Dr. Mordechai Kedar

Academic

 
 

Affiliations

Bar-Ilan University, Israel: Professor and Senior Lecturer in the Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies Department (1994-Present)

The BESA (Begin-Sadat) Center for Strategic Studies : Research Associate (1994-Present)

The Center for the Study of the Middle East and Islam (Under Formation): Director

Israel Academia Monitor (A non-profit organization focused on monitoring outspoken “anti-Israel” faculty within Israel): Member

“Makor Rishon” (A right-wing,conservative Israeli newspaper with ties to “Israel Hayom”): Middle East Analyst

“Israel National News” aka Arutz Sheva (a Religious Zionist Israeli media company): Regular Contributor

“Breaking Israel News” (an Israeli media outlet, which claims of itself that: “Our bias is not liberal or conservative - just Biblical”): Regular Contributor

IDF (Israel Defense Force): Member in the department of Military Intelligence for 25 years

Tel-Aviv University, Israel: Adjunct Lecturer (2005)

Ariel College, Israel: Adjunct Lecturer (2006)

SION (Stop Islamization of Nation): Member of the Board of Directors according to islamophobia.org

Bio

Dr. Mordechai Kedar is an Israeli commentator and pundit, specializing in Israeli-Arab relations. He received his BA in Arabic and Political Policy in 1982 and his PhD in Arabic in 1998, both from Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He is fluent in Hebrew, Arabic, and English. He spent 25 years as a member of the IDF (Israeli Defense Force). A senior lecturer at Bar-Ilan University in the Arabic department, Dr. Kedar is a frequent contributor to various Israeli news publications and has appeared on Al-Jazeera Arabic. Dr. Kedar is a supporter of the “eight-state,” or “emirate,” solution in solving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In his writings and talks, Dr. Kedar often displays intense nationalist Israeli views, belittling and vilifying Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim perspectives. His polemic often focuses on attacking the religious significance of Jerusalem for Muslims, in addition to portraying Islam as a threat to Judaism and Christianity. He drew criticism in 2014 when he stated that suicide bombers would, “only be deterred by threat of rape of sisters and wives.”

SOURCE: Shaw, Berry (The Jerusalem Post) (December 13, 2012), The Huffington Post UK (July 23, 2014)

RECENT ACTIVITY

Kedar continues to teach at Bar-Ilan University in Israel as a senior lecturer in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, in addition to writing op-ed articles for the aforementioned publications. In a recent op-ed article from December 21st, 2018 published both on “Breaking News Israel” and “Arutz Sheva,” Kedar continues to espouse his belief that Muslim immigrants to Europe are seeking to usurp systems of governance and replace it with an “Islamic” one.

“To anyone whose keeps his eyes open, it is abundantly clear that those Muslim migrants who do not integrate into the European host country’s society intend to turn that state into an Islamic entity. They do not have to fire a single bullet to accomplish this – and it is perfectly fine with them if the process takes decades, because the Koran states that ‘Allah is with those who are patient,’ so the Islamic world is quite capable of waiting patiently until its goals are achieved.”

SOURCE: Kedar, Mordechai, Dr. (“Breaking Israel News”) (December 21, 2008)

Islamophobia

Dr. Kedar repeatedly vilifies Islam, claiming that it cannot coexist peacefully with other religions under any circumstances and pushing discredited tropes such as “dhimmitude.” He falsely suggests that Islam is determined to extinguish Judaism, Christianity, and other religions.

“Islamic opposition to recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital emanates from Islam’s belief that Judaism and all other religions are obsolete, leaving only Islam as the true faith. Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital grants Judaism the status of a living religion, one that threatens Islam, which arrived in the world to ‘supersede’ all existing religions’ (Koran, chap. 9, verse 33). The international community must make clear to the Muslims that they should take care of their own affairs and leave other religions alone...If Islam is incapable of dwelling in peace with other religions, it will have to be revised to allow for accepting ‘others,’ including Jews, as people with living religions and holy sites--Jerusalem, for example--and the right to behave in them as they choose.”

SOURCE: Kedar, Mordechai, Dr. (BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 687) (December 17, 2017)

“According to Islam, Jews (and Christians) should live under Islamic rule as dhimmis (‘protected as long as they behave according to the rules of Islam’) and ‘pay the Jizya out of hand while they are utterly subdued’ (Koran 9:29). Thus, Jews have no right to a state, army, or police, and should live in a state of perpetual humiliation at the mercy of Muslims.”

SOURCE: Kedar, Mordechai, Dr. (BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 928) (August 21, 2018)

“Jews now attempt to pray on the Temple Mount, suggesting that Judaism has returned to being an active, living, and even dynamic religion. This brings the very raison d’être of Islam into question. After all, Islam came into the world in order to make Judaism obsolete.”

SOURCE: Kedar, Mordechai, Dr. (BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 719) (January 18, 2017)

Dr. Kedar argues that Muslims have no religious claim to the territory of Palestine.

“Most important of all: Jerusalem appears in the Bible hundreds of times under various names. It does not appear in the Koran at all--not under any of the four Arabic names for it. Those names are Bait al-Maqdis (the house of the Temple), a name that appears in a Hadith (Islamic oral law); Ilya, a shortened version of Ilya Capitolina, the name given to the city by the Romans; Urshalim, used by the Christians; and al-Quds, a more recent name. The city is never mentioned.”

SOURCE: Kedar, Mordechai, Dr. (BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 687) (December 17, 2017)

Dr. Kedar continues to espouse the view that Arab nations are devoid of anything “to offer.”

“Israel should ask the Arabs a single question: What are you giving us in exchange for our agreeing to make peace with you? The answer is clear. Apart from poverty, hatred, treachery, neglect, cynicism, and hypocrisy, the Arab world has nothing to offer Israel, because these are its only commodities.”

SOURCE: Kedar, Mordechai, Dr. (BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 677) (December 7, 2017)

Dr. Kedar claimed that suicide bombers could only be deterred if threats of rape of their sisters and wives were made.

“We can’t take such steps, of course,” Kedar told the programme. “I’m not talking about what we should or shouldn’t do. I’m talking about the facts. The only things that deters a suicide bomber is the knowledge that if he pulls the trigger or blows himself up, his sister will be raped. That’s all. That’s the only thing that will bring back home, in order to preserve his sister’s honour.”

SOURCE: The Huffington Post UK (July 23, 2014)

Invited to speak at a synagogue in England, Dr. Kedar’s appearance was cancelled after information surfaced about his ties to known Islamophobe Pamela Geller.

SOURCE: Haaretz (December 8, 2014)