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By Don Feder

         Fighting Islamophobia has become a cause célèbre among both the Jewish establishment and the Jewish farther-left. In the meantime, Jews are being murdered, tortured, attacked, plotted against and vilified in the name of Islam.

         In the course of his killing spree in the French city of Toulouse last week, Mohammed Merah caught an 8-year-old Jewish girl by the hair, looked into her eyes, and put a bullet in her brain. Merah videotaped the atrocity for the amusement of other jihadists. He also murdered a rabbi and his two young sons.

         French President Nicholas Sarkozy (who occasionally shows a glimmering of intelligence on the deconstruction of the French nation by immigration) insisted: “The Muslim faith has nothing to do with the insane acts of this man.” “Muslims like Jews; Jews like Muslims,” French Grand Rabbi Gilles Bernheim babbled. “I love you; you love me; we’re a happy family – even if I'm the descendant of apes and swine and you’re a holy warrior.” 

         And Mohammed Moussaoui, president of CFCM, the largest French Muslim umbrella group, assured all and sundry that Merah’s actions were “the very negation of Islam” which “must not cause us to succumb to the panic of stigmatizing Muslims, which feeds Islamophobia.” The bodies of four Jews weren’t even cold and Moussaoui was fretting about Muslims being stigmatized.

         The Simon Wiesenthal Center put out a March 22 press release publicizing a poll demonstrating that “a third of Europeans show significant levels of anti-Semitism,” including the belief that Jews are a “money-hungry-power-seeking minority” – as if a killer drags an 8-year-old by her hair and shoots her in the head because he thinks Jews are greedy.

         On March 14 in New York City, Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali put on their “Combating Islamophobia” dog-and-pony show at the Upper West Side Jewish Community Center, moderated by none other than Chelsea Clinton. Displaying classic symptoms of Jewish guilt, the audience was lectured on (one-way) tolerance. Rabbi Schneier and his Imam Tonto were last heard from protesting Rep. Peter King’s very useful hearings on extremism among U.S. Muslims. Hear no evil, see no evil.

         Combating is not enough; we must also challenge. Further left, Jews Against Islamophobia is hosting a March 29th symposium, “Challenging Islamophobia” at the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew on Manhattan’s tony West End Avenue. “This will be an opportunity to learn about the issues they (the Muslim community) are addressing – such as police surveillance, detention, infringements on civil and human rights,” the group’s website discloses. Jews Against is trying to get New York Police Chief Ray Kelly fired for monitoring extremist groups, thus infringing their civil and human rights.

         Anti-Islamophobia fever is running high. Around the time of Rosh Hashanah in 2010, Rabbi David Saperstein, who runs Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center, urged American Jewry to “speak more directly to the anti-Muslim bigotry in America today,” manifested by overwhelming public opposition to building a mosque – excuse me, “community center” – not far from the place where 3,000 Americans were murdered by individuals who were “the very negation of Islam” – except for the jihad thing.

         At the same time, the Anti-Defamation League (which rarely misses a chance to defame conservative Christians) announced that it had organized an Interfaith Coalition on Mosques to respond to anti-Muslim blah, blah, blah, generated by attempts to build said temples of tolerance and understanding. The ADL does not deign to notice the fact that 80% of U.S. mosques contain extremist literature, according to the Mapping Sharia Project.

         And last August, the ADL’s inimitable Abraham Foxman did a commentary for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency titled “Shout Down the Sharia Myth Makers,” wherein he revealed that “concerns about creping Sharia” (Muslim law) are the “stuff of pure paranoid fantasy” and “pander to bigotry and fear.” For facilitating the spread of Islam in this country, which is just swell for the Jewish people, Foxman is rewarded with $624,000 annually.

         Sadly, the fine work of Foxman, Schneier, Saperstein and their colleagues is continually undermined by the deeds and words of Muslims. All over the world, the most horrific crimes are committed in the name of the Religion of Peace.
• In 2006, Parisian Jew Ilan Halimi was kidnapped and tortured to death by a Muslim gang – stabbed multiple times, burned with acid, and had cigarettes put out on his face. Finally, he was set on fire and dumped on railroad tracks. There were burns over 80% of his body. His screams could be heard for weeks throughout the Muslim tenement where he was held. No one called the police, but many joined in the fun.

