Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
France, like most of the European countries, already is vulnerable to the rise of radical Islam and Jew hatred. Resurgent anti-Semitism is of national concern in a country with Europe’s largest Jewish population, which still struggles to wash away the stain of collaboration with the Nazis and in recent years has seen deadly Islamic extremist attacks targeting Jewish sites. Although the French government could not give a reason for the rise of radical Islam and Jew hatred, the Jewish leaders lamented the explosion of hate speech online and beyond. Islamic extremists targeted a Jewish school and kosher supermarket in two of France’s most deadly terrorist attacks in recent years, and some blame Islamic radicalism for resurgent anti-Semitism in France. Muslim leaders acknowledge that some imams have fueled radicalism, but warn against stigmatizing France’s millions of moderate Muslims.
In July this year, Imam Mundhir Abdallah, who was preaching in the Copenhagen neighborhood of Nørrebro at the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque, which media have linked to radical Islam, is accused of citing a hadith or sayings of the Prophet Mohammad, calling for Muslims to rise up against Jews. In a Facebook and YouTube post in March this year, Mundhir Abdallah said, “Judgment Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them.”
Denmark published in May 2017 a list of foreigners accused of preaching hatred – five of them Muslim preachers and one Evangelical, banning them for at least two years. The list included two Saudis, a Canadian, a Syrian, and two Americans.
In April 2018, French authorities had no other option but to expel El Hadi Doudi who perhaps was France’s leading proponent of fundamentalist Islam. His influence extends throughout Europe, where his lawyer says the cleric is the only imam authorized to issue fatwas. Over 37 years, El-Hadi has often berated Jews, women and the modern world, yet the authorities have tolerated his hard-line sermons and even occasionally cultivated him as an ally.
In March 2018, a little Jewish schoolgirl in Germany was picked on and abused for being a Jew. On one occasion, a classmate at the Paul Simmel Elementary School in south Berlin even told her she’d be beaten and killed for not believing in Allah. The case is not an isolated incident. Similar reports of anti-Semitic bullying are becoming more common in Germany’s capital. Last year, a Jewish teen was forced to change schools after verbal and physical assaults, for example. According to the city’s anti-discrimination commissioner, 18 incidents of anti-Semitism were reported at schools in 2017, more than double the number in 2016 – and more undoubtedly went unreported.
In late March 2018, thousands of people took to the streets of Paris to protest the murder of an elderly woman whose killers had been motivated by anti-Semitism. The killing horrified France — all the more so because Knoll, as a 9-year-old girl, escaped a roundup of Paris Jews who were eventually deported to Auschwitz during World War II. Knoll was “murdered … because she was Jewish,” French President Emmanuel Macron said at her funeral. Knoll’s murder was the latest in a decade-long string of killings in France that have caused increasing alarm in the country’s Jewish community — and beyond. Other Jewish victims of violence in recent years include a teacher and three students who were killed in the southern city of Toulouse in 2012 by radical Islamist Mohammed Merah. In 2015, four people were shot dead in a Jewish Kosher supermarket.
In the conservative daily Le Figaro, historian and essayist Jacques Julliard wrote, “The new anti-Semitism in France today is a Muslim anti-Semitism. But it is not being said, because people are afraid of stigmatizing Muslims or setting off a wave of Islamophobia.”
In May 2018, on the national day of mourning for Holocaust victims in the Netherlands, Amsterdam’s Blue Mosque in the kingdom’s capital celebrated the conversion to Islam of a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust. According to its Facebook page, 87-year-old Sal van Coeverden converted on May 4, 2018. In the comment section of the post, a user named Saloua El Hadrati wrote proudly that her brother is the man pushing the wheelchair, explaining he was van Coeverden’s caretaker at an old age home.
But in a community whose numbers never recovered from the annihilation during the Holocaust — 75 percent of Holland’s pre-war Jewish population did not survive the war — local Jews reacted with suspicion over the veracity and legitimacy of the Blue Mosque’s jubilant announcement.
