Monday, September 22, 2008

Islam is at War against the Jews and Israel in Palestinian Authority Religious Teaching

by Itamar Marcus


. . . the Palestinian religious leaders, all appointees of the PA political leadership, are publicly preaching that the Israel-Palestinian conflict is part of Islam’s eternal religious war against the Jews. Jews are portrayed as the eternal cursed enemies of Allah, and the killing of Jews as Allah’s will. On the national level, Allah prohibits acceptance of Israel’s existence and will destroy it.

The Palestinians are teaching their people that the conflict is not over borders, in which compromise may be a solution, but is a religious war for Allah in which compromise is heretical. The implications for future peace are ominous.

This report is not brought as a critique of Islam’s religious traditions nor does it claim to represent authentic Islam. Rather it demonstrates the way Palestinian Authority religious leaders are selecting, interpreting and teaching Islam. Although Islam has positive references and traditions regarding Jews, the PA religious leaders have chosen to cite only negative references in their religious teaching, using the traditional sources to justify and even to demand uncompromising hatred of Jews and Israel.

The religious ideology of the Palestinian Authority religious leaders as expressed in the Friday sermons and religious lessons can be summarized by nine essential principles, five regarding the Jews, and four regarding Israel:


• Jews are the enemy of Allah.

• Allah cursed the Jews for all eternity.

• Islam is fighting a continuous religious war against the Jews.

• The killing of Jews is a religious obligation.

• Palestinians are the vanguard in this war against the Jews, and all Islamic nations are obligated to assist in this war.


• All of the land between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea [which includes all of Israel] is a religious Wakf - an Islamic religious trust. Any Muslim who relinquishes any part to Israel is damned to Hell.

• All agreements with Israel are inherently temporary in nature and are signed only because of Israel’s temporary balance of power advantage.

• Allah will replace Muslims who shirk their obligation to battle Israel.

• The ultimate destruction of Israel is a certainty.

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