MembersANALYSIS: The Jewish Roots of The Taliban

The Taliban rulers of Afghanistan say they’ll make peace with any nation, except Israel, their own Jewish connection notwithstanding

By Yochanan Visser | | Topics: Afghanistan, Taliban
Is the Taliban Jewish?
Sheikh Abdul Baqi Haqqani, Taliban's Acting Minister of Higher Education, talks with audience during a ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, 12 September 2021. Photo: EPA-EFE/STRINGER

The headline above is not misleading. The Pashtun tribe, which is by far the largest group within the Taliban, has proven Jewish roots as I will show below.

Last week, a Taliban spokesman in Afghanistan announced that the new government in Kabul wanted relations with all countries in the world except for Israel.

This made little impression in Israel because the Jewish state has no interest whatsoever in forging ties with this fanatical Islamist regime that disrespects human rights and came back to power through terror and deception.

Yet one should not ignore the Taliban’s outright antisemitic statement because it is part of a widespread hate campaign that has replaced long-standing antisemitism with anti-Israelism or anti-Zionism.

The hate campaign against Israel is rampant mainly in Islamic countries led by dictators or by regimes that could be dubbed “Islamist.”

Even in Arab countries that have a peace treaty with Israel, like Egypt, antisemitism is rampant, and the same goes for some of the so-called “moderate” Arab countries that have secret ties with Israel.

Egypt can be called the...

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