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By Don Feder
In response to the rising tide of anti-Semitism, here and abroad, courtesy of the Religion of Peace, liberal Jews (Temple Beth Meshuga) have pledged to fight Islamophobia – the “phobia” the left loves to hate.
We’re told that anti-Muslim hysteria has reached a fevered pitch. Daisy Khan, wife Imam Rauf, point-man for the Ground Zero Mosque, says it’s “like a metastasized anti-Semitism.” What, that serious? “It’s not even Islamophobia; it’s beyond Islamophobia. It’s
(gasp) hate of Muslims!”
Are Muslims being lynched by rampaging mobs? Are imams kidnapped and tortured to death? Are cars filled with Muslim civilians ambushed, and pregnant women shot to death at close range?
Much worse, my friends. This uber-bigotry is epitomized by opposition to a mosque – excuse me, a cultural center – built near the spot where 2,752 Americans were murdered by Muslim hijackers, in the name of Islam, 9 years ago. Will the horror never end?
But, not to worry, Jewish liberals are here to save the day.
The Jewish Telegraph Agency reported that, shortly before Rosh Hashanah, officials of several Jewish organizations met with their knee-jerk counterparts of other faiths “in an emergency summit … that denounced anti-Muslim bigotry and called for a united effort by believers of all faiths to reach out to Muslim Americans.”
The unintentionally hilarious Rabbi David Saperstein of Reform Judaism’s Religious Action Center (Mother Jones with a
schmear) argued that Jews “have been the quintessential victims of religious persecution… and we know what happens when people are silent…. We have to speak more directly to the anti-Muslim bigotry in America today.”
This is fascinating. They don’t have to speak out about anti-Catholic bigotry (like crucifixes submerged in jars of urine, funded by NEA grants), or anti-evangelical bigotry (like commentators who compare born-again Christians to Nazis), but “anti-Muslim bigotry,” this they have to fight tooth and nail. If Catholic bishops plotted to blow up New York synagogues and
evangelicals butchered Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria, then perhaps Saperstein would defend them too.
The Anti-Defamation League – which believes that a cross on public property is a clear and present danger to Jewish survival – announced that it had organized an Interfaith Coalition on Mosques to respond to instances of “anti-Muslim bias” generated by attempts to build houses of Allah in the United States.
In one of his rare encounters
with reality, ADL Director Abraham Foxman came out against the Ground Zero Mosque, because it’s “insensitive” to the families of 9/11 victims. Having briefly deviated from party line, Foxman now is furiously doing penance to the gods of political correctness, with his campaign against jihadophobia.
The crisis of Ialamophobia exists entirely in the minds of liberals. (“American Muslims Ask, Will We Ever Belong,” whined a headline in the September 6th
New York Times).
Does the Times know, or care, that in 2008, there were roughly ten times as many hate crimes against American Jews as Muslims – many of the former perpetrated by the latter? Of all religious-based hate crimes documented by the FBI that year, 65.7% were anti-Semitic and only 7.7% anti-Muslim.
In April, Tel Aviv University released a study on the worldwide rise of anti-Semitism. According to the report, the number of anti-Semitic attacks (arson, assaults, vandalism) more than doubled between 2008 and 2009 – increasing from 559 incidents to 1,129.
For some curious and inexplicable reason, the growth of anti-Semitism parallels Muslim migration.
In Western Europe, physical attacks on Jews are reaching Kristallnacht proportions.
Sweden is rarely thought of as a hotbed of Jew-hatred. That was before the invasion of Allah’s legions.
A March 29 story in The Washington Times (“Hate Crimes Force Jews Out of Malmo”) noted that of 115 bias-crimes in Sweden’s third largest city, reported in 2009, 52 were anti-Semitic, this notwithstanding that Malmo’s Jewish population numbers fewer than 700 (half of what it was two decades ago) in a general population of 280,000.
Thus, Jews represent less than .0025% of the city, but account for 45% of all hate crimes. Could that have something to do with Malmo’s 60,000 Muslims?
Malmo Rabbi Shneur Kesselman says: “In the past five years I’ve been here, I think you can count on your hand how many
(anti-Semitic) incidents there have been from the extreme right. In my personal experience, it’s 99% Muslim.” Jewish resident Marcus Eilenberg, whose survivor grandparents found shelter in Malmo in 1945, says Jews there are confronting “a degree of hate that none of us – except those who survived the Holocaust – had experienced before.”
