There's Moderate Islam Like There's Moderate Racism
Anti-semitism is built right into Islam, and don't believe all that hoohah about how Muslims once tolerantly coexisted with Jews and Christians, writes Bruce S. Thornton in City Journal, in a review of Andrew Bostom's book, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History:
Islamic anti-Semitism begins, as do all things in Islam, with the Koran--the immutable, infallible, timeless words of Allah dictated to the Prophet--in which Jews are cursed with "abasement and humiliation" and are "deserving of Allah's wrath" because they rejected Mohammed. Jews are further characterized as corrupt, treacherous rebels and infidels whose destiny is to be the enemy of the true believers.
...Further, Jew-hatred has been voiced over the centuries by the most respected theologians, jurists, and Koranic commentators, such as al-Tabari, Baydawi, and ibn Kathir. In the sixteenth century, the Moroccan sheikh al-Maghili's voluminous diatribes against the Jews of the Touat oasis--"Love of the Prophet requires hatred of the Jews," he wrote--culminated in a massacre of Touat's Jews and the destruction of their synagogue. Closer to our own times, this tradition can be found in the writings of Sayyid Qutb, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood and prolific Koranic commentator, who was the most important theorist for modern jihadists. Qutb linked his call for a fundamentalist return to Islam to the Jews, whose "wicked nature . . . is full of hatred for Islam," and whose defeat would come about only at the hands of Muslims who "implement Islam completely in their lives." And modern terrorists have accompanied their murders of Israelis with similar justifications that refer to the Koran and Koranic exegetes, as in a 1968 Cairo conference that called repeatedly for forcing the Jews to return to their proper status of permanent abasement, humiliation, and wretchedness.
Like the Koran, the deeds and sayings of Mohammed collected in the hadith justify Muslim hatred of Jews. Mohammed repeatedly defines the proper behavior of Muslims by contrasting it with the customs and practices of the Jews. In the hadith, Jews are treacherous, envious, and spiteful. They alter the sacred scriptures to remove references to Mohammed; cast evil spells on Muslims; poison Mohammed; and reject spitefully Mohammed's revelation and status as "seal of the prophets." This alleged Jewish hostility toward Muslims justifies Muslims' obligation to subdue and humiliate Jews. A seventeenth-century Yemenite ruler, Imam al-Mahdi, desired to fulfill Mohammed's deathbed charge, as recorded in a canonical hadith, that "two religions shall not remain together in the peninsula of the Arabs," so he exiled the Jews of Yemen to the desolate plain of Tihama, destroying synagogues and desecrating Torah scrolls. Only 1,000 of the original 10,000 Jews survived the ordeal.
...Based solely on the historical evidence, Bostom's survey and 500 pages of supporting documentation sweep away what he calls the "false pillars" of current apologies for Muslim anti-Semitism: that Muslim hostility to Jews is not grounded in Islamic theology, and that Jews living in historic Muslim societies were not subject to subservience and persecution. For Westerners doubtful of their own culture's rectitude and unsure about what to believe, it might be pretty to think that Islam is just another Abrahamic path to God that shares the values of Christianity and Judaism. But the facts that Bostom collects tell another tale, one we should heed if we are to prevail against jihadist terror.