Arab & Muslim Bigotry

Commentary by Dr. Gerhard Falk


Muslim Hate Speech

The following is an excerpt from The Restoration of Israel: Christian Zionism in Religion, Literature, and Politics (2006)


     Few Americans are acquainted with the Arabic language.  Therefore, the comments concerning Jews which have wide currency in the Arab media and in the speeches of Arab politicians and the Muslim clergy can hardly be known in the English-speaking world. Occasionally, the profound hatred of all Jews expressed by Muslims and Arabs becomes visible in the English language.  It is then generally roundly condemned by the American media and labeled extremist. The truth is, however, that a detailed review of statements made by the Arab leadership concerning Jews reflects such a depth of hatred that it resembles the rhetoric which preceded the Holocaust.

Examples of anti-Jewish hate speech  on the part of Arabs and Muslims are so numerous that only a few can be shown here.


Religious Bigotry

     In 2005, the newly elected president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, said at a public demonstration, “Israel must be wiped off the map.” This statement was widely criticized, even by Kofi Annan, the C.E.O. of the United Nations.[i]

Likewise, the leader of Egypt’s main Islamic opposition party called the Holocaust a myth and criticized American support for Israel.[ii]

In December 2003, Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, told a gathering of representatives of Muslim countries that “Jews rule the world by proxy.  They get others to fight and die for them.  Jews invented and promoted socialism, communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong so that they may enjoy equal rights with others.”  “With these,” he continued, “they now gained control of the most powerful countries.”[iii]

Another example of anti-Jewish hate speech was the statement of the president of Syria, Bashar Assad , on the occasion of the visit of Pope John Paul II of May 7, 2001. The Pope had come to Israel and Syria to promote peace and goodwill. However, Assad greeted him by saying that “the Jews tried to kill the principles of all religions with the same mentality in which they betrayed Jesus Christ and the same way they tried to betray and kill the prophet Mohamed”.[iv]

Assad made this statement despite the fact that the Pope and the Catholic Church had rejected the “Christ killer” charge when on October 27, 1965 they issued the Conciliar Declaration Nostra Aetate.[v]

Innumerable other comments and speeches and prayers on the part of Muslim leadership reveals an almost total rejection of all Jews. Dr. Ahmad Abu Halabia, a member of the Fatwa Council  appointed by the Palestinian Authority and the former acting director of the Islamic University in Gaza, delivered a sermon in a mosque on October 13, 2000 which included the remarks: “Thanks to Hitler, of blessed memory, who on behalf of the Palestinians, revenged in advance, against the most violent criminals on the face of the earth… his revenge on them was not enough.”[vi]

“All weapons must be aimed at the Jews, the enemies of Allah…, whom the Koran describes as monkeys and pigs, … idol worshipers.  Allah shall make the Muslim rule over the Jew, we will blow them up in Hadera (a town in Israel), we will blow them up in Tel Aviv and in Netanya in the righteousness of Allah against this rif-raff … blessed be he who shot a bullet into the head of a Jew.”[vii]

“It is the fate of the Muslim nations, and beyond that the fate of all the nations of the world, to be tormented by the Jews.”[viii]

A sermon delivered at the holy mosque of Medina and broadcast on the official Saudi television on June 7, 2002 included these words by a sheik Abd-al-Bari al Thubay concerning Jews: “God, shake the ground under their feet, pour torture on them and destroy all of them.”[ix]

Referring to the attack on the New York World Trade Center by 19 Arabs on September 11, 2001, the Saudi interior minister, Prince Nayef, blamed the Jews.  According to him, “we know that the Jews have manipulated the September 11 incidents and turned American public opinion against Arabs and Muslims.” He went on to say that the Jews benefited from the September 11 attacks and were the protagonists of the attacks.[x]

Numerous other sermons also refer to Jews as apes and pigs and to Christians as crusaders. Other sermons claim that Jews transmit dangerous diseases such as AIDS through exports to Arab countries. Jews are also described as a cancer which spreads through the body of the Arab world. Furthermore Jews are held responsible for all wars and conflicts. This was the message delivered in a sermon by Sheik Ibrahim Mudeiris  on Palestine Authority TV on May 13, 2005.[xi]


