First, let’s look at themes from anti-Semitic propaganda, and then at just a few of the statements currently being made about Islam and Muslims.
Anti-Semitic propaganda maintained that:
—all Jews were responsible for the act of any Jew, e.g. “The murder of Ernst vom Rath did not slow legal measures aimed at solving the Jewish Problem, but rather sped them up. The Jews living in Germany had to pay a fine of a billion marks to discourage them from repeating the cowardly murder.” **
— Judaism was not a religion. “Argument 1: “You say that religion is a private matter. But you fight against the Jewish religion!” Counterargument: “Actually, the Jewish religion is nothing other than a doctrine to preserve the Jewish race.” (Adolf Hitler). “In resisting all government attempts to nationalize them, the Jews build a state within the state (Count Helmuth von Moltke). “To call this state a ‘religion’ was one of the cleverest tricks ever invented.” (Adolf Hitler). “From this first lie that Jewry is a religion, not a race, further lies inevitably follow.” (Adolf Hitler).” **
— there was an International Jewish conspiracy to influence and then control governments, media, the economy, etc. **
— the Jews hated all non-Jews and they wanted to destroy the Gentiles and dominate the world ** Further “Whether or not there is an organized Jewish government recognized by all the Jews is less important that the fact that there is a unified and conscious Jewish desire for world power. This is proved by a variety of political events that are taking place in plain sight today.” **
— due to inbreeding, Jews had more negative characteristics and passed on these negative characteristics to the next generation. **
— a war against Judaism was a war against the devil **
— by distortions of the Torah and Talmud they claimed that Judaism teaches hatred **
— “The goal of the Jew is to make himself the ruler of humanity. Wherever he comes, he destroys works of culture. He is not a creative spirit, rather a destructive spirit.” **
— “Nearly all major inventions were made by Aryans.” The Jews had no real creativity** Further “Wherever Jewry has appeared, it has never built anything. It has always and everywhere destroyed or torn down, sucking others dry to fill itself. From the days of the Romans to our day, Jewry in every century, in every people, was and remained a foreign body, a destroyer of real and ideal values, a denier of any upward progress, a plague for body and soul. It sneaks in through deceit and treachery, trickery and slyness, murder and assault, understanding how to establish itself.” **
— a good Jew could not be a good German, that it was impossible for a Jew to honestly say “I am a “good German” and a “decent Jew”! Only a Jew has the insolence to make such a claim. I answer it only to reach the public and finally dispatch the absurd notion of the “decent Jew.” The fable of the “decent Jew” is not a German fable that has been handed down by our people and therefore something with educational value, but rather it is a shameless lie designed to lull the host people to sleep and appeal to hysterical weaklings.” ** And further “And you think you can be a “good German”! True, you do speak German, just as your racial comrades in other countries speak English, French, Spanish, and Polish, but you are no more a German than they are Englishmen, Frenchmen, Spaniards, or Poles, since Jews are a foreign body in every people.” **
— “Each Jew individually, and Jewry as a whole, is without a home. Jewry undermines every people and every state that it infiltrates. It feeds as a parasite and a culture-killing worm in the host people. It grows and grows like weeds in the state, the community, and the family and infests the blood of humanity everywhere. In brief, that is the pestilential nature of Jewry, against which every people, every state, every nation must, should, and wants to defend itself if it does not want to be the victim of this bloody plague.” **
— “Jewish law enjoins or permits Jews to murder non-Jews whenever feasible” **
— “Jews are permitted to lie without moral or religious compunction” **
— “Judaism condones the sexual molestation of young girls” **
— there was no way to tell the true nature of Jews as they presented a false face. **
— Jews were uniquely violent and untrustworthy compared to all the other peoples of the world. **
— anti-Semitism was a reasonable response to a clear and present danger. **
— there was a “Jewish problem” and that measures against the Jews were reasonable and defensive. **
— Jews could not serve loyally in the military of Germany, and they were removed. **
“Islam constitutes a threat to the world at large.” Robert Spencer
When Shi’ite Muslims were persecuted by Sunnis, they developed the doctrine of taqiyya, or concealment: They could lie about what they believed, denying aspects of their faith that were offensive to Sunnis…Closely related to this is the doctrine of kitman, or mental reservation, which is telling the truth, but not the whole truth, with an intention to mislead…Remember that the next time you see a Muslim spokesman on television professing his friendship with non-Muslim Americans and his loyalty to the United States. Of course, he may be telling the truth–but he may not be telling the whole truth or he may be just lying. Robert Spencer
There are “many elements of traditional and mainstream Islam that are at variance with our system of government, our Constitution, and our entire way of life.” Robert Spencer
“There is no reliable way to distinguish a “moderate” Muslim who rejects the jihad ideology and Islamic supremacism from a “radical” Muslim who holds such ideas, even if he isn’t acting upon them at the moment.” Robert Spencer
“The misbegotten term “Islamo-fascism” is wholly redundant: Islam itself is a kind of fascism that achieves its full and proper form only when it assumes the powers of the state.” Robert Spencer
“There is no distinction in the American Muslim community between peaceful Muslims and jihadists.” Robert Spencer
“(Islam) is the only major world religion with a developed doctrine and tradition of warfare against unbelievers.” Robert Spencer
“Islam is of the devil” Rev. Terry Jones
“Islam is evil” Rev. Franklin Graham
“There is no escaping the unfortunate fact that Muslim government employees in law enforcement, the military and the diplomatic corps need to be watched for connections to terrorism.” Rev. Franklin Graham
“Nearly all (emphasis added) of the Islamic organizations in the United States that define themselves as religiously or culturally Muslim in character have, today, been totally captured or dominated by radical fundamentalist elements…” Steven Emerson
”Devout Muslims should be prohibited from military service. Would Patton have recruited Nazis into his army?” Pamela Geller
Good Muslims lie to advance Islam, It’s the law. Atlas readers often hear me refer to taqiya – lies to advance Islam.” Pamela Geller
I believe that “Al-Qaeda is a manifestation of devout Islam … It is Islam.” Pamela Geller
“Arabic is not just another language like French or Italian, it is the spearhead of an ideological project that is deeply opposed to the United States.” Pamela Geller
I believe that “Hitler WAS inspired by Islam” Pamela Geller
“The ability to enjoy and produce knowledge and abstract thinking is simply lower in the Islamic world.” Nicolai Sennels
One significant conclusion of my research was that having been raised in a Muslim environment – with Muslim parents and traditions – includes the risk of developing certain antisocial patterns. Nicolai Sennels
“I would like to feel all warm and fuzzy and embrace the moderate Muslim/ meme but they show no evidence of their existence – not in any real number anyway. The only voices of reason in the Muslim world are lapsed Muslims or apostates. Pamela Geller
“It’s the Muslims who are dragging the rest of the world with them, in their genocidal dreams of annihilating goodness, creativity, production, inventiveness, benevolence, charity, medicine, technology, and all of the gifts of the Jews. Our goodness makes them ill.” Pamela Geller
I believe that “Islam is a mental illness”. Pamela Geller
“The artifacts featured in this exhibit are stolen. Period. Stolen from the cultures conquered and Islamized, and the lands appropriated by the Muslims. The Met is passing off this stolen intellectual property as Islamic. It isn’t.” Pamela Geller
I believe that Islam is “the most insidious doctrine of hate. Islam can’t be reformed, but it can be eradicated. It can’t be molded, but it can be smashed.” Ali Sina
