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August 22, 2013 4:44 pm

PBS Includes Vicious Anti-Semites in Show About Mohammad

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The Los Angeles Times recently praised “The Life of Mohammad,” a three-part PBS series about Islam’s founder. The review states that the series, which first aired on Tuesday, is “an attempt to separate his beliefs from today’s extremists.”

Clearly, Mary McNamara, the television critic for the newspaper, did not do her homework.

If she had, she would have discovered that two of the sources interviewed for the series have said some pretty nasty things about Jews and promote the notion of a civilizational war between Islam and non-Muslims.

One anti-Semite to appear on the show was Sheikh Ikrema Sabri, the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. According to the New York Sun, Sabri is a fan of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a well-known forgery that portrays the Jews as the enemies of humanity. He also has an ugly view of the Talmud:

The mufti’s views about relations between Jews and Muslims can be understood by what he told Saudi Al-Majd TV on February 20, 2005: “Anyone who studies ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ and specifically the Talmud will discover that one of the goals of these protocols is to cause confusion in the world and to undermine security throughout the world.”

Sabri, who testifies to Mohammed’s cosmic flight to Jerusalem or “Night of Power,” in the PBS series spoke with Jeffrey Goldberg in 1999. Goldberg reported the following:

“If the Jews want peace, they will stay away from Al Aksa,” Sabri told me when I met with him in his office near the Temple Mount. “This is a decree from God. The Haram al-Sharif belongs to the Muslim. But we know the Jew is planning on destroying the Haram. The Jew will get the Christian to do his work for him. This is the way of the Jews. This is the way Satan manifests himself. The majority of the Jews want to destroy the mosque. They are preparing this as we speak.”

One year later, Sabri insisted in another interview that far fewer than 6 million Jews died during the Holocaust and stated that the Catholic Pope “will free us from the Jews.” The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) quotes him as follows:

“Six million Jews dead? No way, they were much fewer. Let’s stop with this fairytale exploited by Israel to capture international solidarity. It is not my fault if Hitler hated Jews, indeed they were hated a little everywhere. Instead, it is necessary to denounce the unjust occupation endured by my people. Tomorrow I will ask John Paul II… to support our cause.”

The man has also endorsed suicide bombings. Writing for Scholars for Peace in the Middle East in 2006, Yaniv Berman reports the following: “Asked to express his view with regard to suicide bombing, the mufti answered: “It is legitimate, of course, as long as it plays a role in the resistance.”

Another commentator for the PBS series about Muhammad is Abdur Raheem Green, a Catholic convert to Islam who lives in Great Britain. Stand for Peace, a British anti-hate group reports that Green, the founder of the Islamic Research and Education Academy, posits that there is a permanent state of war between Islam and the West (a message that clearly contradicts the message offered in the PBS series). Stand for Peace reports that Green “does not attempt to hide his hatred of Jews.”

In one video, Green has said, “Why don’t you take the Yahudi [Jew] over there, far away, so his stench doesn’t disturb us, okay?”

Green also claims that Turkish leader Ataturk was “an extremely, thoroughly unpleasant, nasty kafir. He was a Jew, he was a Jew. And not only was he a Jew, he belonged to a sect of the Jews that even the Jews think are far astray.”

A compendium of his public statements can be seen here.

Viewers who watch the PBS series will recognize it as a clear attempt to indoctrinate people with the idea that the violence being done in the name of Islam is contrary to what Muhammad taught his followers.

It’s an arguable point, but one thing is for sure: The show’s producers might want to do a better job of picking out their sources when making their case.

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  • i agree. Islam was founded in violence,
    propogated by violence
    and is maintained with violence.

  • Dan

    “Additionally, Nicolae (Ceausescu) had it in for the ethnic Hungarians in his country, and did his best to drive as many as he could out of Romania. Romanian citizenry was appalled at these policies, but were kept in check by the Securitate, his secret police, who kept almost 15%(!) of the population as paid informants.

