By VICTOR SHARPE—
The irrevocable Islamic and Koranic injunction upon all Muslims is to wage relentless war against any non-Muslim nation state that exists within what Islam decrees as the Dar al-Islam (the House of Islam). Wherever the Muslim foot has trod triumphal in the name of Allah, that territory is considered eternally Islamic land. If it is lost, then it enters the Dar al-Harb (the House of War) and must be retaken and the population either forcibly converted to Islam, forced into dhimmi degradation, or exterminated.
According to Abraham I. Katsh, who wrote the following as far back as 1954 in his book, Judaism and the Koran:
“The duty of Jihad, the waging of Holy War, has been raised to the dignity of a sixth canonical obligation … To the Moslem, the world is divided into regions under Islamic control, the dar al-Islam, and regions not subjected as yet, the dar al-harb.
“Between this area of warfare and the Muslim dominated part of the world there can be no peace. Practical considerations may induce the Muslim leaders to conclude an armistice, but the obligation to conquer and, if possible, convert never lapses. Nor can territory once under Muslim rule be lawfully yielded to the unbeliever. Legal theory has gone so far as to define as dar al-Islam any area where at least one Muslim custom is observed.
“Thanks to this concept, the Moslem is required to subdue the infidel, and he who dies in the path of Allah is considered a martyr and assured of Paradise and of unique privileges there.”
It is not only Israel, the Jewish state, that is to be warred and aggressed against by the followers of the “religion of peace” but all lands that have been lost to erstwhile Muslim invasion and occupation: They include, Spain, Portugal, Sicily, parts of France and Italy, Hungary, Austria, the Balkans, Greece, southern Russia, India – all lands considered to be in the Dar al Harb. And the Islamic war is against not only Christians and Jews, but Hindus, Buddhists, Bahai, and all non-Muslim faiths or those who have no faith.
Regarding the Arab and Muslim total war against Israel, it is not accurate to describe it as the Arab-Israel conflict, nor is it correct to label it the Israel-Palestinian conflict. It is, in reality, the Islam-Israel conflict and will grind on so long as Islam remains a hateful ideology wrapped in a religion.
It is not by chance that much of Europe is slipping and sliding under the orbit of Islamic Sharia law. Vast numbers of Muslim immigrants are being allowed into Europe and the United States through slavish adherence to the unholy trinity of political correctness, diversity and multiculturalism. These immigrants – sometimes masquerading as refugees – are the present day Islamic advance guard for the conquest and re-conquest of much of the European continent and the rest of the world next.
In Israel’s case, it stands as a bulwark – an advance guard if you will – against the battering tide of Islamic triumphalism and imperialism, which threatens to overwhelm the West and subjugate once again Jews and Christians, turning them into dhimmis, third class citizens enduring a grisly existence under Muslim control.
How supremely ironic then that the same West, be it the European Union, the U.S. State Department and the Obama Administration, aggressively pressure Israel into conceding ever more of its tiny landmass to create within its biblical and ancestral heartland (Jewish Judea and Samaria, aka the West Bank) yet another Muslim Arab state (a 23rd Arab state) and a terrorist entity to boot whose sole purpose is to finish off the Jewish state: first to be reduced to a narrow width of a mere nine miles and then to be exterminated.
Bowing to previous pressure from the Clinton Administration, Israel accepted the Oslo Peace Accords with the arch terrorist, Yasser Arafat. After shaking Israeli Prime Minister Rabin’s hand in the infamous 1993 photo-op on the White House lawn, Arafat promptly flew off to Durban in South Africa where in a local mosque he was heard in Arabic telling an audience that he had no intention of making peace with Israel.
Arafat’s sole purpose (and that of his successor Mahmoud Abbas) was to destroy Israel in phases; take as much historic Jewish territory as he could and use all the powers of dissimilitude, propaganda and outright lies to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state. In this, he was fulfilling the Islamic injunction of Teqiyah; to deliberately lie as a faithful Muslim to the non-Muslim world or what Muslims arrogantly, impudently and contemptuously call; infidels.
