Before the Beheadings

In the spring of 2000, I lived for a month in a Taliban madrasa, a religious seminary, located on the Grand Trunk Road outside of Peshawar, in Pakistan. The chancellor of the madrasa, a wrinkled, bearded, and often barefoot man named Samiul Haq, was said to be a confidante of Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader. I did not believe, when we first met, that he would agree to my presence in his school. I was open about my intentions: my goal was to write about the religious education of Pashtun boys who would soon be fighting on behalf of the Taliban, and by extension al-Qaeda, in Afghanistan.

It turned out that Haq was keen to have me understand the work of his madrasa. In our first meeting, he even made an attempt at bonding. “The problem is not between us Muslims and Christians,” he said. “The only enemy Islam and Christianity have is the Jews. It was the Jews who crucified Christ.”

In my travels, Palestinian terrorists generally understood the implication of my last name, as did many members of Hezbollah, the Shia extremist group. But Islamists in Pakistan and Afghanistan seemed less Semitically attuned.

“I’m Jewish,” I said.

He paused. “Well,” he said, “you are most welcome here.”

  • Maurixio Garcia S

    The West needs to learn that the best way to live in this world in peace is to never to step at the door of those evil Muslims,99% of them are terrorist.

  • winniec

    The Koran contains more Jew hatred than Mein Kampf. The hadiths contain frank calls for the murder of Jews. These are hard to rationalize, although modernizing Muslims do. Muslims are profoundly dishonest about their Jew hatred. These same Jew-hating verses are quoted whenever a jihad raid begins against Jews .

    • We really need to step back and allow Islam to destroy itself.

  • Chatillon

    “The only enemy Islam and Christianity have is the Jews. It was the Jews who crucified Christ.”

    “I’m Jewish,” I said.

    He paused. “Well,” he said, “you are most welcome here.” — from the article

    Even though I myself have frequently witnessed such abrupt and un-self-conscious change in tack by Mohammedans, I remain appalled at the ease with which these folks change their story. It seems that dishonesty is the primary Islamic art form and it doesn t take long to figure this out. So unless everyone in western foreign services is an idiot, any “trust” extended to these people amounts to complicity.

  • Beheadings are a show of brutal power. That one may be Jewish is coincidental.

    I wonder why the Muslims care whether or not the Jews killed Jesus (technically, they did but theologically we all did). They don’t believe Jesus is the Son of God nor do they believe He rose from the dead. Even to use His death as a subtext of hatred is still contradictory. Doesn’t anyone ever point this out in mosques?

    • Minicapt

      Unfortunately, you are thinking that the story of Jesus as proclaimed by the Christians is a true one. Mohammed, in his revelations, was able to present the true account of the Prophet Isa, which also legitimises dhimmitude for the People of the Book because they have perverted the True Message.


    • Karmel

      Technically, the Romans killed Jesus…

      Crucifying people is what they did and they were the occupying power.

  • Sparrow

    This Jews killed Jesus nonsense of whipping up hatred has got to stop. Jesus was Jewish himself and quite likely a Rabbi. He was one of the tribe. Many perceived troublemakers throughout history have been killed by their own people.

    • Islamists whip up this hatred because they need it. It makes no sense and is contradictory to their other sayings and beliefs but they don’t care.