Let us hope that no one is challenging the construction of mosques in Malmo.
If asked for an example of supposedly rampant Islamophobia, Islam’s useful idiots point to the Ground Zero Mosque. As Nahad Awad, a founder of the Council on American Islamic Relations, puts it, opposition to the so-called New York Islamic Center (its PC name) “is trying to tell Americans that Muslims do not belong here. That Muslims are the others, when we are, in fact, all Americans.” So were members of the German-American Bund, circa 1940.
“Rabbi” Nancy Fuchs-Kreimer, director of multi-faith studies at the Deconstructionist Rabbinical College (which is to Judaism what Unitarianism is to Christianity) sniffs: “The proposal for the ‘mosque at Ground Zero’ that turns out to be not a mosque and not at Ground Zero has brought to light this simple fact: We Americans need to know a whole lot more about Muslims and their religion.” On that we can agree.
When naïfs like Rabbi Nancy say we need to know more about Islam, they mean the Hans Christian Andersen (religion-of-peace-and-tolerance, jihad means a spiritual struggle) version, which bears no relation to
the real thing.
By opposing the Ground Zero Mosque, are 68% of Americans “trying to tell American Muslims they don’t belong here,” and 55% of New York Jews stigmatizing Muslims as “the others”?
Imam Abdul Feisal Rauf, husband to Daisy and impresario of the Mosque of Conquest, has become the poster-boy for fairy-tale Islam. Obama’s State Department spent $16,000 to send the Imam on a tour of the Middle East to “foster a greater understanding about Islam and Muslim life in the United States” amongst his overseas brethren.
But the establishment’s favorite Muslim moderate is, in fact, a salesman for jihad-lite. “We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has more Muslim blood on its hands than al-Qaeda has on its hands of non-Muslims,” Rauf declares.
Also, “United States policies were an accessory to the crime
(9/11) that happened.” Moreover, “The Islamic method of waging war is not to kill innocent civilians. But it was Christians in World War II who bombed civilians in Dresden and Hiroshima, neither of which were military targets.”
The Imam is also a great friend of the Jewish people. When asked if Hamas is a
terrorist organization, Rauf does a little two-step: “I’m not a politician. I try to avoid complex issues. The issue of terrorism is a very complex issue.” Right. Whether or not a group that deliberately murders civilians
– that revels in their slaughter – is a terrorist organization is “a very complex issue.”
But opposition to the Ground Zero Mosque is a clear case of Islamophobia.
Today, Islam is the greatest threat to the survival of the Jewish people, both
in Israel and the Diaspora. Besides the Jewish state being in the sights of
nuclear-armed Iran, the Palestinians make no secret that establishing Jihadistan in the West Bank and Gaza will be a step toward the obliteration of the rest of what Islamicists call the Zionist entity.
From the meanest mosque in Gaza to the Grand Mosque of Mecca – from Muslim heads of state to imams on Egyptian television – anti-Semitic propaganda and agitation comes almost exclusively from the Muslim world.
Ahmadinejad’s response to threats by a Florida pastor to burn a Koran? It’s a
Zionist conspiracy. (“The Koran burning will bring about Israel’s
annihilation.”). Hasn't he heard of liberal Jews' campaign to counter
The late Saudi King Faisal gave copies of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” to his guests. Outside of religious texts, “Mein Kampf” is one of the most popular books in the Arab world.
When he met with John Paul II in 2001, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad informed the Pope that Jews “try to kill the principles of all religions with the same mentality with which they betrayed Jesus Christ.”
In a 2003 address to the Organization of the Islamic Conference (the most powerful body in the Muslim world), former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir
Mohamad said “Jews rule the world by proxy. They get others to fight for them.”
Earlier this year, Mohammad revealed that the Jews of Europe had “always been a problem.” That’s why “they had to be confined to ghettos and periodically massacred. But they still remained, they thrived… held whole governments to ransom.” Eventually, he’ll get around to blaming the Jews for global warming. (“They poisoned the ozone layer.”)
And how were Mahathir Mohamad’s earlier remarks received by the representatives of 57 Muslim countries which comprise the Organization of the Islamic Conference? Not a word of dissent. “Very correct.” and “A very wise assessment” were typical responses.
