May peace be upon all. I tried to explain this problem somewhere else as well. If you are living in the Arab world you usoually hear only bad stuff about Jews or Israel from both media and people. Arabs have no chance to meet any Israeli otherwise many would change their mind. I am living in Egypt now and I lived in Qatar as well. What does it mean when I speak positively about Israelis in front of people here? How do they react? I can tell a story of my Egyptian friend, who is a religious muslim girl from a small village. She has been studying Czech language in Prague for 5 months with classmates from all over the world. There was also one nice guy in her class, who had curly hair, was very active in class, teachers loved him but he himself didn't have many friends and spent most of his free time alone. Once my friend with another Egyptian entered a lift and met this guy. He was very friendly and asked them: "Where are you from?" They said: "We are from Egypt and you?" He said: "I am from Israel."
My friend told me that she's been so scared: "Our parents and other people here always teach us, that Israelis hate all Muslims and wish to kill them all."
I fell so sorry for the Jewish guy. I explained to my friend that I met many friendly Israelis and actually I met noone in Israel in person who would show hatred to me despite I am a religious muslim. My friend looked really surprised and she regretted that she behaved this way. We later visited a synagogue in Coptic Cairo together and my friend told me: "I would love to meet a Jew in person."
I can mention Qatar as well. Once I went to a trip around Qatar with my American friend, her husband and my Marrocan classmate. Our tour-guide was an Egyptian. We started chatting and I told him that I was a volunteer in Palestine. He said to me, that his second language was Hebrew and he used to work as a tour-guide for Israeli tourists. Clearly he thought that I was very anti-Israeli (that time I really was) and started defending the Israelis and saying:"There is a lot in TV and so on but not all Israelis are bad. I worked with them and I found them really nice."
Other time I had a presentation in my class about Palestine. When I finished my teacher asked me: "What about the Jews?" I said: "Honestly I found them very nice and helpful." Almost all my classmates were Muslims from Africa, Thailand, Indonesia and so on. They all hear about Palestine all the time but they know nothing about common Israeli people and their culture. Nobody said a bad word and they were very curious. My Thai friend asked me to write the Hebrew alphabet for her and she would like to know something about Judaism and Tora. I met two Qatari women, one was my teacher and the other was a beduin student of the Sharyah law. Both of them asked me: "Do the Jews in Israel also pray?" I said that many of them do. They were very excited and said:"Masha Allah thats great. How do they pray?" I tried to explain them the little I knew about Jewish prayer..
Quite common opinion among educated Muslims is that if the Israeli goverment followed the Tora we could have peace.
It seems that I am talking only about positive things. My opinion as a student of Islamic theology living in an Arab country: It's disgusting how the Arab leaders do everything to deprive their people from knowledge of Islam, forcing them secular ideologies, nationalism (which is against Islam), pride (the Prophet Muhamed said:" Whoever has only a seed of pride in his heart will never enter paradise"), money-worship and love to money and luxuries (if you don't have them, blame Israel and the US). But then, they use the Koran to brainwash people and to make them hate while they shake hands with Ehud and Bibi smiling at them. What a hypocrysy.
Another of my Egyptian friend once said that the Jews always desire to harm us even if they behave friendly. I said to her that this is not true. She said: "But it's in the Quran!" I said, "Ok, tell me in which verses." I read these verses and their commentary but they were not about the Jews but simply say that there are people from amongst the non-Muslims who hate us and want to harm us and another one which talks about some Jews from the time of Muhammad but not Jews in general. I read many books from various muslim scholars where they write that Jews are "people of evil nature" and so on but their statements are never supported by the Quran or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad. It's purely from their heads.
Let's make the myth about Apes and Pigs clear. There is a story in the Quran about a Jewish town during the reign of King David (propably today's Eilat). God wanted to test its inhabitants and made fish come to the bay of this town only on saturday. Of course the Jews were prohibited from fishing on saturday. There were few of them who were mocking at God and put nets in the sea before beginning of the Shabbat and pick them up after the end of the Shabbat. After that they wanted to sell the fish in a market. The rest of the people were outraged and refused to live with those transgressors and left the city. When they returned back they found apes and pigs who were crying. So this story doesnt tell us that Jews are pigs and apes.
I see no reason why should I hate Jews. According to the Quran, they are not more or less human beings than any other humans in this world. Amongst them are good as well as bad people. No race or nation is worse or better than other.We are all children of Adam. This is what I believe.