Before concluding this discussion, we must deal here with the issue of “Anti-Semitism”. All attempts to criticize the Jews as the root cause of most of the troubles being faced by Christians and Muslims are, as a matter of routine, rejected and brushed aside as nothing more than signs of an irrational hatred of the Jews. In this context, we want to make the following point very clear:
Muslims have no malice against any particular race.
We do not want to destroy any particular nation or the adherents of any particular religion.
All we wish to do is to exterminate the menace of exploitation.
We believe that greed, corruption, and immorality are spiritual diseases, irrespective of where they are found.
Our struggle is against the illnesses, not against the sick.
Moreover, there is a world of difference between the animosity and dislike which results from prejudice and lack of knowledge, and the animosity and dislike which ensues from understanding and experience. Jews have been hated through most of their history; is it logical to believe that this long-standing and almost universal hatred was, and is, without any reasonable cause whatsoever? Isn’t it good advice that the Jews, instead of continuing to blame some mysterious “Anti-Semitism”, should carefully examine their own history and attitude in order to find the reason for their universal “unpopularity”?
Maryam Jameela, a former Jew, has explained the whole phenomenon as follows:
A people who insist against all objective evidence to the contrary in regarding themselves as the Chosen People of God, who consider themselves innately superior [over] all other peoples; who owe their loyalty primarily to each other and never to the country of their birth; and who, while they may practice the most exemplary morality among themselves, feel no such obligations to the despised “illiterate Gentiles” and do their best to corrupt others though their stranglehold over the liquor business, usury, etc., and, while they fervently maintain that Judaism is the only true faith, rigorously exclude outsiders… How can such conceit, pride and exclusiveness not fail to arouse against them the bitterest hatred? On top of all that, there is the exceptional intelligence, cleverness and ability of the Jews to snatch the first opportunity to attain the maximum power and wealth at the expense of others which makes them feared as well as hated…. They have never outgrown their tribal mentality. According to this outlook, a man owes his loyalty only to his tribe and clan. All non-members of the tribe are outcasts and he is not held responsible or accountable for his conduct towards them. Within the tribe, his character and behavior may appear most exemplary but once outside the tribe, he can turn to piracy, robbery and murder without suffering from the least qualms of conscience. (Islam Versus Ahl al-kitab: Past and Present; p.192, 193)