Does what they say account for their actions?
When the core of your enemy’s doctrine and religion calls for your subjugation and/or annihilation, it makes achieving co-existence improbable. This is the insurmountable problem in a decades-long peace “process.”
More after the jump.
Islam teaches that they are superior, while non-Muslim infidels are inherently inferior and must be dominated. Therefore, the success of tiny Israel, the state of the Jews, defies what Allah has told them will happen, and is taken as an affront to their honor – especially since they have not been able to defeat it militarily.
The root of the problem may be in the Koran itself. Here are some notable excerpts:
Koranic Doctrine Regarding “Infidels,” Jews and Christians, and Peacemaking:
- “Muslims are “obligated to befriend a believer, even if he is oppressive and violent towards you and must be hostile to the infidel, even if he is liberal and kind to you” (Sheikh al-Islam, Ibn Taymiyya: 1263 – 1328)
- Doctrine of Wala’ wa Bara’ (loyalty and enmity) requires Muslims to maintain absolute loyalty to Islam and one another, while disavowing, even hating all things un-Islamic, including persons, i.e. infidels (Koran 60:4)
- Taqiyya doctrine revolves around deceiving the infidels, is pivital to upholding loyalty and enmity wherever and whenever Muslim minorities live among non-Muslim majorities: “Let believers not take for friends and allies infidels instead of believers, Whoever does this shall have no relationship left with God ” (Koran 3:28.) This has been interpreted by Tabari: “Only when you are in their [non-Muslims’] power, fearing for yourselves, are you to demonstrate friendship for them with your tongues, while harboring hostility toward them. But do not join them in the particulars of their infidelities, and do not aid them through any action against a Muslim.”
- A hudna [also known as a hudibiyya or khudaibiya] is a tactical cease-fire that allows the Arabs to rebuild their terrorist infrastructure in order to be more effective when the “cease-fire” is called off.
- Jihad, literally “struggle”, revolves around fighting and killing the infidel enemy, “holy war,” even if it costs the Muslim fighter his life — this is the most native and praiseworthy expression.
- Dar Al Islam v. Dar Al Harb: Shari’a (Islamic) law divides the world into these two abodes. In Dar al-Islam, the citizenry abide by the ordinances, rules, edicts, and assembly of Islam. The Muslim state guarantees the safety of life, property, and religious status (only if the religion is not idolatrous) of minorities (ahl al-dhimma) provided they have submitted to Muslim control. Dar al-Harb (the abode of war) provides the contrast and denotes territory that is not governed by the assembly of Islam, and is directly contiguous to the abode of Islam.
Jihad can be invoked for the sole purpose of turning Dar al-Harb into Dar al-Islam – in other words, to allow for the prevalence of Islamic edicts and the protection of Muslims. The conflict only is destined to end with the hegemony of Islam, so that the religion reigns supreme, that is the ultimate goal of Islam establish Sharia law throughout the world, non-believers (infidels) are treated as dhimmi (second-class citizens under rule of Muslims, with limited rights): there are only three choices for non-Muslims: conversion, subjugation or death- this is mainstream Islam as per teachings of Muhammad. (From The Al Quaeda Reader)
Palestinian-Arabs groups have expounded on these concepts:
Palestine Liberation Organization Charter (ratified 1964)
Article 2: Palestine, with the boundaries it had during the British Mandate, is an indivisible territorial unit.
Article 9: Armed struggle is the only way to liberate Palestine. This is the overall strategy, not merely a tactical phase. The Palestinian Arab people assert their absolute determination and firm resolution to continue their armed struggle and to work for an armed popular revolution for the liberation of their country and their return to it…
Article 10: Commando action constitutes the nucleus of the Palestinian popular liberation war. This requires its escalation, comprehensiveness, and the mobilization of all the Palestinian popular and educational efforts and their organization and involvement in the armed Palestinian revolution.
