* Â Ahmadinejad is not alone: a billion followers of the prophet share his views:
This is fueled by the fact that the Qur’an teaches that the chief enemies of the Muslims will be the Jews (5:82). Tiny Minority of Extremists Update: “When hatemongering is common currency,” by Barbara Crook in theÂ Ottawa Citizen, April 27 (thanks to JW):
The world reacted with outrage at the speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the Durban Review Conference on Racism in Geneva. European countries stormed out of his talk and released an array of statements condemning his words.
But the real problem is not that an Ahmadinejad exists, or that he proudly and vociferously spews hatred against Jews and blames Zionism for the world’s evils. The problem is that his views are anything but unique in the Muslim world.
Tragically, it seems that western leaders are using Ahmadinejad as their radical Islamic whipping boy in order to content themselves that they are doing all they can to fight growing radical Islamic racism, its calls for a world without Israel and genocide of Jews, and its espousal of Holocaust denial.
In reality, the strong media and government reactions to Ahmadinejad’s hate promotion serve only to highlight their hypocrisy in ignoring the same ideology when it’s expressed by Arab leaders who have succeeded in making the western world’s list of “good guys.”
Saudi King Abdullah — whom president George W. Bush kissed and to whom President Barack Obama bowed earlier this month — has blamed Israel for terror attacks in Saudi Arabia: “We can be certain that Zionism is behind everything … I don’t say 100 per cent, but 95 per cent.” (Saudi 1 Television, May 2, 2004)
Grade 9 children in Saudi Arabia are taught that “the hour (of judgment) will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, until the Jew hides behind rocks and trees, until the rocks or the trees say, ‘O Muslim! O servant of God! There is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him!”
Earlier this year, the head of the Department of Islamic Studies at Saud University pronounced that “Jews are the enemies of Allah.” Dr. Walid Al-Rashudi also prayed for the extermination of all Jews: “Kill them one by one and don’t leave even one.” (Al-Aqsa (Hamas) TV, Jan. 12, 2009)
It is the very existence of the Jews, not their actions or even their Zionism, that fuels the rhetoric of many Islamic political and religious leaders.
“If the Jews left Palestine to us, would we start loving them? Of course not … They are enemies not because they occupied Palestine. They would have been enemies even if they did not occupy a thing,” said Egyptian cleric Muhammad Hussein Ya’qoub. “… You must believe that we will fight, defeat, and annihilate them, until not a single Jew remains on the face of the Earth.” (Al-Rahma TV (Egypt), Jan. 17, 2009)
Is this any different from Ahmadinejad’s calls for a world without Israel?…
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