“We do not want to reform Islam. We want to eradicate it. Just as cancer cannot be reformed and the only way to cure the patient is to eradicate it, Islam cant be reformed either and it must be eradicated for the world to be saved.” Ali Sina
I believe that “Islam, like fascism, appeals to people with low self esteem and low intelligence. Ali Sina
I believe that “Every “moderate” Muslim is a potential terrorist.” Ali Sina
I believe that “On the so-called Global War on Terrorism, GWOT, we have been quite clear along with a few other resolute souls. This should be a WAR AGAINST ISLAM and all Muslim faithful…At a practical level, this means that Shari’a and Islamic law are immediately outlawed. Any Moslem in America who adopts historical and traditional Shari’a will be subject to deportation. Mosques which adhere to Islamic law will be shut down permanently. No self-described or practicing Muslim, irrespective of his or her declarations to the contrary, will be allowed to immigrate to this country…” David Yerushalmi
I believe that “Muslim civilization is at war with Judeo-Christian civilization…The Muslim peoples, those committed to Islam as we know it today, are our enemies.” David Yerushalmi
“We love you Muslims because you are humans like us. We are all related to each other. We are all limbs of the body of mankind. But you are diseased. You are infected by a deadly cult that threatens our lives. Your humanity is destroyed. Like a limb infected by flesh eating disease, now you are a threat to the rest of mankind. We will do everything to save you, to make you see your folly, and to make you understand that you are victims of a gigantic lie, so you leave this lie, stop hating mankind and plotting for its destruction and it domination. But if all efforts fail and if you become a threat to our lives and the lives of our children, we must amputate you.” Ali Sina
There is a need for an “old fashioned war with wholesale slaughter including indiscriminate death of innocents and babes. down to the last muslim, if necessary.” John Joseph Jay
The only good Muslim is a dead Muslim. … The Islamofeces cockroaches are on the march and if we do not kill them all, they shall kill us. George M. Weinert V
“I’ve got an idea, let’s kill all Muslims.” Jay Severin
“Rot in hell, Osama bin Laden. One down, 1.8 billion to go … many of ‘em inside U.S. borders, with the U.S. government at all levels kissing their asses.” Debbie Schlussel
“I do not believe that our country can truly fulfill its divine purpose until we understand America was founded, in part, with the intention of seeing this false religion destroyed.” Rev. Rod Parsley
“Absolutely. If a Muslim who has—who is—a practicing Muslim who believes the word of the Koran to be the word of Allah, who abides by Islam, who goes to mosque and prays every Friday, who prays five times a day—this practicing Muslim, who believes in the teachings of the Koran, cannot be a loyal citizen to the United States of America.” Brigitte Gabriel
Westerners “don’t want to judge anybody based on their [religion]. [But] Islam is not a religion. Islam is a very dangerous political ideology…. There is no such thing as radical Islam and regular Islam or spiritual Islam….There is only one Islam.” Wafa Sultan
“What has the Arab world contributed except terror? The theocratic, repressive Arabic states do no significant science, no significant arts and culture.” “Osama bin Laden is a very good Muslim – a model one, in fact, and one of the most devout in the 1400 years of Islam.” David Horowitz
“Sure America’s First Amendment protects freedom of religion. But the Founding Fathers and signatories of the Constitution undoubtedly would not have included rights in it for members of a religion that demands the destruction, persecution and invasion of the United States of America -and at best, the establishment of a shadow Constitution parallel to the American one, namely Islamic sharia law. No, that most certainly was not in the minds of America’s Founding Fathers.” Eliana Benador
“America and the West are doomed to failure in this war unless they stand up and identify the real enemy: Islam.” Brigitte Gabriel
“We are in a war against a political, theocratic, authoritarian ideology and it is called Islam!” Rep. Allen West, (R-FL)
“The Muslim Representative from Minnesota was elected by the voters of that district and if American citizens don’t wake up and adopt the Virgil Goode position on immigration there will likely be many more Muslims elected to office and demanding the use of the Koran.” Rep. Virgil H. Goode, Jr
“There are too many mosques in this country.” – “85 percent of American Muslim community leaders are an enemy living amongst us” – “no (American) Muslims cooperate in the war on terror”. – “I would say, you could say that 80-85 percent of mosques in this country are controlled by Islamic fundamentalists … Those who are in control. The average Muslim, no, they are loyal, but they don’t work, they don’t come forward, they don’t tell the police.” Rep. Peter King
“We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity.” Ann Coulter
Taught military personnel that they should take a “war on Islam” “to the civilian population wherever necessary,” which he likened to the bombardment of Dresden and nuclear destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Army Lt. Col. Matthew A. Dooley
So once one acknowledges the obvious, that there is fascistic behavior among a core of Muslims — specifically, a cult of violence and the wanton use of physical force to impose an ideology on others — the term “Islamo-Fascism” is entirely appropriate. Dennis Prager
We would be looked upon as uncouth for suggesting that the only language all Muslims understand is that of blood and death and only death can stop them. As long as they survive on this planet, they will be a destabilizing influence and never allow civilized people to breathe freely. There is no hope of transforming the Muslims into a good peace-loving and noble community. As long as a Muslim lives, killing infidels comes to him/her as naturally as does attacking its prey comes to a wild and hungry beast. Muslims are brainwashed to do this by the Quran – the instruction manual of hate and terror. They can never be transformed into good citizens. And so the only good Muslim is a dead Muslim. This is the harsh reality. And so we need to face the seemingly heartless and brutal fact of life that all Muslims need to be given the choice of leaving Islam voluntarily or being put out of harm’s way, i.e. put out of the way from harming anybody else! No other way has the prospect of resolving the Muslim problem across the globe. War on Jihad site
It’s Time to Put the Coffee Down and Eradicate Islam in the West. This article included the passage “It’s time to join the war, not on “terror” (that oh-so soothing illusion,) but on Islam in the West. Most urgently, we must defend Israel as the frontline in the war against the spread of Islam.” Jeanette Pryor on David Horowitz’ blog
“ Western European societies are unprepared for the massive immigration of brown-skinned peoples cooking strange foods and maintaining different standards of hygiene…. All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most.” Daniel Pipes
Islam is “a violent political system bent on the overthrow of the governments of the world and world domination. You’re dealing with not a religion, you’re dealing with a political system, and I think we should treat it as such, and treat its adherents as such as we would members of the communist party, members of some fascist group.” Rev. Pat Robertson
“Do you really want someone representing you, who swears an oath on a Quran — a book that undermines our Constitution and says you should be killed? I’m Gary Boisclair, and I approve this message.” Gary Boisclair (D-MI)
IS THERE ANY SIMILARITY BETWEEN ANTI-SEMITIC AND ISLAMOPHOBIC PROPAGANDA?
I would hope that the answer is obvious after reading just the few examples listed above. Perhaps, reading an article by Colm O’Broin listing 10 statements by Julius Streicher and 10 statements by Robert Spencer and their remarkable similarities would make this even more crystal clear. Of course, the Islamophobes will either claim that Islamophobia doesn’t exist or that fear of Muslims is “reasonable”. In fact, SIOE, the parent group of SIOA has as its motto “Racism is the lowest form of human stupidity, but Islamophobia is the height of common sense.”
It has become fashionable to point to every individual anywhere in the world who happens to be Muslim who makes a hateful or extremist statement, or commits a criminal or terrorist act, and turn that into a blanket accusation against Islam and Muslims.
