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The New Anti-Semitism, Continued

Park51’s Khan sees resonance with Islamophobia

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Yesterday, Daisy Khan, the wife of Imam Abdul Feisal Rauf (who himself was profiled in the New York Times this weekend), compared opposition to her Cordoba Initiative’s plans for an Islamic center in lower Manhattan to “a metastasized anti-Semitism.” She added, “That’s what we feel right now. It’s not even Islamophobia, it’s beyond Islamophobia. It’s hate of Muslims. And we are deeply concerned.”

Separately, contributing editor Jeffrey Goldberg notes, “Anti-Muslim sentiment in America today has many of the hallmarks of the anti-Semitism of yesteryear. American Jews should be able to see that.”

One American Jew who did see that was Daniel Luban, writing in Tablet Magazine last week about “The New Anti-Semitism”:

Many of the tropes of classic anti-Semitism have been revived and given new force on the American right. Once again jingoistic politicians and commentators posit a religious conspiracy breeding within Western society, pledging allegiance to an alien power, conspiring with allies at the highest levels of government to overturn the existing order. Because the propagators of these conspiracy theories are not anti-Semitic but militantly pro-Israel, and because their targets are not Jews but Muslims, the ADL and other Jewish groups have had little to say about them. But since the election of President Barack Obama, this Islamophobic discourse has rapidly intensified

Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism [Ben Smith]
What Is ‘The Seed of Islam’? [Atlantic]
Related: The New Anti-Semitism [Tablet Magazine]
For Imam In Muslim Center Furor, a Hard Balancing Act [NYT]

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Frayed Knot says:

And of course it never occurs to Ms. Khan that a large amount (if not the overwhelming majority) of today’s purveyors of actual anti-Semitism are her co-religionists. Who said irony is dead?

Why does that even matter? All the better, the people behind the center have openly embraced interfaith relations. Why do the opinions of those who pervert her religion in any way reflect how she is to be viewed?

Frayed Knot says:

Yes, I’m sure her group is all about Kumbaya, which is why her beloved husband couldn’t even bring himself to call Hamas a terrorist group. Somehow, I’m sure if someone sent a suicide bomber to blow an Iftar dinner, he’d be shrieking all about terrorism

But no, the rabid, excessive anti-Semitism promulgated by Muslims the world over, doesn’t matter at all, does it:

ralph says:

It’s hard not to be cynical about interfaith dialogue-when so little is done by Muslim leaders to deal with the virulent anti-Semitism in the Muslim world including by many in the U.S.
Until bigotry and hatred by Muslims is addressed, interfaith outreach by Muslim will lack credibility.

Aliza says:

This might be interesting to look at (you might have to cut & paste);

It is not anti-anything to question someone’s true motivations and aspirations in life. What is wrong with asking questions of those that promote a more Sharia compliant US? To equate this with anti-semitism, a hatred so ingrained in the Arab world that it has reached pre-war Nazi Germany levels according to the Jewish Agency, is insulting. I have yet to hear any mainstream and repsected individual in the US calling for the slaughter of Moslems, but daily we hear from respected members of the Moslem world for the genocidal obliteration of Israel. Truth is not islamophobia, it is truth.

Adrian Wainer says:

Imam Faisal Abdul Rauf and Daisy khan are working diligently towards the elimination of anti-semitism, directed against American Jews, in the United States of America. If the proposed Mosque at 45 Park Place NYC NY goes ahead, America will be closer to becoming an Islamic state and America’s Jewish community will be closer to being Auschwitzed. With America’s Jewish community exterminated, anti-semitism, against American Jews will be a redundant practice. Another benefit is that with America’s Jews exterminated, there will be more room at the gym, which is presumably one of the reasons that Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director The JCC in Manhattan strongly supports the project.

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Daisy Khan and Joy Levitt discuss the proposed Islamic Center near Ground Zero.13:17 | 08/22/2010 ”

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