Blood Libel

One of the favorite accusations made by Muslims against Jews is the assertion that Jews drink human blood. Speaking before the United Nations human rights commission Conference on Religious Tolerance on December 5, 1984, the Saudi delegate  Marouf al-Dawalibi said “the Talmud says that if a Jew who does not drink every year the blood of a non-Jewish man, he will be damned for eternity.”  On March 10, 2002 professor Umayma Ahmad Al-Jalahma of King Faysal University wrote in the Saudi government daily, Al-Riyadh, “that the Jews still use human blood to prepare pastry for the holidays… (Jews) overindulge in drinking alcohol, prostitution, and adultery.” The Saudi columnist Muhammad bin S’ad al Shwey’ir told an audience on September 6, 2002 that rabbis take blood to use for baked goods for the holidays, as part of their ritual.”[xii]

And on November 11, 1999, the wife of Yasser Arafat told the visiting First Lady, Hillary Rodham Clinton,  that Israel's armed forces deliberately used poisonous gas in order to increase cancer cases among Arab women and children.[xiii]


Holocaust Denial

 Muslim speakers and politicians as well as clergy usually deny the Holocaust or claim that the Jews themselves carried out these murders against other Jews. Numerous television broadcasts by the Palestinian Authority  use the work of so-called revisionist historians to argue that the Nazis did not kill six million Jews and that the few Jews who were killed were the victims of the Zionists. These messages were delivered by Dr. Islam Sissalem, a history professor at the University of Gaza, as well as Hiri Manzour, a writer for the Palestinian Authority's official newspaper Al Hayat Al Yadida.[xiv]

There are in the Muslim media innumerable references to the eventual destruction of Israel.  While the official English speaking representatives of Arab countries in America claim an interest in peace and negotiations, the Muslim leadership at home, speaking a language that is not understood in the United States, proclaims endless war against Israel and predict its destruction.



     “The ruling to kill the Americans and allies… is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it…” This was promised by Osama bin Laden  in 1998.  Likewise the justice minister of the Palestinian Authority, Freih Abu Middein, told the newspaper Al Hayat on August 24, 2000 that “violence is around the corner, and the Palestinians are willing to sacrifice even 5000 casualties.”  Numerous speakers representing such terrorist organizations as Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood , as well as religious personalities such as the Mufti of Jerusalem, predict an endless holy war against the Jewish people. Labeling themselves the Aksa Martyrs Brigade, suicide bombers never cease in their efforts to spread terror anywhere and at any time.[xv]

Shalom u’vracha.

[i] No Author, National Review, November 21, 2005, v. 51, no. 21, .3.

[ii] Salah Naswari, “Egypt Opposition Leader denies Holocaust.”: http:news

[iii] John Gee, “Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir goes out with a bang,” Washington Report on Middle East Affairs, (December 2003) v. 22, no. 10:.1.

[iv] No author, “The Disappearance of the Jews,” The Economist, v . 359, no. 8221, 5/12/2001.

[v] Gerhard Falk, The Jew in Christian Theology,(Jefferson, N.C. and London, McFarland @Co., 1992) p. 277.

[vi] Mitchell C. Bard, “Arab/Muslim Attitudes Toward Israel,Myths and Facts on Line, www. jewishvirtuallibrary. org /jsource/myths/mf25.html

[vii] Ibid. p. 3 Sermon delivered on Palestinian television August 3, 2001.

[viii] The New Republic Online, October 30, 2001.

[ix] Mitchell Bard,  Arab/Muslim Attitudes. p. 4.

[x] Ibid. from  Saudi Magazine Ain al Yaquin, November 29, 2002

[xi] Ibid. p.7.

[xii] Ibid. p.8.

[xiii] Adam Nagourrnay, “Mrs. Clinton says attending a ceremony with Mrs. Arafat was a mistake,” (The New York Times, October 6, 2000, v. 150, no. 51533,)  :. B10. 

[xiv] Ibid. p. 11.

[xv] Ibid  p. 26.


Dr. Gerhard Falk is the author of numerous publications, including Fraud (2007).

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