Islamic Anti-Semitism & the Culture of Hate

January-February 2018

Anti-Semitism. We don’t hear much about it these days. So you could be forgiven if you’re surprised to find that it’s been steadily rising in recent years, especially in Europe. This increase in violence against Jews correlates with the rise of Muslim immigration and Islamic radicalization. And that’s no coincidence. The vast majority of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe (and elsewhere) are being perpetrated not by jack-booted neo-Nazi skinheads but by Muslims. That might explain why we don’t hear much about it. In this day and age, any mention of anti-Semitism among Muslims could be construed as “Islamophobia” or, more generally, “hate speech,” given the fact that Muslims are now a protected class, especially in countries such as France, Sweden, Germany, and the Netherlands, the same countries where Islamic anti-Semitism is most markedly on the rise. In February 2017, for example, French scholar Georges Bensoussan was sued for “incitement to racial hatred” because he mentioned in a radio debate how widespread anti-Semitism is among Muslims in France. Further, those who speak out against the increasing Muslim-perpetrated anti-Semitic violence — assaults, abductions, rapes, murders, arsons, desecrations, Molotov cocktails thrown at Jewish schools, etc. — are also susceptible to public criticism, insults, and threats. Those who want to speak out don’t. Everyone else seems to be looking the other way. Sound familiar?

Anti-Semitism, of course, is nothing new. Century after century, the Jewish people have been maligned as scapegoats, blamed for a host of society’s ills, and targeted for discrimination and violence. Given the depth of anti-Jewish hostility in Arab nations, it should come as no surprise that many migrants from those countries, who were prey to anti-Semitic government propaganda and bizarre conspiracy theories preached in some mosques while there, harbor visceral animosity toward a whole race — and toward anyone who supports or defends that race.

This past November, the trial of Abdelkader and Mohamed Merah brought to light some ugly truths about the anti-Jewish hatred all too common in many Muslim communities throughout France. The Merah brothers stood accused of murdering three young students and a teacher at a Jewish school in Toulouse in 2012, a horrific act of racial, ethnic, and religious hatred. In the course of the trial, a third brother, Abdelghani, testified that “in the Merah household, we were brought up with hating Jews, the hatred of everything that was not Muslim…. My mother said that Arabs are born to hate Jews.” As if that weren’t bad enough, Mohamed Sifaoui, director of a documentary on the Merah family, testified, “I heard with my own ears, Mohamed Merah’s mother saying: ‘in our religion it is permitted to kill Jewish children…. The prophet encouraged the killing of Jews. Jews are our enemies.’ She said this clearly. I was there listening.”

Anti-Semitism in France is now so bad that, according to the French Interior Ministry, 51 percent of racist crimes committed in 2016 targeted Jews, who make up less than one percent of the population. Every Jewish school, synagogue, and institution in France is closely protected by police and the army. In fact, according to statistics published in the French daily Le Figaro, 32,000 Jews have fled France since 2012, making this the largest mass exodus of Jews since the 1930s. Still, political correctness rules the day. If the anti-Semitic attackers had been right-wing white males, you can bet the Jews would be defended. But no one really wants to address what Abdelghani Merah calls a Muslim culture of hatred; no one wants to point out the obvious, that a vast number of Muslims in France do not subscribe to the French values of diversity and tolerance. Yet these Muslims continue to be painted as victims rather than perpetrators of racial violence.

Sweden is not much better. According to a 2013 survey conducted by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights, more than 60 percent of Swedish Jews fear being publicly identified as Jewish. That was five years ago. It’s only gotten worse. In fact, some say the Jewish community in Sweden is headed toward extinction, given the mass influx of anti-Semitic Muslims in recent years due to the country’s liberal immigration laws and the slow-motion exodus of Swedish Jews. The southern city of Malmö, for example, has a total population of roughly 300,000, of which 50,000 are recently immigrated Muslims. Acts of harassment and vandalism against the Jewish community in Malmö are so common that openly wearing a Star of David necklace can incite a beating. “There is a lot of cursing at me, and people sometimes throw bottles at me from their cars,” Malmö’s Rabbi Shneur Kesselman told The Atlantic (“Is It Time for the Jews to Leave Europe?” April 2015). Kesselman, who dresses in overtly identifiable Jewish garb, estimates that he’s been the target of roughly 150 anti-Semitic attacks over the past decade. In one instance, someone backed up his car in order to hit him. These attacks are not perpetrated by native Swedes looking to the Third Reich for inspiration. No, the perpetrators are anti-Semitic Muslims, recent immigrants to Sweden.

According to recent polls, Jews are also wondering if Great Britain is no longer safe for them: More than half of British Jews surveyed say they fear that Jews have no future there. Considering that this is the same country that for over a decade protected Pakistani Muslims who raped and otherwise exploited white girls in the city of Rotherham (see our New Oxford Note “Looking Beyond Malalapalooza,” Apr. 2016), it’s not difficult to understand why such fear exists. One might say that this is true Islamophobia — fear of Islam, fear, in particular, of those Muslims who hate Jews, who hate Britain, who hate the West. Fear of Muslims who, in the words of Merah, hate anything that is not Muslim. As long as the European governments and the international press refuse to address the issue out of a misplaced cultural sensitivity and a fear of being labeled right-wing extremists, Europe will be dominated by an Islam that is anti-Semitic, anti-Christian, and anti-Western. Notice that no one is claiming that all Muslims are haters, but the obvious fact is that there are enough of them to wreak havoc throughout Europe. They’ve done a fine job of it thus far.

Oddly enough, a mass delusion remains among the reigning European elite. They believe that if we just cover up every public act of anti-Semitic and anti-Western violence perpetrated by Muslims in the name of hate, the Muslims will just nicely assimilate and adapt to liberal European values. The paradox, however, is obvious. The Muslims know that they can twist those liberal European values and use them against the Europeans. That might explain why after every act of Muslim-perpetrated violence, we hear more about possible “Islamophobic backlash” than we hear about addressing the Muslim culture of hate. The mass delusion is really just a mass denial that any problem exists, despite clear evidence to the contrary.

It’s only the Eastern European governments that stray from the scripted narrative. France, Britain, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands have a lot to learn from Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, all three of which have spoken out against the mass Muslim immigration that has heightened the culture of hate in the West. Interestingly enough, Czech President Miloš Zeman, a former leader of the Socialist Party and a left-wing populist, told an Israeli newspaper that European nations need to wake up and realize that there’s “a serious situation in which the fundamental Judeo-Christian values of European culture are jeopardized by a culture of hatred that is incompatible with ours” (Israel Hayom, Dec. 18). Zeman was clear: That “culture of hatred” is coming in with Muslim migrants. In fact, he describes the mass migration of Muslims to Europe as “an organized invasion and not a spontaneous movement of refugees.”

Can you guess the reactions to President Zeman’s observations? Yes, for pointing out the Islamic culture of hate, he was denounced as fanning the flames of hostility to refugees. Notice how Zeman’s whole point was lost to the delusion of political correctness. Notice how ludicrous it is to accuse a left-wing populist and socialist leader of being a right-wing fanatic.

Where is the Catholic Church in all this, you might ask. That’s a good question, one we’ve raised before (see “The Church’s Strange Reappraisal of Islam” by Timothy D. Lusch, June 2017, and our New Oxford Note “Silence of the Shepherds,” Jul.-Aug. 2017). It’s the same question that is going to be asked 50 years from now, when few Jews and Christians remain in Europe — barring some major change in attitudes and policies. Historians will wonder: Where were the voices of churchmen speaking out against this culture of hate? Where was the courage? Where was the Pope? Where were the saints?


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