There is nothing legitimate about Islam’s claim to be the original faith. Similarly, there is nothing legitimate about the Palestinian aspiration for nationhood. The desire to eradicate Israel can be explained by Islam’s anxiety of influence.
By JMA editor Richard Mather
The Islamic desire to eradicate the Jewish people can perhaps be explained by the following proposition: Muslims subconsciously recognise that Islam is an inferior imitation of Judaism.
On one level, examples of imitation abound. Islamic dietary laws mimic Kashrut. Muslims circumcise their children, just like Jews do. The Temple Mount, revered by Jews as the place where God chose to rest the Divine Presence, is now home to the Dome of the Rock, a caricature of the Jewish temple.
Muslims claim the Quran is the word of God recited by an angel to Mohammed, despite the fact that it is quite clearly a mishmash of stories from the Hebrew Bible, the Christian New Testament and quasi-gnostic stories circulating in Arabia in the seventh century. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Moses, Aaron and David were all appropriated by the first Muslims and transformed into Islamic prophets. This was done for three reasons: to rewrite the past, to delegitimise Judaism and to justify Arab imperialist ambitions of reshaping the world under the banner of Allah. So it is hardly surprising that Muslims today seek to delegitimise the State of Israel by claiming the land is part of the Islamic caliphate.
More significant is the Islamic inversion of Judaism’s moral system. In Judaism, unethical or immoral behaviour is seen as a desecration of the Divine Name. In Islam, the art of deception is promoted in the Quran and Islamic literature. Taqiyya (saying something that isn’t true) and kitman (lying by omission) are acceptable methods of undermining the morale and security of non-Muslims. Mohammad himself would trick his enemies by pretending to seek peace. Once his opponents had let their guard down, he would attack them. After all, said the prophet, “war is deceit.”
Appropriation, delegitimisation, falsification, deceit and war are the five pillars of Islam. They are also the five pillars of the Palestinian movement, a blatantly anti-Semitic ideology scripted in the 1960s and acted out by Yasser Arafat, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas.
The Palestinian desire to appropriate land “from the river to the sea” is simply the latest manifestation of the ongoing attempt to eradicate Judaism by destroying the cultural and historical centre of Jewish identity, which is Israel.
The Palestinian Arabs did not seek to establish a homeland until after the formation of the State of Israel – another example of cheap imitation. Palestinian nationalism only came into being because the Jews got there first. What else is Palestinianism but a parody of Zionism?
Likewise with Jerusalem. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran and it is unlikely that Muhammad ever visited the city. It was only in the 1960s, nearly twenty years after the creation of Israel, that Jerusalem became the symbolic capital of Palestinianism.
In other words, Palestinian nationalism and the appropriation of Jerusalem as the capital, is the fulfilment of the seventh century Arab colonialist project, which is to dominate and/or destroy the Jews. So instead of blaming Israel for the current crisis in Jerusalem, the Western world needs to see that Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas are only interested in one thing – a Jew-free Greater Palestine ruled by Islamic fundamentalists.