Article 19: The partition of Palestine in 1947 and the establishment of the state of Israel are entirely illegal, regardless of the passage of time, because they were contrary to the will of the Palestinian people and to their natural right in their homeland, and inconsistent with the principles embodied in the Charter of the United Nations, particularly the right to self-determination.
Article 20: The Balfour Declaration, the Mandate for Palestine, and everything that has been based upon them, are deemed null and void. Claims of historical or religious ties of Jews with Palestine are incompatible with the facts of history and the true conception of what constitutes statehood. Judaism, being a religion, is not an independent nationality. Nor do Jews constitute a single nation with an identity of its own; they are citizens of the states to which they belong.
It is important to note that the PLO was established by the Arab League when Gaza was controlled by Egypt and the West Bank by Jordan- three years before Israel captured them in a defensive in 1967.
Fateh, or Fatah (which means “victory” or “conquest”) is the leading organization within the Palestinian “resistance.” The date of the Fatah constitution is not given, circa 1964 though it was reaffirmed at its August 2009 convention. It states, inter alia:
Article (4) The Palestinian struggle is part and parcel of the world-wide struggle against Zionism, colonialism and international imperialism.
Article (7) The Zionist Movement is racial, colonial and aggressive in ideology, goals, organization and method.
Article (8) The Israeli existence in Palestine is a Zionist invasion with a colonial expansive base, and it is a natural ally to colonialism and international imperialism.
Article (9) Liberating Palestine and protecting its holy places is an Arab, religious and human obligation.
Article (12) Complete liberation of Palestine, and eradication of Zionist economic, political, military and cultural existence.
Article (17) Armed public revolution is the inevitable method to liberating Palestine….
Article (19) Armed struggle is a strategy and not a tactic, and the Palestinian Arab People’s armed revolution is a decisive factor in the liberation fight and in uprooting the Zionist existence, and this struggle will not cease unless the Zionist state is demolished and Palestine is completely liberated.
The Khartoum Resolution of 1967
Heads of state from eight Arab countries met for a summit in Khartoum, Sudan shortly after the 1967 Six-Day War. The resulting formulation became known as “Three Nos” and formed the basis of the policies of most Arab states aligned against Israel through the late:
- No peace with Israel;
- No recognition of Israel;
- No negotiations with Israel
Since then, only two Arab states have signed peace treaties with Israel: Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. The remaining 20 still abide by these principles.
The Hamas (Islamic Resistence Movement) Charter (1988)
Preamble: Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as it obliterated others before it… Our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious. It needs all sincere efforts. It is a step that inevitably should be followed by other steps. The Movement is but one squadron that should be supported by more and more squadrons from this vast Arab and Islamic world, until the enemy is vanquished and Allah’s victory is realized.
Article (7) The Prophet, Allah’s prayer and peace be upon him, says: ‘The hour of judgment shall not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, so that the Jews hide behind trees and stones, and each tree and stone will say: ‘Oh Muslim, oh servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.’
Article (8) Allah is its target, the Prophet is its model, the Koran its constitution: Jihad is its path and death for the sake of Allah is the loftiest of its wishes.
Article (11) The Islamic Resistance Movement believes that the land of Palestine is an Islamic Waqf consecrated for future Muslim generations until Judgment Day. It, or any part of it, should not be squandered: it, or any part of it, should not be given up…. This is the law governing the land of Palestine in the Islamic Sharia (law) and the same goes for any land the Muslims have conquered by force, because during the times of (Islamic) conquests, the Muslims consecrated these lands to Muslim generations till the Day of Judgment.
Article (13) Initiatives, and so-called peaceful solutions and international conferences, are in contradiction to the principles of the Islamic Resistance Movement… There is no solution for the Palestinian question except through Jihad. Initiatives, proposals and international conferences are all a waste of time and vain endeavors.
Article (15) … It is necessary to instill the spirit of Jihad in the heart of the nation so that they would confront the enemies and join the ranks of the fighters. It is necessary that scientists, educators and teachers, information and media people, as well as the educated masses, especially the youth and sheikhs of the Islamic movements, should take part in the operation of awakening (the masses)…. It is necessary to instill in the minds of the Muslim generations that the Palestinian problem is a religious problem, and should be dealt with on this basis.?
