods of interrogation and torture that had worked so well in the Third Reich. By denying any link between the Holocuast and the “Palestinians,” those 26 Muslim scholars have opened the door to a wider discussion of the Arab-Nazi connection both during and after the war. It’s a subject they might better have passed over in silence. Too late.

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