The Jewish roots of ‘Takfiri’ culture

This tribal intolerance of any creed other than the one accepted and embraced by the tribe (be that Israelite or Islamist) is what we could safely identify as one of the characteristics of ancient Arabian culture.

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By Dr. Ashraf Ezzat

It all started after the chaotic and unanticipated shockwaves of protests in the Middle East, otherwise known as the Arab Spring. Even those who saw the Arab Spring coming never thought it would lead to war and destruction of such frightening scale. It is mind boggling; where all those fanatic (Muslim) warriors have been hiding?  They surely did not pop out of nowhere. Where did all those ‘Takfiri’ terrorists come from and what are the historical and cultural grounds that helped carve their (morbid) dogma and intolerance.  Is this culture of anathematizing anyone who subscribe to a different faith a new phenomenon or could we historically trace back its cultural/geographical roots?

Equally unanticipated began one of the biggest series of immigration in the wake of the lingering wars in Iraq, Libya and Syria.   Massive waves of immigrants set off on a perilous journey to Europe. Why specifically Europe? Because there was no other place safe in the Middle East while Europe was economically stable and practically next door.  Let’s be honest, wasn’t it Europe and its NATO (in coalition with the US) who started these shockwaves of destabilization and wars in the Middle East. After bombarding Libya and Iraq to the ground, it was not long before all hell broke loose in Syria.

You could look upon the fighting in Syria as a proxy war between different international powers. That would pass as a sound assessment, but make no mistake there is no end in sight for the Syrian war, simply because it is a war that is fueled/funded by ‘Takfiri’ culture.

I’m aware that many alternative media outlets view DAESH warriors as pawns remotely controlled by foreign intelligence. In reality undercover agents, even if they were pawns, don’t sign up for suicidal missions. Their top command figures don’t get assassinated by drone attacks  Professional intelligence officers don’t dig heels in and blow themselves up; only religious fanatics will most willingly do so.  Simply because they believe in a faith/dogma more lethal than air-to ground missiles; it is called ‘Takfir’. Blindly following the ‘alternative’ view won’t make you ‘different’ from the rest of the herd, but putting your brain cells to good use will.

European Politicians thought they could get away with their destruction of the Middle East, but the current crisis of Immigration certainly proved them not only wrong but also short sighted.  Historically, it may not be that frequent but when it takes place mass migration will often cause serious historical changes. History speaks of not only a change of demographics but also cultural and religious changes as well.

How on earth do you think a Jewish enclave had been established in (the predominantly Pagan) Palestine a couple of centuries before the tale of Christ took center stage?

The migration of thousands of Arabian Jews from Ancient Yemen and South Arabia to the land of Palestine and Syria is an obviously blatant example from the region’s ancient history. It was a gradual migration that started as early as 4th century BC. Revisiting the ancient history that led up to this migration will help us deconstruct the myth of viewing Palestine as the homeland of the early Israelites.

Like the Syrian Muslims of today are fleeing war and insecurity, the Arabian Jews and Pagans from Ancient South Arabia migrated from their native land; Yemen.

Yes, that’s right; Ancient Yemen is the original homeland of Judaism and the Israelites.

What good history is if we don’t learn from it? And by history I don’t mean the distorted books you learned in school, nor the misleading Hollywood films you watched in your teens. As a matter of fact the whole western academic narrative about the history of the Ancient Near East (including the so called Biblical History) is so screwed up it needs a paradigm shift regarding its geographical premises.

The history of Ancient Arabia and Yemen has long been neglected (and somehow underrated) by western academia. However, in the late Nineteenth Century and during the first decades of the Twentieth Century began some fervent archeological excavations in Yemen.   Those archeological expeditions stepped up their work in Yemen as the Zionist Movement was getting closer to realizing its political dream of a homeland for (European) Jews. It is not that Yemen was the spot the Zionists were eyeing as their new homeland, but because the Rabbinical Authorities knew they needed some historical evidences to back their unlawful usurping of Palestine. The elders of the Zionist Movement knew damn well that only in Yemen could they dig out some (genuine) Jewish archeological finds.

Yemenite Jews transferred to Israel in 1949-1950 'Magic Carpet' operation.
Yemenite Jews transferred to Israel in 1949-1950 ‘Magic Carpet’ operation.