    …decreed that all Romanian women must bear 5 children apiece….he had specially trained birth squads set up to visit women at home and at work once a month, and administer pregnancy tests…As a result of this decree, state-run orphanages were soon filled to overflowing with about 150,000 orphans in a country with a population of about 5 million.”

    @ Light V Dark – where do u get your info mate! U are so far away from the truth! Romania had at least 3 times the population u describe and the orphanages werrent filled, the birth scuad’s did not go to womens workplace, butt he did banned abortion. Are u a Hungarian with desire to instigate, or something?

  • Warlord

    The enemy is among us, and getting larger and louder
    with every passing day. The war will be made obvious
    before long. Then the heads will pop out of the sand.



    Additionally, Nicolae (Ceausescu) had it in for the ethnic Hungarians in his country, and did his best to drive as many as he could out of Romania. Romanian citizenry was appalled at these policies, but were kept in check by the Securitate, his secret police, who kept almost 15%(!) of the population as paid informants.

    …decreed that all Romanian women must bear 5 children apiece….he had specially trained birth squads set up to visit women at home and at work once a month, and administer pregnancy tests…As a result of this decree, state-run orphanages were soon filled to overflowing with about 150,000 orphans in a country with a population of about 5 million.

  • william

    The so called Protocols are widely derided as fake produced by the Russian Tsar’s secret police to justify pogroms. Except of course by ‘scholars’ such as the Mufti and his fellow leaders of Islam who happily employ its lies for the same purposes. How can anyone respect a ‘religion’ whose religious leaders and ‘scholars’ tell lies and preach sermons to enflame their followers. They do not do this in secret either but publicly for all to hear.

  • ChrisLA

    There is a point-by-point rebuttal to the PBS documentary at: http://www.islam-watch.org/authors/139-louis-palme/1394-a-rebuttal-to-pbs-documentary-the-life-of-mohammed-august-2013.html

    The article also contains a link, so that those who have not seen the documentary can view it in its entirety.

  • Attef Al-Akhras:
    Why did the [Muslim] Ottomans protect the Jews and save them from persecution numerous times in history?
    the Muslims saved the Jews:
    in 1376 from Hungary,
    in 1394 from France,
    in 1420 from Venice,
    in 1492 from Spain,
    in 1527 from HUngary,
    in 1537 from Italy,
    in 1542 from Bohemia,
    in 1881 from Russia,
    in 1917 from Russia,
    and also after WWII from Germany

    • skai

      Nadia Sindi, What a liar you are , I suggest you read a book by Bat Ye’or called ” The Decline Of Eastern Christianity Under Islam” Then come here and comment. Do you know that the Jews were predominant people of Arabian peninsula? Tell us if there are any let there now? If they are they live like ”Dhimmis ”

    • skai

      Nadia . This is from you Quran Sura 5:51 ” O’Believers take neither Jews nor Christians for your friends and protectors, for they are friends and protectors of one another. Whoever of you seeks their friendship and supports them shall become one of their numbers ” Quran is full of hate towards Jews and Christians. I suggest you read it properly.

    • eib

      Why did the Ottoman Turks flay Nicholas Bragadin alive and parade his stuffed skin in Constantinople, 1571?
      They claim to worship God and then they persecute God’s worshippers.
      Islam is profane.
      Mohammed is a false prophet.
      Jesus Christ said, love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you.
      He did not say surrender.
      He did not say submit.
      The Jews understand that Mohammed is not the messiah.
      They do not worship according to Mohammed’s revelation.
      The dismissal of Mohammed’s revelation as profane is what makes Muslims hate Christians and Jews. They always will hate Christians and Jews.

    • william

      You avae some points until you get to Germany AFTER WW2? After WW2 there was no threat from Germany as they were defeated
      During WW2 there was a Muslim division of the SS precisely because SS was in the forefront of eliminating the Jews of Europe. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was also very friendly with the Nazis for the same reason. If Rommel had succeeded in reaching the Middle East you can be sure the Muslims would have been very willing to help the Nazis rounding up and killing Jews.Since establishement of Israel the Jews have been blamed for everything by Muslim radicals. Times change.