Speaking on Egypt’s Al-Nas TV on December 29, 2009, Muslim cleric Muhammad Hussein Yaaqub warned his fellow religion-of-peaceniks: “The Jews are our enemies. Allah will annihilate them at our hands. This is something we know for certain.” There followed a recitation of the Koran’s kill-the-Jews verses. The Koran
– that’s, you know, the book they study in mosques.
Morton Klein, National President of the Zionist Organization of America, puts it succinctly: “Hatred of Jews is widespread throughout the Muslim world. It is taught in the schools and preached in the mosques.”
This torrent of Jew-hatred is acted upon – regularly, and in the most horrific ways.
• While the Jewish left was having its
emergency summit to combat Islamophobia, Hamas gunmen ambushed a car on the outskirts of Hebron, killing four Jewish residents of Bet Haggai, including a pregnant woman. After riddling the car with bullets from their automatic weapons, the assassins approached the vehicle and shot its passengers at point-blank range. When contacted by the Weekly Standard, Imam’s Rauf’s Park51 group refused to comment on the murders. (“We are an apolitical community center. Please allow us that respect.”). In Gaza, meanwhile, 3,000 peace-loving Palestinians, the left’s favorite victims, took to the streets to celebrate the slaughter of pregnant Jewish women.
• In signing the Daniel Pearl Press Freedom Act in May, President Obama (who has pledged to fight what he calls misrepresentations of Islam) blathered, “Obviously, the loss of Daniel Pearl was one of those moments that captured the world’s imagination, because it reminded us of how valuable a free press is” – as if Pearl was John Peter Zenger. Daniel Pearl was ritualistically murdered because he was a Jew (a confession he was forced to make on tape, before his head was sawed off) not because he was a journalist. BTW, videotapes of the atrocity were a hot-selling item throughout the Muslim world.
• From an Islamic perspective, killing a Jew is good – but torturing him to death is a special treat. When Ilan Halimi,
a Parisian Jew, was kidnapped by a Muslim street gang
calling itself “the Barbarians,” he was tortured over the course of three weeks. Flesh was cut from his body. He was burned with acid and cigarettes. Finally, flammable liquid was poured over Halimi and he was set on fire. When the police found him, he had burns over 80% of his body. But don’t ask Imam Rauf to condemn this atrocity. He’s “not a politician,” and “terrorism is a very complex issue.”
• When Muslim terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Taiba attacked Mumbai in December 2008, they specifically targeted the few Jews in the city. After seizing the Mumbai Chabad House, they murdered Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka (pregnant six months), but not before they were brutally tortured. A mortician who examined the bodies said he was “traumatized.”
• Closer to home, in 1994, a Lebanese cab driver opened fire on a van carrying Hasidic students on the Brooklyn Bridge, killing a 15-year-old. In 2002, a permanent U.S. resident from Egypt opened fire at the EL Al ticket counter at LAX, fatally shooting an airline security officer. In 2006, Naveed Afzal Haq killed a woman and wounded five others at the Jewish Federation building in Seattle. In 2009, four Muslim converts were arrested for plotting to blow up two New York-area synagogues. At their arraignment, Asst. U.S. Attorney Eric Snyder said, “These were people who were eager to bring death to Jews.”
The foregoing scratches the surface.
By all means, let us have more mosques in the United States, more Saudi-trained imams, more spokesmen for “moderate” Islam like Imam Rauf, and more spiritual strugglers like the Muslim shrink at Ft. Hood who killed 13 of his fellow soldiers in cold blood. Why should Europeans have all the fun?
Liberals are naturally unstable. The Jewish left's latest craze – monitoring opposition to the construction of mosques, speaking out “more directly against anti-Muslim bigotry” – should land them on a suicide-watch. (Keep sharp objects away from them. Confiscate belts and shoelaces.)
In the midst of a world war against Jews, Jewish liberals want to ensure that no one is mean to the pogromists’ cheering section and recruiting center. Islam is the religion of peace they cry, as Jewish families bury the victims of peace.
Saperstein, Rabbi Nancy, Foxman and friends – call them the Society for Voluntary Jewish Extinction.
Don Feder is a former Boston Herald writer who is now a political/communications consultant. He also maintains his own website, DonFeder.com.