The Unholy War Backfires
A Girded Israel Upsets Professors of
Koran in Their Misguided Jiddah
The war against the present Jewish community in Palestine
is not an Arab holy war. It is, instead, unholy, and up to now the Israelis
have been the victors and the Arabs the defeated.
The Arabs could not believe that this could be; so they
tried again, and in the 10 days following the end of the four-week truce
they lost Nazareth, the capital of western Galilee, and Lydda with its
airport, Ramleh and the plain that stretches from it toward Jerusalem,
in central Palestine.
The Egyptian army encircled at Ashdod was annihilated. This
is a rout. An unholy war it has been and a good rout it was.
In a dispatch to The New York Times of July 26, Clifton
Daniel writes on the basis of military reports from the Middle East: The
Arabs . . . suffered . . . a substantial military defeat in the war in
Palestine . . . The Arab military failure . . . is particularly astonishing
in view of the fact that contingents of the regular armies of five sovereign
states participated in the fighting.
These Arab states have a population 40 times greater than
the Israeli population of Palestine.
An unholy war it has been, but a holy war for the Israelis
who, as in the days of Moses, are called by history to the supreme task
of surviving in a hostile world.
* * *
Soon after the General Assembly of the United Nations voted
for the partition of Palestine, the Arab religious university at Cairo,
el-Azzar, resolved to proclaim a holy war against the Jewish community
in Palestine. On the day the British surrendered their mandate, seven
Arab countries declared war against the State of Israel.
However, the professors at the Theological University forgot
one thing: the content of most of the chapters of the Koran. And a holy
war (jiddah) must be proclaimed in the name of the Koran.
The Koran is sacred to all Moslems. Whatever is written
here is held to be true. It does not matter that Joshua son of Nun is
confused with Jesus son of Mary and that Mary is identified as Mariam
sister of Moses; that Korach is made into Kroesus, and Haman is there
the vizier of the Pharaoh of the Exodus. What is important is the spirit
of the Koran and its intent, not the confusion of details.
A major number of the chapters of the Koran deal with the
story of Moses and the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. No other persons
are mentioned nearly so frequently in the Koran as Moses and his adversary,
* * *
Pharaoh and his people (says the Koran)verily
they are a people who act abominably.
And we wished to be gracious to those who were weakened
in the earth, and to make them the models, and to make them the heirs;
and to establish for them in the earth; and to show Pharaoh and Haman
and their hosts what they had to beware of from them.
Pharaoh and his people were and abominable nation,
and when they had annoyed us we took vengeance on them, and we drowned
them all together, and we made them a precedent and an example to those
But we saved the Children of Israel from shameful
woe!from Pharaoh, verily, he was haughty, one of the extravagant!
And we did choose them above the worlds.
And we did give Moses to guidance; and we made the
Children of Israel to inherit the Book, as a guidance and a reminder to
those endowed with minds.
Moses said to his people: O my people! enter the Holy
Land which God has prescribed for you; and be not thrust back.
And we said to the children of Israel: Dwell ye in
the land; and when the promise of the hereafter comes to pass, we will
bring you in a mixed crowd.
* * *
The promise of the hereafter has come to pass. Farouk, King
of Egypt, today sits on the throne of the ancient Pharaohs. His is a second-rate
kingdom, not as it was in the days of the Pharaohs. But he imitates the
Pharaohs of the past. We advise him to order the professors at el-Azzar
to mark for him with a red pencil all the passages in the Koran that relate
the story of the Pharaoh who opposed the Israelis going to Palestine to
build there a state. Almost every page in the sacred book will be crimson