Anti-Semitic Supply and Demand

ISLAM AND THE WEST By Daniel Brumberg Anti-Semitism is… becoming part of the political ideology… If you dehumanize a group … Continued

ISLAM AND THE WEST

By Daniel Brumberg

Anti-Semitism is… becoming part of the political ideology… If you dehumanize a group of people — and the Islamists dehumanize the Jews — even if they don’t say they want to kill them, the dehumanization is… a crime. — Bassam Tibi

A Syrian-born German scholar and leading expert on Islamist ideology, Bassam Tibi doesn’t mice words. For the sad reality is that many Islamist leaders today espouse a version of Jew hatred that is as odious as any other prejudice.

Rather than submerge readers in the countless examples of Islamist anti-Semitism (IAS), let’s consider two competing explanations of it. I will comment on each of these accounts and then offer my own modest take on this complex problem.

Explanation Number One:
What appears to be IAS is not in fact anti-Jewish ideology. Rather it is a political critique of Israel, Zionism, and/or of Israeli policies towards the Palestinians.

There is no doubt that IAS is stoked by Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

BUT: the phenomenon predates this conflict, and more importantly, IAS has incorporated all of the classic anti-Jewish themes of traditional, European anti-Semitism: Jews as a subhuman minority of money/media controllers conspiring to manipulate entire governments etc…This prejudice has developed a life of it own.

Explanation Number Two: IAS is rooted in Islam itself, and in the Qur’an, which is replete with anti-Jewish statements. Jews and Christians are a “tolerated minority” (dhimma) in a majority Muslim community. From an Islamic point of view, any Jewish state in which Muslims are a minority is — ipso facto– unnatural and oppressive.

The Qur’an has a lot of negative things to say about the Jewish tribes that battled the Prophet Mohammed, even as it honors Moses as a Prophet and the Jews as a “People of the Book.” Some – maybe many — Muslims who want an Islamic political community probably find the idea of a Jewish polity governing a Muslim minority alien or threatening.

BUT: this antagonism towards the Jewish state is neither constant nor consistent. If today more Muslim youth espouse IAS, this is partly because seven days a week, satellite TV beans bloody images of the Arab-Israeli conflict into their daily lives.

Brumberg Explanation Number Three: There are Islamists who espouse anti-Semitism and there are those who reject it. But the suppliers of hate depend on the social, economic and political conditions that create a demand for their message or that make people receptive to it. These conditions include, but are not limited to, the Arab-Israeli conflict.

To confront IAS we have to work on both the supply and demand side. Islamists who reject IAS must openly and unreservedly condemn those who espouse it. But the task of those Muslims who reject IAS would be far easier if the Muslim world could see some real light in the seemingly endless tunnel of Palestinian-Israeli violence and suffering.

Daniel Brumberg is acting director of U.S. Institute of Peace’s Muslim World Initiative and associate professor at Georgetown University.

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March 11, 2009; 9:17 AM ET


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  • ivri5768

    Kid yourself not. Antisemitism in its current form was spread to the Muslim world by the Christians, including the Catholics, they who raped the world. These are people wholely without principle who have publicly suggested to the taxpaying Jews of Europe that they take precautions against Islamic violence there.Of course, the Christians are busy with their own antisemitism here and abroad. IMHO, SCREW them. IMHO, fight fire with fire, big, big time. Got fists, will travel.Ivri

  • ivri5768

    Kid yourself not. Antisemitism in its current form was spread to the Muslim world by the Christians, including the Catholics, they who raped the world. These are people wholely without principle who have publicly suggested to the taxpaying Jews of Europe that they take precautions against Islamic violence there.Of course, the Christians are busy with their own antisemitism here and abroad. IMHO, SCREW them. IMHO, fight fire with fire, big, big time. Got fists, will travel.Ivri

  • ivri5768

    Kid yourself not. Antisemitism in its current form was spread to the Muslim world by the Christians, including the Catholics, they who raped the world. These are people wholely without principle who have publicly suggested to the taxpaying Jews of Europe that they take precautions against Islamic violence there.Of course, the Christians are busy with their own antisemitism here and abroad. IMHO, SCREW them. IMHO, fight fire with fire, big, big time. Got fists, will travel.Ivri

  • CCNL

    Hmmm, unfortunately the new format puts the sender’s name at the bottom of the commentary. Must remember to check the name first before reading any more comments as the “many-faced/laced with dishonesty lady of many aliases” i.e. Farnaz aka Farnaz2 aka Observer12 aka Observer31 aka Yael1 aka ivri5678 aka ivri aka Billy8 has returned.

