The Saudi-based religious channel, Iqra TV, interviewed Islamist sheikh Adnan Al-'Arour. Following are excerpts from the debate:
Moderator: Lately, we've been hearing claims that the verses speaking about the Jews and about them being a cursed nation, and that they just as the Koran describes them we read it every morning and evening that all this does not apply to the Jews today, but to the Jews during the time of Muhammad. What could we say to them?
Sheikh Adnan Al-Arour: Naturally, these verses do not apply to them.
Moderator: How come, sheikh?
Al-Arour: They do not apply to them.
Moderator: They do not apply to the Jews today?
Al-Arour: Because the Jews of today are more vile and impure than the Jews of the past, this is why. I mean, they are more impure and contemptible than those (of the past). The verses, no doubt about it, are not talking about different categories. This is the beginning of the distortion of the Koran, and that is more dangerous than some of the television networks' impudence. Since it changes the Islamic nation's way and the distortion of the Koran. Whoever says this, must be asked to repent! Why? Because the Koran doesn't speak of this person or that, but of principles. Whoever believes so and so is an infidel, and whoever does such and such is an infidel. If we look at these people, we see that they are bigger liars and more depraved than their forefathers.