Very few “leading lights” within the so-called civilized world, even within Israel’s hierarchy, dare to query: How can it be that every time Jewish land is “gifted” to the followers of Muhammad, Jews end up dead!? This is not a theoretical question, nor is it hysteria-mongering.
But don’t take this investigative journalist’s analysis as the last word. Just look towards the recent assessment by Dr. Martin Sherman, indeed, a highly respected, worldwide geo-strategist and Middle East expert:
Yair Lapid -Thinking the unthinkable…..yes, one of the so-called “leading lights” within Israel’s hierarchy!
For in reality, as well as for the umpteenth time, Jewish blood is said coinage paid for the above lack of truth-telling. As such. let the most recent heinous assassination of Meir Tamari serve as proof of the same — alongside countless others.
“The Israeli man brutally murdered near the town of Hermesh in northern Samaria has been identified as Meir Tamari, a 32-year-old Hermesh resident.
Tamari, who was shot dead by terrorists on Tuesday afternoon, is married and the father of two children, ages one and three.
Tamari moved to Hermesh four years ago, after marrying his wife, who grew up in the town. Just recently, the couple finished building their home.
Yossi Dagan, head of the Samaria Regional Council, said, “This is very difficult news. Our heart breaks together with that of the entire family, the town, and the entire nation of Israel. It hurts so much to say this now, but we all understand: The writing was on the wall. We could have prevented this terror attack. This terror attack occurred just meters from a checkpoint which, if it were active, this terror attack would have been prevented.”
Q: What is the theology of the Islamic jihad?
Spencer: Jihad literally means “struggle.” It is a central duty of every Muslim. Modern Muslim theologians have spoken of many things as jihads: defending the faith from critics, supporting its growth and defense financially, even migrating to non-Muslim lands for the purpose of spreading Islam.
But violent jihad is a constant of Islamic history. Many passages of the Koran and sayings of the Prophet Mohammed are used by radical Muslims today to justify their actions and gain new recruits. No major Muslim group has ever repudiated the doctrines of armed jihad. The theology of jihad, which denies unbelievers equality of human rights and dignity, is available today for anyone with the will and means to bring it to life.
In a lengthy and well-attested tradition, Mohammed delineates three choices for nonbelievers — choices which are derived from Koran’s Sura 9:29: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, [even if they are] of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
Says Mohammed: “Fight against those who disbelieve in Allah. … When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these you also accept it and withhold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to [accept] Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. … If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya [the special tax on non-Muslims prescribed by Islamic law]. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them.”
Q: Can you describe for us some of the different schools within Islam, for example, Sunni and Shiite, and how their interpretations of Islam differ?
Spencer: Sunnis comprise around 85% of Muslims worldwide. The word “Sunni” is related to “Sunna,” or tradition. Sunni Muslims follow doctrines and practices derived from the Sunna of the Prophet — that is, the Hadith as interpreted by Muslim scholars throughout history.
The Wahhabis, who have become famous lately for their role in Saudi Arabia and global terrorism, are a Sunni subsect. Mohammed ibn Abd al-Wahhab — he lived from 1703 to 1792 — was a reformer. He wanted to rid Islam of everything that developed after the first few centuries.
He stressed a literal reading of the Koran and Hadith that made the Wahhabis a furious, violent sect that even made war against other Muslim groups it considered heretical. The Wahhabis control Saudi Arabia today and from there aggressively export Wahhabism around the world.
The second largest Muslim group is the Shiites. The word “Shia” is a short for “Shiat Ali,” or “the party of Ali.” This is the largest non-Sunni sect: the group of Muslims who believed that Ali, the husband of Mohammed’s daughter Fatima, was the Prophet’s only rightful successor as leader of the Muslim community.
Shiites have traditions and practices that are quite distinct from those of the Sunnis. Notable among these is the belief that the Imams who succeeded Ali in Mohammed’s prophetic line inherited Mohammed’s prophetic spirit. Most Shiites believe that there were 12 such Imams, and that the last one disappeared from the earth and will return as the Mahdi, a Messianic figure, at the end of the age.
Likud’s Ariel Sharon was elected on February 6, 2001 by a landslide margin, defeating Labor’s PM Ehud Barak 62.4% to 37.6%. Sharon’s win should have handed him a wide berth to govern from the right, regardless of outside pressures.
However, policies of appeasement were in full swing during Sharon’s first year. This was especially ironic, particularly since the well-known hawkish general — nicknamed ‘the bulldozer’ — was nowhere to be found as his politician counterpart ‘fought’Arab terror. Moreover, there were higher casualties from Arabterror attacks during Sharon’s first year in office than in previous combined years. It wasn’t until the bodies started piling up, coupled with a hue and cry from the general public, thatOperation Defensive Shield was finally belatedly launched on March 29, 2002.