In “Muslims Project Islam’s Worst Traits onto Israel and the Jews” in Hudson New York (via RaymondIbrahim.com), November 17, our old pal Raymond Ibrahim notes an important and recurring phenomenon:
Sometime back, I noted that Muslims have been projecting the worst aspects of Islam(ism) onto the Copts, Egypt’s Christian minority. This raised more questions: Is Islamist projection onto the Copts a unique phenomenon? Do Muslims project against other non-Muslims? Is there a trend?
To answer this question, it seemed logical to begin with how Islamists approach their archenemy: Israel and the Jews. Thinking this may be difficult to prove–it is one thing to hate your enemy per se, another to project unconsciously your worst traits onto them–I expected this might require some research. I went to MEMRI and, lo and behold, in mere minutes, came across three blatant examples. Consider the following excerpts, especially the italicized portions:
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.”
In fact, the notion of “perpetual war” is straight out of Muslim doctrine and history–best recognized by the word “jihad”–and has no corollary in Judaism or any other religion. Even temporary truces are permissible only when Muslims are weak and incapable of going on the offensive: according to sharia, once Muslims are strong enough and have proper leadership (e.g., a caliph), they are obligated to expand the realm of Islam through offensive jihad until, in the words of the Koran, “all religion belongs to Allah” (8:39). History unequivocally attests to this approach. Moreover, while the Old Testament certainly contains many allusions to violence, these are of a historical, as opposed to doctrinal, nature. Conversely, Koranic verses dealing with violence have been codified in sharia and thus have a juridical and perpetual quality (note the word “until” in the most violent passages of the Koran, e.g., 9:5 and 9:29; see here for more on the differences between Judeo-Christian and Muslim violence). Finally, by quickly adding that Muslims “do not want” perpetual war, but instead seek “to spread love,” Samak reveals that, immediately after evoking “perpetual war,” Muslims naturally came to his mind, betraying a rather telling train of thought….
Be sure to read it all.