"I don't trust Muslims," an Israeli friend told me just the other day.
"They all hate us, no matter what they say."
By "us" she meant, not just Israelis specifically, but Jews in general.
But I have many Muslim friends who have not an anti-Semitic bone in their bodies.
"Never," said a friend from Turkey in answer to my question about this issue.
"We were never taught anti-Semitism growing up."
But the fact is, there are Islamic leaders who preach ecumenicalism. But there are others who, sadly, advocate extermination of Jews.
Two current articles highlight this dichotomy.
In one, an Imam calls for good relations with Jews. In the other, an Imam calls for elimination of Jews from Earth.
The ecumenical imam's name is Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah, the most influential Shiite cleric in Lebanon. Ayatollah Fadlallah is calling for increased dialogue between Muslims and Jews.
But at the same time, a different pronouncement is offered by a Palestinian imam. Ziad Abu Alhaj accuses Jews of participating in an "all-encompassing war against Muslims." The Hamas religious leader also says that, by Allah's will, Jewish children will be "exterminated" and there will be no Jews left on Earth.
Ironically, Alhaj's participated in the Second World Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace which issued a statement in which the religious leaders condemned "incitement against a faith or people."
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