In Yemen they had dug and in Yemen they discovered extremely important Jewish finds. All of the (Jewish) archeological finds were then secretly transferred from Yemen to Israel, just as more than 50000 Yemenite Jews were secretly transferred to Tel Aviv back in 1949.

Fadel El Rubaie, the renowned Iraqi anthropologist and mythologist, speaks of the Yemenite island of Kamran as the original burial place of the Dead Sea scrolls. Also through his field work in Yemen, El Rubaie has frequently pointed to the fact that many ancient Jewish sites, like that of Or Salem (Yemenite Jerusalem) and Zion Mountain were plundered earlier in the first half of the Twentieth century.

In a Mossad operation dubbed ‘The Magic Carpet’, thousands of Yemenite Jews were airlifted to Israel by some 380 (secret) air flights which were made possible by the help of American and British planes. And by the same British and American support, the Israeli overtake of Palestine was facilitated.

Misinterpreting geography in the Jewish Scripture

 “And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem–the same is Jebus–and the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, were there” 1 Chronicles 11: 4

In that verse (whose geographical context often pass unnoticed) from the Chronicles (of the Yemenite Jews) it is unequivocally clear that the (real) land of Jerusalem was originally called (Jebus) as it was inhabited by the ‘Jebusites’. This bit of historical information is completely alien to modern day ‘Jeusalem’ In Palestine/Israel, whereas we could easily find the ancient fort city of ‘Yebos/Jebus’ in Yemen today. You can’t miss it, as it is now the UNESCO Heritage Site of Beit Bos (Jebus) to the South of Sanaa. Also if you employed some critical thinking you will find the following verse particularly interesting.

“So the LORD smote the Ethiopians before Asa, and before Judah; and the Ethiopians fled” 2 Chronicles 14: 12

Why would the Lord (of the Israelites) bother and smite (destroy) the Ethiopians if his chosen people were up in Palestine? Separated by thousands of miles of land and waters, Ethiopia seemed quite an impossible foe to the Israelites. But it would not be that far-fetched notion if we interpreted the whole (Biblical) stories inside its original geography; Yemen. If you are not familiar with the geography of the Ancient Near East, Yemen would be as near to Ethiopia as Arizona to Mexico, whereas Palestine would be as far from Ethiopia as Canada form Mexico.

Najran on the map-1If that was the case, then why the Zionist Movement did not shift focus and chose ‘Yemen’ as their new homeland. Well, it was geopolitically out of the question if not impossible. Besides historically speaking Yemen (like Afghanistan) is one of the hardest places on earth to be conquered. Many have tried to control it throughout history, and they all failed. Armies of Alexander the Great swept through the whole Near Eastern territories, but never thought they could subjugate Yemen. The same thing happened with the Romans. What is historically referred to as the ‘Jewish-Roman Wars’ that kicked off in 167 BC by the Maccabees had actually taken place in ancient Arabia and Yemen.

The cruel landscape, augmented by a continuous tribal conflict, especially after the decline of the Ancient Incense Trade Route have turned the tribesmen of Ancient Yemen into militants and warriors.   Along with the Ancient Silk Road, the Incense Road (that cut across Ancient Yemen and the west coast of Ancient Arabia) had been the main international commercial high roads of the ancient world. The incense road carried textile, spices, gold, ivory and of course incense from the south shores of Yemen. After months in the Arabian Desert the camel caravans would have transported their valuable cargos to Egypt in the West and Mesopotamia in the East.   The ancient caravan trade was such a lucrative business that it was frequently plundered by Arabian militants.

Even the Babylonians and the Assyrians tried to secure that vital trade route against the Arabian militancy and frequent plundering. When the military raids proved inefficient to control the Yemenite Arabs, and amongst them were the Jews, the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar thought that the only way he could control those Arabian militants was by population transfer. Hence in 587 BC began one of the earliest massive transfers of the Arabian population in south Arabia and North Yemen to Babylon, known in Jewish literature as the Babylonian Captivity.

If you come to think of it, the Babylonians must have been so desperate to proceed with such arduous and costly undertaking.  Transferring thousands of Arabian and Yemenite tribesmen all the way from the South-Western territories to the North-Eastern side of the Arabian Peninsula meant one thing. The warriors from Arabia and Yemen were posing a constant threat to the economic interests of actually both the Babylonians and the Egyptians. Most of the Ancient Egyptian military raids were also focused on controlling the Arabian/Hebrew frequent rebellion along the western coast of the Arabian Peninsula all the way down to Yemen.

