LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Labour’s Anti-Semitism A ‘National Disgrace’

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Thank you for publishing David Abulafia’s feature-length article on Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-Semitic sympathies as your main cover story for October 2018. I agree that the willful and defiant complicity of the Leader of the Opposition with anti-Semitic terrorism and agitation is a national disgrace, which must be countered by sustained condemnation throughout civil society with no regard for political partisanship.

One important area where I disagree with Prof. Abulafia is his cursory single paragraph on Muslim anti-Semitism. Islamic law (sharia) has permitted far worse treatment of supposedly ‘protected’ (dhimmi) Jews and Christians than he implies, while popular misconceptions of Islamic Spain have been dealt with most recently by Dario Fernández-Morera in ‘The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise’ (ISI Books, 2016).

 Most seriously, Prof. Abulafia claims that ‘no one is suggesting the abuse is a speciality of the Muslim community…’ I would like to take this opportunity to make that suggestion and I am far from being the first to do so, because a genocidal hatred of Jews lies at the core of Islam in the personal example set by its founding prophet, who destroyed the Jewish communities of the Hijaz through expulsion, slaughter, rape and enslavement.

Aside from the various denunciations and accusations in the Koran, Muslims have been left in no doubt about their ultimate duty to kill all Jews by an additional ‘hadith’ (saying of Mohammed). This ‘hadith’ is preserved and corroborated by eight separate traditions in the authoritative collections of Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim and Malik Muwatta, which have the status of holy scripture equal to the Koran. This same ‘hadith’ is quoted by some of Jeremy Corbyn’s “friends” in the 1988 Hamas Charter.

There is no such scriptural imperative behind what remains of Christian anti-Semitism, despite the flippant and dismissive assumptions exhibited by Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran in her TV clash with UKIP Leader Gerard Batten MEP on BBC2’s ‘Daily Politics’ (1st May 2018). Playing identity politics with her Palestinian Arab Christian ancestors did not conceal Layla Moran’s wilful ignorance regarding the scriptures and histories of both Christianity and Islam.

It is therefore unfortunate that you chose Layla Moran as an example for British Muslims to follow in denouncing Jeremy Corbyn. No sincere denunciations will come until British Muslims are willing to repeat Mehdi Hasan’s startling admission that Muslim anti-Semitism is ‘routine and commonplace’ and then follow this by clearly disowning the bloodthirsty anti-Semitism that lies at the heart of their religion. As with many other abhorrent aspects of Islam, this will require a drastic reappraisal of the historical record and the authority of their scriptures. A few brave reformers have set themselves this unenviable task and we cannot afford to pretend that the problem does not go this deep.

Yours sincerely,

Daniel Bamford, by e-mail.


Complete Sahih Muslim – Book 41, Number 6985:

‘Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree Gharqad would not say, for it is the tree of the Jews.’



HAMAS Covenant, Article 7:

‘The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said: “The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews.” (related by al-Bukhari and Moslem).’


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5 Responses

  1. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    The Labour Party has drifted from the Socialism of Keir Hardie, into a mess of Marxism, and Mr Corbyn has added to the mess by giving support to terrorist organisations. His credentials in the minds of Muslims, are reasonably high, although they fall short of an Islamic Government in this Nation. So long as we have wet and feeble Governments, voted for by the people, the Islamic state is possible, and Islam is certainly on target for this ! The people and their leaders, generally don’t see this, as the Nation sleep-walks into a takeover ! By the time the people wake up to this, it will be too late to correct. One day employment will be by Islamic preference !

  2. J.L.Kay says:

    Dear Mr. Bamford

    Thank you for your detailed and learned expose on Islam and its attitude towards Jewish people. I have to say that I am thoroughly tired and disgusted by so-called moderate Muslims and Muslim apologists among the liberal academics and the chattering classes who carry on defending the basic tenets of Islam and continue to assure the rest of we non-Muslims that Islam is a religion of peace, as it is certainly not. I know of no other main-stream faith that has within its canon of religious texts specific instructions to enslave, humiliate and kill those of other faiths and singles out Jewish people for special attention. Neither do I know of any other faith that specifically instructs its followers to murder apostates (those who choose to convert to other religions or in fact just to cease be Muslims). In addition, there are no specific instructions in the Koran that Muslim women should cover themselves from head to foot, including their faces, although women are punished for not doing so as if it was an instruction from the Prophet (may he be blessed). This was a late add-on by his followers, which was included in the tenets of Islam for secular purposes.

    Followers of islam still openly preach hatred towards Christians and have carried out acts of terrorism in the name of their religion in Western European towns and cities on the pretext that they carrying out the will of Allah. There are in the modern age of the 21st century no other religions which pose such a threat to the structure of modern Western society. We don’t see Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs,Anglicans, Roman Catholics or members of any other faith or sect blowing themselves and others up in the name of their religion. Would someone please explain this phenomenon to me.

    • MIKE MAUNDER says:

      JLK. Forget what you may have been told about Islam being the ‘religion’ of peace ! It is not a religion at all, and is only an Insurance Policy taken out by Mohammad. He marries a rich widow and leaves his goat tending work. He rouses his tribe to do battle against the other tribes, and unifies much of the middle East. He does not want his gains to disperse on his death, so he goes off on his own to a cave where the Archangel Gabriel dictates the Koran to him. He presents it to the tribesmen, and anyone not believing is killed. The active ingredient of fear is now part of this new order, and it is now in its fourteenth century. Not bad for a goat tender !
      You see, there is no witness to this start up of a so called religion. It is based entirely on the word, and threat of Mo, and for anyone with a brain, it is only wishful thinking, but anyone speaking such thoughts is killed. A kind of purity of belief is then put into very simple men, and holds together from fear. Century after century, this fear which is within the movement, and can be seen in the Koran as an order to kill the infidel or even the backslider. It is annoying that we in UK/GB do not have the guts to hold fast on this !

  3. StuartJ says:

    That silly lady in that clip, bleating that they are ‘struggling’ to employ scientists in Oxfordshire therefore they need ‘more relaxed’ controls on immigration.

    What they need in Oxfordshire is a high-class university with world-class scientific research facilities where they can train our own young people to become the scientists needed.

    Oh wait…

    Unless the students at universities in Oxfordshire are simply wasting their time doing ‘pointless’ degrees? There is certainly no shortage of “social justice warriors” attending demonstrations and protests.

    She misses the point anyway, people are concerned about mass uncontrolled unskilled immigration. If Oxfordshire is struggling to find skilled scientists that is a different issue to be looked into.

  4. Stanley Cutts says:

    To me, at least, it’s obvious why Jeremy Corbyn has recently taken an anti-semitic stance . This is to ensure he has firmly bought the Muslim vote. He’s just guaranteed the Labour Party about 3 million votes at the next general election – all with a few contentious sound bites !

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