staffers on Jihad and Islamic Anti-Semitism:
Conjoined Threats to Life,
Washington, DC Recently, the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) sponsored Professor
Professor Bostoms edifying lecture demonstrated how the global aspirations of contemporary Islamists, and their annihilationist hatred of the State of Israel, are informed and even mainstreamed by the interplay of anti-Semitic motifs in Islamic theology, especially Islamic eschatology (end of times beliefs), with the hallowed Islamic institutions of jihad war and its corollary of dhimmitude, or the subjugated status of all conquered non-Muslims. Professor Bostoms presentation drew upon his two related scholarly works, the The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims (Prometheus Books 1995) and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History (Prometheus Books 1995). Both books were made available to the audience. Additional information on Dr. Bostom and his work can be found at www.andrewbostom.org.
Much of the lecture focused on the Islamic concept of Jihad and its meaning, which has historically been unambiguously understood to refer to waging war against unbelievers. Details of the founding of Islam, and the fruits of the modern theology which resulted were presented with extensive documentation from the Koran and early Islamic sources. Dr. Bostom said It is conventional to assert Muslim Jew hatred is only a recent phenomenon that began in the late 19th or early 20th centuries, and is a mere by-product of the advent of the Zionist movement. This is not what is indicated by a close examination of early Islamic writings. The uncomfortable examination of Islamic doctrines and history is required in order to understand the enduring phenomenon of Muslim Jew hatred, which dates back to the origins of Islam. Even if all non-Muslim Judeophobic themes were to disappear miraculously overnight from the Islamic world, the living legacy of anti-Jewish hatred, and violence rooted in Islam’s sacred texts – – Koran, hadith, and sira — would remain intact.
Dr. Bostom also noted: The rise of Jewish nationalismZionismposed a predictable, if completely unacceptable challenge to the Islamic order — jihad-imposed chronic dhimmitude for Jewsof apocalyptic magnitude [as historian Bat Yeor has explained] Because divine will dooms Jews to wandering and misery, the Jewish state appears to Muslims as an unbearable affront and a sin against Allah. Therefore it must be destroyed by Jihad.
Daniel Pollak and Joshua London of the Division of Government Relations for the ZOA said: “Dr. Bostoms fascinating and informative briefing was an important wake-up call for Congressional staffers concerning the nature and tenor of contemporary Islamic and Islamist thinking towards non-Muslims and towards Jews in particular, and an essential rejoinder to the Federal Governments latest directives against mentioning anything related to Islam in discussing the global war on terrorism and the terrorist threat against the West (see the recent White House memorandum, “Words that Work and Words that Don’t: A Guide for Counterterrorism Communication,” and the companion Homeland Security report, “Terminology to Define the Terrorists: Recommendations from American Muslims). Indeed, during the lively Q&A, one of the staffers present at this briefing recognized exactly this point, commentating negatively as to the soundness of these new policies. An unmistakable inference of all this is that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has less to do with any particular actions or policies pursued by the State of Israel or any ideas propagated by Zionists than with the rabid anti-Semitism which is organically built-in to Islamist ideology. This has been institutionalized into the religious teachings embraced by the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as such organizations as Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood. Since this hatred has such sacred and historic roots to the Islamists, it becomes obvious that none of this hatred can be abated, much less defeated, by helping to foster, create, fund, and establish a Palestinian state — especially one within a rockets launch of Jewish civilian population centers.
ZOA National President Morton A. Klein said: Professor Bostoms work sheds light on the true nature of the Arab war against
The ZOA was very pleased to sponsor Professor Bostom through the House Anti-Terrorism Caucus, and is very thankful to Rep. Sue Myrick and her staff for inviting ZOA to work with them to help make this happen.