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March Not-So-Madness: Hamas’ Traditionalist Koranic Jew-Hatred on Hamas-Owned Al-Aqsa TV

March 24th, 2014 (1 minute ago) by Andrew Bostom |

During a recent address which aired March 6, 2014, on Hamas-owned Al-Aqsa TV, broadcasting from Gaza, Hamas cleric and MP Yunis Al-Astal concisely demonstrated some of the traditionalist Jew-hatred redolent within the Koran.  These motifs must be identified in their mainstream context if there is to be any hope of understanding them with the requisite intellectual honesty. Here are the relevant extracts that the invaluable MEMRI provided. I have annotated the specific Koranic citations, followed by my analysis of the traditional Islamic exegeses of these verses:

In today’s show, we will discuss the demand that the Palestinian people recognize [Israel] as a Jewish state, so that the occupation will graciously hand them out scraps. I would like to begin by quoting what Allah said about them: “The worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are those who disbelieve. [Koran 8:55] They are the ones with whom you made a covenant, but they break their covenant every time. [Koran 8:56] ” […] The obvious question is: What is the solution to this gang of people? The Al-Anfal chapter [Sura 8] of the Koran provides us with the answer. After He said: “They are the ones with whom you made a covenant, but they break their covenant every time,” [Koran 8:56]  Allah added: “If you gain mastery over them in a war, use them to disperse those who follow them that they may remember.” [Koran 8:57;
Note: Koran 8:588:59 warn of the Jews’ treachery, which will be recompensed by Allah’s just punishment] This indicates that we must massacre them, in order to break them down and prevent them from sowing corruption in the world.  They are the ones who still spark the flame of war, but Allah has taken it upon Himself to extinguish it. [Koran 5:64; sewing corruption; i.e., the Koranic Protocols of the Elders of Zion] …We must restore them to the state of humiliation imposed upon them [Koran 2:61/3:112]. They should be dhimmi citizens. This status must be imposed upon them by war [jihad; Koran 9:29]. They must pay the jizya [“aljizyata”; Koran 9:29; ] security tax while they live in our midst. […] However, in Palestine, where they are occupiers and invaders, they cannot have the status of dhimmis.

Koran 8:55 to 8:59, as per the gloss on these verses in the still widely studied and authoritative classical Koranic commentary Tafsir al-Jalayan, were “revealed about the Banu Qurayza”—the Medinan Jewish tribe Muhammad subdued, followed by a massacre of the tribe’s adult males, enslavement of their surviving women and children, and capture of their possessions as “booty”—the very title of sura (chapter) 8 “Al Anfal,” i.e., “booty.”   Koran 5:64, which Al-Astal cites next, is an overt Koranic warning of “Jewish conspiracism”—the ancient Koranic antecedent of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. “Moderate” Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas also invoked  Koran 5:64 during a January, 2007 speech which accused the Jews of “corrupting humanity on earth.”

Hamas MP and cleric Al-Astal next alludes to the curse of Koran 2:61 (i.e., for killing prophets, and transgressing against the will of Allah, repeated at verses including 2:90-91, 3:112, 3:181, and 4:155) The centrality of the Jews’ “abasement and humiliation,” and being “laden with God’s anger” in the corpus of Muslim exegetic literature on Qur’an 2:61, including the hadith and Koranic commentaries, is well-established. Modern Islamologist Haggai Ben-Shammai observed in 1988 that despite the literal reference of 2:61 to the Israelites in the wilderness during their exodus from Egypt,

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