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K5:32 on campus

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in response to reader comment: Here is what al-Tabari and Ibn Kathir wrote about Q5:32 if you can read Arabic

Submitted by xzx (United States), Dec 9, 2015 at 13:02

My reading leads me to believe that the "we ordain" (for the Jews) portion of k5:32 is actually a co-option of the Jewish God by the Koranic author. The intended message to the reader -- "I am the guy that told the Jews 'Thou shalt not kill', so y'all (Muslims) go get 'em, if they do." One suspects that Jews should especially not kill Muslims... I respond because this canard cropped up recently on the lips of a San Bernadino survivor, who "prays at the same mosque as the shooters", no less. Also, young Muslims are passing this thing out (with candy) on public campuses, complete with laudatory local tv coverage. The question in my mind -- why do local Jewish communities allow this? It is essentially maximally offensive anti-semitic rhetoric...

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