Stop Conflating and Connecting Anti-Semitism and Anti-Zionism with Islamophobia

Many practitioners of Islam reject Jewish sovereignty and consider Jews (and Christians) to be dhimmis – treated as second-class citizens. Arabism or Arab nationalism reject Zionism. This is the harsh reality. Within mainstream Judaism, however, there is no such analogue.

But the media – especially the liberal mainstream media – is reflexively prone to link anti-Semitism with ”Islamophobia,” as if the two sprang from the same womb.

The bald facts, however, scream otherwise. The vast majority of violence directed against Jews worldwide – and nowadays most prevalent in tolerant, liberal Europe – is being committed by Muslims who loudly proclaim and invoke their faith.

Of course, radical Muslims kill more Muslims than anyone else in their ongoing internal religious war, but the bar is set so low by the media, Europe, UN, NGOs, and the Obama Administration, that no one cares much unless they can happen to use it to criticize Israel and by extension their treatment of Palestinian Arabs. But when was the last time a major Muslim leader or politician stood up and pronounced that this Muslim behavior of terrorism, hatred, and violence against “infidels” and dhimmis, is just plain wrong, detrimental and against Islamic law?

There is no automatic causal relationship or moral equivalence between anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Europe seems to have little difficulty identifying the source of anti-Semitism when it emanates from right-wing extremists. But when it oozes forth from a segment of Muslim society, the verbal gymnastics, double-talk, and appeasement nonesense are regurgitated to excuse, conflate and deflect from the truth.

And the ultimate truth that the media and increasingly spineless West are loathe to admit is that our Judeo-Christian values and culture is being fatally threatened by an increasingly large and radicalized Islamic population that is engaged in a holy war, a global jihad, against us, in their drive to establish a world-wide caliphate.

Moreover, this barbaric jihadism that has crashed into Europe, is actually from the same family of forces that have been terrorizing Israel for decades – but against which Israel has defended itself, and done so successfully. Why do we allow Europe, the Obama Administration and their friends in the media to continue drawing these inane distinctions, despite the obvious evidence to the contrary? Either they are not listening and have their heads in the sand hoping naively that these extremists will just go away, or are engaged in appeasement- i.e. submission which is the definition of Islam.

The Obama Administration’s attitude is emblematic of this dhimmi mentality. The White House hosted a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, but won’t even label the terrorists what they are: Islamic extremists. This foolishness is moral idiocy, but moral idiocy and equivalence is simply the left’s way of resisting the moral call to fight evil.

Islamism, as represented by ISIS, al-Qaeda, Boko Haram, the Taliban, Hamas, Hezbollah, and dozens of other groups, is a movement of genocidal supremacy: either join, be enslaved or be killed. Scholar Daniel Pipes has repeatedly stated his mantra: “Radical Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution.” But if we are to support the so-called majority who are moderate Muslims, it is they who must first stand up and loudly oppose terrorism. The onus is on them, not us, to show their bona fides.

Fortunately, despite the White House’s lack of conviction and its duplicity, most Americans understand who the enemy is, and that they are on the march heading toward us. Islamophobia should not be a consideration when it is Jews and Christians who are being attacked by radicalized Muslims. Those Arabs and Muslims who employ terrorism are the ones turning this into a religious war.

About the Author
Lee S. Bender co-authored a book, “Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed From A-Z” (Pavilion Press) with Jerome Verlin, and has been speaking about anti-Israel bias and activities to numerous schools, synagogues, churches and civic groups, and written dozens of articles published in local and national media. He is Co-President of the Zionist Organization of America-Greater Philadelphia District, a board member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia, Israel Advocacy Committee of Jewish Federation among other organizations. A former Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, he has been in private practice as a trial attorney in Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 1995.
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