This is my reply:
Thank you. I was unaware of the difference. Be that as it may, unfortunately the subtlety of your distinctions seems to have been lost on the vast majority of the Muslim world. They, like me, appear not to appreciate Allah’s clear intention not to disparage or hate the Jews as a race. Here is the transcript of an Egyptian TV programme.
“What are the characteristics of the Jewish personality? You should pay attention to this and maybe even take notes..the most prominent trait of the Jews is the rigidity of their hearts. Their hearts are solid, icy and devoid of all goodness. They know no mercy or compassion. The Qur’an bears witness to this...A Jew clings to his life even if it means living the life of a worm, a rodent or cockroach. Cowardice is a deep-seated characteristic of every single Jew. The third is their treacherous nature...They spread sex and promiscuity across the world...” There is much more of this hateful stuff, but you get the picture.
No mention, you’ll notice of the Yahud. Indeed, it seems very clear that these are racial, not religious slurs.
Whenever the Jews are mentioned in the Islamic world, there appears to be no distinction of the kind you are keen to underline. The Qur’an and Hadith are simply used to encourage the foulest
form of race hate.
So am I taking a few isolated examples out of context?
Hardly...anti-Semitic propaganda are embarrassingly widespread throughout the Muslim world, as you must know. Do you dispute that standard anti-Semitic themes have become commonplace in the propaganda of Arab Islamic movements such as Hezbollah and Hamas? (Its manifestos rely heavily on documents such as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, for example) Mein Kampf has even been published in Arabic and was 6th on the Palestinian best-seller list in 1999!
I say all this, not to suggest that the West is devoid of anti-Semitism, but simply to highlight the fact that Islam has been used to encourage and foster hatred against the Jews in the same way that it has been used to encourage and foster hatred against gays. The verses I quoted in my mail to you are routinely used to poison the minds of generations of Muslims. The author of the Qur’an may not have intended this (although I urge you to study the change in character of the revelations once it became clear to Mohammad that the Jews would never accept him as a prophet) but there can be little doubt that the Qur’an and ahadith are a rich source of material for those wishing to disseminate anti-Semitic ideas.