The Jewish state’s foolish invitation to Arafat’s PLO, (which had all but faded from sight in its Tunis compound) to enter the administered territories and the subsequent tragic abandonment by the Israeli government of much of its biblical homeland (Judea and Samaria, aka the West Bank) to the PLO led Arafat to immediately renege on all his promises of peace with Israel. Instead, he used the newly acquired territory, ripped from ancestral and biblical Jewish land, to become a launching pad for ever more horrendous terror attacks upon Israel’s civilian population.
True to his evil promise, since the September, 1993 Oslo “Peace” Accords were signed – with Israelis hoping and praying that true and lasting peace would now break out at last – thousands of Israeli civilians have perished at the hands of the PLO, Hamas, Fatah, and all the other Palestinian Arab terror gangs. Tragically, Oslo legitimized the fraudulent Palestinian narrative while delegitimizing the historic, spiritual and biblical Jewish claim to the land. This was a monumental error and a living calamity for Israel.
During the Palestinian so-called Al-Aqsa Intifada alone, 1,100 Israelis perished, many burnt to death in ghastly bus bombings. Palestinian terrorist attacks have caused not only many Israeli civilian deaths but left thousands more maimed for life – and the Muslim aggression continues daily.
In yet another suicidal decision by Israel – always done in the vain and naive quest for peace with a permanently hostile Muslim world – Israel’s then Prime Minister Sharon in 2005 forcefully removed 10,000 Israeli villagers in the Gaza Strip and handed their homes, farms and all the territory over to the Fatah wing of the so-called Palestinian Authority.
The vain hope was that the Palestinian Arabs would build a democratic and peaceful society and live in harmony with the Jewish state. But it was predictably not to be. Hamas took over Gaza and Israeli villagers and townsfolk bordering the Gaza Strip have endured a barrage of nearly 20,000 lethal missiles fired at them by the Iranian supported Hamas occupiers of Gaza since that fateful and senseless decision.
Though the missiles from Gaza are delivering death and destruction daily, very little if anything about this relentless crime is ever reported in the mainstream media. Only when Israel, tormented beyond endurance, finally responds does the media wake up and portray Israel as an aggressor – seemingly attacking poor Palestinians for no apparent reason. Such is the insidious power of much of the media.
Under Arafat’s successor, Mahmoud Abbas, a Holocaust denier and a leader who has remained in power now for over seven years – after his earlier four year term expired – the Palestinian Authority’s media and schools have descended to Nazi era anti-Semitic indoctrination and incitement of its children. This is the “peace” Israel has received from its Arab peace partner. But again, these crimes against children are merely echoes of so many of the horrific anti-Jewish passages in the Koran.
To quote from a recent American Thinker article by Eileen Topliansky:
“Consider that the Palestinian world teaches its children to embrace shahid, or martyrdom. It is an aberrant culture where parents celebrate their own children’s deaths by the promotion of suicide terrorism.
“Consider that these suicide/homicide bombers are taught that death will bring them sexual pleasure. Thus, “hahada or death for Allah mandates Muslims to aspire to die in combat for Islam … where the most prominent reward are the ’72 dark-eyed virgins in Paradise.'”
“Consider the partying and exuberance of the Palestinian world when hearing of the 9-11 attacks and the deaths of 3,000 Americans of all races and religions.
“Consider the recent three-finger salute among the Arabs and handing out of candy regarding the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenage boys.
“Consider that Islamic jihadists have no problem with using children as shields in their fight against the infidel.”
This horrific Palestinian hate indoctrination led to the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teenagers by members of Hamas. Their bodies were found two weeks later mutilated and partially buried in a field. The murderers escaped back into Palestinian Authority territory where they are being hidden.
An Arab teenager was murdered in Israel as a revenge killing by Israeli teens. The culprits were swiftly arrested and will face severe punishment under the law. The stark comparison with how the Jewish state abides by the rule of the law is displayed by the revulsion and condemnation that all Israelis have shown towards the murder of the Arab boy. The Palestinian Authority on the other hand, and its Muslim population, has been celebrating the murder of the three Israelis. Here we see the difference between Judaism and Islam.
We should remember that Israel had also withdrawn from the security strip along the Lebanese border some years earlier at the decision of the then Defense Minister, Ehud Barak, and predictably the territory was immediately occupied by Iran’s other surrogate Muslim terrorist organization, Hezbollah.
