Saturday, November 20, 2010

Fatah's Fatuous Explanation

What's the "root cause" of Islamic Judenhass? According to Tarek Fatah, author of the bizarrely named The Jew Is Not My Enemy (bizarre because the book goes into great detail re how as Muslims see it, the Jew is the enemy), it's not the Koran: that scripture, he insists, is devoid of Jew-hate. No, the real source of the hatred is the "legend" of the Prophet's massacre of the Banu Qurayza, a Jewish tribe in Medina. And, oh yeah, Israel is largely responsible for bringing Muslim wrath upon itself and upon Jewry in general. From the Toronto Star:
...Fatah also asks: Is Israel fueling anti-Semitism? “Yes,” he writes. Israel must end its “illegal” and “immoral” occupation of Palestinian territory and push for a Palestinian state alongside Israel. “Israel has a right to exist as a Jewish state,” the author also states emphatically, one of the few high-profile Toronto Muslims to do so.
Among the book’s delights is Fatah’s independent and inquiring mind. In a field riddled with dogmatism, he offers fresh material and original insights.

On one hand, he documents Adolf Hitler’s odious alliance with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem during World War II. On the other, he brings to life stories of selfless heroism among Muslims saving Jews from persecution.

For Muslim readers, perhaps the toughest chapters deal with Muhammad’s slaughter of the Banu Qurayza. Fatah denounces the story as invented by influential scholar Ibn Ishaq nearly 100 years after the Prophet’s death. No archeological evidence supports it. No Jewish text corroborates it. Yet the story forms part of Islam’s Hadith literature and the Sira, the biography of the Prophet, and has come to be regarded as divine truth, Fatah says.

The problem, the author says, is that Islam lacks a tradition of questioning religious texts. So far, no Toronto imam has joined him to reject the Banu Qurayza story. So far, no mosque has invited him to speak.
Maybe not, but the Jews are sure lining up to hear him. 

The real problem, of course, is that the Koran is chock full of Jew-hate; that Islam is a triumphalist, supremacist, supercessionist religion; that its doctrines fuel Zionhass, the Jew-hate of our time; that, given the Prophet's animus toward Jewry, it is next to impossible for the majority of Muslims to accept a sovereign Jewish Israel.

That Tarek Fatah is willing to come clean about none of these truths makes his book a big, fat waste of time.

1 comment:

Loga'Abdullah said...

I reviewed Tarek Fatah's book, Chasing a Mirage (2008), here. I think you'll find it interesting.

It is valuable for us to look at all sorts of opinions, and it is also vital to know when information if factual or falsehood.