Jews have no claim or presence in the Muslim world, and if they do want their property back, the Arabs won it fair and square in military campaigns. That’s the essence of a Friday sermon deliveredby Sudanese cleric Sheik Abd Al-Jalil Al-Karouri, which aired on Sudan TV on January 6, 2012 ( via MEMRI). Why the rant? I can only surmise that Al-Karouri is wracked by guilt every time he is stuck in traffic by the Jewish cemetery in northern Khartoum (with thanks: Lily) :
Abd Al-Jalil Al-Karouri: Since the Arab Spring, Israel has found itself in a fix. That is a fact. As the saying goes: “A bankrupt merchant goes through his old accounting books.” [The Jews] are after the property of the Qurayza and Nadhir tribes, Khaybar and Taymaa, from fourteen centuries ago. They ask for information about the Jews who came… We often hear that there were Jewish families in… What were they doing? They were serving alcohol. We saw this when we are young students. They were the ones serving alcohol to people.
The expulsion [of the Jewish tribes from Al-Medina] was a military campaign, because the Jews of the Qaynuqa’ tribe incited the people of Mecca to avenge their casualties in the Battle of Badr. As for the Jews of the Qurayza tribe, they supported the [enemy] coalition at the Battle of the Trench, and attacked the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions from the rear.
The only expulsion that took place was in days of Omar [Iban Al-Khattab]. When he confirmed the hadith that “there cannot be two religions in the Arabian Peninsula,” he expelled the Jews from Khaybar. How did he do this? This can be the first counter-argument to the Jewish claims. He expelled them by buying their property. So all we need is the record of this purchase. He bought their property and then settled them in other parts of the Islamic world. That was the only expulsion that took place. In all other cases, these were military campaigns. If everybody in the world were to sue following military attacks, all the people would find themselves in debt.
I once asked whether the Jews were planning to sue the apes just because they once were apes themselves. It is written in the Koran that at one point the Jews were transformed into apes in a city called Eilat, which the Jews now occupy. They became apes. Will they demand compensation because they were apes before becoming human again?
The [Jews] flocked to their country in 1948. Do they plan to sue the Arab world – Egypt, Mauritania, and Sudan? I don’t think they have anything [Jewish] here, except for the graveyard that obstructs the traffic in north Khartoum. If they want, they can come and take it, and bury their dead wherever they like. Apart from this, they have nothing in the Islamic world.