In December 2016, we heard a very disturbing news from Canada when Jordanian cleric Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr at Dar Al-Arqam Mosque in the Montreal’s Saint-Michel neighborhood recited in Arabic the verse which says, “O Muslim, O servant of Allah, O Muslim, O servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
The controversial verse comes from a religious text known as a Hadith, which interprets the words and actions by the Prophet Muhammad. Hadith in question deals with end times and tells how stones and trees will ask Muslims to come and kill Jews hiding behind them. Muslims consider Hadith as an integral part of Koran while others believe; it is the ‘interpretation’ of Koran.
In May 2018, POLITICO said, anti-Semitic materials were being used to train imams in Belgium. In said, “a number of Muslim institutions in Belgium are using ultra-conservative manuals containing anti-Semitic passages to train imams, according to a confidential report by the country’s coordination body for threat assessment (OCAM).
“The body found that training manuals used in Brussels’ Grand Mosque, as well as other institutions, contained “outdated and extremely conservative language” and teachings that stand in “stark contrast with Belgian or European social contexts,” according to RTL.”
Imams who preach Wahhabism, the form of Sunni Islam promoted by Saudi Arabia, are increasingly common in mosques and Islamic centers in Brussels, Antwerp and Mechelen, the report said.
In a scholarly article published by the Gatestone Institute, it is said, “While it is true that the Quran does not specifically call for killing Christians and Jews, the Hadith — a record of the words, actions, and the silent approval of Prophet Mohammed — does refer to killing all Jews.
“The Quran, however does refer to Christians and Jews as disbelievers (for instance, Qur’an 98:6, 9:30, 4:46, 48:6, 2:88-89), and calls on Muslims to fight and kill disbelievers.”
On November 16, 2018, Sheikh Hussein Abu Ayada, head of the Tribes and Reconciliation Department at Hamas Ministry of Interior, delivered a Friday sermon in Rafah, dressed in military fatigues. Addressing Hamas and Islamic Jihad military wings, Sheikh Abu Ayada shouted: “Tie me to a missile and fire it at Tel Aviv… Enough with the humiliation.” Abu Ayada also criticized the Gulf States, claiming that they oppose the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation and “support the Jews in the destruction of Gaza.”
Reading this extremely disturbing statement, when all of us definitely are feeling extremely worried let me remind my readers, most of the European nations are hosting members of Hamas, a mega-terrorist outfit. Sitting in Europe, these notorious members not only are consistently conspiring against Israel, they equally are doing everything in spreading radical Islam, anti-Semitism and militancy in those European nations.
In Italy, Palestinian immigrants, joined by country’s radical Muslim community are chanting a very nefarious slogan saying “Jews remember the Khaybar.”
Khaybar is the name of the oasis inhabited by Jews that Muhammad conquered in 628. The place has a legendary and mythical meaning in the Islamist perspective of a final and violent submission of the Jews. Muhammad, at the head of an army of sixteen hundred men, assaulted, submitted, enslaved and killed the peaceful Jews settled in the oasis of Khaybar, north of Medina.
The late Robert S. Wistrich, the greatest scholar of anti-Semitism in the world, wrote in his masterpiece “A lethal obsession” that there are videos of Hamas in which contemporary “martyrs” proclaim the “call of jihad, the call of Allah Akbar, the time of Khaybar has come!”. There are songs that enthusiastically evoke the massacre of the Jews (“the sons of Khaybar”) as a kind of sacrificial act.
The Khaybar terrorism:
 The battle of Khaybar against the Jews is evoked at Hezbollah demonstrations,
 “Khaybar 1” is the name of one of Hezbollah’s rockets aimed at Israel.
There is a TV series in Syria against Jews called “Khaybar”,
 A religious Egyptian Salafist, Hazem Shuman, on TV said that “the seventh century Khaybar’s Jews are the replica of the State of Israel”,
 Thousands of Tunisian Salafists have chanted the slogan “Khaybar” waving the black flag of the Caliphate,
 Imams of Gaza wielded a knife in a mosque and invited the faithful to follow “the example of Khaybar”.
Muslims are clearly saying in this slogan – the Islamist army is about to hit the Jews again. Despite repeated demand from the Jewish rights groups of banning this notorious slogan, there really is no initiative by any of the European nations. As if, those leaders and policymakers in Europe are taking vigorous preparations of letting their nations go into the grips of radical Islam.
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is the editor of Blitz.