And just as Babylon was not the Homeland of the Jews back then, Palestine is obviously not their current one.

Yemen and South Arabia have always been that lost homeland of the Israelites and the ancient (Arabian) Hebrew tribes.   In his highly acclaimed research and book ‘Bible came from Arabia’ Kamal Salibi, the late prominent historian at the American University in Lebanon elaborated on his new and paradigm shifting findings. If his work is built upon by serious and non-biased archeological excavations, Slaibi’s theory could drastically change the whole Biblical history as we know it.

But make no mistake; by these new revelations we don’t condone the validity of any (future) historical claims made by Modern Jews to the land of Yemen.

When we talk about Yemen as the homeland of the early Israelites we have to bear in mind that the Israelites as an ancient (Arabian) Yemenite Tribe has long gone extinct.

The Yemenite Jews of modern times are the descendants of converts to Judaism when Yemen re-embraced Judaism under the rule of Dhu Nuwas back in 520 AD.

The DAESH-like mentality of Ancient Hebrews

Dhu Nuwas should not be historically identified as a Yemenite King, but rather a Yemenite warlord and head of a militant group of warriors, if not terrorists. If we want to draw a modern parallel we could safely compare Dhu Nuwas’ militants to those of ISIL or DAESH. In that sense El Baghdadi would be the modern equivalent of Dhu Nuwas.

By that comparison we are not trying to defame any historical figures, rather we are trying to reveal one of the inherent characteristics of the Arabian/Hebrew culture; namely religious intolerance and violence.

This lingering culture of militancy is still equally demonstrable in the violent nature of Islamist groups like Al Qaeda and ISIL, as is the case with Orthodox Jewish groups of ‘Haredi’ in modern day Israel (many of whom are of Mizrahi -Arabic and Yemenite- origin by the way).

Over many decades, clouded with Bible-geared mindset, countless Western Orientalists have kind of erroneously decoded the history of the Ancient Near East. In their so called ‘academic’ scholarship they set off not to unearth the historical truth but to verify their (distorted) Biblical narrative.

Before Du Nuawas seized the rule in 522 AD, Yemen was controlled by the Akusmites (Ethiopians … sound familiar?), a Christian kingdom stretching over modern day Eritrea and Ethiopia.  After his Military rebellion, Du Nuawas and his Jewish warriors promptly began to destroy all the Christian Churches in Yemen. Could you discern the striking similarities here with DAESH and their persecution/elimination of Iraqi and Syrian Christians, and the destructions of their churches?

A painting depicting the Martyrs of Najran and below is an image of ISIL's brutal beheadings
A painting depicting the Martyrs of Najran and below is an image of ISIL’s brutal beheading of innocent civilians

He then moved against Najrān, a Christian and Aksumite stronghold at the western South of Arabia. After accepting the city’s capitulation, Du Nuwas massacred those (Christian) locals who would not renounce Christianity. Actually the Arabian historical records speak of a horrible pogrom in which thousands of Christians were ‘beheaded‘ and burnt alive for refusing to convert to the ‘Judaism’ Du Nuwas professed by the edge of the sword. Estimates of the death toll from this ancient ‘Holocaust’ range up to 20,000 in some sources. The brutal massacre perpetrated by the (Yemenite) Jewish Dhu Nuwas had actually created shockwaves of fear that reached as far as the Roman palace in Constantinople.

A recent feature article by the title ‘Before Islam: When Saudi Arabia Was a Jewish Kingdom’ was published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz. As ancient ‘Arabian’ inscriptions referring to the Jewish massacre of the Christians of ‘Najran’ have recently been discovered by a French archeological expedition in South of Saudi Arabia, the (Israeli) author was left wondering whether those Jewish militants headed by Dhu Nuwas were real Jews. The fact of the matter is that those earlier ruthless warriors (with their culture of unbending belligerence and intolerance) are the genuine Jews. The Haartez Journalist, as well as most of the modern Israeli settlers who are occupying Palestine, are actually the unreal ones.

In the view of modern scholars of the Late Antiquity History, Dhu Nuwas’s decision to compel conversion to Judaism on pain of death can only be explained in terms of his deep religious and cultural convictions. In other words; the Arabian and Yemenite Tribal culture of ‘Takfir’.

