Update from thisÂ story:
The student who appeared to shout “Slaughter the Jews” at Israeli minister Danny Ayalon has claimed the Deputy Foreign minister misunderstood his Arabic.
The Oxford Student newspaper has named the protester as second year St Edmund’s Hall student Noor Rashid.
Several eyewitnesses said they heard Mr Rashid shout: “Itbah Al-Yahud”, an Arabic phrase meaning “Slaughter the Jews”. Mr Ayalon translated the phrase with this meaning.
Khaybar, Khaybar ya yahoud
But Mr Rashid claimed that he had in fact shouted “Khaybar ya Yahod”, a classic Arabic battle cry referring to a seventh-century attack by Mohammed on the Jewish community in Khaybar where the Jews were conquered and made to pay half of their income to the Muslim population.
They were finally expelled by a successive Muslim ruler, Caliph Omar.
So, let’s get this straight.
Noor Rashid was heard to shout “Kill the Jews”
No no no, responds Noor Rashid. He merely wished to remind Jews of the way that Muslims, led by Mohammed, used to conquer, kill and dominate Jews.
Whether the word was “Khaybar” or “Itbah”, the meaning was essentially the same. Except the “Khaybar” version brings in Mohammed to endorse the killing and enslavement of Jews by Muslims.
In other words, Noor Rashid has admitted to shouting something even worse than “Kill the Jews”.
Mr Rashid said: “My version went: ‘Khaybar, O Jews, we will win’. This is in classical, Koranic Arabic and I doubt that apart from picking up on the word ‘Jew’, that even the Arabic speakers in the room would have understood the phrase.
Ah, I see. The ‘classical Koranic Arabic’ defence!
“As you can see, I made no reference to killing Jews. It carries absolutely no derogatory or secondary meanings.”
Indeed. The message it carries is not derogatory. It is worse than that. “Khaybar ya Yahood” is a religiously backed threat to repeat a slaughter of Jews.
But you know what? I don’t believe he did shout “Khaybar” rather than “Itbah”. I think he is lying in a pathetic attempt to save his own skin.
Mr Rashid said he believed the words ‘Jew’ and ‘Israeli’ were interchangeable terms.
Mr Rashid is utter utter scum.
“I express the deepest regret if my remarks were misunderstood or misheard to mean anything that even comes close to encouraging the slaughter of innocents. I will be writing letters to all my Jewish friends to express my sincere apologies, and also to clarify my remarks.”
Yeah, to your best friends who are Jewish.
Forgive my cynicism, but I don’t think it is unfair to suggest that there is a weasel use of the word “innocent” here.
Mark Gardner from the CST is quoted as saying:
“The police should still continue with their investigation. It is about time incitement was treated as such. We are very quick to charge neo-Nazis with incitement, which is right of course, but there appears to be an increasing distinct double standard.”
We will see. I fully expect the CPS to prosecute, and for Teddy Hall to expel Noor Rashid.
There is more. Read it all
Here’s a personal account from one who was there>>
And here’s another:
Noor Rashid reminds me: Khaybar was originally Jewish, by universal acknowledgment.
I therefore demand the unconditional return of Khaybar to its rightful owners, and the right of all the Khaybar refugees (using the UNRWA definition) to return to their ancestral home. Since Muhammad failed to keep careful records, it will be for we victims of the Khaybar genocide to determine who is or might be a descendent for the purposes of return. Further, I demand reparations for the 1400 years of lost revenue from regional trade and date farming, and a formal admission by the Saudi religious authorities that Muhammad and his followers were guilty of aggression and ethnic cleansing
Once that’s done, we can begin to negotiate an agreement over the rights and wrongs of the battle.