    • mina

      How did Muslims protect Jews? By stealing their country and making it like Nazi Germany?! In WW2 Muslims were putting Jews in concentration camps and since then trying to wipe them out of their homeland Israel

      No Muslim army has ever been on the right side of history. They always choose terrorism, oppression & piracy. That’s the legacy of Muhammad.

    • Knize10

      That was in the past dear Nadia, all in the past, now Islam is on the verge of total implementation of its conquering the planet agenda. It is not going to be nice.

    • Erik

      They were useful. How many Jews are left in Turkey? No longer useful.

      Islam sucks.

    • Do you have some citations that would support these assertions? I have no idea whether any of them are true. For the moment I will take them as true. As a guess, I would propose that in the earlier centuries it was because the Jews had paid proper Jizya and were therefore covered by the covenant, as admitted but obedient inferiors. The last one, I cannot take seriously even to propose a theory.

      Please provide credible sources to back up the assertions. I will be very interested to read about the events you refer to.

    • Ahmadjan Thirakwa

      Prophet Muhammad was an Apostate of Islam

      Ali Khalaf E-mail Print PDF
      Muhammad violated too many of Allah’s divine laws at whims to serve his interests, desires and lust. He was, thus, an apostate of Islam. He managed to avoid the punishment of apostasy — death by beheading — on earth. But what’s happening to him in next life. Frolicking with 72 heavenly whores? The Quran may give an inkling (46.9): “I do not know what will be done to me”


      Allah says in many places in Quran that he made Mohammad the last prophet after whom he will not send any one else. But Mohammad over-ruled Allah and announced that Jesus will be the last prophet and will come after him.

      Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 34, Number 425:

      Allah’s Apostle said, “Son of Mary (Jesus) will shortly descend amongst you people”

      Muslims party during the night after fasting but Prophet
      Muhammad partied during the day while fasting


      Allah said in Quran that his message and words in Quran are final and nothing in it will be changed (15.9). His final words about people of the book are that either they will pay Jizya or they will be killed (9.29). However Mohammad changed it. He said that Jizya will be abolished.

      Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 34, Number 425:

      Allah’s Apostle said, “Jesus will break the Cross and kill the pigs and abolish the Jizya”


      Allah allowed Muslims to have up to four wives (Q 4.3) at one time. Mohammad had at least 9 wives with him when he kicked the bucket.


      Allah set rules of fasting in Quran as follows:

      Quran 2.287: “Allah Hath ordained (for fasting in Ramadan) for you not to eat or drink from dawn to dusk.”

      But Muhammad ate and drank as he pleased

      Tabaqat by Saad Vol. 1, p. 369:

      Muhammad found it difficult to abstain from food and water, from dawn to dusk, so he ate whenever he pleased. Ibn Sa’d writes: “The Messenger of Allâh used to say ‘We the prophets are required to eat our morning food later than others and hurry in breaking our fast in the evening.'” [3]


      Allah prohibited any sexual activity during fasting.

      The Quran says (002.187): Approach your wives only in the night after completing the fast.

      But Prophet Mohammad approached his wives whenever he got turned on.


      Sahih Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 6, Number 319:

      muhammad aisha
      When fasting Prophet saw naked little Aisha playing
      with her doll, he got all worked up


      Prophet’s wife in her izar during menstruation, waiting
      for a midmorning fondling session by fasting prophet

      UM-Salama said, “Allah’s Apostle, while fasting called me and took me with him under the woollen sheet.”

      (Ordering his wife to get under a woolen sheet with him).


      Sunaan Abu Dawud: Book 13, Number 2380:

      Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:

      The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) used to kiss her and suck her tongue when he was fasting.


      Sahih Bukhari: Volume 3, Book 31, Number 149:

      Ayesha said “The Prophet used to kiss and embrace his wives while he was fasting. The person who gets discharge should complete his fast.”


      Sahih Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 6, Number 319:

      “Um- Salama said. The Prophet and I used to take the bath of Janaba from a single pot”


      Allah said in Quran that for a widow there is a waiting period (iddah) of three menstrual periods before remarrying (2.234). Mo banged Juavaria, Safia and Rehana the same night he killed their husbands without giving any prescribed waiting period.