There is a problem that we all face of extremism,violence and even terrorism in the name of religion. There are certainly some extremists and even terrorists that are Muslims. There are verses in the Qur’an, the Torah, and the Bible that can be abused in an attempt to justify such behavior. We need to attempt to understand the why of terrorism, but also to recognize that the claim that all terrorists are Muslims ignores history, and in fact, most terrorists are not Muslims. We also need to attempt to understand the motivation behind the continuous demonization of the American Muslim community and the entire religion of Islam which does nothing to help fight against terrorism and only marginalizes the voices that might act as a bridge between cultures.
This process of making hatred towards Islam and Muslims acceptable has been aided, sadly, by the fact that Islamophobic statements have even been made by Jewish and Christian clergy people. Islamophobic statements are also becoming the norm in the political arena, in political campaigns, and even among our elected government representatives. The 2008 Presidential campaign was rife with Islamophobia.
It is becoming more and more difficult as an American Muslim not to be afraid of where this increasingly divisive and hateful rhetoric might lead. Polls, Surveys, and Statistics relating to Islam and Muslims show that negative attitudes are widespread. Our civil rights are being restricted, and there are some Americans who are ready to undermine the Constitution in order to deny American Muslims full citizenship. And, we see regular examples of prejudiced or violent incidents directed at mosques, cemetaries, and Islamic Centers as well as directed at individuals. The vicious rhetoric is leading to violence not only against American Muslims, but also against politicians and political rivals. American Muslims, and Muslims worldwide have spoken out loudly and clearly against extremism and terrorism, but this voice seems to be ignored.
HOW IS IT POSSIBLE THAT SOME JEWS DON’T SEE THE PARALLELS?
It is particularly shocking that there are members of the Jewish community among those engaged in demonization of the entire religion of Islam and of Muslims. How is it possible that there is anyone in the Jewish community who is not more sensitive to this issue. It would seem that they have seen where such demonization of a minority community can lead, especially when that is a religious minority, and that should make them more likely than anyone else to say loudly “never again” for anyone.
There would appear to be a Jewish component of the Islamophobia industry engaged in what Max Blumenthal calls a Great Islamophobic Crusade. In regard to the production of “Relentless”, “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War on the West” and “The Third Jihad” TAM published this article. Richard Silverstein has written about who benefits, and has discussed the anti-Muslim propaganda during the last election cycle here, and the money trail between these groups here. Pamela Geller a co-founder of the hate group Stop the Islamization of America (with Robert Spencer) is one of the most strident of this group. Our TAM Who’s Who of the Anti-Muslim/Anti-Arab/Islamophobia Industryincludes a surprising number of individuals from the Jewish community. This is not only surprising, but heartbreaking.
Just as Muslims have given lengthy explanations of why particular verses of the Qur’an have beentaken out of context to “prove” false points – Jewish scholars have had the need to explain particular aspects of their religion that have been misunderstood – for example what the Talmud says about thepermissibility of killing non-Jews. Rabbi David Eidensohn has a site devoted to defending the Talmud against various accusations. The fact that there are verses in the Qur’an that can be interpreted variously is also not unique – that there are verses that be seen as cruel and violent in the Bible (Old and New Testaments) cannot really be disputed. What can be done is to attempt to marginalizethose who continue to promote extremist interpretations of religious texts, and to promote false worldviews like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion or the Protocols of the Elders of Islam.
When Jewish groups are actively involved in the production and distribution of hateful propoganda materials like Obsession: Radical Islam’s War With the West, or The Third Jihad which mirror Nazi propaganda in films like The Eternal Jew it is difficult to understand how they cannot see that this sort of demonization will ultimately hurt all minorities. And when mainstream Jewish organizations like the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles invite individuals like Pamela Geller to speak on “Islamic Jew Hatred” as happened this week, even after so many organizations including the ADL have described her and her organization as hate mongers, then that is simply tragic. They are providing a veneer of respectability to this sort of bigotry.
There is a reason that many, even outside of the Muslim community see such demonization of Muslims as Islamophobic. There is a reason that the ADL (A Jewish anti-defamation group) has said that Pamela Geller & Robert Spencer’s Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA) is a “group that promotes an extreme anti-Muslim agenda”. There is a reason that The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated SIOA as a hate group, and that they are featured in the SPLC reports Jihad Against Islam and The Anti-Muslim Inner Circle. There is a reason that Geller and Spencer are featured prominently in the Center for American Progress “Fear Inc.” report on the Islamophobia network in America. There is a reason that Geller is featured in the People for the American Way Right Wing Playbook on Anti-Muslim Extremism. There is a reason that Geller is featured in the NYCLU report Religious Freedom Under Attack: The Rise of Anti-Mosque Activities in New York State. There is a reason that Geller is featured in the Political Research Associates report Manufacturing the Muslim menace: Private firms, public servants, and the threat to rights and security. There is a reason that the SIOA’s trademark patent was deniedby the U.S. government due to its anti-Muslim nature. There is a reason that they are featured in our TAM Who’s Who of the Anti-Muslim/Anti-Arab/Islamophobia Industry. There is a reason that Geller is featured in just about every legitimate report on Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hatred.
These people consistently promote the what everyone “knows” lies about Islam and Muslims. They generalize specific incidents to reflect on all Muslims or all of Islam. When they are caught in the act of making up or distorting claims they engage in devious methods to attempt to conceal the evidence.
The claim that “truth tellers” are being accused of Islamophobia for no reason other than their legitimate concerns about real issues and that in fact there is not even such a thing as Islamophobia is nonsense. The further claim that the fact that there are fewer hate crimes against Muslims than against Jews also proves that Islamophobia doesn’t exist is more nonsense.
The reason that this is so obvious to so many is that rational people can tell the difference between legitimate concerns and bigoted stereotypes. The Islamophobia of these folks is very real, and it is also strikingly similar to a previous generations’ anti-Semitism.
As I said in one of my many articles responding to Pamela Geller’s numerous anti-Muslim tirades:
Pamela Geller’s Islamophobia is clouding her judgement about how closely anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, and all other forms of bigotry are linked. Encouraging and condoning bigotry towards any minority ultimately can come to hurt all minorities. Her ravings against Islam and Muslims are appealing to a certain segment of the population who need to have someone to blame and to look down on. It is if she is taking a stick and sticking it into a hive of hornets and shaking it around and hoping she can control who those hornets sting. When she opposes halal slaughter of animals and calls it “cruel”, it isn’t going to be long before her audience notices kosher slaughter. When she opposes not only particular interpretations of some specific aspects of Sharia, but all of Sharia, it isn’t going to be long before her audience sees the similarities between Halakha and Sharia. If it’s alright to take away Constitutional protections from Muslims, or any other particular minority, then it isn’t going to be long before her audience realizes they can take them away from others who they were never that fond of in the first place. There are unintended consequences that come with demonization of a minority.
Rachel Tabachnick wrote in the Jewish Forward
“In this single-minded zealotry, the struggle against Islam appears to be seen as a zero sum game – whatever is bad for Muslims, must be good for Jews. But what is the cost of this attack on multiculturalism? Is it possible that some Jewish leaders are hacking away at the very same foundations which have provided a peaceful existence for Jews in the U.S. and elsewhere over the last several decades? Is attacking multiculturalism really beneficial to Jews? “
It is also worthwhile to remember that Islamophobia and anti-Semitism often go hand-in-hand. In fact, a recent Gallup Poll showed that bias against Jews and Muslims is linked, and concludes that the strongest predictor of prejudice against Muslims is whether a person holds similar feelings about Jews.
