Jeffrey Goldberg on the Nizzar Rayyan He Knew

Atlantic blogger (and brave journalist) Jeffrey Goldberg remembers the now late Hamas leader Nizzar Rayyan, who was killed this week, along with his family, in an Israeli airstrike:

Goldberg notes that Rayyan did not subscribe to the belief, popular in certain militant Islamist circles, that present-day Jews are literally the descendants of apes and pigs. “Allah changed disobedient Jews into apes and pigs, it is true, but he specifically said these apes and pigs did not have the ability to reproduce,” Rayyan told Goldberg. “So it is not literally true that Jews today are descended from pigs and apes, but it is true that some of the ancestors of Jews were transformed into pigs and apes, and it is true that Allah continually makes the Jews pay for their crimes in many different ways. They are a cursed people.”

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