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It’s Not the Occupation, It’s Islam

The bodies of three murdered Israeli teenagers, 16-year-old Naftali who liked to play basketball, 16-year-old Gilad who had just finished a scuba diving course and 19-year-old Eyal with his guitar, will be met by the same ghastly parade of pallbearers who accompany every victim of terrorism.

The reporters will scribble down something about “settlements” and the “Cycle of Violence”. The diplomats will urge restraint and remind everyone that the only solution can be found through negotiations with the terrorists. And the pundits will put it all into perspective burying them under layers of words and weighting their coffins down with stones of forgetfulness.

But all the empty words about the “Occupation” and the “Cycle of Violence”, the invocation of a peaceful solution that is always about to arrive, but never does, and the maps that cede more territory to terrorists are addressing a problem that doesn’t exist.

It’s not about physical territory. It’s about spiritual territory. It’s not about nationalism. It’s about Islamism. It’s not about the “Occupation”. It’s about Islam.

“I raised my children on the knees of the (Islamic) religion, they are religious guys, honest and clean-handed, and their goal is to bring the victory of Islam,” the mother of one of the Hamas killers said. Not a Palestinian nation. Not a Two State Solution. Not forty percent of this and sixty percent of that. The victory of Islam.

Naftali, Gilad and Eyal were murdered for the same reason that countless people have been killed in Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.

Not to mention the United Kingdom and the United States.

They were murdered in the name of a religious war that has been going on for over a thousand years. Muslims did not suddenly begin killing Jews in 1948 or 1929. They did not begin killing Christians over American foreign policy or the oil business.

Muslims did not begin killing Jews and Christians over foreign policy. They began persecuting and killing their Christian and Jewish neighbors because their religion told them to.

Hamas, the terror group that murdered the three teens, is not a Palestinian nationalist organization, though it occasionally plays the part. Its charter begins with Allah and ends with Allah. Article Five of its charter states that the group extends to “wherever on earth there are Muslims, who adopt Islam as their way of life”. Its goal is to create an Islamic state. Everything else is secondary.

The Hamas charter describes it as part of the worldwide “Muslim Brotherhood Movement”. Brotherhood terrorists kill Jews in Israel for the same reason that they kill Shiites in Syria or Christian Copts in Egypt.

Article Seven of the Hamas charter concludes with the infamous Islamic Hadith which proclaims that the Muslim end times will come only when “Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him!”

Aside from the obvious genocidal bigotry, this is a quote from a text that is over a thousand years old. Its author was not preaching the mass murder of Jews because of settlements in the West Bank. At the time Muslims had subjugated and ruled over the Jewish population of the Middle East. The Jews were no threat to them. The idea of a Jewish army was as ridiculous as traveling to the moon.

The hatred that leaks out of that text has nothing to do with Israel and everything to do with Islam.

The insistence on a foreign policy explanation for Muslim anti-Semitism is as ahistorical as claiming that Hitler only hated Jews because of the Yom Kippur War. Except that at least both of these events took place in the twentieth century. Islam has been hating and persecuting Jews for over 1300 years before the rebirth of the modern State of Israel.

There are two ways of looking at the worldwide plague of Muslim terrorism. One is to treat every Islamic conflict with Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and a dozen other religions as being due to some local political grievance of recent vintage. The other is to understand them as local expressions of a historical religious war and the continuation of the wave of conquests that made Islam into a worldwide religion.

We can be like the six blind men feeling around the Islamic elephant and assuming that its trunk and tusks are entirely separate phenomena. Or we can open our eyes and see the elephant in the room.

Hamas’ charter begins with the Koran’s praise for Muslims “as the best people” and damns Christians and Jews to be “smitten with abasement” for having “incurred the wrath of Allah”.

This is not a statement of Palestinian nationalism. It’s Islamic supremacism.

There is nothing negotiable about supremacism. Supremacism cannot be appeased. Supremacism does not want a piece of the pie. It wants the whole pie. The allies learned that the hard way with Hitler. So did the countless kingdoms that attempted to live in peace with the armies of the Mohammedan conquerors.

If Israel had never existed, Hamas would still exist, just as the other branches of the Muslim Brotherhood exist elsewhere throughout the Middle East. Even if Zionism did not exist, the Muslim Brotherhood would persecute the Jews under its control, just like the Christians in Egypt and Syria.

If Netanyahu, Sharon, Begin and a thousand other Israeli villains of the apologists of Islam had never been born, the followers of Mohammed would have gone on killing Jews just as they had for over a thousand years. If the blue and white had never waved over Jerusalem, if Jews had remained as downtrodden and persecuted in the lands of Islam as the Copts and the Zoroastrians, Naftali, Gilad and Eyal would still have been murdered by two killers who were raised by their mothers to usher in “the victory of Islam.”

There is no political solution to a supremacist conflict. There is no amount of withdrawals that can make bigotry go away. If a thousand years of Jewish humiliation and persecution did not satisfy the ancestors of the murderers of those three teenagers, how will handing over part of Jerusalem do the job?

Solutions begin with truth. The truth is that Islamic violence against Jews is not recent or exceptional. The murder of Jews by Muslims, whether in Israel or Belgium, is not any different than the Muslim butchery of Christians. Hindus, Buddhists and even minority Muslim splinter faiths. These conflicts cannot be resolved through appeasement. They can only be addressed through resistance.