Hussein Ibish has written an important paper Religion and violence: another look at Islamophobia and anti-Semitism which discusses at length the similarities between the tactics used to defame Jews and those used to defame Muslims. Here is an important passage from the lengthy article
In the past, I’ve argued strongly that the best way to understand the structure, strategies and mechanisms of Islamophobia is to study the essential elements of anti-Semitic rhetoric, because the parallels between the two are uncanny and exact and because Americans are familiar with the ugliness and unfairness of anti-Semitism.
Since it can easily be shown that Islamophobia is without doubt in most instances a virtually exact replication of anti-Semitism, this ought to prove a decisive platform for exposing and counteracting its pernicious effects. As it happens, last week, completely coincidentally, I was reading with amazement anti-Semitic tracts that attempted to demonstrate all kinds of evils about Judaism and the Jews based on tendentious and malicious quotation and interpretation from Jewish holy books. I refuse to link to any of them, because they are poisonous, but anyone who seeks them out online should unfortunately have no difficulty finding them. In fact, the Quran, the Bible, and certainly also the Talmud, contain passages that, if read literally, out of context and especially outside of the mainstream of both traditional and contemporary interpretation, could be seen as quite alarming. Indeed, in all three cases, especially in the past, their effects upon the “righteous true believers” have been alarming, and in some cases, at the moment especially among Muslim extremists, they continue to be.
However, what these anti-Semitic polemical tracts attempt to do is to suggest that contemporary and mainstream Jews around the world have a mentality and mindset defined by the literal or maliciously interpreted meanings of these passages, mainstream Jewish understandings of them notwithstanding. This is precisely what many of the worst of the Islamophobes do to the Muslims.
A 2003 report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), The Talmud in Anti-Semitic Polemics, explains how this process of selectively quoting from and misrepresenting Jewish scripture is being used by anti-Jewish bigots in their campaigns of defamation in exactly the same way in which Islamophobes use the Quran and Hadith to slander and systematically misrepresent Islam and Muslims. The report opens with this telling passage:
Recently there has been a renewal of attacks on Judaism and Jews through recycling of old accusations and distortions about the Talmud. Anti-Talmud tracts were originally developed in the Middle Ages as Christian polemics against Judaism, but today they emanate from a variety of Christian, Moslem and secular sources. Sometimes such “studies” have blatantly anti-Semitic tones; sometimes they are more subtle. Yet all of them remain as false and pernicious today as they did in the Middle Ages.
Obviously, all it takes is a simple transposition of nouns to find in this a precise and exact description of the way in which Islamophobes like Robert Spencer, Andrew Bostom and the like go about casting Islam and Muslims in the worst possible light. As the ADL’s report points out,
In distorting the normative meanings of rabbinic texts, anti-Talmud writers frequently remove passages from their textual and historical contexts. Even when they present their citations accurately, they judge the passages based on contemporary moral standards, ignoring the fact that the majority of these passages were composed close to two thousand years ago by people living in cultures radically different from our own. They are thus able to ignore Judaism’s long history of social progress and paint it instead as a primitive and parochial religion. Those who attack the Talmud frequently cite ancient rabbinic sources without noting subsequent developments in Jewish thought, and without making a good-faith effort to consult with contemporary Jewish authorities who can explain the role of these sources in normative Jewish thought and practice.
I don’t think there can be a better description of the methods used by contemporary American Islamophobes to defame Muslims, as exemplified in the dispute I had with Robert Spencer about whether or not the Quran calls Christians and Jews apes and swine, and whether or not therefore Muslims view their fellow monotheists in this light.
The passage in the Quran in question does not contain the words Christians or Jews, and while both Islamophobes and Muslim extremists have interpreted it in this intolerant, mean-spirited manner it plainly requires an interpretive leap since it simply does not literally say anything of the kind. Moreover, it’s certainly and obviously not the case by any means that mainstream Islam or anything but a tiny fraction of Muslims in our era and historically have viewed Christians and Jews as apes and swine. The total disregard for both mainstream and traditional interpretations of Islamic doctrine by most Muslim scholars and commentators is the hallmark of the work of Spencer and his ilk, who present passages of scripture ripped from their context and traditional meaning as proof of Islam being violent, intolerant and bent on world domination. This is why, of course, their work garners absolutely no respect whatsoever from the qualified and trained academic and intellectual communities that actually study Islam, and can only appeal to the ignorant or the enraged. Unfortunately, that’s a significant constituency.
“Are the polemicists anti-Semites?” the ADL report asks, and answers, quite rightly, “by and large, yes” (they are clearly leaving themselves some wiggle room on the issue of Israel Shahak, who is cited in the report but is almost certainly not vulnerable to such an accusation). It cites as tell-tale signs of bigotry and malevolence,
their systematic distortions of the ancient texts, always in the direction of portraying Judaism negatively, their lack of interest in good-faith efforts to understand contemporary Judaism from contemporary Jews, and their dismissal of any voices opposing their own, [which] suggests that their goal in reading ancient rabbinic literature is to produce the Frankenstein version of Judaism that they invariably claim to have uncovered.
In just this manner, Islamophobes dismiss what contemporary and mainstream Muslims say their faith means to them and systematically misrepresent the common understanding of complex ancient texts written in both a language and a style very foreign to the present-day American manner of expression. They too dismiss any voices other than their own, such as renowned academic experts on Islam, even non-Muslims scholars and experts, and denounce them as “apologists” and supporters of extremism. In these cases too, it is clear to any impartial observer that the goal is in no way a good-faith effort to examine honestly what Muslims believe but rather to create “the Frankenstein version of Islam.”
… The parallels between the calumnies the ADL cites against Jews in anti-Semitic literature and those currently being promoted in contemporary American Islamophobia are striking indeed (all of the following in bold are direct quotes from the ADL report):
• “Jews are intent on subjugating non-Jews around the world and even on committing genocide against them” – this finds obvious and clear parallels in the constant refrain that Islam is bent on world conquest and the subjugation of all non-Muslims as “dhimmis” or worse, and in the frequent allegation that Islam has a genocidal attitude towards non-Muslims.
• “Jewish law enjoins or permits Jews to murder non-Jews whenever feasible” – one of the most familiar charges against Islam and Muslims is that “infidels” may or must be killed.
• “Jews are permitted to lie without moral or religious compunction” – Islamophobes frequently claim that Islam authorizes, permits or even encourages Muslims to deceive non-Muslims, as in the calumnies about taqiyyah I have written about in previous Ibishblog postings.
• “Judaism condones the sexual molestation of young girls” – obviously the charge of pedophilia against the Prophet Muhammad is closely echoed here, as are a whole slew of charges that Islam permits, mandates or does not forbid a wide range of sexual perversions and abuses. More on this from the Ibishblog will be forthcoming.
• “Judaism is ‘more of a crime syndicate than a religion.’” – in Islamophobic discourse, it is frequently alleged that Islam is “more of an extremist political movement” (recall statements to this effect by Ayaan Hirsi Ali cited In a recent Ibishblog post, for example) or some such bizarre formulation, than a religion.
I think I’ve made my point very clearly. Islamophobia is a barely warmed over, 20 seconds in the microwave, version of traditional anti-Semitism, and I’m sorry that the reader has fallen for it. If we were transported to the 1920s and 30s, I’m sure he’d be demanding to know if anyone really thought “those people” (the Jews) were really reasonable and decent given what they supposedly believe and what is supposedly in their holy books, etc. Can’t we ever learn our lesson?