Maybe it has eluded many of us but when you come to think of it you would be amazed to find out that the greatest chunk of the Hebrew Bible is all about brutal raids and genocidal massacres.

This is what life in Ancient Arabia was like; a non-stop cycle of tribal conflict and raids. Story after story of tribal deadly raids, be that of Saul, David or Joshua, that left nothing behind but destruction and carnage. But to soften the blow, those stories were sold to us as Holy Wars of the Israelites.  And by inserting the Holy card in the narrative, we feel (unconsciously) prompted to turn off our critical thinking, if we ever had any.

Likewise, modern day Zionism has engulfed Palestine by striking the same holy and religious cord.  Millions of (gullible Western) believers would allow any madness to take form over Palestinian Land for the sake of realizing their distorted dream of the Second Coming of Christ.

The same rationale (of a second coming of a warrior savior) is currently employed by Daesh/ISIL in their Holy War against Infidels (Kafir). Followers of DAESH really believe they are fighting against apostates who deserve to be killed (slaughtered) in cold blood. And only after their defeat of the widespread apostasy could the new Islamic Caliphate (Kingdom of God) prevail over all nations.

Have you managed to discern the cultural parallel here or is too subtle to notice?

The very (dangerous) idea of Takfir (accusing followers of a different Sect or faith with apostasy punishable by brutal death) is not (as we have exposed) exclusively Islamic, but it goes a long way back to ancient Arabia and its Jewish tribes.

This tribal intolerance of any creed other than the one accepted and embraced by the tribe (be that Israelite or Islamist) is what we could safely identify as one of the characteristics of ancient Arabian culture.

We are once again not defaming any religion or their followers but we are digging deeper into the cultural roots of (religious) extremism and intolerance in both Judaism and Islam. In other words we are exposing the Arabian cultural and geographical origins of both Islam and Judaism. We do so while consciously throwing the cold ice in the face of Western Orientalists; who through their (distorted and biased) interpretation of the Biblical history have mislead generations of gullible and deluded believers. By believers I mean the millions who (blindly) bought into the Orientalists’ fake narrative, and who are still doing so till this very moment.

If you want to renounce falsehood and discover the true (Arabian) history of the Israelites and that of Ancient Egypt, you could read my book (Egypt knew no Pharaohs nor Israelites). Available now on Amazon.


23 thoughts on “The Jewish roots of ‘Takfiri’ culture

  1. I can not stop reading your articles. I would like here to mention only 2 verses from Quran contradict with the classical fairy tale that the zionists always mention and as we learned when we were children that Moses and Israelites were in Egypt and so on ….all know the end of fairy tale..

    the first verse:
    وَإِذْ قَالَ مُوسَىٰ لِقَوْمِهِ يَا قَوْمِ اذْكُرُوا نِعْمَةَ اللَّهِ عَلَيْكُمْ إِذْ جَعَلَ فِيكُمْ أَنبِيَاءَ وَجَعَلَكُم مُّلُوكًا وَآتَاكُم مَّا لَمْ يُؤْتِ أَحَدًا مِّنَ الْعَالَمِينَ (20)
    “Remember Moses said to his people: “O my people! Call in remembrance the favour of Allah unto you, when He produced prophets among you, made you kings, and gave you what He had not given to any other among the peoples.” 5:20

    I want to stop here on the words “made you kings” as all know according to classical story the Israelites never were kings before Moses, but slaves in Egypt. The quran here unearth another story of Israelites that they were kings before Moses and this means they had a kingdom before Moses, which contradicts with interpretation of orientalists to Torah .Here the Quran points out that there was a kingdom for Israelites before Moses time and no one (of jews) can prove or say that there was a kingdom for Israelites in Egypt or Palestine before Moses time. here the Quran unearth a hidden story.

