French Muslim intellectuals appear to actively support anti-Semitism

An article in the Times of Israel reports that French Muslim intellectuals decry Islamic terrorism against French civilian victims — but specifically exclude French Jewish civilian victims.

THIS is what anti-Semitism is really all about: the everyday, daily exclusion of Jews from any and all normal discourse. Even dead Jews.

And yet we are being told that the real problem isn’t Islam itself, only radical Islamists. Extremists who “just happen” to be followers of Islam.

If that is true, then simple logic would suggest that intellectuals belonging to the Islamic faith are by definition radical Islamists.

If so, which followers of Islam are not radical Islamists? After all, by that logic even the leading intellectual lights of the Islamic faith are radical extremists and practising anti-Semites. Their deliberate exclusion of all Jewish victims of Islamic terrorism in France underscores that with abundant clarity.

Of course, it could be argued that the problem is that these French Muslim intellectuals are not really dyed-in-the-wool anti-Semites like they seem to be; their exclusion of the Jewish victims is merely an expression of their fear of publicly voicing any kind of support for Jews, even innocent Jewish civilian victims, owing to the expected backlash from their communities.

If so, that is the worst kind of moral cowardice. But it is more than abject moral cowardice, it also plainly encourages the anti-Semites in their midst.

As such, these so-called “intellectuals” — the leading lights of the French Muslim community — are actively contributing to racism by rendering selected victims invisible solely on account of their religion and ethnicity. They are therefore very much a central part of the problem. Because in a civic society, there is no opting out of one’s civic obligations.

A society takes its lead from its leaders. If the French Muslim intellectual leadership wishes to be taken seriously and not be seen as excusing and supporting racism and terrorism in its midst, it is going to have to do a lot better than this pathetic kowtowing to the racism and fanaticism that is so rife in parts of its community. Terrorism is terrorism is terrorism — whatever the religion and ethnicity of its innocent civilian victims.

By word and by deed, these French Muslim intellectuals are tacitly supporting Islamic terrorism and fanaticism, not condemning it. They are supporting it by supporting the racists’ determination to segregate a portion of the civilian population in their midst – the Jewish population. There is not a single language in the world where this would not be labelled anti-Semitism.

To add insult to injury, these intellectuals want massive French taxpayer revenues to fund their segregationist aspirations.

If this disgraceful piece by these French Muslim intellectuals doesn’t provoke a massive public outcry by French citizens, France is already doomed.

About the Author
Ilya Meyer is former deputy chair of the West Sweden branch of the Sweden-Israel Friendship Association. He blogs about Israel and Sweden’s relationship with Israel at the Times of Israel and at He made his debut as a writer of political thrillers with The Hart Trilogy: "Bridges Going Nowhere" (2014), "The Threat Beneath" (2015) and "From The Shadows" (2016), where the action switches seamlessly between Samaria, Gaza, Israel and Sweden. The books are available from as ebooks and also in paperback. Work has started on a fourth book, "Picture Imperfect".
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