In the last month various fundamentalist groups held ten demonstrations [in Egypt], each after coming out of mosques following Friday prayers, against the 86-year-old ailing Coptic Pontiff, in which he was accused of being a US agent, an abductor and torturer of female Muslim converts from Christianity, of stockpiling weapons in monasteries and churches to carry out war against Muslims, and of plans to divide Egypt to create a Coptic State.
Islamists Accuse Egypt's Christians of… Radical Islam
After illustrating the Muslim penchant for accusing Christians of doing what Muslims themselves have been documented of doing, I suppose it was only a matter of time before Raymond Ibrahim got around to writing about how Muslims Project Islam's Worst Traits onto Israel and the Jews
Ibrahim gathered his material through a casual look at MEMRI, without requiring much research at all. Here are 3 examples he gives:
On September 7, Egyptian cleric Abdallah Samak made the following remarks on Al Rahma TV: "The Jews are known for their merciless, murderous, and bloodthirsty nature… The number one characteristic of the Jews – which appears in the Bible – is that they are always prepared for combat. They believe that it is their fate and destiny to be in a state of perpetual war. This is not what we want. We are seekers of peace and security. We seek to spread love. But we are dealing with a people, a society, that believes that its destiny is linked to war. The number one characteristic of the Jews is that they are a people that believes that its destiny is linked to war. They cannot live without war. They can only live if they attack others. They can only live through annihilation, revenge, and mercilessness."Ibrahim notes that in reality, the whole idea of "perpetual war," is a purely Muslim one with no parallel found in Judaism--or in any other religion. He writes that temporary truces are allowed only as a means to regroup before going on the offensive once again.
On October 8, Palestinian journalist Khaled Amayreh made the following remarks on Press TV: "The Israelis are trying to divert the attention of the world from the Nazi-like crimes committed by Israel in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, by inventing an imaginary threat called Islamism. The people who are trying to take over the world, including superpowers... you know... are Zionism, not Muslims. … The only people who are taking over Europe and the United States—they do that by lying and by mendacity — are the Zionist Jews. I want to just say something about the land... [The notion that God promised the land of Israel to the Jews attempts] to legitimize land theft in the name of God, just like those colonizers in North America, who killed millions of Native Americans, and they called it 'Manifest Destiny,' and they celebrated genocide on a day called Thanksgiving. So this man [co-debater] is trying to justify land theft, ethnic cleansing, and genocide by attributing all of this to the Almighty."Putting aside the irony of claiming that Jews have "invented an imaginary threat called Islamism," followed by a description of the threat of Jews taking over the world, Ibrahim writes that deception is, in fact, a well codified aspect of Sharia. Furthermore, he compares the accusation that Jews and Americans use God "to justify land theft, ethnic cleansing, and genocide," with the long history of Islamic conquests, land theft, and ethnic cleansing in the name of God, noting that, "The overwhelming majority of what is today called the "Muslim world" was taken from non-Muslims by violence and bloodshed."
On October 10, Egyptian cleric Galal Al-Khatib, while comparing the Shi'as to the Jews, made the following comments on Al-Rahma TV: "Jews accuse all their enemies of being infidels… The Jews believe that all non-Jews will end up in the Hellfire for all eternity… Both the Jews and the Shiites sanction the killing of those who disagree with them. Like the Jews, the Shiites employ treachery and deception to kill those who disagree with them. They use the same methods to get rid of their opponents. The Jews allow the plundering of their opponents' property…"Ibrahim notes the facts:
- It is Islam that divides the world between Dar al-Islam (House of Islam--believers) and Dar al-Harb (House of war--infidels)
- The Muslim doctrine of "loyalty and enmity" requires Muslims to disassociate themselves from non-Muslims.
- As using "treachery and deception to kill those who disagree with them," it was Muhammad himself who ordered the assassination of several poets for simply offending him--and permitted the assassins to lie so that they could get close enough to their victims to that they could murder them.
- Islam in facts allows plundering the infidel, which has been great motivator for the Muslim armies during Islams long history of conquest and occupation.
Read the whole thing.
Actually, I suppose this is only fair--after all, the West projects onto Islamists and Jihadists the traits of moderation...
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