Abraham Foxman of the ADL noted in a press release about this ADL study
“There have been many claims about what the Talmud (classical text of Jewish law) teaches about non-Jews, how it views other religions, whether or not it allows lying to gentiles, or cheating them – quoting passages from the Talmud to “prove” all of these points – the ADL has issued a statement about this saying in an introduction on their site: ADL’s report, The Talmud in Anti-Semitic Polemics, exposes how certain passages from the Talmud and other traditional Jewish texts are used to foment anti-Semitism through distortions and fabrications. The authors of anti-Talmudic polemics seek to paint Judaism as an immoral religion that preaches hatred for non-Jews and promotes obscenity, criminality, sexual perversion and other immoral acts. Widely available on the Internet, such anti-Talmudic tracts “are clearly designed to provoke hostility toward Jews.”
James Zogby of the AAI wrote an article Double standard on anti-Arab bigotry repeats old errors in which he said:
… historically the animus that has inspired bigotry directed against Arabs and Muslims, on the one side, and Jews on the other has been cut out of the same cloth.
It was a largely western phenomenon that emerged in full force with the modern state system in Europe and was directed against two Semitic peoples – one that the West found living within its midst and which it identified as an internal threat; and the other which the West confronted as an external challenge, but which it similarly defined as a threat.
As a result, both groups suffered a history of vilification and dehumanisation, enduring persistent and systematic campaigns of intense violence. Jews were segregated, tormented, targeted and forced to endure repeated pogroms, leading to the horrors of the Holocaust.
The dehumanisation campaigns against Arabs, on the other hand, were used to justify imperial conquest, the colonisation of Arab lands, and efforts to eradicate their identity in the Maghreb and force their dispersal in the Levant.
Three decades ago, I collaborated in a study of political cartoons and other forms of popular culture that compared the depiction of Jews in Tsarist Russia and pre-Nazi Germany with those of Arabs in the US in the 1970s and 1980s. In both content and form, the treatments given to each of the two groups was similar.
The two most prevalent German and Russian depictions of Jews paralleled the two most common images of Arabs projected in US cartoons. The fat grotesque Jewish banker or merchant found its counterpart in the obese oil sheikh, while the image of the Jewish anarchist, communist, subversive terrorist morphed into the Arab and now Muslim terrorist. They differed only in attire.
Both were seen as alien and hostile. They were accused of not sharing western values, of being prone to violent conspiracies, of being lecherous usurpers of western wealth – and therefore threats to western civilisation.
As Mr Nader points out, while it has become unacceptable in the US to express bigotry against Jews, anti-Semitism against Arabs – and increasingly, by extension, against Muslims – remains a part of the West’s popular culture and its political discourse. Hollywood, in particular, has an Arab and Muslim problem with negative stereotypes abounding.
But the West’s political culture is no better. For more than a decade now, some political leaders in the US have been engaged in poisonous discourse targeting Arabs and Muslims – culminating in recent years in the mass movement to block the building of an Islamic community centre in lower Manhattan, a rash of legislation to block the imposition of Sharia law in over two dozen states, and declarations by presidential candidates insisting that Muslims would have to take special loyalty oaths before allowing them into public service.
While this hate has had devastating consequences for Arabs and Muslims, the purveyors of the hate have received nary a slap on the wrist.
Racist books like Raphael Patai’s The Arab Mind continued to be used to train the US military through the end of the Iraq war. Hate-mongers remain on the air and retain cult-like followings. Obsessed anti-Arab and anti-Muslim writers and bloggers are quoted by presidential candidates, law enforcement agencies and hate criminals alike.
And it is clear that there is a double standard at work in all of this. Ask yourself what the reaction would be if Arab Americans wrote books about Jews like those written by David Horowitz, Daniel Pipes and Robert Spencer [or Pamela Geller] – what would we call them? And what if an Arab billionaire made and distributed millions of copies of movies charging that there was a massive and violent Jewish conspiracy to take over the West – would presidential candidates be lining their campaign coffers with his millions as they are with casino magnate Sheldon Adelson?
Here is a passage from Where the Anti-Muslim Path Leads by Anya Cordell that is worth reflecting on:
… All Muslims?…All Jews? When I hear the presumptions about all Muslims these days, I, a Jewish woman, silently substitute “all Jews” and then I know how terrifying and incendiary this language is, because we’ve already seen how these scenes play out, in all too horrific reality.
I have wondered whether those screaming the stereotypes the loudest would take any responsibility when people accept their cues and assume they have license to target innocent Muslims, presumed ‘multi-culturalists’, and others in hate-crimes, or worse. The horrific attack inNorway, in which the perpetrator credited those who inspired him, has answered this question. No, they won’t take responsibility. So why are they screaming; what are their goals? To simply get elected or make fortunes selling books and speaking engagements? Surely they want to affect policies, and influence thought, and become richer and more influential. But, apparently, without worries of consequences.
I’d like to ask the Muslim-bashers, “Then what?” after every pronouncement, and push them to follow their vision further down the path. After our culture makes it clear that we abhor all Muslims, and we abhor everything we believe that they believe, then what? After we’ve pronounced that all who are born Muslim, that all who call themselves Muslim, (we don’t bother to ask them what this means to them), are unwelcome in our midst, then what? After we’ve made it clear that unless they cease to be themselves, we’re not sure they deserve to be, at all, then what? … After Muslims worldwide have absorbed progressive shock waves of hatred and condemnation, and after some of them internalize the trauma and respond, then what? What do we imagine happens next when people are treated as Muslims are, currently?
We are on a precipice, looking over the edge. Humans have stood on this precipice before. We know about the times when people were willing to—or were manipulated to—push others, many others, over the edge.
Think about this, and then look carefully at the ANTI-SEMITIC PROPAGANDA and ANTI-MUSLIM/ISLAMOPHOBIC PROPAGANDA listed at the beginning of this article, and ask yourself honestly if you don’t see frightening similarities.
Consider the following most commonly repeated false claims about Muslims and Islam and compare those with Nazi propaganda about the Jews:
“everyone knows” that most or all terrorists are Muslims, and there are no Christian and no Jewishterrorists (or terrorists of any other religious stripe), and that Muslims are inherently violent. Everyone also knows that Muslims are not equivalent to real Americans, that they are the enemy within, and a fifth column, that good Muslims can’t be good Americans, that they are not a part of our American heritage, that they are all militant, that Islam makes Muslims “backward”, that Muslims have made no contribution to the West, that Islam is “of the devil”, a Crescent menace, and an “evil encroaching on the United States”, and not a religion. Everyone knows that this is aChristian nation, which everyone knows the Muslims are trying to take over, starting with getting anEid stamp which is the first step towards shariah law, and by purposefully having more children than others to increase their numbers. Everyone knows that Muslims have no respect for the Constitution. Everyone knows that Muslims are given a pass by the elite media. It’s “us versus them”. Their goal is world domination under a Caliphate. They don’t speak out against extremism or terrorism, and even those Muslims who do speak up or seem moderate are simply lying or practicing taqiyyah. Everyone knows the Qur’an is uniquely violent, that the Islamic concept of God doesn’t include God’s love, that Allah is a moon god. The problem is that what “everyone knows” is wrong. These self-righteous and incorrect statements are usually followed by a demand that the Muslim community do something about whatever is the false flag of the day or face the inevitable consequences.
I believe that any human being whose heart and mind are not closed by hate, must see the parallels.
