Andrew Bostom, an American scholar and author of The Legacy of Jihad, sends the Tundra Tabloids this Washington Times article by Diana West, “What about the record“? The Western penchant of exonerating Islamic intolerance and violence towards other non-Mulsim communities, is the subject of West’s article.
She takes a closer look at the West’s willingness to continually throw money at the Palestinians in order to alleviate “the sinkhole of Western guilt and responsibility for the suffering of Muslims in the PA.” She also (quite correctly) takes aim at Islamic historian, Bernard Lewis’s belief that anti-Semitism was “an European import.”
“You don’t need to be a scholar of Mr. Lewis’ stature to know that European colonization of the Middle East didn’t begin until some 1,100 years after Islamic anti-semitism got going in the Koran, the canonical commentaries on the Koran and in a long and painful (for Christians also) historical record.”
Lewis is of course wrong, insofar as believing that anti-Semitism never existed before the European colonization of the Levant. European anti-Semitism certainly did have an impact in the Islamic world, but only in the importation of the un-Islamic variants of anti-Semitism. The Russian forgery of the “Learned Elders of Zion” is one classic example, as well as the blood libel of Jews using the blood from non-Jewish victims in the making of Matzoh bread.
But like Diana West points out in her reference to Dr. Bostom’s exhaustive work on the subject, Muslim anti-Semitism can be traced to beginnings of the Islamic religion itself, and since that time, has found ample fertile ground for the continued seeding of Jew-hate from one generation to the next. More here. *L* KGS