    Second verse:

    وَأَوْحَيْنَا إِلَىٰ مُوسَىٰ أَنْ أَسْرِ بِعِبَادِي إِنَّكُم مُّتَّبَعُونَ (52) فَأَرْسَلَ فِرْعَوْنُ فِي الْمَدَائِنِ حَاشِرِينَ (53) إِنَّ هَٰؤُلَاءِ لَشِرْذِمَةٌ قَلِيلُونَ (54) وَإِنَّهُمْ لَنَا لَغَائِظُونَ (55) وَإِنَّا لَجَمِيعٌ حَاذِرُونَ (56) فَأَخْرَجْنَاهُم مِّن جَنَّاتٍ وَعُيُونٍ (57) وَكُنُوزٍ وَمَقَامٍ كَرِيمٍ (58) كَذَٰلِكَ وَأَوْرَثْنَاهَا بَنِي إِسْرَائِيلَ
    52. “And We revealed unto Moses (saying): ‘Go you forth with My servants by night, for verily you will be pursued’.”
    53. “Then Pharaoh sent heralds into the cites.”
    54. “Verily these (Israelites) are only a small group,”
    55. “And verily they have enraged us.”
    56. “And verily we are a host on our guard.”
    57. “So We expelled them from the gardens and the springs,”
    58. “And treasures and a goodly dwelling,”
    59. “Thus (did We drown them) and We made the Children of Israel the inheritors to them.”26:52-59

    Here the Israelites inherited the land of Pharaoh , and of course no one can say according to the classical fairy tale that Isralites inherited Egypt after Exodus, which means the Quran asserts there is another hidden story and asserts the idea that “Misr” Pharaoh is not Egypt.

    and there are many other verses but it will take a long time to expalin.

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  2. I would not say I subscribe to your thinking here, although many good points are taken. Years ago I did not know I was a Jew, until I had a dream that told me my father ancients father Jews, where in the dream I had a coin I called, “My Fathers ancient gold coin”. This coin had a Jewish 7 branch Menorah on it. Well my fathers are from the Dominican Republic, and this is all we knew. No oral or written history of ever being Jews. Because of this I only had DNA to test if my dream was true. Lo and behold the results came in and they were Haplogroup J1, all of my genetic relatives were Ashkenazi Jews, from Poland/Ukraine/Russia. But, what I find interesting involving this topic is that my fathers YDNA is J1c3d in Haplogroup J1, and this DNA originates from Yemen with most of the current population 95%+ J1c3d. So very interesting to say the least. Obviously more research must be done to prove your theory correct. In another dream I saw the Ark of the Covenant in a dream, it had flat walls and the molding on the top was of twisted rope design. Well the Egyptians had Arks and they would surround the name of a deity with twisted rope. So I see an Egyptian connection in this dream. Even so, nice work.


    1. There is no archaeological evidence to prove that the Jews ever ruled Palestine. This is after almost 70 years of hard excavations. Nor there is any shred of evidence to relate them to Sinai or Egypt.
      However, many geographical names mentioned in Tourah are still in existence and carry the same names.
      The history of Ashkenazi Jews is relatively recent and they have nothing to do with the Arab world but in occupying part of it to serve Western powers.


  3. What role, if any, did the Jewish-Rabbinical infiltration of the Church have upon what is called the Spanish Inquistion & is there also some correlation between the Qabalist Rabbis of Spain & said “Spanish” Inquisition?


    1. This is very good question. The reply could be a long one. To put it in a nutshell, the ‘Inquisition’ in its core is ‘Jewish’ dogma (based on Arabian culture) that had long infiltrated the Catholic Church. It was one of those instances where the (Jewish in nature) magic/dogma turned against the magician.


      1. Mr. Ashraf Ezzat…..Does that mean this whole Muhammad, ISLAM, Hajj & Allah is a madeup Agreed upon Lies….????

        Coz you know Judaism is very similar to ISLAM………

        If you’re Right then Koran is 100% Wrong…..Please do answer.


  4. Thank you Seraphim for the nice comment, and indeed the work of Prof. Kamal Salibi deserves to be continued and built upon.
    One thing I have to make clear though, my research doesn’t by any means point towards championing one particular faith over another. The historical truth is what I’m trying to unearth and reveal.


  5. Dr. Ezzat,

    We can’t thank you enough for continuing the work initiated by Kamal Salibi and which is forced into oblivion (you can find his book The Bible… on the net at prohibitive prices) and dismissed as crackpot theory both by Jews and Arabians. Perhaps we should follow him more closely and extend the area of ancient Israel to the southern Hejaz and ‘Asir, from Ta’if down to the border with Yemen. Perhaps including Palestine also. I am sure that the later presence in Palestine is due to the Persians who installed them there as a garrison. They treated the local population with their usual ferocity. We should also take into consideration the massive forced conversion of the Edomites by the Maccabees.