For Jewish and Christian members of the Islamophobia industry, I would appeal to you to consider that there is no claim about some particular Imam somewhere saying something extreme or just plain stupid that can’t be matched by a Rabbi or a Reverend doing the same. There is no act of violence carried out by Muslims that can’t be matched by those carried out by Christians and Jews. There is no community that is free of criminals and hateful people. There is no more violence in the Qur’an than in the Torah or the New Testament. There is no religious community that doesn’t have individuals (even individuals who should know better) who attempt to use religion to justify their wrong actions, or who make distorted interpretations of their religion to justify themselves.
Jews, Christians, and Muslims need to step up and be counted, do what they can to marginalize their own extremists, and stop demonizing each other. American Muslim Imams And Community Leaders issued a strong statement against Holocaust Denial & anti-Semitism. The ADL has issued statements againstIslamophobia and anti-Muslim bigotry. There are many interfaith efforts to build bridges and work cooperatively on the many issues of mutual concern.
However, it seems that much too often, it is the voices of hate and division that get the most media attention and therefore have an opportunity to spread their poison more widely.
All of us as members of whatever faith group need to counter hateful speech with thoughtful speech, and to be aware that such tendencies exist among all groups. As Hans Kung has pointed out so beautifully, “There can be no peace among nations until there is peace among the religions. There can be no peace among the religions without dialogue among the religions”. Somehow we must find a way to change the diatribe into dialogue (as Muslim scholars have requested in the Common Word document) in the interest of working together towards peace.
Anti-Semitism is wrong, racism is wrong, homophobia is wrong, and Islamophobia is wrong. Decent people need to make it clear that expressions of hatred towards anyone are simply not socially acceptable.
A Call to Bridge the Abrahamic Faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, Ph. D. http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_call_to_bridge_the_abrahamic_faiths_judaism_christianity_and_islam
A Day of Deep Sorrow: An Imam’s Reflections on Yom Hashoah, Imam Abdullah Anteplihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_day_of_deep_sorrow_an_imams_reflections_on_yom_hashoah
A Jewish Voice Left Silent: Trying to Articulate “The Levantine Option”, David Shashahttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_jewish_voice_left_silent_trying_to_articulate_the_levantine_option
A Muslim Response to Dennis Prager’s ‘Five Questions’, Hussam Ayloushhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_muslim_response_to_dennis_pragers_five_questions/
A Spiritual Jihad Against Terrorism, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_spiritual_jihad_against_terrorism_part_i
A Tale of Three Bigoted Ads, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/billboards
The Abrahamic Heritage and Interreligious Dialogue: Ambiguities and Promises, Tarek Mitrihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_abrahamic_heritage_and_interreligious_dialogue_ambiguities_and_promises
ADL statement on Prager’s attack on Rep. Ellison http://www.adl.org/presrele/dirab_41/4934_41.htm
ADL Letter to New York Jewish Week about Pamela Gellerhttp://www.adl.org/media_watch/newspapers/20120326_NY+Jewish+Week.htm
ADL backgrounder on Stop the Islamization of America (SIOA)http://www.adl.org/main_Extremism/sioa.htm
ADL 2011 statement Anti-Muslim sentiment significant http://www.adl.org/Civil_Rights/ADL-Backgrounder-on-Muslim-Bigotry.pdf
ADL backgrounder on David Yerushalmi http://www.adl.org/main_Interfaith/david_yerushalmi.htm
AAI Condemns Prejudiced Attacks on Ellison, Asks Congressional Leaders to Come to His Defensehttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/aai_condemns_prejudiced_attacks_on_ellison_asks_congressional_leaders_to_co/
Albanian Muslims risk their own lives to save Jews from Nazis during World War IIhttp://www.ksdk.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=222601&catid=3
American Muslims must defend the Constitution of the United States, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/american_muslims_must_defend_the_constitution_of_the_united_states
Anti-Semitism = Islamophobia, Lesley Hazelton http://accidentaltheologist.com/2011/03/08/anti-semitism-islamophobia/
Antisemitism and Islamophobia, Chip Berlet http://www.huffingtonpost.com/chip-berlet/antisemitism-islamophobia_b_184904.html
Anti-Sharia Movements’ Unintended Consquences For Jews, Native Americans, and Others, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/anti-sharia-movements-unintended-consquences
The Arabs and Nazi Germany: Collaborators and Antagonists, Sonja Hegasyhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_arabs_and_nazi_germany_collaborators_and_antagonists
THE BIG LIE ABOUT `ISLAMIC FASCISM’, Eric S. Margolishttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_big_lie_about_islamic_fascism/
Gary Boisclair vs Keith Ellison, Another Congressional Campaign Based on Hatred of Muslims, Sheila Musaji http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/gary-boisclair-vs-keith-ellison-another-congressional-campaign-based-o
Blowback from the GOP’s holy war http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2008/02/01/islamophobia/
BOOK REVIEW: American Fascism: The Christian Right and the War on America (Chris Hedges), Carolyn Bakerhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/book_review_american_fascism_the_christian_right_and_the_war_on_america_chr/
Book: Besa Muslims Who Saved Jews in World War II: the Photographs of Norman H. Gershmanhttp://www.hmh.org/la_Besa_Research.shtml
Book Review: Turkey and The Holocaust:Turkey’s Role in Rescuing Turkish and European Jewry from Nazi Persecution, 1933-1945, Irem Guney http://www.turkishweekly.net/book/17/turkey-and-the-holocaust-turkey%E2%80%99s-role-in-rescuing-turkish-and-european-jewry-from-nazi-persecution-1933-1945.html
Book: Turkey and the Holocaust: Turkey’s Role in Rescuing Turkish and European Jewry From Nazi Persecution, 1933-1945, Stanford Shaw http://www.amazon.com/Turkey-Holocaust-Rescuing-Persecution-1933-1945/dp/0814779603
Britain’s Muslim soldiers http://britainsmuslimsoldiers.com/#/ww-ii/4554736071
British Muslims, Europe and the Holocaust, Yahya Birthttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/british_muslims_europe_and_the_holocaust
CAIR calls on President Bush to rescind the appointment of radio talk show host Dennis Prager to the United States Holocaust Memorial Councilhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/president_bush_asked_to_rescind_appointment_of_dennis_prager/
Christian Right and `Islamo-Facism`, by Dan Jennejohn http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=20060814&articleId=2955
Congressman Keith Ellison and the Qur’an, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/congressman_keith_ellison_and_the_quran_1_07
CPAC and White Nationalism, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/serge-trifkovic
Counterproductive Counterterrorism: How Anti-Islamic Rhetoric is Impeding America’s Homeland Security http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=354
Collaborators and Antagonists, Sonja Hegasy http://www.qantara.de/webcom/show_article.php?wc_c=476&wc_id=1423
Danger lurks in use of term ‘Islamofascism’http://www.mlive.com/columns/aanews/index.ssf?/base/news-1/1194536593267670.xml&coll=2
Desecration of Cemeteries is An Act of Barbarism, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/desecration-of-cemeteries
Documentary Review: Uncovering the Obsessions of “Obsession”, David Shashahttp://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/documentary_review_uncovering_the_obsessions_of_obsession/
The Disgrace of Holocaust Denial, Hasan Zillur Rahimhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_disgrace_of_holocaust_denial
Do not tolerate intolerance: Racism, Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Issues for schools and teachershttp://www.teachers.org.uk/node/805
Double standard on anti-Arab bigotry repeats old errors, James Zogbyhttp://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/double-standard-on-anti-arab-bigotry-repeats-old-errors
