As we reported here last week, President Miloš Zeman of the Czech Republic made a remarkable speech at a closed-door reception on May 26th to celebrate Israel’s Independence Day. Unique among Western political leaders, Mr. Zeman was willing to call out Islam itself — not “radicalism”, not “extremism”, not “Islamism”, but the “very essence of the ideology” — for its anti-Semitism and instigation of violence.
It’s no surprise that the Organization of Islamic Cooperation was very disappointed in what the Czech leader said. President Zeman made his speech almost two weeks ago, but the OIC’s statement of disapproval is still featured at the top of the organization’s main web page as of this writing. The speech was barely noticed in the Western press, but its prominence on the OIC’s website is an implicit recognition of its significance.
In case you missed it, here are a couple of paragraphs from the text that caused so much heartburn among the luminaries of the OIC:
So let me quote one of their sacred texts to support this statement: “A tree says, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. A stone says, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.” I would criticize those calling for the killing of Arabs, but I do not know of any movement calling for mass murdering of Arabs. However, I know of one anti-civilisation movement calling for the mass murder of Jews.
After all, one of the paragraphs of the statutes of Hamas says: “Kill every Jew you see.” Do we really want to pretend that this is an extreme viewpoint? Do we really want to be politically correct and say that everyone is nice and only a small group of extremists and fundamentalists is committing such crimes?
Below is the text of the OIC’s statement, with my own remarks interpolated:
OIC Secretary General expresses disappointment at the Czech President Miloš Zeman’s Statement against Islam
The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Iyad Ameen Madani, expressed his disappointment at the reported statements made by the Czech President, Miloš Zeman, on 26 May 2014 at the Israeli Embassy in Prague that “Islamic ideology rather than individual groups of religious fundamentalists was behind violent actions similar to the gun attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.”
“I believe that this xenophobia and this racism or anti-Semitism stem from the very nature of the ideology on which these fanatical groups rely, I know about an anti-civilization movement that calls for the massive murdering of Jews,” the Czech President was quoted to say.
The OIC’s statement elides the Czech president’s words, but without including any ellipses. Specifically, it inserts a comma between “groups rely” and “I know about”, omitting Mr. Zeman’s quote of the hadith about the Jew-betraying tree: “A tree says, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. A stone says, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
Now, why would the earnest scribblers at OIC headquarters want to skip that well-known and authoritative piece of Islamic scripture? As respected Muslim citizens of proven integrity, they would be the last people in the world to obfuscate any documentary evidence buttressing President Zeman’s case.
No, it must have been an oversight on their part. Or maybe an error at the printer’s. Or an HTML slip-up by an inexperienced webmaster. But surely not a deliberate omission…
Mr. Madani stated that the Czech President’s recent statements on Islam are in line with the previous statements the President made in the past, where he linked “believers in the Quran with anti-Semitic and racist Nazis”; and that “the enemy is anti civilization spreading from North Africa to Indonesia, where two billion people live”.
Such statements, said Mr. Madani, not only shows President Zeman’s lack of knowledge and misunderstanding of Islam, but also ignores the historical facts that anti-Semitism and Nazism are a European phenomena through and through. They have no roots in Islam, neither as a religion nor as a history or civilization. The Holocaust did not take place in the area from North Africa to Indonesia, Madani said.
The authors are evidently unfamiliar with The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism by Andrew G. Bostom, in which the evidence of 1400 years of Islamic Jew-hatred is meticulously compiled. Perhaps someone should send them a copy of the book, which will provide ample leisure-time reading during the long hungry daylight hours of Ramadan next month.
Were you waiting for the dreaded “Islamophobia” to make an appearance? Well, here it comes, albeit with a spelling error:
President Zeman’s statements are nothing more than misinformed stereotyping and Islamophopic [sic], the Secretary General added.
Having omitted President Zeman’s irrefutable authentic Islamic sources for his statement, Secretary-General Madani now describes the redacted and incomplete text as “stereotyping”:
Madani stressed that such statements, issued even before the identification of culprits and motives, are not only irresponsible but also feed the existing stereotyping, incitement to hatred, discrimination and violence against Muslims based on their religion. It also runs contrary to the ongoing global efforts to strengthen dialogue among civilizations, cultures and religions to promote multiculturalism, understanding, acceptance and peace.
The Secretary General reiterated that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance and that terrorism should not be equated to any race or religion; a stance upheld by all major UN texts on the subject of countering terrorism. He added that the OIC countries share a profound respect for all religions and condemn any message of hatred and intolerance.
Well, of course the OIC’s stance is “upheld by all major UN texts” — the United Nations has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation for the past fifteen or twenty years. The crucial step in that acquisition was to buy up enough little non-Islamic countries (e.g. Gabon and Guyana) to provide an effective Islamic majority in the UN General Assembly. Since then, all decisions of any moment have echoed the positions of the OIC. Nice trick, that one!
And now it’s time for President Zeman to apologize to the world’s 5.7 septillion Muslims, whose tender sensibilities he has wounded so deeply:
It is only appropriate that President Milōs [sic] Zeman apologizes to the millions of Muslims worldwide for his deeply offensive and hateful anti Islam statements.
Finally, Secretary General Madani implores the “international community” to renounce the hateful attitudes of people like Miloš Zeman and join Pope Francis in the promotion of peace, tolerance, interfaith harmony, and magic ponies:
Mr. Madani urged the international community to take strong and collective measures to promote peace, harmony and tolerant co-habitation among peoples of diverse religious faiths, beliefs, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. He also called upon all political, secular or religious leaders to join hands and strengthen their efforts in promoting dialogue and mutual understanding, which will prove that “what joins us together across religions and regions is far greater than what separates us”.
Well, OK, so I made up the part about magic ponies. But still…
For more on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, see the OIC Archives.
Hat tip: Gemini.