    On the other hand, I think that it is time to renounce to include Christianity in the so-called “Abrahamic religions”. We find infinitely more analogies for Christianity in the Egyptian religion. The Jews never recognized Jesus as a descendant of Abraham:
    “Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil? … Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? 54 Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: 55 Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. 56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. 59 Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.”

    The “Abrahamic brothers” Judaism and Islam alike killed Christians with the same gusto as the present takfiris.

    From The Persian Conquest Of Jerusalem, by Meir Loewenberg (convenient short essay about a long story furiously denied by Jewish historians, taken intentionally from a Jewish magazine):

    “When the Persians started the war against Byzance in 602 “Jews everywhere were eager to aid and abet the Persian army. When they heard the news that Jewish soldiers had joined the Persian forces, they fully expected that a miracle would soon occur. The Jews of Antioch rioted and killed the Christian Patriarch. In Yemen the Jews also rioted and killed the Christian clergy….
    Prior to embarking on the invasion of Palestine, King Khosrau made a treaty with the Reish Galuta, the head of Babylonian Jewry. Even though many historians doubt whether there actually was such a treaty, it was widely believed both at the time and in later centuries that this treaty called upon the Jews to provide 20,000 soldiers for the Persian army. In return for joining the Persian army, these Jewish soldiers were given permission to participate in the capture of Jerusalem – which they did in 614….
    Subsequent to the conquest of Jerusalem, the local Jews assisted the Persian troops in putting down a revolt of the Christian population against their new rulers…
    One of the conditions for the enlistment of twenty thousand Jewish soldiers was a formal promise that a Jewish governor would be appointed to rule over Persian Jerusalem. Once the city was captured, Nehemiah ben Hushiel was appointed governor of Jerusalem. There are reports that he was a strong young man, handsome and adorned in royal robes, but actually we know very little about his reign because no contemporary accounts have survived. There are reports that he had Messianic pretensions. Soon after his appointment the new governor reestablished the sacrificial service on the Temple Mount – something that had not occurred in over five hundred years. He began to make arrangements for the rebuilding of the Temple. At the same time, he tried to clarify the genealogies of the priests in order to appoint a new High Priest. …
    According to Antiochus Strategos, a 7th century monk who witnessed the Persian conquest of Jerusalem, an “unprecedented looting and sacrilege” occurred shortly after the Persian army entered Jerusalem. “Church after church [among them The beautiful basilica of Fishes and Loaves in Tabgha, recently burnt by Jewish fanatics], was burned down alongside the innumerable Christian artifacts, which were stolen or damaged by the ensuing arson…
    Antiochus Strategos also claimed that many Christians were captured and held for ransom. Jews offered to help them escape if they “become Jews and deny Christ”. The Christian captives refused this offer. The Jews then purchased the Christians from the Persians and massacred them. He claimed that the total Christian death toll was 66,509.”

    But immediately after the reconquest of Jerusalem in 628, the Jews offered their services to the Arabs.
    The Armenian historian Ghewond (7th-8th Century), a contemporary, wrote in his History of Armenia:

    “Once Heraclius’ son had come to rule in his father’s stead, the Lord awakened the spirits of malevolent men so that through them the blood of Christians would be shed in vengeance, because we had sinned before the Lord God. [The Arabs] began to form brigades and mass troops against Constantine’s realm, against Judaea and Asorestan, having for support the command of their law-giver, that sower of darnel, to “Go against the countries and put them under your rule, for the plenty of the world has been given to us for our enjoyment. Eat the meat of the select ones of the countries, and drink the blood of the mighty.” The Jews were their supporters and leaders, having gone to the camp at Madiam and told them: “God promised Abraham that He would deliver up the inhabitants of the world in service [to him]; and we are his heirs and sons of the patriarch. Because of our wickedness, God became disgusted with us and lifted the scepter of kingship from us, subjecting us to the servitude of slavery. But you, too, are children of Abraham and sons of the patriarch. Arise with us and save us from service to the emperor of the Byzantines, and together we shall hold our realm.” [The Arabs] were encouraged further hearing this, and went against Judaea.”

    That’s why after the capitulation of Jerusalem to ‘Omar in 635 (A.H 14), that Khalif caused a mosque to be built on what was considered to be the ancient site of the Temple (or Masjid) of David. The traditional position of this site, ‘Omar (as it is stated) verified, by the re-discovery of the Rock concealed under a dunghill from the description that had been given to him, ‘Omar, by the Prophet, of the place where he had made his prayer prostrations in Jerusalem on the occasion of his Night-Journey.