Ellison and the Qur’an: “a great American story”, James J. Zogby http://www.middleeastwindow.com/?q=ellison
Congressman Keith Ellison and the Qur’an, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/congressman_keith_ellison_and_the_quran_1_07/
Fake Benjamin Franklin Anti-Semitic Prophecy Resurrected in Email, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/fake-benjamin-franklin-anti-semitic-prophecy
Fascists? Look who’s talking, By Jim Lobe http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/HI02Ak04.html
Fighting Words: The Abuse of Islam in Political Rhetoric, L. Ali Khanhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/fighting_words_the_abuse_of_islam_in_political_rhetoric/
FBI Hate Crime Statistics Vastly Understate Problem http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-report/browse-all-issues/2005/winter/hate-crime
FBI Reports Dramatic Spike in Anti-Muslim Hate Violence, Mark Potokhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-potok/fbi-reports-dramatic-spik_b_1092996.html
Fear and Bigotry in Congress http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/23/opinion/23sat3.html?_r=3&oref=slogin&oref=slogin
For God and Our Father Abraham: Towards a More Inclusive Witness for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, D. Jason Berggrenhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/for_god_and_our_father_abraham_towards_a_more_inclusive_witness_for_jews_ch
The forgotten heroes, Muslim soldiers in WWI and WWII http://www.emel.com/article?id=65&a_id=1699
“Free Men” Film Tribute to Paris Muslims who saved Jewshttp://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2011/1005/1224305256285.html
Fury from Auschwitz survivors as U.S. Marines sniper squad is seen in Afghanistan with ‘SS’ flag (but they say it refers to ‘scout sniper’ team NOT Hitler’s henchmen), Mark Duellhttp://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2098946/US-Marines-sniper-squad-seen-Afghanistan-posing-Nazi-SS-flag.html
Geller & Spencer attempt to turn Congressional race into a religious war, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/democratic-congressional
Pamela Geller: Love or pathological hatred towards Muslims?, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a-pathological-hatred-of-muslims
Pamela Geller’s praise for the desecration of dead bodies is not “funny”, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/desecration-of-bodies
“God’s House,” a documentary that chronicles the mission of photographer Norman H. Gershman to bring to light the story of Muslims who saved Jews during World War IIhttp://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2009/11/07/my-grandma-fritzi-movie-star-or-how-a-muslim-king-saved-jews-in-world-war-ii-essay/tab/article/
Holocaust Denial Undermines Islam, Shaykh Hamza Yusufhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/holocaust_denial_undermines_islam
Holocaust truth is told on Muslim soil, Michael Berenbaumhttp://www.jewishjournal.com/world/article/holocaust_truth_is_told_on_muslim_soil_20110927/
Holocaust’s untold heroes: Their story is rarely told, but Albanian Muslims took in fleeing Jews during World War II, saving thousands of lives, SHAHZADA IRFANhttp://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/6592238.html
Holocaust exhibit in Israel remembers Muslim “righteous gentiles”http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1059416.html
David Horowitz’ Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, An Idea Whose Time Has Passed, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/david_horowitz_islamo_fascism_awareness_week_an_idea_whose_time_has_pa
Hostilities Escalate In a War Of Words http://www.theledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060819/COLUMNISTS0402/608190318/1326
How Thomas Jefferson read the Quran, Kevin J. Hayes http://www.iviews.com/Articles/articles.asp?ref=IV0701-3221
I swear…but by what book?, Rabbi Dr. Barry Leffhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/i_swearbut_by_what_book/
In Letter, GOP Rep Fears Influx of Muslims, Paul Kielhttp://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/002189.php
Is it a war with Islamic terrorists? http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/22/AR2007122201492.html
Is the Christian Right a Fascist Movement?, John W. Whiteheadhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/is_the_christian_right_a_fascist_movement/
Is the new Islamophobia also “anti-Semitism”?, Michael Scott Moore http://www.psmag.com/culture-society/mixing-europe-and-the-middle-east-25900/
Islam and Fascism? What Next?, Dr. S. Khurshidhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islam_and_fascism_what_next/
Islamic Fascists? Deceptive Labels & Propaganda are Counterproductive, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamic_fascists1
Islamic Fascism The New Hysteria, Alan Maass http://www.counterpunch.org/maass09122006.html
Islamic Fascism the Enemy, Not Terror, Says Santorum http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=/Politics/archive/200607/POL20060721a.html
Islamic Fascism: The Propaganda of Our Times, by Paul R. Dunnhttp://www.twf.org/News/Y2006/0906-Fascism.html
Islamic Fascisms?, By ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH http://www.counterpunch.org/hossein10262006.html
Islamic fascist terminology causing racist reaction, Dave Johnsonhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/dave-johnson/terror-alerts-causing-gen_b_27630.html
Islamic or Muslim Terrorism and Extremism: Are they all Contradictions in Terms?, Jeremy Henzell-Thomashttp://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamic_or_muslim_terrorism_and_extremism_are_they_all_contradictions_in_te/
‘Islamic terrorism’ an insult that distorts reality, Jimmy E. Joneshttp://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamic_terrorism_an_insult_that_distorts_reality/
‘Islamo-fascism’ is an Oxymoron, Enver Masud http://www.twf.org/News/Y2005/1025-Oxymorons.html
Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week III – “Annual” 6 month event bombs again, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamo_fascism_awareness_week_iii_annual_6_month_event_bombs_again
Islamofascism’s ill political wind, James Carrollhttp://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2008/01/21/islamofascisms_ill_political_wind/
The Islamo-Fascist Rationale for Abandoning Liberty, by Jacob G. Hornbergerhttp://www.informationliberation.com/?id=20973
Islamophobia and antisemitism, Andrew Brownhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2011/jun/27/religion-islam
Islamophobia and Antisemitism: Same message, different minority, Colm O’Broinhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamophobia-and-antisemitism-same-message-different-minority
Islamophobia from Jefferson to Ellison, Abdul Malik Mujahidhttp://www.soundvision.com/info/islamophobia/jeffersontoellison.asp
Islamophobia, the new anti-Semitism, Daniel Luban http://www.tabletmag.com/jewish-news-and-politics/43069/the-new-anti-semitism-2
Islamophobia no longer questioned – even by our elected representatives (TAM collection of bigoted statements by elected representatives and candidates)http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamophobia_no_longer_even_questioned
Islamophobia: Real or Imagined (TAM article collection) http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamophobia_real_or_imagined
Zaid Jilani, a Victim of False Anti-Semitism Charges, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/anti-semitism-charges-against-cap
Judeo-Christo-Fascism Awareness Week Comes to American Campuses!, Rabbi Arthur Waskowhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/judeo_christo_fascism_awareness_week_comes_to_american_campuses/
The Legacy of Abraham, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_legacy_of_abraham
Moral Superiority, 9/11, Islamic-Fascism – The Smokescreens of War, Imraan Siddiqihttp://www.counterpunch.org/siddiqi08052006.html
MPAC Supports Effort to Combat Hatred Through Free Speech, Releases Critique of Global Blasphemy Law http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/mpac-supports-effort-to-combat-hatred-through-free-speech-releases-critique
MRFF Demands Marine Corps Investigate Use of Nazi SS Flag by Marines in Afghanistanhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/marines-ss-flag
