Muslim Brotherhood supporters protest in Cairo 370.
(photo credit: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters)
Whenever a calamity falls upon Muslim-majority countries, there is always a country to blame: Israel. There is no need to look for any other reason. If there is a revolution against a tyrant regime subjugating its people, the Zionists are responsible. If there is a clash between Sunni and Shia groups - who else can be responsible? When a bomb explodes on the other side of the world or there is a problem with the economy - no need to look for anyone else. Where else can the control center for destabilizing the Arab world be but in Tel Aviv?This notorious inclination to blame Jews for every failure going on in the Middle East has been the trend for quite some time. A wide-spread variety of people from different countries, ethnicity, ideologies, sects — even enemies of one other — invariably point to one direction: Israel. From the late Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi blaming Israel for the violence and unrest in Africa, to Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh saying that the turmoil in the Arab world is some pro-Zionist conspiracy, and a Saudi cleric, Sheikh Ismae'il al-Hafoufi, blaming Israel for the desecration of Islamic holy sites in Syria. Even a Sudanese cleric, Sheik Abd al-Jalil al-Karouri, pointed at Israel for the Boston and Texas bombings; and of course there were the accusations that the tragic events of September 11, 2001 were the fruits of another conspiracy that Zionists planned in order to demonize Arabs and Muslims in the eyes of the world.