The idea that Jews (as well as Christians) are renegades who have rejected the Prophet Muhammad and distorted their Scriptures is a foundation of the dhimma: these people can’t be given equal rights in Islamic society because they have already proved themselves untrustworthy. “Saudi Iqra TV: ‘Stories from Before the Verses Came Down’ How the Jews Distorted the Torah and Rejected, Cursed, and Hated Muhammad,” from MEMRI, with thanks to Romy:
Saudi Iqra TV aired a Jordanian-produced series titled “Stories from Before the Verses Came Down” during February 2005. The series was a dramatization of numerous teachings about the Prophet Muhammad in Al-Madina, including some accounts about the Jews of that time.
The dramatic scenes presented in the series included: the Muslim tradition of the Jews’ distortion of their own Torah so as to make it seem that Muhammad could not be the true Prophet; Jews voicing their hatred for Muhammad while vowing to destroy Islam and to kill all Jews who follow it; Jews using black magic to curse Muhammad; and a scene in which Jewish leaders explain how following Muhammad would drastically reduce their tax revenues from the common folk.
TO VIEW SEGMENTS FROM THIS SERIES VISIT http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S5&P1=128:
Part I: The Jews Distort the Torah, Acknowledge “We Live Off Their [Prophets’] Blood”
Scene: The Jewish leaders — bewigged, bearded, in long brown robes with oversized gold Stars of David dangling from chains around their necks — discuss how to ensure that Muhammad will not be recognized by the Jews as a prophet, drawing Ibn Salul, considered in Islam to be a leader of “the hypocrites,” into their scheming. (To view this clip, visit http://memritv.org/Search.asp?ACT=S9&P1=685 ) The following are excerpts:
Ka’b [Jewish leader]: Huyay, and you too Shas, do as much as you can to [alter] the Torah. Change the characteristics of the awaited Prophet, and make him as different as possible from Arab traits.
Shas [Jewish leader]: Maybe we should say”¦ We’ll say that he”¦ What shall we say, Huyay?
Huyay [Jewish leader]: We will say that he has blue eyes.
Shas: Yes, that’s it. [Also, say that he is] a tall man.
Ibn Salul: By God! You Jews altered the Torah in a matter of seconds.
Shas: Ibn Salul, if you want to keep your throne, take it easy. Cooperate with us, and don’t bother your mind with such things.
This is, of course, absurd. Someone may have been able to alter one copy of the Torah (which is not to say that anyone did), but one copy only. It would have been utterly impossible for Jews to traverse the world and find and change every copy of the Torah. The whole thing is a sick fantasy to begin with. And then some people have the temerity or pollyannaish ignorance, when I report such things, to say that it is I who am smearing a religious group. Let’s make a deal: when Muslims stop saying things like this, I’ll stop telling people that they’re saying them.