The proposed public hearings by House Homeland Security Committee chairman Peter
King on the extent of radicalization in the American Muslim community and that
community’s response have created a heated media debate on the role of Muslims
in Western countries.
Besides the fact that a society discriminating
against minorities almost invariably turns against Jews, the persecution and
discrimination we suffered throughout history instinctively compels us to oppose
all manifestations of discrimination and persecution.
surely does not require us to defend groups who harbor hostility against us or
seek to undermine open society.
This is very relevant in relation to the
new global industry of Jewish alliances with Muslim groups purportedly opposing
Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. It is exemplified by the highly publicized US
launch of a joint Jewish Muslim campaign to combat Islamophobia and
anti-Semitism initiated by Rabbi Marc Schneier, head of the New York-based
Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.
His principal ally and sponsor in
this venture is Russell Simmons, the Afro-American hip-hop mogul, who publicly
expresses adoration for Louis Farrakhan, the viciously racist anti-Semitic
Nation of Islam leader.
In Brussels last December, in combination with
the World Jewish Congress and the World Council for Muslim Interfaith Relations,
Schneier expanded this body to include European representatives forming a Global
Coordinating Committee to combat “Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and
This organization has already issued problematic statements,
condemning as “totally unacceptable” the absorption of “extremist” right-wing
political parties into the mainstream without defining explicitly whom it was
targeting. It also made no reference to the greater threats to Jews emanating
from far Left and radical Islamist groups.
It also expressed disquiet
concerning recent pronouncements of major European leaders, including British
Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French
President Nicolas Sarkozy, conceding that the policy of multiculturalism has
proven to be disastrous and failed to integrate some major migrant groups into
an open democratic society.
It is surely bizarre for a body including
Jews to condemn a long overdue criticism of radical Islam’s abuse of
multiculturalism, especially since European Jews bore the brunt of the violence
generated by the anti-Semitic hostility of these groups.
IT ALSO ill
behooves Jews confronted with the current tsunami of violent anti-Semitism to
indiscriminately endorse campaigns condemning frequently exaggerated allegations
of Islamophobia without referring to the fact that radical Muslims represent the
prime dissemination of anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic incitement and
We should call a spade a spade. The majority of vocal Muslims
in Europe and to a lesser extent the US, regrettably do not display goodwill
toward Jews. Many, who ritually condemn anti-Semitism, simultaneously demonize
Israel and distinguish between “Jews” and “Zionists.”
And alas, few are
inclined or sufficiently courageous to publicly condemn the brutal behavior of
Islamic states toward other minorities.
A critical prerequisite of an
alliance with a Muslim group is surely that the organization expresses a
clear-cut repudiation of the global anti- Semitic filth which pours out of
And decency also demands that those demanding equal
rights for Muslims in Western countries also condemn the persecution, murder,
religious cleansing and denial of human rights that non-Muslim minorities endure
in Islamic states.
For the World Jewish Congress (which did dissociate
itself from Schneier’s attacks on King’s inquiry into the radicalization of the
American Muslim community) to be party to such initiatives without demanding
such commitments from its Muslim partner is a lamentable example of Jews being
more concerned about their political correctness than acting to protect Jewish
The majority of Muslims in Western countries, especially in
America, are law-abiding. But that does not invalidate the reality that cries of
Allah akbar accompany most terrorist attacks, many of which are directed against
IT IS thus deplorable to see Jews engaged in campaigns seeking to
deny profiling of people undergoing security checks. The reality is that while
Muslims only represent 1 percent of the American population, 80% of all
terrorist convictions since 9/11 were motivated by Islamic extremism, and
homegrown Muslim terrorists are emerging in greater numbers. The facts
demonstrate beyond doubt that there are certain profiles that are more inclined
to be associated with terrorist attacks. Refusing to implement profiling thus
not only represents an appalling form of political correctness, but endangers
innocent life and lacks any moral justification.
If even a handful of
rabbis had encouraged second-generation Jewish immigrants in Western countries
to initiate bombings and suicide attacks against non-Jews, the most vociferous
demands for action against such deviants would be emanating from the Jewish
Yet, the perception is that while most Muslims distance
themselves from the radicals, they are often reluctant or fearful of exposing
them. Some purportedly “respectable” American Muslim organizations have actually
urged their members not to collaborate with the FBI.
The Council on
American-Islamic Relations is the largest US Islamic umbrella organization and
has access to high-level government officials. Yet the FBI had cause to
expose its founders for having ties to a Muslim Brotherhood created Hamas
Last year a Justice Department official reaffirmed that no new
evidence had emerged “that exonerates CAIR from the allegations that it provides
financial support to designated terrorist groups”.
And when Schneier
provocatively proclaims, “Today, I am a Muslim, too,” he should ask himself
whether he and Jews in general should really be expressing solidarity with all
Muslims, including the majority who reside in states which deny freedom of
worship and persecute and murder infidels.
We are obliged to fervently
oppose discrimination or persecution of lawabiding Muslims and collaborate with
genuinely moderate Muslim leaders. But there is no justification for us
to champion the rights and display love to those who seek to harm us or are
indifferent to our destruction or refuse to expose and condemn extremism within
their ranks. Failure to insist that such groups take a stand on “sensitive”
issues will not only alienate our genuine friends, it will also strengthen
extremist Muslims who despise, but happily exploit, bleeding heart Jews to gain
a cloak of respectability while they promote their evil objectives.
should seek out and encourage alliances with courageous Muslim moderates who
share our commitment to an open and democratic society and avoid patronizing or
providing respectability to groups who either endorse or refuse to condemn the
local and international excesses of Islamic