Tuesday, November 21, 2017

When It Comes to Anti-Semitism, Never Blame Muslims

Hat tip Algemeiner

The  Zionist Organization of America chapter in Philadelphia is frustrated that a local synagogue is offering instruction on anti-semitism, but leaving out one very important element: Islamic anti-semitism.

As the writers indicate in the article, the recent events in Chalottesville, Virginia  remind us that there are still neo-Nazis and KKK types walking around. They are to be condemned. Yet, in my view, they are far from being the biggest problem when it comes to anti-semitism today. Whether we are speaking internationally or nationally. Most anti-semitism today is coming from Islamic quarters. As I have said many times, the focal point for American anti-Jewish sentiment is on our university campuses. That trail leads squarely to the pro-Palestinian forces on campuses, specifically the Students for Justice in Palestine and Muslim Student Association chapters.

It appears that the Jewish community in Philadelphia is facing the same problem of denial as the Jewish community in Southern California. They would rather point the finger at the aforementioned groups plus the so-called alt-right and Trump supporters. This was on display a few months ago at an inter-faith event I attended in Newport Beach, California. The event was held at the Temple Bat Yahm  synagogue.

Instead of holding hands with Muslim imams and community leaders, many of whom have a long record of intolerant speech directed at Jews and Christians, Jewish leaders should be demanding that they cease such verbiage and condemn anti-semitism and other forms of religious bigotry to their own flocks. In turn, Jews should demand that their rabbis and community leaders (Jewish Federation, Anti-Defamation league, Hillel, to name a few) stand up and speak out against Islamic anti-semitism.

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