      Bukhari Volume 5, Book 59, Number 512:

      Narrated Anas:

      Prophet attacked Khaybar unannounced. Their men were killed, their offspring and woman taken as captives. Safiya was amongst the captives, She first came in the share of Dahya Alkali but later on she belonged to the Prophet (he banged her the same night) .

      Bukhari vol 3, Book46, No. 717:

      Prophet had suddenly attacked Bani Mustaliq without warning while they were heedless and their cattle were being watered at the places of water. Their men were killed and their women and children were taken as captives; the Prophet got Juwairiya on that day (he banged her the same night).

      “Sirat e Rasulullah” by Ishaq, p. 464: “The apostle divided their property, wives and children as booty. He took Rayhana d. Amr b. Khunafa for himself (he banged her the same night).”


      Allah has ordered men to keep away from menstruating women.

      Quran 2.222

      YUSUFALI: They ask thee concerning women’s courses. Say: They are a hurt and a pollution: So keep away from women in their courses, and do not approach them until they are clean.

      Muhammad did exactly the opposite. He hugged and kissed them, sucked their tongues, fondled their private parts and even slept with his between their naked thighs.


      Sahih Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 6, Number 298:

      Narrated ‘Aisha:

      The Prophet and I used to take a bath from a single pot while we were Junub. During the menses, he used to order me to put on an Izar (dress worn below the waist) and used to fondle me. While in Itikaf, he used to bring his head near me and I would wash it while I used to be in my periods (menses).

      Sahih Bukhari: Volume 1, Book 6, Number 319:

      Narrated Zainab bint Abi Salama:

      Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Have you got your menses?’ I replied, ‘Yes.’ Then he called me and took me with him under the woolen sheet.”


      One of Prophet’s favourite activities was to lie on top of naked menstruating wives with his chest on their thighs.

      Sunaan Abu Dawud: Book 1, Number 0270:

      Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin:

      One night he entered (upon me) while I was menstruating. He said: Come near me. I said: I am menstruating. He said: Uncover your thighs. I, therefore, uncovered both of my thighs. Then he put his cheek and chest on my thighs and I lent upon he until he became warm and slept.


      Miraaj: Prophet rode to heaven on a woman-faced buraq or
      had an adulterous ride in bed with cousin Hani??
      Allah has called adultery (sex outside marriage) evil and an abomination.

      Quran 17.032: “And come not near unto adultery. Lo! it is an abomination and an evil way.”

      Quran 24.030: “Say to the believing men that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty”

      Muhammad violated this prohibition discreetly in Mecca and then openly later in Medina,


      Islamic literature says (Martin Lings, p.33, 101, 103-104, 299; Ibn Ishaq, p.184, Tabari, vol. viii, p.186) that Muhammad passionately loved his first cousin Hani, daughter of his uncle Abu Talib. She was married to a pagan Hibayrah, but Mo had an adulterous relationship with her. He often sneaked and banged Hani whenever Hibayrah was not around after Khadija had died.

      Muhammad’s most famous adulterous night is celebrated all over the world by praying, and cooking special meals. It is called “shab e Mairaj”. Muslims think that Mohammad entered into Heaven that night. Little do they know that Mohammad had entered into Hani, not heaven, that night. Here is the story.

      One early morning when Muhammad was sneaking out of Hani’s house after an all night steamy action, his followers who were looking for him, caught him with his pants down. They asked angrily what was he doing with Hani when her husband was out of town. Very embarrassed, he concocted the ridiculous story of having gone to heaven all night riding an animal with a beautiful face of a woman. Most of his die hard followers believed that silly story (but some smarter ones considered it bullshit and quietly left Islam). Actually Muhammad’s story was allegorical. He did ride beautiful Hani who was a wild animal in bed; and he did feel like he was in heaven all night…

      Later, when Muhammad became militarily strong and conquered Mecca, he went to Umm Hani’s house and stayed there overnight. Umm Hani’s husband had foreseen the fall of Mecca and had fled to Najran. And this time probably his followers cheered when he came out of her home after an adulterous night. No body dared to criticize him this time; they had seen his critics getting their heads chopped off.

