Mohammed used the Jews as the basis for being a prophet. The Jews then became an example of what happens to anyone who resists political Islam. They were assassinated, robbed, executed, raped, enslaved, kidnapped, became the first dhimmis (semi-slaves) and exiled. All of modern Jew hatred by Muslims was formed by Mohammed.
The Jews are very important in the formation of Islam. It could be said that if there were no Jews there would be no Islam. The reason for this can be found in the Koran. When Mohammed had his first vision, which no one else saw, and when he heard the voices that no one else heard, he said that the voice was of the Angel Gabriele. This is important because Gabriele is in the Jewish tradition. From the beginning, Mohammed said that his authenticity rested on the fact that he had the same basis as the prophets in the Old Testament. There were no Jews in Mecca when he started telling his story of Noah, Adam and Moses. The characters were the same, but the stories were different. For instance, in the Jewish scripture, the story of Moses and the Pharaoh is about the release of the Jewish slaves. In the Koran, the story of Moses and the Pharaoh is not about freeing the Jews; instead, it is about the fact that the Pharaoh would not admit that Moses was a prophet. So the Egyptians were destroyed.
In the story of Noah, the same was true. The reason that Allah destroyed the Earth with water was because men would not believe that he was a prophet of Allah. On and on the stories go. All of them changed to advance the Koran's central argument: everyone had to listen and do exactly as a prophet of Allah said. The message of the Koran is: the entire world is divided into those who believe Mohammed and those who do not.
If there had been Jews in Mecca, they would have said: "Wait a minute! That's not the way this story really happened!" The Koran addresses this problem by saying that the stories in the Old Testament have been corrupted. You see, according to the Koran, every one of those people---Adam, Noah, Moses, David, and Solomon---all prophesied that one day would come the final messenger of Allah: Mohammed. But (according to the Koran) the Jews had destroyed all of those prophecies. The real Jewish scriptures are found in the Koran, according to the Koran.
At first the Jews are seen favorably in the Koran of Mecca. But, listen to what Islam has to say today about the Jews in the modern world. Jew hatred by Muslims is reported frequently in Europe today.
Here are some words from modern Muslim political leaders: a former Turkish Prime Minister, in front of crowds, has publicly proclaimed that "the Jews are bacteria and like a disease".
In Saudi Arabia, on a TV show, an interviewer asked the man on the street questions about the Jews. One of them was: 'Would you be willing to shake hands with a Jew?' One person said, "Of course not. I would have to cut off my hand." Another question: 'If a child asked you who were the Jews, what would you say?' One person responded: "Allah's anger is upon them. They strayed from the path of righteousness. They are the filthiest people on the face of the earth, because they only care about themselves."
Another quote from a modern Muslim, who is a professor in a university in Egypt, that is roughly equivalent to Harvard. This imam is on a fatwa committee. A fatwa is simply a legal judgment. So, the legal counsel issued a fatwa saying that Jews were apes and pigs. They went further, to say that: Jews fabricate lies; they listen to lies; they hide the truth and support deception; they are hypocrites; they want other people to feel pain; they are happy when others suffer; they are rude and vulgar; they break their promises; and they're cowards.
This is in decided contrast to Mohammed in Mecca. In Mecca, Mohammed practically claims to be a brother to the Jews. He said that he was the last of the line of the Jewish prophets. What explains this? One explanation for this is that Muslims picked up their Jew hatred from modern Europeans; that it's a remnant of Nazism. Let's examine this further. Let's go back 600 years ago, long before any of the modern Europeans existed.
In Tunisia, when the call to prayer came, a Jew said that Mohammed was no prophet in the line of the Jews. He was beheaded for insulting the prophet. In Morocco, a ruler said that the Jews pay the tax and they are very humble. We will learn later what this means. In North Africa, Jews that sold wine to Muslims were beheaded, and their families sold into slavery. In Tunisia, a Jew who dressed like a Muslim was to be stripped and beaten and jailed. If he was caught riding a horse, he was to be pulled off of the horse, stripped and beaten. In medieval Iran, a Jew was forbidden to go out into the rain, since the water might fall off of him, onto the ground, and a Muslim might step in it and become contaminated. So, as a consequence, when it rained, Jews were not allowed in the marketplace, for fear of contaminating Muslims. All of these stories were before there were any of the modern European states, so we have to look elsewhere for the attitudes of Jew hatred by Muslims.
Let's go back to the Koran, because there are, in effect, two Koran's. The second Koran, written in Medina, draws a totally different picture of the Jews. There were a lot of Jews in Medina. There were three tribes, and they comprised about half the population. When Mohammed entered Medina, it did not take long for the Jews to inform him that he was not a prophet in their lineage. No one could contradict Mohammed, so it didn't take long until he took care of the problem. After about a year, he had become politically powerful enough to attack one of the Jewish tribes. He beat them and took all of their money, and exiled them from Medina. Not long after that, he found an excuse to attack the second Jewish tribe. After he captured them, he took all of their wealth, and was going to do worse. But the Jews had allies amongst the Arabs. One of their old allies stepped forth and said, "Do not harm them; they are former allies of mine." So Mohammed exiled them and took all of their money.
