Jews were expelled from Europe "because they betrayed, stole and corrupted these countries," a senior Hamas official said in recent comments. Mahmoud Al-Zahar predicted Jews face a similar fate in Israel.
"But they have no place here amongst us because of their crimes," the Jerusalem Post's Khaled Abu Toameh quotes Zahar saying. "They will soon be expelled from here and we will pray at the Aqsa Mosque [in Jerusalem]."
It's bluster, but Zahar's comments call for the elimination of an existing state and the death or exile of millions of Jews. They clearly cross the line between criticizing Israel and rank anti-Semitism. As such, they should be condemned by Muslim organizations which claim to stand against bigotry.
Had the roles been reversed and an Israeli official predicted Palestinians "will soon be expelled from here," the chorus of condemnation would be unyielding and understandable. But Zahar's remarks aren't even generating a discussion, certainly not from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).