      Prophet Muhammad lusted for men

      The Quran clearly prohibited men for lusting for other men.

      Quran 7.81: “…ye practice your lusts on men, ye are indeed a people transgressing beyond bounds.”

      But Mohammad, who lusted for beautiful women like his son Zaid’s wife Zainab, also lusted for good-looking men like his son Zaid.

      Tafsir of al-Qurtubi—an authoritative exegesis in Islam.

      Aisha said that, one day, while Muhammad was lying naked in bed, Zaid came knocking; Muhammad, without getting dressed, opened the door and “hugged and kissed him”.

      Mohammad also had a crush on a young and handsome young man Zahir.

      Sunan Bayhaqi and Al Halabi

      According to this hadith, a man named Zahir, who used to say, “The prophet loves me,” said that one day Muhammad crept unawares behind him and put him in a bear-hug. Zahir, alarmed, yelled, “Get off me!” After turning his head and discovering that it was Muhammad, he stopped struggling and proceeded to “push his back into the prophet’s chest.”


      muhammad’s slave allah
      Allah (R), Muhammad’s imaginary slave, gave whatever he
      wanted and needed
      In Islam, an apostate is killed by beheading and bleeding to death. When Mohammad was dying a very painful death he thought that Real God was cutting his aorta and bleeding him to death for his sins.

      Sahih Bukhari, Volume 5, Book 59, Number 713:

      Narrated ‘Aisha: The Prophet in his ailment in which he died said “I feel as if my aorta is being cut.”


      Muhammad had lied to the world that he received Quran from Allah. He often felt guilty for this deception to gain power wealth and women and causing so much bloodshed; he prayed for forgiveness from the real God whoever it was. He was worried that the l God may punish him in the afterlife. His statement in Quran points to it.

      Quran 46.9: I do not know what will be done to me

      (No wonder he thought God was beheading him when he was dying).

      • Muhammed did NOT know what would be done to him as you quoted in Quran 46:9, because no one has knowledge of the future which exclusively belongs to God; ONLY God has future knowledge.
        The hadeeths essentially say NOT to have sex or sexual intercourse during menses.
        Jesus’ return AFTER Muhammed does NOT make Jesus the last prophet, because Jesus is already a prophet BEFORE Muhammed
        Jesus will abolish Jizya, because ONLY Muslims remain during Jesus’ return after defeating the Anti-Christ or Dajjal and his followers.
        You have distorted and misrepresented the true meanings in Quran and Hadeeths.

    • Anita

      They didn’t protect orthodox Christians. Just slaughtered them. And your point is?

  • E benAbuya

    I sat through the whole three hours. While not enough of an expert to pass on the veracity of ever detail; I did notice one glaring error. The host makes a one footed claim about the Jews “controlling” the al-Aksa mosque; which is given as a reason for hatred of the Jews by Muslims. The site is, in fact, controlled by the Islamic Waqf Trust.
    The producers deserve some credit for their (mild) critique of violent Islamists as being out of the mainstream of Muslim thought (hmmm. . .)
    Yet despite their earnest desire to lay on the sugar coating with a heavy trowel a key fact shines through.
    The claim, often heard in Muslim circles, is that the reason for Muslim enmity toward the Jews derives from the Jews “betrayal” of Muhammed.
    The “Medina Constitution”(which even the program admits may be an after-the-fact fig leaf or even non-existent) included the Jews in the “umma”. It was these Jews offering help to Muhammed’s Quraysh enemies that constitutes the betrayal of this utopian “inclusive” umma.
    However, as the program makes clear, shortly after the beginning of the Medina umma, and long before these “betrayals”; Mohammed instructs the community to henceforth direct their prayers exclusively towards Mecca. Therefore, for Jews to be considered full participants in this umma they must literally turn their backs on their own traditions.
    This is not “inclusiveness”. This is merely the template for the triumphalism that has turned the Dar al Islam (literally the Realm of Peace) into the Dar al Harb (the Realm of War-the traditional Muslim term for the non-Muslim world – ironic)
    Gild the farthing, if you will. Yet it is a farthing still.