His third attack was against the strongest tribe of Jews. After the Jews surrendered, the men were separated from the women and children. The men were taken into the marketplace, and one by one their heads were cut off---all 800. Mohammed sat there throughout the day, sitting alongside his 12-year-old wife, Aisha. The executions went on into the night. By 10 o'clock at night, the last Jew lost his head, by torchlight. The Jewish children were adopted into the Muslim families and raised as Muslims. He sold them in wholesale lots, into slavery. Now, this is a story that every Muslim knows. There was a different attitude in Medina than in Mecca. But, after the Jews of Medina had been destroyed, Mohammed did not stop there.
He went north to Khaybar where the Jews were prosperous. He put them under siege, and after they surrendered, he took all of their wealth. But this time he did not kill them. A dead Jew does not make you any money. He basically created a new form of human being, called the dhimmi. A dhimmi existed in an Islamic world. A Jew could only be Jewish in his home or in the synagogue. All of the culture, laws and politics were Islamic. A dhimmi had to pay a tax, called the JHIZIYA. Fifty percent of everything they earned was paid to Islam and Mohammed. The Koran says, in addition to paying the tax, that the dhimmi has to be humiliated. Remember the medieval reporting in which the Jews paid the tax and were very humble? That's because they were dhimmis.
But Mohammed did not stop with making enemies out of the Jews of Khaybar. Even as he lay on his deathbed, his last words were, that neither Jew nor Christian shall be allowed in Arabia. Three years after that, when Umar was caliph---that is, supreme ruler of all of Islam---he drove the Jews out of Arabia. From that day forward, there have been no Jews in Arabia. Saudi Arabia exists in religious apartheid.
The Koran goes even further in talking about the Jews; it calls them APES. Remember earlier, back when the fatwa ruled that the Jews are apes and pigs? The modern scholar wasn't making that up. Mohammed added further, that the Jews were rats. So we have here two totally different views of the Jews. This is dualism. One view of the Jews is that the Jews and Muslims worship the same God. Why, they are brothers! The other view of the Jews is they are apes and rats. These are two opposite ideas, but because of the dualism within Islam, they are both seen as true. A Muslim can say to the Jew, "Oh, we worship the same God. We are brothers in religion." Or, he can say they're apes and rats.
Let's move forward from Medina to modern times. There is a problem between Jews and Muslims today. It's known as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It is important to know that it is the official position of the Israeli government, that Islam plays no part in the problem of Israel. Let's listen to what the leaders of the Palestinians say. Here is one leader: "I support the Palestinian cause. I support jihad." Israelis proclaim that the problem is simply a modern political problem. It is a struggle between nation-states. But jihad is not a modern concept. It is a 1400-year-old concept. A leader of Hamas said: "The Koran used terms that are closer to animals than human beings. The Jews were likened to a donkey carrying books, and were compared to apes and pigs. The Israelis today are the descendants of apes and pigs." Another leader said: "The Prophet Mohammed foretold that Judgment Day would come only when the Muslims fight the Jews, and the Muslims would kill the Jews, and the stones and trees would say, "Servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him."
Another Islamic leader says: "Allah willing, we will enter Israel as conquerors and liberators, not through negotiations, but through jihad."
We have here two very different views of the problem in Israel. Jews today deny that Islam has anything to do with Israel's problem, while Muslims say that Islam demands that jihad will annihilate Israel. We covered the history of Jews in Islam, and saw that Mohammed enslaved, killed and created the dhimmi. In that one word, dhimmi, we find the reason that Jews and Christians do not recognize the source of their problems in Islam. They have been annihilated, humiliated and shamed. Jews and Christians were dhimmis. Whether it was North Africa, Spain, turkey or Egypt, the dhimmis were treated badly. No one wants to remember such dreadful history---so they deny its existence.
Instead of telling this 1400-year history of shame, Jewish scholars create a beautiful lie, the lie of the Golden Age of Islam. It is said that the highpoint of civilization was found in Islamic Spain. That it was a culture of tolerance and great intellectual striving. There is a wee bit of truth to this, in that there were a few Jews and a few Christians who prospered and were in high places of government as advisers, and in other capacities. But to call this a 'Golden Age' is an elitist view, because there were very few who prospered. Can a Golden Age exist that is based upon the dhimmitude of kafirs? Can it be a Golden Age when the Europeans fought for seven hundred years to drive out Islam from Spain? Can a Jewish scholar call that a Golden Age, when 5,000 Jews were killed in one day, in Cordoba? There may have been some gold flecks in Spain, but it was no Golden Age.
So it is the history of the dhimmi that explains the case of amnesia when it comes to the history of Islam and the Jews. For that matter, no kafir wants to look back and see how a total of 270 million kafirs were killed over 1400 years. The facts are too disturbing. No kafir wants to look back and say that his ancestors were enslaved. No Jew wants to look back and say that, for 1400 years, they were treated no better than dirt on the street, in Islam.
It is sad that this history is not remembered. Until Israel sees its true place in history---that the Jews of Israel are descendants of the dhimmis of Islam---until Jews accept that the real struggle is against jihad---they will be doomed to repeat the history of Khaybar. The only way to save Israel is to see the true history of Islam. Living a lie which denies the history of Islam is not the way to preserve Israel.
The above is from the website Political Islam: Jews.