The tidbit below was written by Ariel Ben Solomon and published at the Jerusalem Post.
Jerusalem Mufti Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, who speaks at al-Aksa Mosque, called on Sunday for preachers from all over the world to allocate part of their sermons for the upcoming holiday of Eid al-Adha this week to support Al- Aksa and remind the Islamic nation of their duty towards it.
According to a report in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, Hussein said that the Islamic world must address the Jewish attempts to demolish al-Aksa.
In a video last year posted online by Palestinian Media Watch at an event celebrating the anniversary of the founding of Fatah, the Mufti cited a Hadith – Islamic tradition attributed to Muhammad – that says that the Resurrection will not come until you fight and kill the Jews.
It never ceases to astonish me that Islamic leaders, even within Israel, can call directly for the slaughter of the Jews while western liberals – who claim to stand for human rights and social justice – simply do not care. In fact, Jewish people who speak out against political Islam are maligned as hard-line, right-wing, ZioNazis From Hell.
Nonetheless, there are 400 million Arabs and 6 million Jews in the Middle East. That is, between 60 and 70 Arabs for every single Jew and their leadership screeches to the heavens that Allah wants us dead.
And, yet, if I point this out I am told, by at least one particular nit-wit, that it amounts to racistly proclaiming, “Muslims bad.”
The stupidity of such a stance goes beyond the imagination. Jewish “progressives” who refuse to discuss the rise of political Islam, and who dismiss those of us who do as “racists” or “Islamophobes, have learned nothing from Jewish history and still less from the history of the Holocaust. It would be as if in the late 1920s discussing the rise of the Nazis as a political party should be dismissed as some contemptible racist claim of “Germans bad.”
The cognitive level of someone who would think in such terms reminds me of a scene from the HBO special Band of Brothers. A number of GIs are in riding in the back of an open truck somewhere in Europe during the World War II, one of whom is reading a newspaper. The soldier sitting next to him says, “So, whatcha reading?” He replies, “Well, I am reading this article about how we got into the war and it says that the Germans are bad.” And the other guy sort-of rolls his eyes and says something like, “Oh, is that what it is? Is that why we’re at war, because the Germans are bad? Ya don’t say.”
The truth of the matter, of course, is that this is not about Muslims as Muslims – just as World War II was not about Germans as Germans – but about the rise of an exceedingly violent toxic political movement that stands against everything that progressives claim to stand for. The Islamists are the Klan and the Nazis in headdresses and, yet, to criticize them is condemned on the western left.
Well, I have to tell you, there is much to criticize. Not only do they call for the slaughter of the Jews, they also seek to fabricate history while erasing or absconding with our own. They put on Pallywood productions in order to whip up hatred toward Jews among our fellow liberals throughout Europe and the United States. They toss their women into potato sacks and western feminists declare it “freedom.” They hang Gay people from cranes and some western GBLT groups prefer them to Israel, despite the fact that Israel is the only country throughout the entire region wherein Gay people can live as Gay people. And let’s not forget that they are chasing Christians out of the Middle East entirely, while they slaughter one another in droves.
So, yes, there is plenty to discuss here, not the least of which is how it is that the president of the United States actually supported the Big Daddy of political Islam, which is the Muslim Brotherhood.
Anyone who dismisses the necessity of having this conversation as racist or as homophobically claiming, “Muslims bad,” is a fool.
Of all the various failings of the progressive-left, including the Jewish left, among the most egregious is the failure to speak out against the foremost opponent of human rights and social justice in the world today, and that is certainly not Israel.
I am sometimes told that I have become a “broken record” on this issue and those who say so are certainly right. But until such a time as my fellow western Jewish liberals snap our of their vegetable torpor and face what they simply cannot bring themselves to face then there is nothing to be done but continue to point it out.
I don’t like it any better than you do.
Michael Lumish is the editor of Israel Thrives.