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People of Israel

Term in the Qur´an for Israelites or Jews. Most references in the Qur´an are to the Israelites of the time of Moses. According to the Qur´an, the Children of Israel were God´s chosen community, but they lost their status after they betrayed God´s goodness. The Qur´an calls the sins of the Children of Israel and mentions that Jesus cursed them for their deeds (Qur´an 5:78).