In 641, 20 years after Muhammad moved from Mecca to Medina, Caliph Umar decreed that Jews and Christians be expelled from Arabia in accordance with the prophet's deathbed pronouncement: "Let there not be two religions in Arabia." This meant Jews and Christians were to be banished even though both groups had very deep roots in the region and differed from their Muslim neighbors only in their religion.
From then on, non-Muslims were forbidden to walk on this sacred soil, which became a major transgression. Elsewhere in the Saudi Kingdom, non-Muslims could enter as temporary visitors, but could not become residents or practice their religion.
[T]he fundamental objective of the militant and violent Arabs is to destroy Western culture and civilization.
The attacks against the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001 were [only] the latest manifestation of the Islamic jihad to establish universal world domination. This goal can be realized through demographic growth and conversion of the local population. Large numbers of teachers and religious leaders will be mobilized to teach Islam in every language and dialect. Should peaceful methods prove inadequate, physical force can be used.
What will happen to the people who allegedly stole Arab lands? Mahmoud Darwish, a very popular poet of the Palestinian resistance, provided the answer in a powerful poem "Bitaqit Hawia," (Identity Card) written in 1964. Although professing not to "hate people," Darwish warned, "The usurper's flesh will be my food. Beware, Beware, Of my hunger And my anger!"
Edward Said noted: "The curious power of this little poem is that when it first appeared in the late 60s, it did not represent as much as embody the Palestinian whose political identity in the world had been pretty much reduced to a name on an identity card."
Is there any Zionist poetry or statement that describes the Palestinians in comparable ways? And if any does exist, who could claim that it is the "embodiment of the Israelis," that it represents the view of the Jewish people?
For many Arabs, the conflict with Zionism is a religious war against the Jewish people. Since the Jews are not going to leave their homeland voluntarily, the solution is clear according to Abdallah Jarbu', Hamas deputy minister of religious endowments: "May He annihilate this filthy people who have neither religion nor conscience. I condemn whoever believes in normalizing relations with them, whoever supports sitting down with them, and whoever believes that they are human beings. They are not human beings. They are not people. They have no religion, no conscience, and no moral values."
[The Jewish State]