  • ivri5768

    I see we have our representative from the Church of Clancy, Nussbaum, and Luigi (CCNL). I see you are beginning to take a stoic approach to the impending doom of your fellow Stem Cells.I note that you are intoning the classic Lugian chant (Hmmmm), so I assume you have gone to see the sained Archbishop Luigi of the Lasagna.May you reach peace, in the name of the Lasagna, the Meatballs, and the Holy Ravioli.

  • CCNL

    Hmmm, unfortunately the new format puts the sender’s name at the bottom of the commentary. Must remember to check the name first before reading any more comments as the “many-faced/laced with dishonesty lady of many aliases” and a disgrace to her Jewish heritage i.e. Farnaz aka Farnaz2 aka Observer12 aka Observer31 aka Yael1 aka ivri5678 aka ivri aka Billy8 has returned.

  • ivri5768

    I see we have our representative from the Church of Clancy, Nussbaum, and Luigi (CCNL). I see you are beginning to take a stoic approach to the impending doom of your fellow Stem Cells.I note that you are intoning the classic Lugian chant (Hmmmm), so I assume you have gone to see the sained Archbishop Luigi of the Lasagna.May you reach peace, in the name of the Lasagna, the Meatballs, and the Holy Ravioli.

  • CCNL

    And the “many-faced/laced with dishonesty lady of many aliases” i.e. Farnaz aka Farnaz2 aka Observer12 aka Observer31 aka Yael1 aka ivri5678 aka ivri aka Billy8 continues to be a disgrace to her Jewish heritage!!

  • ivri5768

    I see we have our representative from the Church of Clancy, Nussbaum, and Luigi (CCNL). I see you are beginning to take a stoic approach to the impending doom of your fellow Stem Cells.I note that you have stopped intoning the classic Lugian chant (Hmmmm), so I recommend you go once again to see the sained Archbishop Luigi of the Lasagna.May you reach peace, in the name of the Lasagna, the Meatballs, and the Holy Ravioli.

  • CCNL

    Farnaz is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Farnaz2 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Observer12 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Observer31 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Yael1 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.ivri5678 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage. ivri is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Billy8 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.

  • ivri5768

    I see we have our representative from the Church of Clancy, Nussbaum, and Luigi (CCNL). I see you are beginning to take a stoic approach to the impending doom of your fellow Stem Cells.I note that you have stopped intoning the classic Lugian chant (Hmmmm), so I recommend you go once again to see the sained Archbishop Luigi of the Lasagna.May you reach peace, in the name of the Lasagna, the Meatballs, and the Holy Ravioli.

  • CCNL

    Farnaz is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Farnaz2 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Observer12 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Observer31 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Yael1 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.ivri5678 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage. ivri is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Billy8 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.

  • ivri5768

    I see we have our representative from the Church of Clancy, Nussbaum, and Luigi (CCNL). I see you are beginning to take a stoic approach to the impending doom of your fellow Stem Cells.I note that you have stopped intoning the classic Lugian chant (Hmmmm), so I recommend you go once again to see the sainted Archbishop Luigi of the Lasagna.May you reach peace, in the name of the Lasagna, the Meatballs, and the Holy Ravioli.

  • CCNL

    Farnaz is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Farnaz2 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Observer12 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Observer31 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Yael1 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.ivri5678 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage. ivri is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.Billy8 is a disgrace to her Jewish heritage.

  • ivri5768

    I see we have our representative from the Church of Clancy, Nussbaum, and Luigi (CCNL). I see you are beginning to take a stoic approach to the impending doom of your fellow Stem Cells.I note that you have stopped intoning the classic Lugian chant (Hmmmm), so I recommend you go once again to see the sainted Archbishop Luigi of the Lasagna.May you reach peace, in the name of the Lasagna, the Meatballs, and the Holy Ravioli.

  • CCNL

    And the “many-faced/laced with dishonesty lady of many aliases” i.e. Farnaz aka Farnaz2 aka Observer12 aka Observer31 aka Yael1 aka ivri5678 aka ivri aka Billy8 continues to be a disgrace to her Jewish heritage!!

  • ivri5768

    I see we have our representative from the Church of Clancy, Nussbaum, and Luigi (CCNL). I see you are beginning to take a stoic approach to the impending doom of your fellow Stem Cells.I note that you have stopped intoning the classic Lugian chant (Hmmmm), so I recommend you go once again to see the sainted Archbishop Luigi of the Lasagna.May you reach peace, in the name of the Lasagna, the Meatballs, and the Holy Ravioli.

  • ravitchn

    Islam like Christianity believes it replaced Israel as the object of God’s attention. Islam feels the same way about Christianity. And Islam rejects any further prophets after Muhammed, how convenient. That’s why they pesecute the Baha’i and would persecute Mormons if they had any around.

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