Muslim Violence, Christian Non-Violence: People in Glass Houses Should Not Throw Words, Sheila Musajihttp://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslim_violence_christian_non_violence_people_in_glass_houses_should_not_th/
Muslim savior of holocaust Jews http://www.islamophobiatoday.com/2011/10/14/muslim-savior-of-holocaust-jews/
Muslim Violence, Christian Non-Violence: People in Glass Houses Should Not Throw Words, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslim_violence_christian_non_violence_people_in_glass_houses_should_not_th
Muslims and Arabs in the U.S. militaryhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslims_in_the_military
Muslims Who Saved Jews During the Holocaust, Rebecca Schischa http://blogs.forward.com/the-arty-semite/134920/#ixzz1fqugeWhe
Muslims and the Five Questions of Dennis Prager, Juan Colehttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslims_and_the_five_questions_of_dennis_prager/
Muslims, Islamists, Islamophobes and the doctrine of “taqiyya”, Hussein Ibishhttp://www.ibishblog.com/blog/hibish/2009/08/01/muslims_islamists_islamophobes_and_doctrine_taqiyya
Muslims Who Fought Against the ‘Real’ Fascists & Nazis, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/muslims_who_fought_against_the_real_fascists
Obama/Kerry Incident Proves “Muslim” Is the New “N” Word, Sheila Musajihttp://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/obama_kerry_incident_proves_muslim_is_the_new_n_word/
Oh Say, Can You Swear on a Koran?, Eugene Volokh http://article.nationalreview.com/?q=MWRjNjk2NTdmMThlOWFjYmMzNDMwZmZkYmJmZDg3MDM=
On Holocaust exploiters, deniers, and heroes, Mas’ood Cajeehttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/on_holocaust_exploiters_deniers_and_heroes
Oxymorons in the News Media, Enver Masudhttp://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/oxymorons_in_the_news_media/
Parallels between Anti-Semitism and ‘Criticism of Islam’: Treading a Thin Line, Claudia Mendehttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/parallels-between-anti-semitism-and-criticism-of-islam-treading-a-thin-line
Dennis Prager Has A Funny Definition Of Freedom http://mediamatters.org/blog/201102020035
Peace Through Justice in the Holy Land: Abdul Ghaffar Khan’s Spiritual Jihad, Dr. Robert D. Cranehttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/peace_through_justice_in_the_holy_land_the_spiritual_jihad_of_satyagra
Prager’s anti-Islamic bigotry is not newsworthyhttp://majikthise.typepad.com/majikthise_/2006/12/dennis_praegers.html
President Bush Asked to Rescind Appointment of Dennis Pragerhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/president_bush_asked_to_rescind_appointment_of_dennis_prager/
Presidential appointee says Quran oath ‘undermines American civilization’http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/presidential_appointee_says_quran_oath_undermines_american_civilization/
Rash of Fake Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Teaches Important Lesson, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/mosques-and-synagogues
Religio-Fascists in Our Midst (4 parts), Farish A. Noorhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/religious_extremism_religio_fascists_in_our_midst_part_i/
Resources for Responding to Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/islamo_fascism_awareness_week/
Respect in Islam for Followers of the Abrahamic Faiths, Dr. Robert D. Cranehttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/respect_in_islam_for_followers_of_the_abrahamic_faiths
Remembrance Day: Muslim soldiers in Western Cemeteries with photographshttp://www.chezchiara.com/2010/11/remembrance-day-muslim-soldiers-in.html
Righteous Among the Nations: Muslims Who Saved Jews from Holocaust, Tim Townsendhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/11/01/project-explores-muslims-_n_777257.html
Saying ‘Islamic Fascists’ May Defeat Bush’s Purpose, Parvez Ahmed http://www.arabnews.com/?page=7§ion=0&article=77812&d=13&m=8&y=2006
Sharia law and anti-Islam animus, Rabbi Bruce Warshalhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/sharia-law-and-anti-islam-animus
So, what did the Muslims do for the Jews?, David J Wassersteinhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/so-what-did-the-muslims-do-for-the-jews
Statement Of American Muslim Imams And Community Leaders On Holocaust Denial & anti-Semitismhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/statement_of_american_muslim_imams_and_community_leaders_on_holocaust_denia
The Taqiyya Libel Against Muslims, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_taqiyya_libel_against_muslims
Taqiyya: The Ultimate Intellectual Cop-out http://www.loonwatch.com/2010/08/taqiyya-the-ultimate-intellectual-cop-out/
The Tent of Abraham, Rev. Bob Edgar of NCC, Dr Sayid M. Syeed, ISNA, Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB, Rabbi Arthur Waskow http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_tent_of_abraham
Three Mothers: Universal Kabbalah of Abraham, The Sounds of Healing Peace, Yitzak Aaronhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/three_mothers_universal_kabbalah_of_abraham_the_sounds_of_healing_peace
Lynn Torgerson vs Keith Ellison: A Congressional Campaign Based on Religious Hatred , Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/lynn_torgerson_and_keith_ellison
“Terrorism” & “Islamo-Fascism” Propaganda Campaignshttp://www.ccun.org/Editorials/2007/October%20articles/Terrorism%20&%20Islamo-Fascism%20Propaganda%20Campaigns%20A%20Lecture%20By%20Dr.%20Hassan%20Ali%20El-Najjar.htm
The tragedy of monotheism, Rabia Terri Harrishttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_tragedy_of_monotheism
Turkey Served As Safe Haven For Jews During The Holocaust, Margie Burnshttp://www.raoulwallenberg.net/saviors/diplomats/turkey-served-safe-haven-jews/
This is how Fascism comes: Reflections on the cost of silence, Tim Wisehttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/this_is_how_fascism_comes_reflections_on_the_cost_of_silence
Throwing Stones at the Qur’an From a Biblical Glass House, Sheila Musajihttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/throwing_stones_at_the_quran_from_a_glass_house
U.S. Holocaust Museum urged to drop Islam basher, CAIRhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/presidential_appointee_says_quran_oath_undermines_american_civilization/
US primaries anti-Islam terminology due to Muslims’ inaction, absencehttp://www.khabrein.info/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=11675&Itemid=88
War and Words, by Hendrik Hertzberghttp://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/02/13/060213ta_talk_hertzberg
The War of Jesus and Allah, By Neal AbuNabhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/the_war_of_jesus_and_allah/
‘War on Terror’ Rhetoric Sounds Like War on Islam, Parvez Ahmedhttp://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/war_on_terror_rhetoric_sounds_like_war_on_islam/
War on Terror Produces War of Words, By Mohamed Elshinnawihttp://www.voanews.com/english/archive/2006-08/2006-08-17-voa70.cfm
What exactly is fascism? http://people.howstuffworks.com/fascism.htm
What is Islamofascism?, Jack Hunter http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/gyrobase/Content?oid=oid%3A38540
When Language Grows Darker and Darker, Joan Chittisterhttp://www.theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/when_language_grows_darker_and_darker/
When Muslims Saved Jews, Eboo Patelhttp://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/eboo_patel/2009/06/besa_world_war_ii_re-told.html
Where the Anti-Muslim Path Leads, Anya Cordellhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/where_the_anti-muslim_path_leads
Whitehall draws up new rules on language of terrorhttp://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,,2251965,00.html
Who is the Fascist Here?, Charles Evanshttp://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_charles__060824_who_is_the_fascist_h.htm
Wrong War, Wrong Word http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060911/pollitt
Who’s Who of the Anti-Muslim/Anti-Arab/Islamophobia Industryhttp://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/a_whos_who_of_the_anti-muslimanti-arabislamophobia_industry/
Simon Wiesenthal Center Statement on Marine SS Flag Outragehttp://www.wiesenthal.com/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=lsKWLbPJLnF&b=4441467&ct=11624277
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