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    1. Along with the article by Dr Ezzat, this is also a really fascinating post.

      To the extent that Jesus sought to uphold the Mosaic law, one has to conclude there is something which can be called a Judeo-Christian tradition but equally clearly, Jesus’ teachings represented a full frontal challenge to the Pharisees, and to their emerging trend towards Rabbinic authority and interpretation taking precedence over the Mosaic law.

      Professor Bart Ehrman argues that early Christians sought to tie Christianity to Judaism because the older religion gave the new religion greater authenticity and gravitas. Whether this is true or whether Christianity was effectively co-opted by the Jews themselves who saw the notion of a ‘Judeo-Christian’ link a useful notion once the Roman Empire became Christianized, the fact is that beneath the veneer of this tradition, the Rabbinic Judaism that Jesus repudiated morphed into the secretive anti-Mosaic religion of Talmudism. It is interesting to speculate why this came about. My own assumption has been that the Jews effectively rejected their own God when it appeared to them that in fact Christianity was triumphant.

      Dr Ezzat’s research seems to suggest to me however that I may have been seeking too convenient an explanation and that in fact the roots of Talmudism are indeed far deeper and found in earlier past in the Arab peninsular.

      Whatever the causes for this anti-Jesus religiosity clearly many Christians throughout history have bought into the idea of a link, and it has been this link to the dogmas and hatreds of the old Testament which has been the source of inspiration for so much Christian violence throughout history and which we see today in the deluded ravings of Evangelical Christians who support Israel’s crimes against the Palestinians and other Arab peoples.


      1. The real cause of the “anti-Jesus religiosity” is the refusal to understand Christianity on its own terms. Christianity known from its original scriptures is something entirely different from the one known from the writings of Prof. Ehrman or many other learned Jewish professors.
        Christianity is NOT Judaism dressed up in the mottled rags of “pagan myths” by the departments of religious propaganda of politically astute emperors and kings in order to deceive the Gentiles and make them more obedient.
        Jesus is NOT the Messiah expected (and still expected) by the Jews.
        Christians did NOT sought to tie Christianity to Judaism because the older religion gave the new religion greater authenticity and gravitas, but because the Scriptures of the Old Testament were speaking about HIM.
        The root of the permanent misunderstanding is the rejection of the historical truth of “Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness” and of his Resurrection from the dead. “Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain”.


      When talking about the the original Jews, the Arab Jews, one need to look them as normal Arabs,embarrassed the same values and culture of the rest of their fellow Arabs. Like many, they also immigrated to the north or by crossing the red sea, escaping droughts and starvations.
      Fadel Al Roubai’i, the Iraqi scholar, added significant contributions to the works started by Kamal Al Salibi.


  6. Thank you Wayne Hill,
    A very interesting and insightful commentary. You are absolutely spot on in your observations about ancient civilizations and their tolerance. The only exception of course is the ancient Arabian culture .


  7. A very interesting article, and I must thank Dr. Ezzat for yet another pleasurable “read.” I don’t know what it is, exactly, about (some of) the Semites and their intolerance, but the so-called Jews have it as well. If I remember correctly (getting old!) the language of “the black land,” Khemet, was related to Akkadian and is a product of a Semitic root language too. But here the relationship ends. Khemet (“Ancient Egypt”) was an incredibly tolerant society, both religiously and socially. I recently read, for example, an article where two men were interred in a tomb at Sakkara, with tomb inscriptions showing them in a “traditional marriage” type of format. So, apparently, such relationships were tolerated, even in ancient times, there.

    Homosexuality is prominent, so I’m told, in Arabia; though they of course deny it. Lately they even want to punish practitioners with beheading. “Allah is merciful, forgiving…” they say. Well; they certainly fail to resemble their God in this characteristic.

    With the exception of the Arabians and what we now know as Jews, no one in the ancient world cared a feather for what you thought or believed. Everything was tolerated. The Greeks even “recognized” some of their own Gods in the Egyptian pantheon – the apex of which was Serapis; a sort of Greek God wearing Egyptian clothing, and representing a synthesis of the two cultures.

