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  1. Part of a bigger picture. Whereas the Five Books of Moses and the Quran both contain rather violent directives (e.g., an Israelite who hasn’t circumcized his son is to be stoned to death), among the Quranic such verses there are those allowing an interpretation of “conquer the non-Muslims until you subdue them or until they convert”. Furthermore, the Quran posthumously “converts” Jesus to… Islam!

    That, however, isn’t the whole problem. The problem is how those verses, in each of the religious movements, are interpreted by large percentages of the population. You haven’t seen many Jews put to death for failing to circumcise their sons, have you? Not many Jewish homosexuals, openly living the lifestyle, stoned to death for that? Nor any Jews for violating the Sabbath? Right.

    (Oh, what was that? “The Zionists stole Palestinian land and brutalized and displaced the Palestinian people”? Let’s actually look at documents: The Ottoman Land Registry will tell us who owned the “Palestinian land” and when. The Balfour Declaration will tell us what was actually planned by the British administration. It is not difficult to look up who supported UNGAR 181 (this is a UN recommendation, hence a document, but not international law) and who rejected it, and how those rejecting it actually responded. So, watch out for the Pallywood narratives.)

    Now, consider the data from opinion polls conducted among Muslims. Here is one:

    Populus Poll (2006): 16% of British Muslims believe suicide attacks against Israelis are justified. 37% believe Jews in Britain are a “legitimate target”.

    More at Muslim Opinion Polls On that same website, look at the general support among Muslims for violence and terrorism in the name of Islam, and for instituting Sharia instead of the law of the land in some of the Western democracies where those polled Muslims live.

    The pitch that “most Muslims are peaceful people” is extremely popular, but listen to a middle class-raised Egyptian’s description of the mainstream ubringing of children in Egypt, a secular state!

    And here is from someone raised in Somalia and subjected to FGM and other “peaceful” practices “justified” by Islam:

    Have you ever heard of any “divisions of the world” in Judaism, especially from a strategic and military perspective? Well, in Islam you can and should: Divisions of the world in Islam – Wikipedia

    Any land ever held by Muslims is viewed by them as Muslim land forever. Sure, not by all Muslims. But by double-digit percentages and by governments, certainly. This entails an obligation to fight. Israel makes that fight pretty hard to win.

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