Article (31)Under the wing of Islam, it is possible for the followers of the three religions- Islam, Christianity and Judaism – to coexist in peace and quiet with each other. Peace and quiet would not be possible except under the wing of Islam. Past and present history are the best witness to that.
Palestinian Basic Law (ratified 2002)
1. Islam is the official religion in Palestine. Respect and sanctity of all other heavenly religions shall be maintained.
2. The principles of Islamic Shari’a shall be the main source of legislation.
3. Arabic shall be the official language.
Perhaps these explain Palestinian rejectionism: why they incite hatred and violence against Jews and Israelis in their schools, mosques, and media; shun peace talks and direct negotiations; violate their international obligations under the Oslo Accords; engage in terrorism against Israeli civilians; call for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions, and “lawfare” against Israelis in foreign courts. By contrast, the State of Israel has offered its outstretched hand from the outset and declared as follows:
Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (May 14, 1948)
THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.
THE STATE OF ISRAEL is prepared to cooperate with the agencies and representatives of the United Nations in implementing the resolution of the General Assembly of the 29th November, 1947, and will take steps to bring about the economic union of the whole of Eretz-Israel.
WE APPEAL – in the very midst of the onslaught launched against us now for months – to the Arab inhabitants of the State of Israel to preserve peace and participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.
WE EXTEND our hand to all neighbouring states and their peoples in an offer of peace and good neighborliness, and appeal to them to establish bonds of cooperation and mutual help with the sovereign Jewish people settled in its own land. The State of Israel is prepared to do its share in a common effort for the advancement of the entire Middle East.
Israel has been the ancestral home of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years –more than 1,500 years before the founding of Islam. Since 1922 when the League of Nations’ Palestine Mandate recognized “the historical connections of the Jewish people with Palestine” and called for reconstituting the Jewish “National Home” in Palestine, international agreement has recognized Israel as the Jewish people’s state. There already exists an Arab state created out of the original Palestine Mandate – Jordan, which is on 78% of the land and has a population that is 70% Palestinian Arabs. The lone Jewish state in the world, Israel, exists on the remaining 22% of the land- the very part of which a second Arab state would be created. There are currently 22 Arab League states (not even counting Iran), all Muslim-dominated, none democratic, on a land mass over 600 times that of Israel, with a population of 350,000,000, compared to 5,500,000 Jews in Israel, which is the size of New Jersey. Moreover, there is a bloc of 57 Muslim states in the Organization of the Islamic Conference, with a population of 1.5 billion.
So, who are the “infidels” against humanity, decency and tolerance? And why should tiny Israel be forced to make concessions? And who are Israel’s “partners for peace” supposed to be on the Palestinian — Arab side? Fatah? Hamas? These “revelations” about Islamic doctrine and the governing documents of Hamas, Fatah, the PLO and the like are not secrets. Radical Islam, with its virulent, theologically based anti-semitism, surges through the Muslim realm, spread with Saudi and Iranian funding, to media, mosques and madrassas throughout the Islamic world. Are we – Western governments, media and the populace — just so arrogant or paternalistic that we cannot possibly accept that a people could actually harbor such nasty, ugly beliefs — and act on them? Are we so “politically correct” that we are afraid to be judgmental against others, and their beliefs, no matter how brutal and dangerous?
Ultimately, Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians, Arabs and Islam is not territorial, but rather existential. Unfortunately, peaceful coexistence as co-equals in a pluralistic society is not one of the choices that Islamic law gives to non-Muslims. In essence, Islam is a religion of the peace that will come when Islam is dominant, triumphant and everyone is Muslim or at least subject to the Islamic state and ultimate caliphate. And to establish that “peace,” Muslims must wage war – global jihadi warfare against nonbelievers is mandated until hegemony is established throughout the entire world. We all need to read their words, because nothing less than our liberty, freedom and Western Judeo-Christian core values are at stake.