    This never happened with the Jews, or the Arabians, and to a large degree with the Christians as well. Why are all the ancient temples of Greece in ruins? Answer; the Christians destroyed them, deeming them “Satanic.” The ancient Hebrews were of a similar mind… as are the “militant Islamists” of today.
    Remember the ancient Buddha statues in Afghanistan they destroyed, about 1998 or so? Not to mention what “ISIS” or whatever their real name is have done all over the middle east. Nothing has changed.

    All told, the Abrahamic religions are a curse on mankind, and have caused so many deaths that no one knows how many there were. Somewhere in the Pentateuch it says to “bash their babies’ heads against the wall.” – referring to what should happen when “The Chosen” capture a Canaanite city or something. “Religion of Love” indeed! They are also utterly racist in the sense that their religion claims their genes or physiognomy are somehow “Godlike” and everyone else is a kaffir, an infidel, a sub-human. Conclusion: Exterminate them.

    The Mayans had a calendar, based on hundreds of years of observation, of the phases of Venus, which they venerated, that was so accurate it was not superseded until the advent of modern computers. Despite that, the “converted Jews” (what I call Christians) utterly destroyed everything they could get their hands on that belonged to those talented and admirable people – as with the Aztecs.

    Such people are the “original Nazis” – the German National Socialists pale in insignificance to the two thousand years of carnage with which the “Abrahamic Religions” have besmirched the world.

    Jews, Christians and Muslims: their religions are essentially the same, their spirit is similar, and it is they who have exterminated untold millions, while speaking of “love” and “tolerance.” Though the Jews and Christians are seemingly “tolerant” now… (translation: weak; except in Israel)… I maintain that the root psychological underpinnings of all three faiths are the same… and, given power and lack of restraint, they all act the same way. Why else did Phillip II of Spain want to destroy England and murder Elizabeth? They all are seemingly driven by the same pathology.

    Islam may yet have its day in Europe, and beyond. The Europeans are decadent, weak-willed petunias who have lost their manhood. I hope not, but that is what seems to be in the cards. The Abrahamic “berserker” pathos may yet conquer.

    Hope I’m gone by then!


    1. The concept of intolerance is typically found when people are arrogant. People become arrogant after they are empowered by the media, by their numbers, and or their force or terrorism tactics. The intolerance and hate for others in our contemporary culture stems from teaching of hate? As we know you cannot teach hate if you are not supported and empowered by the establishment. Hence, we can see routinely hate theology commonly practiced in mosques and Synagogs, which are typically protected from criticisms.

      An Egyptian journalist by the name of Ibrahim Issa puts it exactly as I do; he uses terms like “tribal”, or “desert culture” to identify the Wahhabi hate cult. I would like to add to Ibrahim’s observations that the Talmudic hate cult is very similar to the Ibn Timiah hate cult with only one exception; the Talmudic haters do not go in the streets pounding their chest with pride that they are neandethal haters – they secretly hate. To this end, I think Dr. Ezzat has done a great job linking the Stone Age culture of desert dwellers. These desert barbarians now occupy major position of power in the West, and are gradually pulling down the Western culture.

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      1. Parce que vous les occidentaux vous n’avez pas fait de la haine et des massacres ,? Les guerres du Moyen Âge jidsz la seconde guerres mondiales entre pays européens parce que vous vous haïssez
        . Les deux bombes d’Hiroshima, les deux grandes guerres mondiales, la guerre du Viêtnam, la guerre de Corée, la guerre froide entre l’Occident et l’ex union soviétique ? Vous oubliez les massacres fait par l’église chrétienne ? Les croisades ? Le colonialismes ? Les conquêtes et massacre des indiens? Le génocides des aborigènes d’Australie. Les guerres coloniales? Le nazisme? Le fascisme? L’eugénisme ? Les théories des races supérieurs aux autres. L’Occident a commis plus de crime plus que tous les peuples de la terre réunie.

        Quant l’Occident était a l’âge de pierre, au Yémen ils avait déjà un barrage, le barrage de mirhib.

        Quant z monsieur Ezzat , il fait de la propagande anti arabe, musulmane et juif. Pas une seule fois il a parlé du masacre fait par les chrétiens : croisades, colonialisme, inquisition.

        Il devrait aussi vois dire sue Jésus est un israélien, un arabe aussi.
        Pour moi son travail est politique et ‘on scientifique.


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