Now Israeli towns in the north face almost 100,000 Iranian supplied missiles, most of them – just as by Hamas in Gaza – deliberately sited in schools, hospitals and private homes. This act of hiding weapons and terrorists among civilians constitutes a further crime against humanity.
Thus we clearly see what will happen if Israel again gives away more land; this time to Abbas and his PA terror squads. All Israeli cities, towns and villages would be at the mercy not only of the Iranian proxy terror gangs that occupy Israel’s borders north and south – Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza – but also all of the densely populated central coastal regions of what is left of the Jewish state.
And now Abbas and his Fatah wing of the PA has joined with Hamas to form a new government, which both the European Union and the U.S. State Department list as a terrorist organization. But despite this gross contravention of the peace agreements with Israel by Mahmoud Abbas, the EU and State Department have tacitly accepted this egregious violation. So much for peace agreements!
In its first comment since the Palestinian government was sworn in the State Department disingenuously stressed that it regarded the new cabinet as made up of “technocrats” and was willing to do business with it. An Israeli official, however, stated that the move by the State Department and President Obama is, “like a knife in the back.”
It is Islam which drives the implacable aggression against Israel. It is not about territory or borders; again, it is about Islam never accepting any non-Muslim nation in territory it once conquered in the name of Allah.
Now we have the bitter fruits that an unholy alliance between the Left and Muslim Arab propaganda has produced. Rotten to the core with anti-Semitism, and built upon the earlier boycotts of Israel by the oil-rich Arab world, we have the execrable Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement seeking the destruction of the reconstituted Jewish state.
Their miserable activities encourage the murderous Arab jihadists to plot and plan all out Muslim Arab genocide against Israel. And the BDS does not shirk from boycotting and demonizing non-Jews who accept Israel’s nationhood. In this, they have wittingly or unwittingly been encouraged by the vacuous statements emanating from Secretary of State, John Kerry.
Many times, Israel’s survival has been challenged by the Arabs on the battlefield. The Arabs have tried despicable terror against Israel’s civilians. All have failed and so they now resort, with their duped supporters in the West, including not only the BDS thuggies, but the European Union, to engage in threats of sanctions and extortion.
All this naked pressure is designed to force the embattled Jewish state to allow a fraudulent Arab people to create a Muslim terror state within Judea and Samaria (the so-called West Bank) which is the very biblical and ancestral Jewish heartland, and for Israel to exist in a suicidal border a mere nine miles wide at its most populous region. This is the armistice line that existed prior to the defensive war Israel was forced to fight for its survival against Arab aggression in June 1967. That was what the Israeli statesman, Abba Eban, once described as the Auschwitz lines – the implication being horrifyingly clear.
It is difficult for Americans, living in a land that stretches some 3,000 miles from sea to shining sea, to understand that the width of Israel from the Mediterranean Sea to the tiny creek that is the River Jordan (including the biblical and ancestral Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria – known erroneously by its illegal Jordanian erstwhile occupation name of the West Bank) is barely 40 miles wide.
How ironic and shameful that the same world, which cheered the reunification of Berlin but which still remains silent at the Muslim Turkish occupation and division of Nicosia in Cyprus, should gleefully and gloatingly wish to divide Holy Jerusalem against itself.
How shameful that the BDS drones never protest or call for boycotts against China’s rape of Tibet, or Turkey’s illegal occupation of half of Cyprus, or Putin’s invasion of the Crimea or the Muslim murderers of Christians throughout the Middle East, Africa and the Philippines among other worldwide human rights atrocities. Only the one democratic and embattled Jewish state is singled out to be the victim of BDS persecution.
It seems that the dark legions of hate cannot abide a Jewish presence in its one and only reconstituted homeland.
Meanwhile, the deafening silence by so-called moderate Muslims in the face of relentless terror inflicted upon the world by hate filled Muslim hordes tragically underlines the fact that there are no moderates and no radicals in Islam: there is just Islam.
Victor Sharpe is a freelance writer with articles and essays published in FrontPageMag.com, Outpost, American Thinker, Renew America, Family Security Matters, Page One Daily, Canada Free Press, The Jerusalem Connection, Israel National News and many other publications. He is also the author of The Blue Hour, a collection of short stories, and Volumes One,Two and Three of Politicide: The attempted murder of the Jewish State.