  • About five minutes into Part 1, the narrator said Muslims seek to make themselves like Mohammad. With a 6-year-old wife, perhaps? I deleted the recording.

    • skai

      Bob Merriman ” ..muslims seek to make themselves like mohammad with a 6 year old wife, perhaps?” It is true, Mohammad at the are of 52 married 6 years old girl Aisha. Not only that, he also married his own daughter-in-law Zainab .Read Quran Sura 33:37, it tell it all.

  • VG

    When doing their fundraising, PBS should ask the Saudis, Qataris and the like for money; and Jewish foundations and Jewish donors that support PBS should stop their contributions.

    Is PBS in a anti Jewish campaign now?????
    Their recent showing of the film The Law in These Parts and the panel members that discussed the film afterwards was nothing else but another effort to present a totally unbalance explanation of the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

  • It is sickening how the so called liberal media in the USA & Europe collude with the enemies of the civilized world (fundamentalist Muhammadan Muslims) in PERVERTING Facts & Reality.

    Any decent human being even with two brain cells of logic would find out from Muhammad’s Quran that he (Muhammad) was not a prophet but a Pathological Liar, a Child Rapist, a Predator upon Women and a Mass Murderer.

    In fact the Hadiths tell us even more (with incredible details) how DEPRAVED actually was Muhammad.

    Anyone finding my statements unreasonable, do yourself a favour, Google ‘alrassooli’ and collect from over One Million Dollars worth of challenges to the first person(s) who can find fault with my statements
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    • skai

      IQ al Rassooli. I must say you are 100% right. I’m a ex-muslim and can say mohammad was ,what you say. see http://www.faithfreedom.org

  • Sandy Brown

    The Prophet Mohammed was engaged to a girl called Ayesha of 6. He then married her when she was 9. She had had his baby by the time she was 10. I think he had about 6 wives. It is all in their history books. Or if you put his and her name in the internet it will come up.

  • Roger

    This series did a good job, sugar coating mohammad, ,with very little facts…

  • Bernard Ross

    PBS was probably paid to carry the disinformation by the Saudi fund which is investing in US universities.

    • abby

      i agree, i definitely got the impression this was paid programming.

  • mika.

    They call it the idiot box for a reason.

    What bothers me is that the author of this article or anybody with functioning brain cells would still lend credibility and legitimacy to these (Vatican/CIA) propaganda outlets.

  • Efram Paul

    Typical reporting, typical attitude. I wish another network would play the YouTube Mohammed from last year in rebuttal.

  • dante

    PBS and NPR are enemies of Jewish People and of Israel. There can be no innocent explanation for their relentless campaign against Israel. [See the Camera.org website] They believe that they can cleverly and surreptitiously advance their hateful agenda and that the “good Jews” will support them. They might be right. But, for all their posturing as decent people, professional journalists, no one should have any doubt about what NPR and PBS are and what they advocate.

    • vangrungy

      “PBS and NPR are enemies of Jewish People and of Israel”

      No, just Israelis that don’t want Arab muslims invading Israel.

      PBS and NPR favor and employ lots of self-deluded marxist loving Jews that behave like capos towards Israel.

      There is a reason more and more are taking notice of the genocidal marxist Jews of today.

  • joshua stein

    Islam was founded in violence,
    propogated by violence
    and is maintained with violence

    • Carl

      Bet that little nugget of historical fact has been omitted from the “documentary!” I’m sure it portrays the Islamic expansion through Arabia and into north Africa, Asia and Europe as perfectly peaceful – nations embracing the warm and loving hand of Islam that was extended to them.

  • Jill Maleson

    This PBS series (and i watched it) was filled with lies and the usual Jew hating propaganda. It was a huge disappointment as there was no hope for peace.