It is not the victims of a thousand year old supremacist campaign who need to appease their conquerors. It is the conquerors who must come to terms with the horrors that they have inflicted through a campaign of colonialism and ethnic cleansing and seek the forgiveness of their victims.

There can be no peace until Muslims understand that the Mohammedan conquests were a genocidal atrocity that destroyed entire peoples and cultures. Only then can they honestly condemn ISIS for trying to repeat those atrocities. And only then will they be able to live in peace with the rest of the world.


  1. Anonymous2/7/14

    its a war that will go on until the Muslim population simply smothers every continent with its backwards dirty way of life because Christians and their lifestyle of white guilt and big screen TVs simply don't feel like killing every Muslim piece of vermin in the world while we still can.

    We Christians deserve our fate because we have allowed the enemy to destroy us while we don't birth children because white women would rather get meaningless liberal educations and exercise with their dogs then be women like our mothers were.

    its good to see people like Daniel see the world for what it is.

  2. Anonymous2/7/14

    Well timed reminder of the core problem. But is it true that at various periods and places in history, Muslims lived in peace with Jews and Christians (not as dhimmis but as fellow citizens)? I've read that, but wonder what you think.

  3. Kanish is one of the most insightful commenters on Islam. The one thing that I have noticed since 9/11 is the increase in multiple bands of extremism in Islam. They sometimes SEEM connected, but in reality, they are not. Instead they have their own tribalistic tendency, one that, it would seem, not be compatible with the other. Would the new Caliphate of ISIS be the one that would make Hamas happy? I think not. If we (the USA) were smart, which we aren't, we would use Islam's diversity and non-holistic Shiite and Sunni disagreements to cause aggravation against each other. It would also seem that multiple Caliphates would also not be in their best interest. The only commodity that would be held hostage would be oil, that lovely mega-chemical that we have been trying to free ourselves from since 1971, the days of glory of our own Caliphate, Jimmy Carter. I would also suggest that Islam has never had a period where there was Kumbaya, so to speak, in their regiments of Soldiers for Muhammad, and that can always be used to disrupt their hatred of the rest of mankind.

    I love this site. Keep up the good work.

  4. Anonymous3/7/14

    Fantastic piece!

  5. Anonymous3/7/14

    every man, woman and child, and goat, chicken, obama and lower - us or them. It's coming. We don't want it. But they do. Get used to it.

  6. Tabatha3/7/14

    Superb analysis, as always.

    You always get to the heart of the matter.

  7. Anonymous 1, the problem is exactly that Islam produces way too many children but produces absolutely nothing constructive for them to do when growing up. So all that remains is to become soldiers for allah and with a murder condoning, even recommending, koran that is what they do. In combination of muslims owning way too much oil money solely to be spend on weapons and militant groups to keep the dispensers of these monies out of the crosshairs of those gangsterized youths, we now suffer the result as do the poor, unarmed, muslim masses.

  8. Find an alternative to oil, boot islam out of the civilised world.

  9. My personal condolences to you too, Daniel Greenfield. I am so shattering at the thought, not only of those they murder, but of the POTENTIAL they kill!


  10. To "Anonymous: "obama and lower" didn't you mean: "obama and higher" ?;)

  11. Anonymous3/7/14

    Dr. Warner: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Qpy0mXg8Y

    Mr. Greenfield: Solutions begin with truth.

    Resistance demands moving these primitive people past their Renaissance as they outnumber civilized people and as a culture will destroy civilization in order to follow their holy book. Without enlightening barbarians, one falls to them as they kill in the face of kindness.

    You cannot prescribe an holistic diet to treat AIDS.

    Like others, here, I chose to be anonymous because there is no privacy on the Internet, our government now supporting terrorists, and there are killers who do not engage in reason.

  12. The competing factions of Islam will become united only long enough to destroy infidels. An old Arab saying goes, “Me and my brother against my cousin; me, my brother and my cousin against the outsider" Tribalism is a tradition ingrained so deeply in the Muslim world, it will never change. A few US and European individuals have made some headway but the powers that be always make them stand down. as if it is in their interest to keep the fire burning. file:///C:/Users/Owner/Desktop/Jim%20Gant%20%20Top%20Green%20Beret%20Officer%20Forced%20to%20Resign%20Over%20Affair%20With%20WaPo%20Reporter%20-%20ABC%20News.htm

  13. "There can be no peace until Muslims understand that the Mohammedan conquests were a genocidal atrocity that destroyed entire peoples and cultures. " In other words, there can never be peace. The worst omen is that their young men are so much more impassioned for their cause than our young men. Will our technological advantages defeat their lust? I doubt it. Stay tuned...

  14. When the first nuke goes off, that's when the real war begins, along with the end of any civilized world. Most people in America can't understand some group wanting to kill them just because they exist so they allow fools to leave the borders open to make more money off slave labor. The Fifth Element has been in place in America for years. Pretty soon America will look like Iraq. I sure wouldn't live in a big city right now.

  15. Anonymous3/7/14

    The western powers that be don't want to eliminate islam because they would then have to find a new enemy. Extremists should be killed but the military industrial complex is just as interested in provoking new jihadists as they are in killing the ones we already have. No enemy means no profit. As much as people wish for right wingers to take care of this mess, the real right wing hawks in charge would rather insight new jihadists in Yemen and even Iraq than deal with the actual problem.


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