• It takes a special kind of hatred to repeatedly stab an infant through the heart. Last year, in the Jewish community of Itamar, North of Jerusalem, Palestinians invaded the home of Ruth and Udi Fogel. The parents were killed. Then the practitioners of peace went to work on the kids. Yoav (age 11), Elad (age 4) and three-month old Hadas were stabbed through the heart and had their throats slit. Word of the atrocities was greeted with jubilation on the Palestinian street; where candy was distributed to children to celebrate this great victory over the Jewish people.

• In 2008, when terrorists of the Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba attacked the Indian city of Mumbai, they specifically targeted its Chabad House, run by Hasidic Jews. The terrorists were told by their handlers that, when it came to the body count, the lives Jews were worth “50 times those of non-Jews.” Among the victims were Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and his pregnant wife Rivka, who were sexually assaulted and genitally mutilated. An Indian doctor who examined the bodies said he was “traumatized” by the brutality of the torture – thus demonstrating, if further proof was necessary, how much Muslims like Jews.

• Mirroring a pattern throughout Europe, the Jewish community of Malmo, Sweden has declined from 2,000 to 700 in the past 20 years. The exodus is paralleled by the growth of Malmo’s Muslims, now 60,000 out of a population of 280,000. With .0025% of the city’s population, Jews account for 45% of its hate crimes. Malmo Rabbi Shneur Kesselman told an interviewer in 2010: “In the past five years I’ve been here, I think you can count on your hand how many incidents (anti-Jewish hate crimes) there have been from the extreme right. In my personal experience, it’s 99% Muslim.” Guess who won’t be speaking at the next Jews Against Islamophobia conference?

         Where do terrorists get such outlandish notions about Islam (that their faith requires them to kill Jews?) – from some of the leading religious authorities and personalities in the Muslim world.

         As the Imam of Mecca’s Grand Mosque, Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais probably knows a thing or two about Islam. Al-Sudais has called for the annihilation of the Jewish people. According to the Grand Imam, Jews are the “scum of the earth,” and the descendants of “monkeys and pigs,” a motif found in the Koran. Muhammad Hussein Yacoub, a prominent Salafi scholar, says: “We (Muslims) must believe that our fighting with the Jews is eternal, and it will not end until the final battle … until not a single Jew remains on the face of the earth.”

         The website of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood reads like Der Sturmer in Arabic. Laced with Holocaust denial and conspiracy theories, much space is devoted to an assessment of “the covetous and exploitive nature of the Jewish character.” “One day we will kill all Jews,” is a favorite chant at the group’s rallies. Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Egyptian Brotherhood’s chief theologian, says Allah used Hitler to punish the Jews “for their corruption” and “Allah willing, the next time will be at the hands of believers.” This is the gang whose rise to power was abetted by Barack Obama.

         Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Muhammed believes “the Jews rule the world by proxy. They invented socialism, communism, human rights and democracy so that persecuting them would appear to be wrong so they may enjoy equal rights with others.” Former Turkish Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan agrees, claiming the Jews decided to change Christianity by founding Protestantism, control China’s and India’s industrial development (also known as the Sino-Indo-Judeo-Protestant Conspiracy Theory) and “started 19 Crusades,” including World War I.

         When it comes to Jews, there is no charge too bizarre or farfetched not to be eagerly embraced by the Muslim street – including the modern equivalent of well-poisonings and the blood libel. A decade ago, “The Protocols of The Elders of Zion” was dramatized on Egyptian television.

         If an Arab leader falls out of favor with his subjects, rumors immediately begin circulating that he’s a crypto-Jew or has Jewish blood. This even includes rabid anti-Semites like Moammar Khadafy and Bashar al-Assad, who supports both Hamas and Hezbollah. The worst insult in the Arab world is to call someone a “Yahood” (Jew) – a favorite term of abuse for U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq.

         How can anyone without ideological blinders fail to see it? Islam is the greatest threat to Jewish survival. Who wants to wipe Israel off the map – The Unitarian Universalist Republic of Iran? Whose rise to power in Egypt has driven anti-Semitic rhetoric to new heights – the International Ladies' Garment Workers Union? Immigrants of which faith community have fueled the greatest explosion of European anti-Semitism since Kristallnacht – the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

         And still the liberal Jewish establishment and Jewish activists further left bleat about Islamophobia. Makes sense. For them, evidence is irrelevant, reality doesn’t exist and the Woolly Mammoth in the living room goes unnoticed.

         What they call Islamophobia is actually a healthy survival instinct.

  Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website,