The New Blood Libel

The New Blood Libel
Vol: 102 Issue: 27 Saturday, March 27, 2010

In April, 1948, as the Jews of Israel made preparations to declare the existence of an independent Jewish State, the Grand Mufti of Egypt issued a fatwa declaring jihad in Palestine as an obligation for all Muslims worldwide.

In 1956, the new grand mufti of Egypt elaborated the key points of the fatwa. Because all Palestine had been conquered by jihad, it was now a permanent possession of the global Muslim Umma, Palestine was “fay territory” (booty) to be governed by Islamic law.

Quoting directly from the text written by Sheikh Hasan Ma’moun, and signed by the leading members of the Fatwa Committee of Al Azhar;

“Muslims cannot conclude peace with those Jews who have usurped the territory of Palestine and the tactics people and their property in any manner which allows the Jews to continue as a state in that sacred Muslim territory.”

On May 16, 2008 Osama bin Laden issued an audio message proclaiming that “is a duty to free Palestine…is the most important issue for the Islamic nation,” and he urged “iron and fire” to end Israel’s self-defensive blockade of Gaza.

The root of the word Jihad, appears 40 times in the Koran and in subsequent Islamic understanding — from the greatest jurists and scholars of classical Islam (including Abu Yusuf, Averroes, Ibn Khaldun, and Al Ghazzali), to ordinary people means “he fought, warred or waged war against unbelievers and the like.”

As described by the Arabic lexicographer E.W Lane, “Jihad came to be used by the Muslims to signify wag[ing] war, against unbelievers.”

The Fourth International Conference of the Academy of Islamic Research at Al Azhar, Cairo, upheld the contemporary understanding of jihad in 1968.  

Muhammad al-Sobki ruled:  

…the words Al Jihad, Al Mojahadah, or even “striving against enemies” are equivalents and they do not mean especially fighting with the atheists…they mean fighting in the general sense…” (

TownHall columnist Diana West notes in her column,  “A Sudden Turn Against Israel” that General David Petraeus, together with a host of other alleged Middle East ‘experts’  continues to advance the Arab League’s contention that “Arab anger over Palestine” is what is behind the war with al-Qaeda.

West quotes from an email she received from “a prominent conservative commentator” over Petraeus written statement to the Senate. 

“I would think that Jewish leaders would be appalled by Petraeus’ statement (‘The Jews are protecting their property with the blood from the bodies of our dead young men!!!’)

“It is about 95 percent the way to the ‘blood libel’ that, I hate to admit, Christians used in the Middle Ages against the Jewish people.”

The only place where I might disagree is that I don’t see as, “95%” of the way to the historical Jewish ‘blood libel.’   That would mean it’s five percent true.  


Blaming Israel for the jihad against the Christian West is not much different than blaming the Jews of medieval Europe for the bubonic plague. 

The jihad against Western Christendom predate Israel’s restoration in 1948 by about 1400 years. Islam’s first efforts to conquer Europe by force date back to the Battle of Tours in October, 732. 

The Battle of Vienna ended the Islamic Ottoman Empire’s effort to conquer Christian Europe that began under Suleiman the Magnificent on September 11, 1683.  

That is why Osama bin Laden chose September 11 as the date of his big attack against America and not May 14th.  It wasn’t in revenge for Israel’s restoration, it was in revenge for Islam’s defeat at Vienna 300 years earlier.

The existence of Israel as the roots of jihad against the West is a smokescreen.   If Israel was conquered by Islam and every single Jew were either murdered or expelled, it wouldn’t mean the end of jihad against the Christian West. 

It would simply create a new front from which they would continue the jihad. 

The Obama administration’s dangerously naïve foreign policy perspective is nowhere more obvious than in its handling of the Arab-Israeli ‘peace’ process. 

It has been clear from the start that Obama sees Israel as the obstacle to peace, demonstrating one of two possible and equally dangerous possible worldviews.   Either he has zero understanding of Islam, or he has zero understanding of Judaism.

Israel cannot surrender Temple Mount without denying their historical reason for existence.  Hamas cannot make peace with Israel without denying its chartered goal of Israel’s destruction and its replacement with an Islamic state. 

World-wide Islam cannot surrender al Aqsa without abandoning the doctrine of fay territory.  

For either side to make peace means abandoning the basic doctrines of their respective religions.

The Obama administration’s fury at Israel’s construction projects ongoing in undisputed Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem seems to have baffled the Netanyahu government. 

As Jerusalem sees things, it is much too much anger over far too little provocation. 

Consequently, Netanyahu was totally blindsided by the diplomatic humiliation dumped on him during last week’s visit to Washington.  Had he known Obama planned to use the trip to weaken him politically back home, it’s unlikely he would have made the trip.

The administration appears to have made a conscious decision to appease Islam by turning away from Israel.   It is clear that the government is seeking out provocations, either real or imagined, that it can use to distance itself from the Jewish State.

US efforts to appease Islam have been tried before.  They didn’t work.

The First Barbary war ended in 1805 when the US began quietly paying a dhimmi tax to the Ottoman Empire to prevent attacks on its shipping.   A  Second Barbary War was authorized by President Madison ten years later, since paying tribute only encouraged more attacks.

(It was the Second Barbary War that is immortalized in the first line of the Marines Corps Hymn, “to the shores of Tripoli.”)

Turning away from Israel won’t appease Osama bin Laden and his merry band of terrorists and end the jihad against the West.   The jihadist war isn’t against Israel.  It isn’t against America. 

It is against Israel’s and America’s God.  

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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